Dream – Cutting up the Snakes

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~ by Marianne on May 26, 2018.

6 Responses to “Dream – Cutting up the Snakes”

  1. Great dream. House renewed is the coming move of God. The baby snakes found and killed is the fact that no evil will be able to have any access. …..I have had a serious of several Godley dreams over the past 6 months depicting the same result. WE ARE DEFINITELY IN THE VERY LAST DAYS.

  2. I posted a comment several hours ago. It looks like it was deleted somehow.

    In the comment, I talked about getting to the roots of issues rather than chopping at the branches. The topic of spiritual warfare is one of many topics in christianity where we tend to talk about the branches rather than the roots. If a christian isn’t living a lifestyle of obedience to God, most or all his attempts at spiritual warfare will be met with, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” (Acts 19:2.)

    Because christians don’t hear or see the reaction in the spirit realm, it’s apparent easy to think that we can just swing the Bible or use Jesus’s name like a magic wand and demons and the spirit realm must respond. The spirit realm, both angels and evil spirits, respond to spiritual authority, not just Bible quotes, prophetic declarations, and positive confessions. And spiritual authority comes from a lifestyle of obedience to God; it is not automatically bestowed on a person when he becomes a christian, goes to church, or carries out religious duties.

    While the Book of Acts never records the failure of a believer at addressing the demonic (and it leaves this out for a reason), we know that the demonic doesn’t simply obey christians. Though the seven sons of Sceva weren’t believers, the apostles certainly were. After Jesus gave them authority over ALL evil spirits, the apostles returned to report that the demons were subject to them… Then they came across the epileptic, and the demon(s) in this case wouldn’t budge. After Jesus cast out the demon(s), the apostles did the right thing– something that 99% of modern christians don’t seem to practice: they asked Jesus, “Why could we not cast out [the demon(s)]?” Jesus responded that the spiritual issue was different and required a different approach. He mentioned “fasting and prayer,” but the fact was that 1.) the apostles had cast out demons before without fasting or praying, and 2.) Jesus hadn’t been fasting or praying (one could say He was always praying, but we know He wasn’t fasting) and was still able to triumph over the demonic. So, what happened? I can only point out the issue of “fasting”.

    In Isaiah 58, God rebukes Israel for fasting and spending time with Him and going to church but not obeying Him. In the wording, it’s not easy to see; but on close look, it’s apparent that He has a problem with the way they fast and that He introduces a different way of fasting. Though the Bible uses the word “fasting” in Isaiah 58, it’s talking about two kinds of fasting: one is the human way (going without food in order to draw near to God), but the other is God’s way (not fasting from food but fasting from a fleshly lifestyle). In Isaiah 58, God is talking about a perpetual and daily fast from sin and selfish living. He first addresses the common fast and says that it didn’t change Israel who returned to their normal way of living afterward and even while fasting: “Is it just a day,” God asked, pointing out the fact that common fasts have an end. He then states, “Is this not the fast that I have chosen?” He lists several things that believers are to do ‘during the fast’, and on close look, one sees that you can’t do all these things in one or several days or even in several months. The correct paraphrase of what God says there is “Is this not the LIFESTYLE that I have chosen?”

    When christians don’t practice daily obedience to God and His revealed Word, the spirit realm will not listen to them much or pay them much attention. But when believers live a lifestyle of obedience to God, then they gain spiritual authority which means that the spirit realm will recognize their authority and acknowledge it by reacting when such believers ‘enter spiritual warfare’. God blesses even evil people, and before Jesus came, people were practicing deliverance; therefore, christians shouldn’t suppose that a blessing here and a triumph in spiritual warfare there means that they are ‘doing it right’. God desires and requires a lifestyle of obedience (“the fast that I have chosen”). Jesus was performing this ‘fast’ every single day, and THAT was the reason He was able to deliver the epileptic; His apostles were dependent on the authority He gave them and not on daily obedience to God, and therefore they couldn’t deliver the epileptic. christians should follow Jesus’s example more than words written in the Bible which are readily and often misread, misquoted, and misconstrued. Being a child of God doesn’t guarantee spiritual authority or victory in spiritual warfare; but being a friend of God does: “THEN you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
    you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am'” (Isa. 58:9).

