Serpent’s Food

November 20, 2015


Serpent’s Food

Genesis 3:14

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 

There is an interesting parallel between this scripture and Genesis 3:19 which says, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dustthou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.”  From this it is easy to derive the fact that man is the dust that satan feeds on.  Our flesh is the inroads he has to our lives.  Our sin, our rebellion, our fulfillment of the lust of our flesh is all the serpent’s food.  The ultimate end of satan’s endeavors is always death and destruction.  His ability to rob, steal and destroy is through the flesh.  Think about the areas we struggle with in our lives.  The more life we give to these area that are contrary to the will of God, the more of a stronghold and place of separation with our relationship with God they cause.  This is serpent’s food.  The areas of our lives where we have bought into the lies of satan and are living in contradiction to the Word of God, that is serpent’s food.  

After the baptism of Jesus when the Spirit led him into the wilderness where he fasted for forty days and nights, there He was tempted of the devil.  The devil tried to find access into any area of Jesus’ life where there might be a weakness.  When the devil took Jesus up and showed him the kingdoms of the earth and promised him all of these if He would worship him, Jesus was tried in His spirit.  When he was taken up to the precipice of the temple and tempted to jump that the angels might bear him up, He was tested in the area of His soul through pride or self-confidence.  In the area of turning the stones into bread Jesus was tested in His body.  In no area, spirit, soul or body could the devil find access through weakness or sin. He had to leave Him for a season.   There was nothing satan could find in Jesus to feed off of.  Jesus had completely cut off the flesh in His life.  There was nothing of death or corruption that the serpent could feed on.  

What is he feeding on in our life?  We see areas of strife, division, selfishness, pride, impurity and so on that are the feeding grounds for this serpent in our life.  Galatians 5:16 exhorts us,  “[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”  Are we tired of the enemy feeding off of our lives?  Our hiding place is in Christ.  As we enter into Him more completely and fully the less and less the serpent has to feed on in our lives.  One of satan’s greatest diversions is for us to always be trying to make ourselves better and more righteousness.  Righteousness is the byproduct of who Christ is in us.  Our deliverance from being the dust and serpent food that he feeds off of is to walk in Spirit life where we no longer are identified with the world, but we are identified with Christ.  As Paul in Galatians 2:20 we want to say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  The whole dust realm is based in the natural that abides under the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2).  The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is taking us out of this realm and into the realm of the Spirit.  Even though we walk and live in this flesh, we are no longer abiding and living in the principles of the flesh, but now we live after the Spirit.  

Are we tired of being serpent food?  Let us focus our hearts and lives in the truth of God’s Word.  Our victory is standing upon the firm foundation of God’s Word as we walk out our daily lives yielded to His Spirit.   Will we be assaulted?  Most definitely we will, but  ‘a mighty fortress is our God’.  Our life must be hid in Christ.  In that place, everything that touches us must come through the Father first.  If it is touching us, it is there to work a greater measure of His grace and nature in us.  It is time for us to be the bread of Life and no longer serpent’s food. 




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