Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
I had a freak-out moment the other day. I meandered into the event center to check out the merchandise for our upcoming auction and the first thing I saw was a huge rattlesnake. Granted it was stuffed and in a glass case, but the beady eyes, thick body, and raised tail still gave me the creeps. It is no wonder that one of the names the Bible gives to our enemy, Satan, is “the serpent of old.” This dangerous and slithering reptile is not something I want to meet alone in a dark alley – or an event center for that matter.
No other enemy compares with the Serpent
Nobody wants to have enemies. Most of us work very hard to please others and keep everyone on our good side. Yet no matter how hard we try, there will always be a few who don’t appreciate us or who even try to harm us. Still no other adversary we encounter will ever compare with this greatest enemy known to mankind. His methods are insidious. His determination is endless. His purpose is evil. And his sting is deadly. He and his angels have one goal: to deceive the world.
From the very beginning of creation this serpent determined to separate humans from God. He tempted Eve to doubt and disobey her Creator. It’s all been downhill from there.
One of the enemy’s best tactics can virtually shut down even the most seasoned of believers when they are not careful and on the alert. He is known for going before God and accusing us of our sin. Neil T. Anderson, in his book The Bondage Breaker, shares his discovery of the crooked understanding of many Christians, including leaders, who struggle because of the enemy’s accusations. They have been deceived into believing they are not important, qualified, or any good. These venomous thoughts and feelings paralyze many children of God and halt their witness and productivity.
The Antidote to one of the Enemies Best Tactics
What is the antidote for this kind of thinking? It is to believe the truth God has spoken in His Word. Christ overcame our sin by His own blood. In doing so He threw down our accuser with power and authority. Now there is no more condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ, (Romans 8:1).
When our enemy, that crafty serpent, shakes his rattle and bares his fangs we don’t need to quiver in fear because God has washed away our sin. In Christ we are important, qualified, and righteous. Our lives have meaning and purpose, and our testimony is powerful.
When we understand and believe this truth we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. And then it’s Satan, the serpent of old, who has a freak out moment!
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