Acts 28:5 “But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.”

Life is surely hectic enough. We work to pay the mortgage, put food on the table and try to have a few moments to sit down and commune as a family. Unfortunately, our adversary, Satan, observes this process and looks for every vantage point that he can to cause us to stumble and fall.

In this text, Paul, after having just survived a shipwreck, is working to stoke a fire to bring warmth to him and the rest of the survivors. All of a sudden, a viper springs forth from the sticks and bites him on the hand.

Our spiritual woman and man are such that we build momentum with God in our prayer time, Word Life and in our witness to those in our daily walk. Satan is angered when he sees us growing closer to God. So, he will not allow us to get closer to Christ without trying to cause a disturbance.

You have had a wonderful morning devotion and then you wave at a neighbor who clearly sees you as you pull out of the driveway but they do not wave back. A snake bite. Your children have been progressing in their studies and have adjusted to a new grade when they come home one day in tears due to an encounter with a bully. A snake bite.

If Satan cannot have our full attention with sin, he is content to bring his disturbances in an effort to snuff out our inner drive to have absolute focus on Christ.

What do we do as Believers? When Satan strikes, we must say to him “Satan, this attack is simply a distraction. In the name of Jesus, I declare victory over this attack. God’s word says at I John 4:4 (AMP) “Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].”

Continue in God’s Word. Stay in prayer. Keep allowing your light to shine. Shake that attack off! You’re going somewhere great in Jesus and Satan is highly upset that his life is only getting worse.

Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is also the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean” and a new book “Pastor on Post: 30 Devotionals as Published in the Murfreesboro Post.” For more information about Andrae and these works please visit

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