(Luke 10:19 KJV) Behold, I give unto you
power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:
and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
This scripture has been so encouraging
to me over the years because it
reminds me that I have the power
to face any difficult situation. Jesus made this promise a reality for us when
He was resurrected from the dead. The thought of having such power and
authority also reminds me that we are no longer natural beings with a spiritual
body. When we accepted Christ as Savior we become a spiritual being with a
natural body. That means we can operate in the same power and authority that
Jesus operated in.
The principle in our text is that our
natural enemies are nothing more
than something under our feet...when we
walk in the anointing as Jesus did.
As one can see in the following story it
is easy to identify those who
are standing on this promise of God—according
to our text—and those who
Many years ago it was a common practice for men
who lived in rural areas (particularly in southern states) to go out into the
woods and pray on special occasions, such as when their church was holding a revival.
Sometimes the woods were full of men walking around, praying for God to send
the fire of revival and save the souls of their loved ones.
It has been many years since this particular experience
and I do not remember the specifics of the occasion, but I got together to pray
with two of my neighbors from adjacent farms. Their names were T.A and Harold. T.A
lived between Harold and I, so we decided to go to his house and pray in his barn,
rather than going out in the woods, which was customary for us.
T.A and I were apparently standing on the
promise of our text where it said,
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread
on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing
shall by any means hurt you.”
Harold on the other hand was apparently not standing
on the promise of our text and therefore the fleas in T.A’s barn were eating
him alive. The fleas never bothered T.A and me.
I guess the point of this story is to never
pray in another man’s barn unless you have the power to tread on his fleas.
The fact is, life is full of “fleas” (things
that will attack our flesh, mind, will and emotions), and that is why the Lord
has given us the power and authority over such things. In my seventy seven
years of life I have never seen a time when more people were being attacked by
the fleas of life (sickness and disease) than they are right now. The purpose
of our text is to encourage us that God has already made a way for us through
You for making a way for us to get through life before we even knew we needed a
way. As the disciples said, “...we believe but help our unbelief...” as we
learn to fully walk in Your power Lord.