A man in Texas nearly died when he was bitten by the severed head of a four-foot rattlesnake.
Jennifer Sutcliffe told a Corpus Christi TV station that her husband had been clearing their yard over Memorial Day weekend when he saw and decapitated the snake. When he picked up the dead rattlesnake to dispose of it, the head bit him and released an almost fatal amount of venom.
He was flown to a hospital and treated with 26 doses of antivenom.
There's a spiritual application here I think.
Like the dead rattlesnake, our crucified “old self” can still attack us.
Paul said “We know that our old self was crucified with [Christ] in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin” (Romans 6:6-7).
And yet the apostle admitted, “I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me” (Romans 7:18-20).
Can you identify with this?
I'm convinced there are many believers who are thinking they're the only ones who deal with this reality.
That's why we need to have this conversation!
It's a war that's been won.. but we'll have battles until we reach Heaven.
Sometimes we win and overcome.
Other times WE are overcome.
What's your story?
What's your message to your brothers and sisters in Christ who are weary and discouraged right now?
Those battle scars are powerful testimonies!
Kurt Goff is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He has more than 25 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. With Jesus Christ at the center and the Bible as the guide, each broadcast of Kurt Goff Live reminds listeners that they are not alone and that Christ loves them through the ups and downs of their life. Goff is a graduate of Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.