"SHAKING the DEVILS LOOSE"

ACTS 28:1-6
INTRODUCTION:

1 PETER 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. The only way that God's people will
become lions meat will be if they allow Satan to "hold on" to them and not shake him
loose.

There are several lessons that can be learned from this portion of scripture. Lessons that
will help us be victorious over our circumstances, feelings, and our day to day living for
Jesus.


1.   LOOK AT THEIR CONDITION! - They had just lost their ship. All of their belongings
and even their food was gone. They barely had their lives. They were hungry and cold.
And if things couldn't get any worse, it started to rain. IT WAS A PERFECT TIME TO
HAVE A FIRE!

A.   The people started it. Paul just added to it.

B.   The fire ministered to the needs of the people.

2.   PAUL HELPED INCREASE THE FIRE WITHOUT BEING TOLD! - We need to
understand and feel the necessity of keeping the fire going so that no one has to tell us to
get the wood, we come with wood in our hands.

3.   WHEN THE FIRE BEGAN TO BUILD, THE SNAKE CAME OUT AND CAUGHT
HOLD OF HIS HAND! - Why not his leg? Because his hand was what was bringing the
wood.

A.   When the fire gets hot enough, it causes snakes to move and sometimes attack.
The anointing attracts attacks.

4.   WHEN THIS HAPPENED, PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS A MURDERER! - Isn't it
odd that when the devil is biting you, people seem to criticize and condemn you? You
have got to overlook people by looking over people and what they might say or think.

5.   PAUL SHOOK OFF THE SNAKE INTO THE FIRE AND FELT NO HARM! - When
the devil bites you, understand that he just bit into royal blood. You are quickened and
protected by the blood of Jesus.




A.   SHAKE IT OFF - This is something YOU must do in the name of Jesus. LUKE
10:19 - Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and
over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

B.   INTO THE FIRE - Don't stop kindling the fire. Keep on praying. Keep teaching
your Sunday School class. Keep working for God. Now is not the time to give up,
or the venom of the snake will kill you spiritually. God will see you though it.

C.   FELT NO HARM! - ISA. 54:17 - No weapon that is formed against thee shall
prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt
condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their
righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD.

6.   WHEN THE PEOPLE SAW HE SUFFERED NO HARM! - They adored him instead of
condemning him. God will make it right because all things work to your good, to them
who love the Lord.

CONCLUSION:

THE DEVIL HAS HIS TEETH IN SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW POISONING SOME
OF YOUR HUSBANDS. SOME OF YOUR CHILDREN. IN YOUR EMOTIONS AND
FEELINGS. IN YOUR MIND. IN YOUR BUSINESS. IN YOUR JOB. ITS TIME TO
SHAKE HIM LOOSE.

MATT. 16:19 - And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt
loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.


                  Rev. Michael K. Mann