From the first book of the bible,Genesis, to the last book known as Revelation, the bible describes Satan, the devil, as Serpent. He was there in the Garden and he will be present waging war in the last days.
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. "
"And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years."
Jesus Himself referred to Satan, devils and evil spirits as serpents - Luke 10: 17 - 20.
Serpent, a synonym for Snake have fifteen recognized families comprising 456 genera and over 2,900 species.
However, in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, one specific species is mentioned. The Acts of the Apostles was successfully written by Luke the Physician. He could write the book simply because the Apostles acted! They didn't just hear the commandments and instructions of Jesus, but they acted upon the Word. That is what faith is. Faith is to act upon the Word!
We are still living in the dispensation where the Word needs to be believed and acted upon in order to produce.
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were confronted by a specific spirit referred to as Python. Out of all the species of snake, the bible specifically mentions Python.
What is Python?
Pythons are a family of non-venomous snakes. Among its members are some of the largest snakes in the world. Most members of this family are ambush predators, in that they typically remain motionless in a camouflaged position and then strike suddenly at passing prey. They will generally not attack humans unless startled or provoked. Prey is killed by a process known as constriction, then, by applying and maintaining sufficient pressure to prevent it from inhaling, the prey eventually succumbs due to asphyxiation. Death is caused by suffocation, with the victim not being able to move its ribs to breathe while it is being constricted.
Paul and Silas was on the way to pray and was confronted by a woman demon-possessed with a spirit of python.
Prayer is communion and communication with God. This communion maintain the life of God in us. The spirit of Python is after breath. Breath in the bible refers to the life of God (Gen. 2:7, John 20:21-22). The spirit of python wants to choke the life of God out of you. It squeezes and constrict you as a victim. Suddenly, you feel pressured, burdened, discouraged and the life, love, joy and peace of God is slowly being choked out of you.
Now, you don't feel like praising God. You no longer want to pray and spend time with God. Suddenly, you begin to compromise the Words of God...Python is choking the breath of God out of you...
the spirit of python also operates on flattery. It intends to take your eyes off God and flatter to deceive you. This is how python hypnotizes and bewitched its prey. Instead of us giving God glory, we start to be self-seeking and proud.
The spirit of python needs to be rebuked and cast out! It took Paul a few days to rightly discern python's wiles.
I pray in the name of Jesus that you are free from the spirit of python!
We were created to offer God praise and worship! We were created to serve!