June 9
         SNAKES AND SCORPIONS
Moses warned the children of Israel not to forget...."the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions"  (Deuteronomy 8:14-15).   
 
There are several analogies that can be drawn from snakes and scorpions and applied spiritually.   
 
Snakes.  The venom released by poisonous snakes when they attack affects your nerves, your blood, and  your heart.  Satan also attacks in these three areas.  He attacks your nerve--your courage to live for God and fulfill your divine mandate.  He attacks the work of the cross, trying to sabotage every benefit of Christ's blood in your life.  He also targets your heart, trying to get you to focus your affections on things of the world.    
 
A snake captures its food in four different ways:  Through a swift strike; by throwing  around its prey to overcome it; by holding the target in its fangs until the poison venom paralyzes it; and through constriction where it wraps itself around the victim and slowly squeezes out its life.   Do you see how these methods parallel those used by Satan in spiritual attacks?   
 
Scorpions.  A scorpion seizes its prey, crushes it, and then injects deadly poison from its stinger. 
If you are stung by a scorpion, you will experience pain, restlessness, weakness, and numbness.  The spiritual analogies of this are evident. Scorpions live in dark places and die when exposed to the heat generated by the light.  The scorpion-like tactics of the enemy are defeated by the light of God's Word. 
 
You will encounter spiritual snakes and scorpions in the wilderness, but Psalm 91:13 declares that you will trample the enemy underfoot because your feet are set securely on the path following Almighty God.  Remain there, and you need not fear spiritual serpents, scorpions, or anything else along the pathway to your destiny. 
 
Jesus also promises, "I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you"  (Luke 10:19). 
 
When you are surrounded by spiritual snakes and scorpions, remember that you have power over all the power of the enemy.  You will not become their victim and die in the wilderness. 
 
Like Paul--when he was bitten by an actual snake--just shake off these attacks and continue on your way to destiny  (Acts  28:5). 
 

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