Tim Shields tell about a Peace Corps instructional bulletin for the young men and womenheaded toward the Amazon jungle. The bulletin is a practical guideline on a very important issue in that region and is entitled, “How to Survive an Anaconda Attack.” It goes something like this:

”If you are ever attacked by an anaconda, do not run and do not panic. If you run you will not get away. If you panic, the anaconda will know you are alive and will constrict you to death. Simply lie down on your back and calmly wait. The anaconda will circle around and bump you several times to see if you move. This process might take 10 to 15 minutes; just stay still. Be patient and do not panic. The anaconda will then go to your feet and begin to slowly swallow them. Do not move. Simply remain patient and do not panic. It will take some time for the anaconda to work its way up your lower legs. Again, be patient and do not panic. It will take anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes for the anaconda to reach your knees. During that time you are to remain still. Be patient. Do not panic. Once the anaconda reaches your knees, slowly reach to the sheath on your belt and carefully pull out your jungle knife. Once you have a firm grip on your knife, gently place it, with the blade up, where the side of your leg ends and the anaconda’s mouth begins. Now, in a swift and violent motion, thrust the knife into the side of the snake’s mouth and firmly pull up. This will sever its brain from its spinal cord. Quickly step out of the snake’s mouth and go back to camp. P.S.: DO NOT FORGET YOUR JUNGLE KNIFE, AND MAKE SURE IT IS SHARP!”

Just the thought of something like that happening to us might make us feel squeamish and prompt us to think twice about volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Amazon jungle. But, if we think about it, we face similar dangers in the spiritual realm ever day. Satan, our adversary, is like a giant serpent seeking to squeeze the life out of us and consume us (Ephesians 6:11-12). Your best defense is remembering that God is on our side, and whatever you do, do not forget your jungle knife and make sure it’s sharp. The Bible is you jungle knife, your sword. You can keep it sharp by studying it.

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  1. Rebekah Micham says:

    i have to completely agree with that. and people don’t realize they MUST keep their knives sharp and HANDY!! thank you for encouraging to help others to STUDY!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had to do a school report on anacondas and pythons in general and this bit of info helped so much!I agree 500% for what they say to do. And just remember your dad-gum knife!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    You should take this advice with a grain of salt. Anacondas,boa constrictors, and pythons swallow from the head down ninety-nine percent of the time, almost always after constricting the prey to death. Even if a snake finds a dead animal it will often constrict it to make sure it is dead before eating it.

  4. Allen says:

    personally I'd rather have a gun than a knife, it,d be like replacing your bible with jesus

  5. Jason says:

    Allen, "replacing your Bible with Jesus" is a meaningless statement. The Bible is the word of God. Jesus is the Word of God. The Word made flesh is also God made flesh. Jesus is not a replacement for the Bible. The Bible is how we come to know God (and, thus, Jesus).

  6. Anonymous says:

    HAHAHAHA what are u and idiot snakes allmost allways swalow from the head down and they tend to crush things to death just to make sure there dead beofre they eat them… when ur lying on the jungle ground waiting for a snake to kill u….remeber how stupid it is

  7. Anonymous says:

    to Anonymous, (idiot snakes) The fact that this came from the people that live in that jungle is telling of what to do. Anaconda's eat different from other constritors. While they eat they crush what they are eating whole. They will eat from the head or feet. Yes the word of God is our sword. The more we read and study it the more we gets sharper. The enemy will attack but we will be ready. We are the winners. He loses.

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