There is a certain altitude where snakes do not go in, which scientists call “the snake line.”
This snake line is a particular plateau at a given elevation above sea level. For some reason snakes cannot go above this level.
Many hunters and campers are wise to this, so they set out for camping above the snake line. Staying above this line will keep a person out of danger but for those that are unaware of this might fall victim to the deadly venom of a serpents bite.
We know this to be true in the natural, but the Bible refers to the devil allegorically as a serpent or a snake.
The Book of John says that the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy, but as a Christian you can live above the snake line.
You are called to live above the enemy’s tactics and outwit him at every level. When you are living from a high place the enemy cannot touch you.
The devil is trying to spew his venom at people every day but you don’t have to be a captive to his schemes.
In the Book of Acts, a snake came out of the fire and fastened itself on Paul’s hand, but Paul shook it off and threw it back into the fire and was not harmed.
In the same way that he shook off that snake, shake off that viper before it releases its venom.
“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. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live. But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects,” Acts 28:3–5.
As we come into 2019, let’s make a New Years resolution to live above the snake line.
The way to do this is to resist ungodly or vain imaginations. When thoughts arise to bring dismay, disillusion or fear, don’t receive them.
When people come against you with lies and accusation shake it off immediately so that it doesn’t affect you.
Release and forgive that person so that the situation doesn’t cause a root of bitterness and unforgiveness in your heart.
Don’t allow the enemy to get a foothold but know that the LORD will bring the justice.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded,” James 4:7-8.
Refuse anything that the devil is trying to ensnare you with.
Don’t allow the evil one take you off guard.
Shake off whatever it is that robs you from entering a place of peace.
Recognize his old ways and resist him with the authority that Jesus has given you.
As we come into the New Year, let’s begin to rule and reign knowing that Jesus has given us all authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and nothing by any means shall harm us.
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you,” Luke 10:19.
Blessings in Christ Jesus,