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As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live.” But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds and decided he was a god. Acts 28:3-6
It is the venom, not the bite, that kills. The venom travels through your bloodstream into your heart and can kill you.
What problem, circumstance or issue is biting you like a snake? It is the venom which kills. It is the fear of death, anxiety, worry and stress around the problem which causes death. When your thoughts about the problem or circumstance are greater than God’s love for you, sickness, disease and death can enter your soul and body. Problems and circumstances are an opportunity to put your faith into action.
Jesus came to bring life. We are a Spirit-being made in the image of God. As followers of Christ we have everlasting life. All our sins past, present and future were taken on the cross. There is no venom that can kill you since you have everlasting life in Christ Jesus.
God will never leave you nor forsake you. HE will protect you even when the snake bites. Problems are part of this fallen world. Greater is HE who is in you than the snake attached to your arm. God is always greater than your problem. As a Son and Daughter of God you have power and authority over the venom of the snake. You can shake it off. You can stop the problem from piercing your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. You are a New Creation in Christ Jesus and the old heart is gone. The divine nature of God is living in you through the Holy Spirit. The new transplanted attitude and heart is transformed through the Word of God living in you. The blood of Jesus has been shed and covers you while the venom of the world attacks your mind. You are protected by the Precious Blood of Jesus.
Shake off the snake into the fire! You will be standing in the strength of the Lord and watch others change their minds about the power of the Lord working in your life.
To God be the Glory!
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