Serpents Are master’s at Overcoming Handicaps

Serpents Are master’s at Overcoming Handicaps

Scripture: Revelation 2:7; 2:17; and 3:21

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” 2:7.

 “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” 2:17

“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my father on his throne.” 3:21


Serpents are wise because they overcome their handicaps. A handicap is something that limits you! A handicap is something that makes you different from others! A handicap is a disadvantage that makes success more difficult! A handicap is a physical or social disability that makes your participation in the ministry more difficult!

When you are as wise as a serpent, you will be able to master all your handicaps and turn them around for your good. Snakes are the most severely handicapped animals on earth because they do not have limbs. Snakes have poor eyesight, and so have heat censors that can pick up vibrations.

Snakes have no moveable eyelids. Snakes also have no external ear openings. They are deaf and yet they are able to sense things. Snakes can pick up vibrations from the ground.

Despite these handicaps, snakes have become the most successful predators on earth. They live and flourish where no other animal can live. They have worked around their handicap of not having legs and are able to go anywhere. They can climb trees, swim, and can even fly. Snakes can move equally well on the ground, under the ground, in thick undergrowth, on trees and in water. What a wonderful success story this is! Despite not having legs, arms or ears, snakes have been able to do what other wild animals cannot do.

Most ministers of the gospel are handicapped in one-way or the other. Remember that a handicap is a limitation that makes it more difficult to be successful. Most ministers of the gospel are limited in one area or other. Every minister of the gospel is limited by his colour, his continent, his money, and his lack of resources.

These handicaps or limitations present themselves to everyone. Your duty is to be as wise as a serpent and overcome your handicap. You must actually use your limitations to your advantage. The wisdom of the serpent is to refuse to succumb to the handicap you face. The wisdom of the serpent is to turn your handicap into your advantage. Serpents use the fact that they do not have legs to hide effectively. That is why a snake can live near you and you will never know. Serpents have developed special techniques for legless movement. The feared black member can move as fast as a hundred metre sprinter. Imagine that! The handicap of the serpent has been turned into its greatest advantage.

If you are wise as a serpent, you will not sit and moan about your lack of resources or any other handicap you have. If you are wise as a serpent, you will not allow your problems and limitations to drown your calling. You will rise with the wisdom of a serpent and use the very handicap to your advantage.

Conclusively, we shall look briefly on some handicaps you can overcome as a believer.

1- Youthfulness can be a handicap

2- Having your headquarters in Africa can be a handicap- 1 Timothy 4:12

3- Your colour can be a handicap-

4- Your marriage can be a handicap- Genesis 39:20-23

5- Your past can be a handicap to you- Psalm 25:6-7

6- Being a woman can be a handicap- 1 Peter 3:7


Dear Jesus! I might be handicapped in some areas of my life and ministry that has limited me all these years due to my ignorant. Knowledge from these teachings has opened my eyes to see that I could use those handicaps and turn it to my advantage. Please, help me to be as wise as the serpent, amen.

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Pastor Bob.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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