    • arendale

      you are on the one sentence intro page.

      your comment was on the main page, and is still there

      I responded to you.

      https://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/dream-cutting-up-the-snakes/#comment-376968

      • I don’t know where that is. This is the only page that comes up, and top of this page only represents the number of comments on this page, so it seems like this is the only page. I also didn’t get an email about a response to that comment. Can you share the link to the main page?

      • I found it. I don’t know why the comments aren’t all contained on the same page like they used to be.

        I’ve found through the years that christians are rarely ever willing to address foundational biblical and spiritual issues. I know this isn’t at all a coincidence or a fluke, because not only are foundational issues constantly ignored, but foundational things also require commitment whereas no other spiritual or biblical thing does.

        “When you give alms” is talking mainly about giving to people you don’t know, like the poor and homeless. This has no requirement on it whatsoever; a christian can visit a homeless shelter once every two weeks and think, “I have given alms. I’ve done my part to the poor.” On the other hand, “Love one another as I have loved you” is a requirement which Jesus called “a new COMMANDMENT”. The NT lists three ‘great commandments’, Jesus having added the third one between the original two:

        1.) “Love the Lord your God with [your whole being].”

        2.) “Love one another as I have loved you.”

        3.) “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

        God comes first; spiritual brethren come second; and everyone else comes third. This doesn’t have to be clearly stated in the Bible, because it is sensible and reasonable. But christians tend to avoid these three commandments like the plague, because unlike other biblical teachings, every teaching that has to do with these three commands carries a requirement, and obligation, a responsibility. Unlike all other biblical teachings, the ones that have to do with the three commandments are teachings and responsibilities that one isn’t supposed to ‘clock in and clock out’ from. All other religious and good deeds I can clock in and clock out, like going to work, when I want: eg. church, visiting the sick or a nursing home, street evangelism, feeding or preaching to the homeless, etc. These are not requirements and can be done at one’s convenience; obedience to God and love for brethren (and others) are meant to be lived 24/7. You don’t pick and choose what time is best for you to keep these commandments.

        Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” We all will give an account for keeping or not keeping these commandments, because without keeping them, no other religious or good deed we do will count at the judgment. (1Cor. 13.) These commandments are the foundation of all other aspects of life, spiritual warfare not the least of them. Jesus even said that ALL God’s dealings in the Old Covenant (and all His dealings in the New) are founded on loving God and loving others (including brethren which He included before His death and resurrection). The entire House of God, the Church, and all God’s dealings have their foundation in the three main commandments. It’s a mockery for so many christians to be so careful to avoid these commandments and think they actually have a foundation or a place in God.

        Marianne, why don’t you make some posts about the foundational principles of all things biblical and spiritual? Everything else, without the foundation(s), is a waste of time. “Did we not [do so many things] in Your name?” Neglecting the foundations is like marrying without any love, unity, communication, or like-mindedness– a marriage built on shifting sand and daily crashing and headed for a crash. I knew a christian who lived in compromise (which is so common that it doesn’t even need to be stated). He kept trying to do a certain very good thing for God that would benefit many; and though it was easy for him to do it (as he had the money to make it happen), it just never worked. I finally asked Jesus one day why He didn’t just let this guy’s attempts work since they would benefit so many others. Jesus responded to me that it was because He would not honor the christian’s disobedience. Basically, you can do something in your name and it works; but when you claim to do it in Jesus’s name, you will get resistance in some way or another. With this guy, the resistance was more apparent than with many who succeed and think God is therefore pleased with them when He isn’t. Seeing that this is biblically true, doesn’t it behoove christians to at least open a dialogue about these primary and foundational things that the Bible makes so incredibly important? The fact that I rarely get any responses to comments about foundational things here and on Facebook and other christian forums shows where overall christianity is at this moment: “Let us do a little, but not a lot.” But Jesus requires hands to the plow and no turning back– 24/7 obedience, not spiritual warfare here and save my own life there. There is a reason for so little spiritual life among christians, and it has nothing to do with ‘timing’ or God holding back. It’s christians who want to save their lives and are afraid to commit.

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