Spiritual Warfare & Trials

What the Enemy Meant for Evil, God Meant it For Good – “Shake it Off”!

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Any time we begin to fulfill God’s purpose for our life or our ministry, the enemy will do what he can to try to stop us. He will launch one attack after another in an attempt to steal, kill and destroy God’s will for our lives. But what was meant for evil, what the enemy tries to use to his advantage, God meant it for good and will carry out His plan in our lives.

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Paul is Shipwrecked

Acts 27 tells about how Paul was a prisoner on a ship that was headed for Rome with other prisoners on board. He was put in the care of a centurion named Julius.

Acts 27:1-2 says:

“When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea.” NIV

After making some stops along the route, they set sail and were met with a Northeaster. Paul warned them to stop but his warnings went unheeded. After some time, they ended up shipwrecked on Malta.

Acts 27:42-44

“The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.” NIV

What was Meant for Evil God Meant it For Good – Paul and the Viper

The islanders they encountered were very friendly and kind. They built them a fire to keep them warm because it was rainy and cold. Paul went to gather wood and, as he was placing the wood onto the fire, a viper that had jumped out because of the heat of the fire latched onto Paul’s hand.

The islanders swore Paul must be some sort of murderer that had escaped justice so now “the goddess Justice” had not allowed him to live by causing this snake to kill him.

However, Acts 28:5-6 says:

“But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.” NIV

Paul shook it off!

He didn’t panic and he didn’t worry about his life. He just merely shook it off!

A Healing Hand

Acts 28:7-8 goes on to tell us:

“There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.” NIV

Paul was bitten on the hand by the viper. It was intended to kill him. But, that same hand that the viper struck, Paul laid on Publius’ father and healed him.

What the devil meant for evil, God meant it for good.

The hand that the enemy attempted to use for death, God used for healing.

God Meant it For Good So Shake it Off

The very area the enemy attacks you with, the area of your life, the area of your ministry, the area of your marriage, God can turn it around and use it for healing! The very hand the enemy bites you on, will be the hand that heals!

You see, when the enemy attacks you and comes against you God will use that! He will use it to heal something in your life or someone else’s through you!

Your story, your struggle, is not in vain! That struggle is what God will take and use for His purposes.

For people who are faith bloggers, we share our stories and our lessons because it could help someone else. It could bring healing to them.

We make a ministry out of sharing the things that we struggle with. These things are the ‘hands’ that are bitten by the viper!

And like Paul, when that bite happens, we need to shake it off!

Paul was able to shake off that snake and not fear death because Paul knew God had a plan for him. God wasn’t done with Paul. Paul had his marching orders. He knew it wasn’t his time to die.

Trust God’s Plan

When we go through attacks and trials from the enemy, when we know what our calling is and we know what God’s will for us is, we can just shake it off. We know that God has us. We know from His Word that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

When the enemy comes against us with his attacks, do we put our faith and trust in God’s plan and purpose for our lives, our ministry, our marriage?

If we are called to our ministry, do we lose faith and hope when the enemy comes against us? Do we trust that God has a plan and a purpose that he will carry out?

Shake Off That Snake

Just shake it off! Shake off the snake and keep moving forward not fearing the attack of the enemy! God is in control and He will use the broken pieces of your life to speak into others!

You have a story to share that is someone’s healing! Shake off the snake and tell your story!

There’s an old saying that I love; “Speak the truth and shame the devil!”

So speak your truth! Speak out with your story!! Place that snake bitten hand on someone and heal them! What God intended for good cannot be stopped by the enemy!


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  1. I needed this today. The difficulties I am facing today (this week), God will use for good. It’s hard, sometimes, to think about that when it seems like everything is going wrong, but God’s got this! As always, thank you. So on point!

    1. Thank you so much Susan. Like you I’m needing this so badly right now. That’s why I chose it for this week. It’s a reminder I too need!! Praying for you!!

  2. So many examples in the Bible of how Satan meant it for evil, but God meant it for Good. Paul is certainly one of those. I can see examples of this in my own life. Yet, I still fail to trust Him somehow. Thanks for this great reminder and thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements! Pinned. 🙂

  3. “What satan meant for evil, God intended for good” – we’ve lived in the miracle of that since Christmas. Miracles always seem to happen in the middle of hard challenges – so glad God check mates satan even before the game has started!

  4. I have to admit I struggled with clicking back to your post to read it. I am terrified of snakes. But, I am so glad I did. I shook off the terror and read on. Your post gave me a renewed strength to shake off the bad. Thank you.