Last night when I came home Spencer and Eli was watching clips about snakes. Eli hates snakes. As McKenzie and I watched the snake eat baby squirrels, we expressed how disgusting it was. Animals, reptiles, insects, and humans share more than we realize.
We all try to survive in this world, share this world and learn to live daily. Life, funny thing isn’t it? The difference between us and the other creations of this world is we have emotions and we can think and reason. We have this wonderful ability to be so different and unique but yet so quick to turn on our own kind instead of protect and nurture as other species do. Today, I write about the effects of the Viper. Whether you realize it or not we all have been bit by poisonous snakes. What is the remedy or quick action we can take before the poison sets in and leaves a scar for life?
Words and actions from people can be very poisonous and the effects from the venom can be quite disastrous. When you look at the general symptoms of a snakebite, you will notice several things. First of all lets compare the physical to the spiritual after being bit by a snake (spiritually speaking = a lie from the enemy of our soul).
The Central Nervous System is affected. There is dizziness, increased thirst and headache in the physical sense. From the Spiritual side point being dizzy means having no sense of balance with the potential to fall. In other words, life will be going in circles without any relief from mind battles with no clear thoughts only nauseated worry. An increased thirst is from the lack of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and leading, comfort and the ability to receive teaching. A spiritual headache is comes from refusing guidance of authority with prideful selfish thinking.
In the Systemic, there is fever and severe pain. Spiritual fever is the result of a wake up call to an infection that is foreign to your soul as a born again believer, resulting in unresolved pain and lack of thankfulness. High temperatures reach potential dangers of damaging the ability to think, act and reason. A spiritual fever demands hitting the rewind button from the past, dwelling on the past, or living in the past. Because of lack of prayer and lack of faith the spirit of fear sets in…. resulting in spiritual sickness.
Notice in the picture how vision is affected with blurriness. When we look into the spiritual there will be no clear vision or direction to go. Panic with a sense of urgency causes one to run for help usually in the wrong direction as he or she experiences pain, panic and fear. Many times people run instead of allowing or receiving help from the ones who are capable of helping.
The condition of the heart in the physical or spiritual is not as noticeable to the natural eye. Rapid pulse, blood pressure and shock usually comes upon the initial bite yet it continues to be experienced after the bite. Most of the time when we get bit spiritually, these things also play out in our body through stress resulting in fatigue, weight gain or loss, no energy, addictions and other sought out pleasures to escape this world.
The Muscular system is affected with convulsions, loss of coordination and weakness. Spiritual convulsion is throwing your body into a tantrum of anger, bitterness and an unforgiving attitude. It is acting out through actions everyone will see and notice. The loss of coordination is making wrong decisions during this time and weakness is just that, spiritually weak.
The Gastric and Intestinal system is affected with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Spiritual sickness results in regurgitation and dispelling waste on everyone around through contact which stinks up the entire area. Everyone is affected by this not just the bitten. It is seemingly having the right to spout off negativity, gossip, back biting all because of the infection of a viper bite (lies believed).
What do you do when you get bit by a viper? Education and knowledge will prevent you from doing what you shouldn’t do. Remember in the movies you would see people cut the wounded bite with a knife and suck out the poison? Not a good idea. (Spiritually speaking this would mean we TRY TO PUT THINGS INTO OUR OWN HANDS IN TRUSTING IN SELF INSTEAD OF GOD – doing the opposite of what God wants you to do.)
In the physical they say you should remain calm, wash the bite area, wrap the area to constrict blood flow and have someone to carry you for treatment. The less you move is the best. Spiritually speaking: the less you move is the best. Wash the area with the Spirit and Word of God, constrict by not allowing the poison to affect other parts of your soul and allow Jesus to carry you through this difficult time with treatment of Love, forgiveness, mercy and grace. (In other words – wait on God!)
Better yet, do as Paul did. Shake the snake off into the fire and continue to live, teach, breath, go, preach and walk as Jesus to a world of people who continue to get bit by vipers. You now have the antidote! Shake it off and you won’t have to worry about experiencing all these results in the spiritual sense.
As Christians, vipers, poisonous bites from talk or actions from people should have no affect on us. Words, actions, expectations of others should only cause us to stand in the gap for those who are victims of this biggest trick of the enemy. Yes I agree it is hard not to fall prey to a viper when they bite in the most unpredictable time and season of your life but I choose to be thankful under this pressure, count it joy while yet passing through this world to get to eternity. I must remember not to let the venom affect me or those around me. Lord help us all.
Matthew 12:34 New Living Translation (©2007)
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.
Romans 3:13 New Living Translation (©2007)
“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.”
Mark 16: 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Acts 28:3-8 3As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. 4The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live.” 5But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. 6The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds…..