Every day that we have to enter this world we encounter Satan spiritually working through the lost and unfortunately even in some that think they are found. We encounter people that claim to be one thing but they show something different. These are the ones that can do the most damage. For a snake that blends in is hard to detect unless you are alert in the Word of God to recognize the enemy.
See there are all different types of snakes. Some are simply lazy without venom but their laziness can get so heavy that they can squeeze the life out of their prey. Some snakes act like they have a bite but when you back them in a corner you will find they have no power becuase all they know how to do is fight. But the most dangerous snakes are the ones that slip in when you are sleeping.
A snake that learns the ways of its prey often moves in disguise feeding off of the praise of others. He or she especially works on the young in their mind to limit their effectiveness in the Kingdom of God. The praise that the enemy receives feeds the spirtual enemy due to their selfish desires for control, power, greed or to simply fill their cup that is empty by making them feel important.
As any snake that we encounter it is wise to be alert to what we are dealing with in the spiritual enemy. For the venom that comes from their actions and evil words can bring rot in the body. The only way for true healing is for the one that bites to retract their wrongs through confession and repentance to make things right. For a true believer in Christ does not inject venom but soothes the soul in true love through their words and actions.
Be wise to enemy that not only works on the outside but thrives to work within us from within the inside…”Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’ Matthew 10
James A. Harrison