Snakes.

From the same sermon from Steven Furtick (Elevation Church) I referenced yesterday, we learn something really powerful about fighting fear and the problems that arise as our faith grows.

We know this is true if we’ve been pursuing Christ with our entire being – oh, the enemy fights us harder. As Furtick points out, there are snakes that come out. Paul survives the storm, the shipwreck, and an assassination attempt. But then Acts 28 happens and he gets bit by a snake.

They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. (Acts 28:2b-3)

I have experienced this so many times. As I have tried to seek God more and more, the snakes have come more and more. For me the snakes have been discouragement, doubt, fear, sin, failure, etc. So, what do we do?

But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. (verse 5)

SHAKE THE SNAKE. Paul doesn’t freak out, he doesn’t freeze in shock. He shakes it off, knowing “God didn’t bring me through that shipwreck to let me die from this snake bite.”

“Snakes” will attack you – your faith, your thoughts, your progress. Shake. It. Off. Press on.

FEED THE FIRE. You can get bit, but not be stopped and that is how people will know where your faith lies. Use the snake bite to fuel your fire – to press you on in your faith journey towards God. Fight harder. Fan those flames with the very snake trying to attack you.

2 Timothy 1:6-7 “ For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Like I said, for me a snake is often self-doubt. I don’t think I’m good enough, fit enough, strong enough, have enough faith, funny enough, pretty enough, yada yada yada. I just don’t think I am enough. And I’m not. So I take that self-doubt snake and shake it into my pursuit of Christ and His will for my life – my fire – and I remember I am only enough when I let Christ live through me. So I renounce the lie and declare that I am enough with Christ who gives me strength. Get off me snake, get away from me satan.

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