When we go through various trials, others may wonder if we have done something wrong and are being punished by God. God uses His Spirit to discipline, change, heal and touch us. The Holy Spirit works through love, joy, peace and gentleness. God doesn’t bring evil; He destroys its impact and brings life.
The enemy battles us because we are advancing the Kingdom. When we are in a battle, we quickly shake off his attacks on our minds and keep moving forward. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on a fire, a viper came out of the heat and fastened on his hand. At that moment, others expected him to die because surely he had done something evil for this to happen. Paul didn’t focus on them; he ignored their looks and their voices. Neither did he focus on his humanity by looking to himself. With holy boldness he trusted that greater is the Christ in him than the enemy of this world fastened on his hand at that moment. He shook the viper off and suffered no harm. Hallelujah!
When the fire of the Holy Spirit is upon us and moving through us to touch this hurting world, the enemy will show up in the midst of what we do. At that very moment we cannot reason about the situation. When the enemy suddenly moves, we move him out of the way quickly. What is not of God that tries to take control of us, cannot; we shake it off and suffer no harm, from glory to glory!
Acts 28:3-5 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.