If there’s one thing that scares me, it is snakes. My neighbors could always tell when I found one in the yard by the shriek that would come from my direction. A few times, yesterday was one, when I had opened my garage door, a snake came in. I have a brook next to my house and they like to sun themselves in front of the door. This year I hadn’t seen any, so I got very lax in looking first before I opened the door. Another lesson learned! I have several “escapades” of when snakes came in and my trying to remove them. YUCK! This one entered during the eclipse – hmmmmmm. I prayed and thanked the Lord a lot for removing it during this latest episode, and the Lord was faithful and it left the building. Whew.
It seems that many people have had their own “snakes” entering in and have not had a break from them. But instead of being discouraged from it all, let encouragement enter in. In Lessons I learned from the Lord, the theme seems to run throughout the book – things of the spirit are opposite things of the flesh. When snakes come in, then there must be something good – some blessing- coming on the horizon. Why else would the enemy bother? We should understand too, that the biggest weapon – the one that makes the enemy flee – is our joy, our hope, and having encouragement, especially when he attacks.
So what he tries to do to you is turned on him. You see, and this may be a little deep, when you are encouraged when he tries to discourage you – then your encouragement discourages him and he gives up. What he tries to put on you is put on him. This is similar to the scriptures – a curse without cause will not have any effect (Proverbs 26:2) or that the enemy will fall into his own net. Psalm 141:10) But it will only work if you know who you are in the Lord, and trust Him to always take care of you.
Rejoice and celebrate is hard to do when the attacks come. Yet it is your biggest weapon. Giving thanks is hard for the flesh to do when things are going wrong. But when you see through the eyes of the Lord, you are thankful because you know He works it out in the end. See ahead.
Thankfulness is a fuel to get you to the finish line. Can you see it? The Lord is right there cheering you on. Don’t stay focused on where you are now, or the situation you’re in. Focus ahead. See the prize. It’s waiting for you.
Just thank your way through. It’s snake repellent!