I was awakened during the early morning hours by a dream…ever been there? It wasn’t a nightmare. I didn’t wake up afraid but the dream was as vivid as if I were still dreaming. Lying there I began to roll the footage through my mind again. I won’t go into all the detail of the dream, but it reminded me of a dream I had several years ago.
The dream I had about 6-7 years ago was of my husband and I during one of our walks around Harrison Bay and as the day moved toward dusk, I began to see serpents along the trail…some would strike out and almost reach us, some would slither across the path in front and behind us, but never touching us. At the time of my dream I wasn’t under any great pressures of life that I was aware of. But our Awesome, Holy, and never failing God was warning me of a “strike” of satan in the future. The old serpent struck, and attempted to strike out at my husband’s ministry. Unsuccessfully, but hurting babes in the Lord who didn’t understand why someone would do that. God prevailed!
Early this morning I had a similar dream, while not as dramatic as there was only ONE poisonous serpent involved. I woke up realizing that the serpent was coiled and not in a striking position, but ready! In my dream, I gently removed myself from the strike zone. Another warning LORD? I believe so!
1 Peter 5:8 reminds us: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Observing through many years of walking in the truth…I have seen the LORD begin to move and then the old serpent sticks his ugly head with beady eyes into the mix. It doesn’t take much for him to strike…an unkind word, a mistaken interpretation of words or actions, offenses though small build into bitterness…the old serpent knows how to do it! When people began to seek a closer walk with God and desire to be revived, refreshed and have kindled the fire…the old serpent can’t resist…he slithers in and around…seeking the weakest and attempting to devour and destroy. A pastor soon sees who has and is maturing and growing.
We must be very careful with our words, conversation and actions. This is a testing time.
Ecclesiastes 10:11 tells us: Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
Psalm 140:3 tells us: They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.
We must, I must be very careful to intercede prayerfully and not be a hindrance to His Will keeping the desire for More of HIM and less of me! Time is brief…our lifespan is God-given! We don’t know the hour or the day our journey in this world will end. I certainly don’t want to be a stumbling block or have strayed from the path called straight.
My HOPE for the future is to be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. He is the one I want to please and that He will “know” who I am and say “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (Matthew 25:21)
~ Prayerfully submitted,