I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. – Luke 10:19
I respect anyone who takes these portions of Scripture literally and handle snakes… but in my mind, this is taken figuratively of the devil, and his principalities and powers, and all his emissaries, who, for their craft and cunning, and for their poisonous and hurtful nature and influence, may be compared to serpents and scorpions.
Serpents are poisonous and scorpions hide so well, they sort of curl up when they’re waiting for someone, and look like an egg. The enemy of our soul is poisonous but we don’t realize he’s struck until it’s too late. He doesn’t come along in a red cape and a tail either. He is the best looking temptation you can imagine. What’s more innocent looking than an egg? I know, right?
That’s why we must claim the blood of Christ to overcome the power of the enemy… the sneaky snake – the cleaver scorpion that will surely cause harm to us and our souls.
As Christians we sometimes think we’ve got it all figured out – and that’s when we get in trouble. About the time we think we’ve risen above the ability to be tempted – BOOM! We have to walk humbly with our God, remembering that our help comes from HIM and we can do nothing apart from HIM.
Christ is the Vine – we’re only branches – and we need to stay attached to the VINE or we will wither and die – we will be weak in temptation if we forget that it is our LORD Who will protect us and fight our battles.
Stay strong – but make sure you’re not strong within yourself – but strong in Jesus’ Name. Everything good comes from Him and is unattainable without Him. The fruits of God’s Holy Spirit are not from our own determination and willpower. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Goodness, Self-Control… those qualities go completely against human nature. Those are qualities that flow through us by His Spirit. Having these fruits gives us added strength to trample snakes and scorpions in Jesus’ Name.
When we learn to forgive quickly when we get hurt, correct with God’s Word, offering a gentle nudge instead of a pop on the head, and recognize a temptation to sin, then hand it to God as soon as possible… God will be by our side. He will help us overcome because He is faithful and He loves us. 🙂