In the book of Acts 28 Paul was building a fire after a ship wreck on the island of Malta. As he gathered the sticks for the fire and placed them a poisonous snake struck him on the hand. It was driven out of the fire due to the heat that was being produced. The interesting part of this lesson is how long the snake took the heat before it was time to move. Another part of this lesson was that the heat made him strike the innocent one before him but the venom from the snake had no affect on its victim.
Here is the spiritual lesson that can be applied to this message. Like the serpent in this message we can all only take so much pressure when things begin to heat up unless we are being led by Jesus Christ. The more we allow the love of God to feed our spirit the stronger our immune system is to the things of this world. We all get bitten from time to time from people that inject something of the devil or from some that never mean to bite. But if we can’t learn to shake the snake then it is only a matter of time before an infection can spread through the body.
We all face snakes everyday and if we can’t shake the snakes due to the infection within the mind then this is worse than being bit on the hand. Think about a soldier with full armor and snakes trying to get in but fail. It is what develops in his mind after what he sees that can develop a deadly disease….The only Way to overcome is through the blood of Jesus Christ that teaches us to forgive and love as we are forgiven and loved in return…Don’t allow something that is not of God to ever cause you to panic or to feel that everything is not going to be okay. For when we stay planted with God is when He will show us the Way…
James A. Harrison