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February 26, 2022

Adam and Eve resided in the Garden of Eden, and it was here that they daily communed with God. God instructed Adam, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17-18). For an unknown period of time, Adam and Eve obeyed this command, but one day a serpent who was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made approached Eve and said, “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Unfortunately, as they continued their conversation, the serpent deceived Eve, and she and Adam, who was with her, disobeyed God’s instruction.

This serpent who came into the first home continues to speak and cause havoc in this world. It is the responsibility of believers to recognize his ploys and not succumber to them. To help you better understand this cunning beast, I will share some of the natural characteristics of a serpent and needful spiritual application.

1. The cylindrical structure of the serpent’s body allows it unlimited access to hiding places; it can crawl in and out of cracks.

Spiritual application -The serpent can be found everywhere; it can move into places you thought were shut. What doors have you left open; close them. Where are the cracks,  fortify and seal all openings.

2. Serpents can move about rapidly and soundlessly.

Spiritual application – The serpent will not announce its presence, but it will be where you are before you realize it. Don’t be slothful in the things pertaining to godliness. When God says, “Go,” don’t hesitate.

3. Serpents can ascend into high places, and their external body patterns allow them to blend into the environment, so their presences are undetected.

Spiritual application – The serpent seeks to be around leadership and will carry itself in a manner that leads people to believe it is a partner and not an enemy.

4. Serpent’s eyes are always open, and they have a wide field of vision.

Spiritual application – While you are sleeping, the serpent remains awake, planning your demise. It is looking beyond you; wake up, be sober, and watchful. Ask God to help you see beyond the immediate, expand your sight, and give you eagle-eye vision.

5   Serpents swallow their victims whole, alive, and head first.

Spiritual applications – The serpent doesn’t wait for you to die; it comes after you while you are fully functioning. It devours your head first, the part of the body that controls your mind, hearing, sight, and appetite.

6. Serpents will eat whatever is available

Spiritual application – Young or old, sick or healthy if accessible, you will appear appetizing to the serpent.

7. Serpents are cold-blooded

Spiritual application – The serpent is not interested in your feelings; It does not care that you are suffering or struggling. Its goal is to kill, steal and destroy you. Don’t expect sympathy or empathy from the serpent.

I pray the above has given you food for thought, will assist you in your warfare, and help you recognize when the serpent is present. May we all be able to say, like Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; we are not ignorant of his devices.

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One Comment
  1. V O Washington permalink

    Thank you for the Statements and Spiritual Applications. Staying sober and vigilant in the study of the Word and prayer fortifies us against the vicious attacks and deceitfulness of the serpent.

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