Monday Morning Devotional

Week of August 20, 2018


“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” --- Ephesians 6:12-13


The green anaconda is considered the largest of the giant snakes, taking into account thickness, weight, and length. According to nationalgeographic.com, green anacondas can grow to more than 29 feet, weigh more than 550 pounds, and measure more than 12 inches in diameter The following excerpt, which now is known to be legend, was allegedly from the United States Government Peace Corps manual for volunteers working in the Amazon jungle. It details what to do if attacked by an anaconda.

  1. If you are attacked by an anaconda, do not run. The snake is faster than you are.
  2. Lie flat on the ground. Put your arms tight against your sides, your legs tight against one another.
  3. Tuck your chin in.
  4. The snake will begin to nudge and climb over your body.
  5. Do not panic.
  6. After the snake has examined you, it will begin to swallow you from the feet end – always from the feet end. Permit the snake to swallow your feet and ankles.
  7. The snake will now begin to suck your legs into its body. You must lie perfectly still. This will take a long time.
  8. When the snake has reached your knees, slowly and with as little movement possible, reach down, take your knife and very gently slide it into the side of the snake’s mouth between the edge of its mouth and your leg, then suddenly rip upwards, severing the snake’s head.
  9. Be sure you have your knife.
  10. Be sure your knife is sharp.

We never know what spiritual conflicts we will face in life. The Apostle Paul, in writing to the church at Ephesus, reminds us as followers of Christ that we are involved in a spiritual battle and we should not go into battle unprepared. Generally speaking, spiritual conflicts take the form of either temptation or spiritual opposition. When we are tempted to sin, we are to run away or flee (cf. 2 Timothy 2:22). When we are confronted with spiritual opposition, we are to stand and fight (cf. James 4:7; Ephesians 6:13-14). Most of us, however, are noted for reversing the two. As followers of Christ, we need to recognize our enemy and know what to do. We are to take up the whole armor of God and stand strong in his mighty power.


Prayer: Lord, we praise you that the principalities and powers were defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in whose name and power we are commanded to be strong.