Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matt.10:16
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.. Matt.16:18
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon (serpent) shalt thou trample under feet. Ps.91:13
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Matt.10:19
Snakes and scorpions live in your government. They live in your neighborhood. They are in your house. Most of all, they are in your Church. You are surrounded.
They speak lies to you. They speak lies about you. They are not sincere; they flatter and fake love for you. They mock and ridicule you. They laugh at you. They covet your spiritual possessions and envy you. They resent you and want you to fail. Evil influences and controls them.
Snakes and scorpions bite and sting you. They attack. They love to accuse you unjustly. They take pleasure as they blame and accuse you. They want to hurt you. They know there is no truth to their accusation yet they accuse to send flaming arrows of pain into you. They want to steal your joy and peace. They want to put blame, guilt, shame and bondage on you. They deliver arrows of pain and spew hate onto you. They intend to inject you with their poisonous venom. They want to hurt you. They want to kill your soul.
Snakes and scorpions are interested in power and control. They want to preserve their “place”(position) and their “nation”(personal kingdom). At any cost. Snakes and scorpions betray you. They kiss you and then hate you and turn you over to the authorities. They fake love. Their friendship with you is an illusion; they are secretly loyal to your enemy.
They are greedy, selfish, spiteful, self-righteous, proud, vain, arrogant, cunning, deceptive, self-preserving, manipulative, controlling, authoritarian, ambitious, emotionally cruel, viscous, hurtful, dangerous, brutal, unforgiving, vindictive, vengeful and egocentric: they believe they are superior. They love power and control and utilize blackmail and punishment when necessary. They have hidden motives and agendas. When their control is threatened they will attack. They have not compassion nor mercy.
But Jesus gives us His power to tread on serpents and scorpions in the Spirit as we respond according to His will. They can not harm you. In power of His Spirit, you stand in the Holy Place; you are safe. You are safe from these death attacks as you trample them under your feet in the Spirit with His power filling you. The power of the enemy cannot hurt you. The Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ is in you and you are in Him: His power is in you and nothing can harm you.
1. Be wise as the serpent: understand who is attacking you and why.
2. Be harmless as a dove. Respond to attacks as Jesus did with humility, gentleness, grace, faith and silence.
3. As led by the Spirit, speak Truth in love, or remain silent.
Let us remember how the Lord Jesus responded to those who hated Him, and to remember His instructions to us regarding how we are to respond to those who hate us. He told us to take up our cross and follow Him. He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep. Let us follow Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth;
like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:7. (He did not defend Himself.)
Now Jesus stood before the governor and the governor questioned Him saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”
(He identified Himself.)
And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against You?” And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so that the governor was quite amazed. Matt.27:11-14. (Jesus did not defend Himself.)
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34.(forgiveness)
Be glad in that day, and leap for joy…Luke 6:23.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad… Matt.5:12.
Keep on rejoicing…1 Pe.4:13.
But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Matt.10:19-20.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matt.5:44.
But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke6:27-28.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not. Romans 12:14.
when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure(suffer)..
But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
4. Offer up the suffering to God as worship. He will turn your suffering into worship, joy and love for Him by the filling of the power of His Spirit.
5. Respond in private worship alone to the Lord with prayer, praise, thanksgiving, trust, repentance, adoration and submission to Him and His will, in love.