Saturday, May 28th, 2011
An Axe To The Root (Part 2)
For from the serpent's root a viper will come out, and its fruit will be a flying serpent.
Isaiah 14:29 (NAS)
Satan is the king of serpents. From his root come vipers and serpents--evil in all forms. His plan is cultivating weeds in the gardens of our lives--then nourishing the thorny barbs with the finesse of a master gardener. Satan's implants thrive in darkness.
When the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked and floated ashore, he and the crew were rescued by natives. When Paul built a fire, 'a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm' (Acts 28:3-5).
Jesus promises us victory over the enemy: 'Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you' (Luke 10:19). Paul proves this scripture--but even so, he kills the viper so it cannot attack again.
What are the bitter weeds and flying serpents in our lives? Thorny weeds include unforgiveness, envy, strife, anxiety, pride, doubt, and fear. They overshadow our gifts and talents. They choke the fun out of our lives.
While we may be saved for Heaven, our fruit and joy upon this earth are small.
Flying serpents are dragons of addiction to habits that can destroy us, like alcohol, drugs, immorality, smoking, shopping--even junk food. They enchant us--then attach themselves to our souls with mighty teeth. Once we discover the deception, we squirm. But these monsters are difficult to dislodge and do not die easily. Our lives on this earth become war zones.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the An Axe To The Root series.