3 Things a Dead Snake Taught Me About Authority

Written by on July 12, 2016

On a brisk Saturday walk with Tim on a street that flanks the Willamette River. I lifted my foot to take a step and suddenly recoiled.

“Look! A snake in the road!”

Tim said, “Where?”

“Right here! See?!

I pointed to a snake the same color as the street. A sort of dead snake. Okay, a very dead snake. And this one hadn’t been very smart. He’d made the fatal mistake of gliding into the path of a car.  It wasn’t pretty.

Snake Dead #2A

When you and I struggle to forgive ourselves, the enemy slithers into our thoughts and pretends to carry authority. But we walk in all the authority of a Christ who indwells us. When we boldly move forward in that authority, we take back ground from the enemy, and willingly accept ourselves, foibles and all.

Did you know that dead snakes are great teachers? That one taught me three things:

  • Fear thinks it outpowers us. But in a showdown between a 5,000-pound sedan and a five-ounce reptile, guess who wins?  Fear has no authority. When we speak out Scripture, we squash fear because we’re heavyweights. Here’s a good one to speak out:

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

Jesus tells us to jump up and down on snakes. What fun is warfare unless you get to squish an evil little guy or two? When we were kids, some of us jumped on beds. Now we get to trounce on snakes. And scorpions, apparently, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Snake Dead #3A

  • The sting of danger hovers near death. But it can’t touch us when we exercise authority over it. I’m allergic to bees. While we shot these photos with my smartphone, bees swarmed the snake. Was I scared of the bees? Nope. I said, “Bees, you will not sting me. You will not touch me. Get lost, in the name of Jesus.”When they heard me pray, they wrung their teensy hands, panicked, and buzzed off.

What are you taking authority over today?


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    • Lynn Hare   On   July 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks for your openness, Kathy. I’m pretty much in the same spot as you – especially for my releasing pride and moving in humility.

  1. Susan   On   July 13, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    “Greater is He who is in you then he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 Yes indeed. The dead snake can be a reminder of who is greater!

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