I awoke with a start the other morning, the sight and sound of cutting flesh vivid in my senses.
I had dreamed a dream so life like, it seemed I could still see, hear and sense every aspect of the dream.
It was a dream to benefit and receive truth from.
I saw a very large snake that was slithering around home. Home was the Church, home consisted of the family of God. The snake would come slithering into view and then go into hiding, only to come prowling again unexpectedly, its sole purpose and intent was to devour.
To devour me and create a path of such destruction, discouragement would disintegrate my hopes and dreams. Every time it seemed I was making headway toward a meeting of a goal or the fulfilling of a dream out would slither that huge, fat snake.
I never quite knew from where it would slither out, when it would present its ugliness. The Captor had known exactly where to look and triumphantly he stretched that snake out on the floor. His one foot rested solidly on the snake’s head and the sight gave us a sense of freedom and relief. There were several of us standing just off to the side watching as He held up the snake and then stretching it out on the floor, slit it open end to end.
Even in this writing, I can hear the sound of the flesh as the knife rips it open from one end to the other, I see the pallid insides and then the two sides of the snake fell away.
It was dead with no possibility of coming back to life.
Our sin nature is under the Blood and Jesus wants something better, something bigger to live. Christ in us the hope of glory!
The Bible tells me I am a new creation, old things have passed away and behold all things are new. I am to behold the new thing that God has created.
My old nature is dead but I keep letting it slither out of the pit where it belongs. That snake leaves behind a swath of destruction and I keep feeling I have destroyed the work of God in my life.
I don’t know how to find all the places that snake likes to hide, I don’t know when its ugly head is going to show itself or when it is going to slither out into full view. I only know it appears too often.
And when I am empty of answers and empty of hope, there is One greater than all my despair and discouragement. He slays that snake and gives me hope for my future.
He sees me standing off in the corner, repulsed by what I have seen and heard. His words surprise me.
He says, “You are My creation, created for My purposes, to be filled with My glory. Discouragement, despair, disillusionment are dead. I have watched as you focused on the ugliness you see within yourself. I have felt your discouragement when the snake has tripped you up repeatedly. The ugly is gone, replaced by the beauty of love. Focus on the finished work of Calvary. Focus on the marvel of the new heart I have given you and from that place of awe; live.
Let My Word be the joy and rejoicing of your heart and allow My joy to be full in you. Let My grace be sufficient for your every need as you live out of a place of emptiness. Heart split wide open, filled with My fullness.
In the days of old, men practiced “blood letting” with the hopes of ridding the body of disease. It is only in the letting of My blood your sin is swept away. Your sin is covered, forgiven and forgotten so do not dwell on your fleshly, natural tendencies. When you do dwell in that place, all you can see is your inadequacy and inability. Look to Me, look inward to Me, Christ in you who is the hope of glory. Then you will dwell daily in My presence, abiding in Me. You will drink the sweet fruit of the Vine and My sweet nectar will empower you to walk in the Spirit.
The snake is dead. I have crushed it with the heel of My foot. Do not let the fear of what is dead haunt and torment you. Focus on the victory the Lord your God has achieved for you. Focus on the mighty torrent of the Blood; be swept away in its power. Let My Word raise you up in new strength. I am coming for My Bride. She will be spotless, without a worry wrinkle, pure and holy. You are My beloved.
Learn to live empty, with hearts broken and wide open. As your old nature empties out, your lives will be vessels filled with God’s love, overflowing with the beautiful fruit of the Spirit. Your lives will be testimonies of grace given and received.
Do not try to hide, bear one another’s burdens, encourage one another, strengthening each other in the bond of love. Live in the light of My glory; know that which is hidden will be exposed.
My glory will be exposed through your lives My beloved, My glory will be exposed!”
Bending low to hear my King,