"Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. "
"And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years."
Jesus Himself referred to Satan, devils and evil spirits as serpents - Luke 10: 17 - 20.
Serpent, a synonym for Snake have fifteen recognized families comprising 456 genera and over 2,900 species.
However, in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, one specific species is mentioned. The Acts of the Apostles was successfully written by Luke the Physician. He could write the book simply because the Apostles acted! They didn't just hear the commandments and instructions of Jesus, but they acted upon the Word. That is what faith is. Faith is to act upon the Word!
We are still living in the dispensation where the Word needs to be believed and acted upon in order to produce.
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were confronted by a specific spirit referred to as Python. Out of all the species of snake, the bible specifically mentions Python.
What is Python?
Pythons are a family of non-venomous snakes. Among its members are some of the largest snakes in the world. Most members of this family are ambush predators, in that they typically remain motionless in a camouflaged position and then strike suddenly at passing prey. They will generally not attack humans unless startled or provoked. Prey is killed by a process known as constriction, then, by applying and maintaining sufficient pressure to prevent it from inhaling, the prey eventually succumbs due to asphyxiation. Death is caused by suffocation, with the victim not being able to move its ribs to breathe while it is being constricted.
Paul and Silas was on the way to pray and was confronted by a woman demon-possessed with a spirit of python.
Prayer is communion and communication with God. This communion maintain the life of God in us. The spirit of Python is after breath. Breath in the bible refers to the life of God (Gen. 2:7, John 20:21-22). The spirit of python wants to choke the life of God out of you. It squeezes and constrict you as a victim. Suddenly, you feel pressured, burdened, discouraged and the life, love, joy and peace of God is slowly being choked out of you.
Now, you don't feel like praising God. You no longer want to pray and spend time with God. Suddenly, you begin to compromise the Words of God...Python is choking the breath of God out of you...
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Don't be a prey to this spirit. Overcome it by the power of the Word in the name of Jesus. This spirit will try to imprison you like it did with Paul and Silas but if you begin to praise God even when you may not feel like it, then the presence and power of God will manifest to set you free.
Jentezen Franklin - Spirit of Python available on YOUTUBE