I was almost about to wake up in the wee hours of this morning, just an hour ago. My body got used to waking up early so I could prepare something for my husband's breakfast and lunch as he goes to work early. But I had a little bit of dream that I vividly remembered as I was being greeted by the dawn.
We have a fig tree in the backyard. I dreamed that I saw a huge rattle snake and started calling my husband at the top of my lungs. I saw him put his left foot and crushed the big head with his foot. His right foot he used to stump the wagging tail and severed it with a stick or something like that.
I am the type not to interpret dreams. And I don't want to be misled nor any of you by posting this. But lately, my husband and I have been talking about how evil some of the people now are. It's getting worse day by day. As believers, we are aware of the spiritual battle we're in. We must understand that some people are blinded by the enemy. But some of them also choose to be bad. They also choose to commit evil things as if there is no God and as if they are not mortals.
As I was dreaming about that snake, I started praying and at that time, I was about fully conscious. I brought this into my prayer. And the following verses/thoughts came to me:
"From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike your heel." - Genesis 3:15
Satan and his army of angels are our spiritual enemies. He may have so many attempts to defeat Christ while he was here but Christ's resurrection has a bigger blow to his head. A strike on the heel is not as lethal versus someone striking the head with a crushing blow.
And we defeat the enemy because God made it possible for us to be saved by offering His gift of salvation only through the Lord Jesus Christ. [Glory be to God!]. And as we received that gift, we then, can use God's mighty power, God's Armor, God's strength to fend off the enemy's tactics to make us ineffective for God's work,
We are commanded by the Lord to share His gift:
"And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news." - Romans 10:15
Yes, evil might seem to be rampant all around us. There might seem to be no justice when it needs it. How can we be strong but fight back using God's weapons? But first, we should never remove God's armor. Making sure that we are not letting our guards down one piece. Yes, we know that we have the helmet, but if we are not having complete trust and faith, how can we have a strong shield?
"A final word: Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the devil." - Ephesians 6:10,11
As I was sharing this dream with my husband, I asked, "Has it occurred to you that the snake does not have feet?"
"So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you will be punished. You are singled out from all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth to be cursed. You will grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly." - Genesis 3:14
Disobedience is sin. Sins separate us from God. Let us turn away from sins and turn back to God. Use your feet to make that U-turn to God. God is willing to forgive us and restore our relationship. Through Jesus.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." - Psalm 119:105
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.
Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.
All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.
When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.
The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.
When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.
[Source: Life Application Bible]:
We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14
Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].
Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.
Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.
Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].