POISONED

Psalm 58:3-4

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent:…

Have you ever seen the effects of poison? Have you ever known someone who has been bitten by a poisonous spider or snake? I know a man in my church who was bitten by a Copperhead and the effects were horrible! In just a short period of time,  he grew weak and sickly. He didn’t even know at first that it was a snake which had bitten him. He was hospitalized, and had to be treated with powerful and expensive medicine to reverse the effect of the poison and to begin the healing process. After some time, he did recover…but he has a definite and obviously new alertness for the presence of snakes. He also is quick to warn (anyone who’ll listen) to the dangers, the pain, and the long-term effects of being POISONED!

Scripture warns of the dangers of those whose conversation is as damaging as the poison of snakes…

The poison is FATAL – The poison is CRUEL – Their tongue is SHARP – it’s the simplest of conversations wherein you may get’ poisoned…and not even realize what is happening.

I’ve warned the church of snakes among he congregation, only to watch some continue to converse with the “snakes”. When they do get bit, the poison has such strange and even varying effects.

The poison makes you weak…

The poison makes you lethargic…

The poison makes you NOT want to do the normal things you used to do…

The poison will not draw you into close fellowship with the snake, but you just won’t feel like being in fellowship with anyone

 

A snake can be hiding just about anywhere.

The Man of God is given discernment to detect the snakes, spiders, wolves, etc. You can avoid being POISONED many times by simply following the directions given by the Man of God.

For those of you who have been POISONED,,,

REALIZE – the snake was never your friend…you were their opportunity

REMEMBER – the Man of God who warned you, is trying to RESCUE you from the POISON

RETURN – there is only ONE hope for your life…you need to get back to the closeness and fellowship of the Church. Of course you don’t “feel like it”!… You’ve been POISONED!!!

 

 

God’s Word warns us that the enemies of the Cross will poison you…and just like Bro. Mark, you may not even know what bit you!