I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
The comparison made here in the verse above is between the sinful nature of the Devil against the divine nature of Christ in us. The snake is a clear reference to the sinful nature of the Devil in us, whereas the divine nature of Christ is referred to as the dove. When we face the world which acts cunningly harmful like the wolf, we have to remind them that we too have the sinful nature of the Devil in us to overcome by putting it to death. Nothing they do out of the sinful nature of the Devil in them is alien to us. We too have the same misdeeds to overcome by the power of God the Holy Spirit sent as a Helper within us. We are on level 'playing-ground' actually. Nothing you do, that we don't know how to do it too, but, we have consciously chosen to put to death all the misdeeds of the sinful nature in us. In this way, God the Holy Spirit will help bring about the formation of the divine nature of Christ in us fully. We now have chosen to act from that nature of Christ. Though we act out of that nature of Christ which has been formed in us, we are still overcoming the sinful nature of the Devil in us, one by one. If it's not jealousy, greed, not lies, then all the other misdeeds, one at a time until we fully put them to death as we are convicted of those sins by the convictions God the Holy Spirit brings within us. Innocence comes from the divine nature of Christ in us. If we do not have the divine nature of Christ formed in us, how can we ever be innocent before The LORD. This is a message to the world that we know every 'game' they (the wolves) play utilizing fully the sinful nature of the Devil in them. We too can do the same, but we have chosen not to. Why, because obeying the urges, desires and passions of the sinful nature of the Devil in us, is a self destructive pathway, we have learnt this through experience and we no longer practice them. We have chosen to follow the leading and guidance of God the Holy Spirit to obey everything Christ had commanded. We now know that there is nothing else that would please God the Father, but full Christformation in us. If you choose to continue obeying the evil desires of the sinful nature of the Devil within you, we too know that whole deceptive and self-destructive 'game' you play but we detest them now.Don't try them on us. That's what the verse above warns us about. We have been given authority through Christ to trample on the sinful nature of the Devil and overcome all the power of the Devil in and around us. Don't ever think of messing with the power of Christ our Lord. There is no one in this whole universe as powerful as Him. That's the authority the Father in heaven has given Him. He has given us that same authority over the sinful nature of the Devil.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.