Posted by: peebles | March 14, 2012

Acts 28:5 (NIV) ~ But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.

The Apostle Paul was just gathering wood for the fire, then the snake attacked him when he was least expecting and it even fastened itself on to his hand. Yet, as our text for today says in Acts 28:5 (NIV), “But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.” Paul never panicked, nor did he make a great deal of it, he just shook it off into the fire, then continued his work, and told the people about Jesus.

The enemy will always try to attack you when you are least expecting it, or as the Bible says in Luke 4:13 (NIV), “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left until an opportune time.” He will always try and fasten his fangs upon you when you least expect it, when you are simply going about your everyday business. When he does try and attack you, simply shake him off, and keep going. Just shake him off into the fire from where he came.

Just when you least expect it, the enemy will spring from underneath his brushwood and try to attack you. He will try and bite hard into you with his poisoned fangs. Whenever this happens, just shake him off back into the fire. Say to him, “Satan, you have no power in me and no power over me, by the blood of Jesus,” then just shake him off.

My friend, let me put it another way: when the enemy shoots his fiery darts at you, your shield of faith, raised high in the name of the Lord, will extinguish every one of them. The Bible says in Isaiah 54:17 (NIV), “No weapon forged against you will prevail.” Stand firm in your faith, shake that snake off, shake it off in Jesus’ name, and keep going as if it was nothing. Don’t even give any credence to it, just shake it off and keep going for God.

God bless you, my friend, Matthew.

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