Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. Genesis 35:2, NIV
One day last summer, the homes and businesses of Denton, North Carolina, suddenly went dark. Utility officials traced the blackout to a fire in a substation, and they quickly saw the problem. A snake had gotten into the equipment, sparking the fire.
When we allow the devil to slither into some habit in our lives, it causes a loss of spiritual power. When we make excuses for stepping away from the truths and standards God has set for us, we open ourselves up to sin and the accompanying guilt that comes with it.
The best way of dealing with snakes is to get rid of them. Ephesians 4:31 says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander” (NIV). Colossians 3:8 says, “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language” (NIV). James 1:21 says, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent” (NIV).
Get rid of that snake!
Do not be deceived; happiness and enjoyment do not lie in wicked ways. Isaac Watts