The Brain did it again! (He’s the Brain; I’m Pinky!)
After watching a program on the National Geographic channel, Mr. M told me about the characteristics of the mongoose and the snake, most notably the cobra. And the light bulb flashed on again! I did a little digging and added some to his observations.
The mongoose is a scrappy mammal, a small yet bold carnivore found mainly in Africa but also found in southern Europe and southern Asia.
Within its body, the mongoose has receptors so shaped that it is impossible for a snake’s neurotoxin to attack them. If not for the receptors neutralizing it, the deadly toxin would shut down the mongoose’s system.
When confronted with each other, the mongoose and snake stare each other down before attempting to attack. But being an agile and fierce fighter, the mongoose will run circles around a snake, tiring it out, as it is not able to turn easily. The mongoose seizes the opportunity by flipping the snake into the air and then sinking its teeth into the snake’s head, paralyzing the snake. Sometimes, the mongoose eats the snake, and sometimes, it doesn’t. Also, the claws of a mongoose are visible all the time; they are non-retractable.
I found all this very interesting. And the wheels started to churn.
That ol’ enemy of ours is a slithery snake in the grass. So, how do you fight him? By…
* …being a fierce fighter. When confronted with one of his attacks, stare him down. Be on the offensive, ready to attack. “So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.” (Eph. 6:13 TLB)
* …seizing the opportunity and paralyzing his slimy attempts with God’s Word, just as Jesus did in the wilderness.
* …running circles around that ol’ enemy, tiring him out, never letting up on your faith and trust, “Be careful-watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord.” (1 Peter 5:8-9a TLB)
* …praying always. “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.” (Matt. 26:41 NLT)
* …praising! One of your best weapons is praise. The enemy hates it when you praise the Lord! David said, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou established praise because of thine adversaries, to still the enemy and the avenger.” (Ps. 8:2 Darby) (Praise as strength.) Jesus quoted this verse to the chief priests and scribes, “Yes, have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” (Matt. 21:16 NKJV) (To strengthen, perfect, complete.)
* …remembering you have a God-shaped receptor within your heart. The Holy Spirit. To neutralize the enemy’s deadly toxin of doubts, discouragement, worry, and negative thinking.
Jesus came to bruise the enemy’s head (Gen. 3:15) – to snap at, to overwhelm, to break – and God will do it for us, as Paul told the Roman church, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (Rom. 16:20 NLT)
We can be as the mongoose: small yet bold, a fierce fighter, paralyzing our enemy!