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Snake Bit!

Snake Bit
The Deadly Venom of Fear

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. Genesis 3:1 (NKJV)

Lately I have been enjoying getting out in the morning and going mountain bike riding with my wife, family and friends.  I find this time to be strengthening to my body and spirit, as I am able to physically work out my muscles and simultaneously allow the Lord to speak to me.  

This morning I was again blessed as we made our way up to a local mountain community close to our home by the name of Angelus Oaks.   There is an old closed highway once used as the main road, but now being reclaimed by nature, and it is a beautiful place to ride.  Stream crossings and waterfalls are just a part of the beauty the Lord has provided.  

Today as we were ascending the mountain on our bikes, our friend Denise yelled, "A snake!"   This wasn't the first time she had seen one, but it was particularly disturbing to her today.  I asked her if she wanted to cut the ride short and head back to the vehicles, but she said she wanted to continue.  I could see clearly her words were saying, "Let's keep going," but her body language was saying, "Let's not go any further."

I reminded her of our prayer we had just brought before the Lord one for protection against anything potentially harmful.  I then encouraged her to continue to keep her mind upon the Lord, and to trust Him, because He has promised us a perfect peace if we will do this.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

I encouraged her to remember how God doesn't want us to be anxious for anything, but to bring everything to him in prayer, and to think upon those things He has asked us to - things lovely, praiseworthy, and of good report (Phil. 4:6-8).  Denise knew these things and acknowledged she was being attacked by the enemy to doubt.  As we identified the real source of her doubt and fear and chose to take these thoughts captive, Denise was immediately given a calmness and peace about her, and we continued to go forward on our ride.

As I thought about what had just happened while riding on the trail, I started to think about how Satan will continue to tempt each of us in fear throughout our entire life.  Satan will tempt us to stop moving forward on the path God has for us by tempting us to doubt the truth of God's promises of provision and protection.  Satan will try to deceive us into believing we will be safer, or somehow better off, if we just stop or go back when we encounter hindrances and obstacles on our path. But we must remember what Jesus has said.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)

  • Jesus has told us Satan is a thief - he comes to steal our peace. 
  • Jesus has told us Satan is a killer - he has come to kill our joy.
  • Jesus has told us Satan is a destroyer - he has come to destroy our Christian witness, as we stand paralyzed in doubt and fear. 

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today - keep reading your Bible and continue to keep your mind fixed upon God.  Don't ever stop trusting Him.  God has a plan for each of us and it includes walking in faith, and being filled with joy and peace.  Jesus has given us life - let's live it abundantly.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 10:10, what can we learn about Satan's plan, and about Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you trusting Jesus completely with every aspect of your life, including those times where you cannot see any possible way to continue?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in prayer.  Ask Him to minister to your needs and to speak to you clearly through the reading of your Bible.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your protection and provision within my life.  Father, I confess there are times when I look at the things in my path and I begin to doubt and worry.  I am sorry for this and I choose today to place my faith in You and Your plans for my life.  Lord, help me to remember this when the enemy comes to tempt.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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