Three grandkids and I were headed to their mom’s house where they’ve moved to a nearby town. As we were driving and singing and laughing I spied a snake in the middle of the highway. It looked multicolored so I just had to turn around and see what type it was. As we passed it again I started laughing. Someone had placed a rubber snake in the highway! It looked almost like a coral snake. I wonder how many people had run over it hoping to get one more poisonous snake out of the way.
As I took a photo over the hood of my car and we drove on, God spoke to my heart. There are lots of snakes in life and many of them are in are just fake. But we feel snake bitten just the same. We’re afraid of what’s in the road ahead of us and we want to fight it in the flesh or avoid it altogether. Neither way will work. The closer we look to it the more fearful we get, whether it’s finances, friends, health, marriage, jobs or children – all can take on the look of something awful.
What we perceive is what we focus on. In order to change our perception we have to find a standard to judge life by. If our standard is our own abilities, sooner or later we will fail ourselves. If our standard is rules, then eventually we will fall short of a rule and then find ourselves snake bit. But when we focus on God’s Word – which showcases His grace, mercy, forgiveness and care, even in the mess of a huge poisonous situation looming before us, we are kept safe and free from injury. Not only that, God will make the mirage of danger disappear as we look at Him instead of the problems. He clarifies the truth about what we’ve seen. Yes we’re going to meet snakes on the road, we will have problems. And yes, God is bigger than any problem, any snake, we encounter always.
Oh beloved, what’s that you’ve been trying to kill? Swatting it with a broom won’t do a thing. Avoiding it by living in the ditch won’t help either. God says today you are to stand up to the enemy’s fake snakes! You are anointed for the battle and God is appointed to give you victory. Say no to fear, worry, chaos as well as the lies others have said over you, about you or to you. God has given you a vaccine that keeps you free of the enemy’s hold and immune to the enemy’s lies.
God loves you and He’s for you. So you can travel throughout the area God gives you and you don’t have to worry about what’s in the road. The Holy Spirit is guiding you and going before you and will give you clear route into God’s will all the way to heaven.
Galatians 3:6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
Psalm 91:5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection.
I Corinthians 16:3 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
Ephesians 6:10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.