Encouragement

Serpents – A Word by Lisa Hernandez

Lisa Hernandez is a woman whose warrior heart has been forged in the fire of adversity. She carries with her a Deborah anointing and an instinctive ability to see the behind the scenes attempts of the enemy. Lisa studied Karate, kickboxing, Hand to hand combat and weapons for two decades, retiring recently to work with kids of at-risk youth. Her weapon of choice is the Sword. God has taken Lisa’s special understanding of warfare and strategy and given her eyes to see into the spirit realm where she applies her gifts wholeheartedly for the glory of the Lord. Website: palmofdeborah.com

 

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Serpents A Word by Lisa Hernandez

 

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A Serpent is defined as a large snake.   Also as a sly or treacherous spirit; especially one who exploits a position of trust, in order to betray it.  Serpents are guilty of betrayal and deception- they are false hearted and unfaithful.  They will make full use of any resource available until it is completely dried up.   (Genesis 3:1-3)

 

Serpents have forked tongues and flick their tongues to smell the air around them.  They coil up and wait for a victim. and then they strike and then they wrap their-selves around their victim, squeezing the life out of them.  Or they inject venom into their victim and hold them in a death grip until they die.

 

LESSONS IN NATURE:

 

  I work on a farm and I encounter a lot of wildlife.  The Lord Likes to teach me lessons about the nature of His creation in these encounters. One morning as I was walking down to the baseball field on the far side of the property, to open the restroom doors, I saw, coiled up, a very small rodent snake.  My first thought was yikes!  I had to step toward him to open the gate to the restroom.  He was right at the base of the gate!  I felt the Lord urge me to step one foot in front of the snake.  And without fear, I did. Of course the whole time I was aware that the snake was non-venomous.  As I stepped in front of it, it slithered off into the shade.

 

  Later that morning as I was headed home from the market, I saw a strange shape in the street as I approached the turn onto my block. From a distance it appeared to be a large cobra with its body stretched tall and its hood unfurled. But as I got closer, I realized that it was only a piece from a palm tree that had blown into the street because of the wind.

 

The Lord was quick to remind me that the snake was more crafty than any of the other wild animals He had created.  The serpent likes to make him-self bigger and more intimidating than he actually is.  The devil likes to bluff his way into our trust, so that he can exploit his position and make full use of the resources that we have provided for him.  Resources such as fear, guilt or shame.

 

He tries to make us afraid by exploiting our own weaknesses and insecurities.  He coil’s himself around our mind or around our spine – and lays in wait, patiently tightening his grip.  He will try to get us to give him permission to poison us by our own guilt or shame.  He is more crafty than any other spirit!

 

He stopped up his ears so that he can’t hear us command him to leave.  He flicks his tongue to taste the atmosphere.  He is tasting fear and regret. This spirit is a deaf and dumb spirit.  He will cause us to be deaf and dumb to his tactics, and to God’s overcoming power! His overcoming power of Grace! Grace is more than undeserved favor.  It is sustained power by Holy spirit to overcome the enemy.  Jesus gave himself so that we could be free!  But many of us are still walking around with serpents in or around us who are blocking our ears from hearing God’s voice, and shutting our eyes to the open heaven before us.  We aren’t able to see the signs.

 

Be liberated!

 

We have resurrection power by Christ’s spirit in us that is to liberate us for all time from our bondage!  We need to recognize this serpent who appears to be large and venomous, but who is really small and punny.   We must speak against this spirit and violently shake it off into the eternal fire! It only has as much power as we allow it to have.  It only poisons us as much as we allow it to.  (Acts 28:3-5)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

The Lord gave us instructions:

 

Luke 10:1-3 After the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where He was about to go.  He told them: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.   GO!  I AM sending you out like lambs among wolves..”

 

Luke 10:16-20 “Whoever listens to you, listens to me.  Whoever rejects you, rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects Him who sent me.”

 

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”  

 

He replied, ” I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

 

I AM is saying, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

 

I AM is asking His children, “Do you believe me?” If it is so, then confess what has been HOLDING YOU BACK, AND SHAKE OFF THE SERPENT INTO THE ETERNAL FIRE! Now, GO!  Walk in victory!”

 

Your’s VICTORIOUSLY,
Lisa H.

 

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