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Last night I experienced a tremendous spiritual battle. It was a battle that kept me up all night rebuking the company of spearmen and the flaming darts of the enemy. I began crying out to the Father, just weeping. I was exhausted both mentally, spiritually, and physically, as it was well past 2 a.m. in the morning. I could not sleep, just tossing and turning, praying, singing, and crying out.
Then I fell asleep and the Lord brought me a powerful revelation: Nothing can separate me from Jesus.
Now, I know it’s in scripture (Rom 8:34-39), I know it because I’ve read it, I’ve been taught that passage my entire life, and I’ve taught that passage to others. But, there’s a difference between reading it on paper, and actually experiencing something of it first-hand. Why is it so difficult to simply believe on the promises of God? A lifelong Christian, like myself, shouldn’t be worried about such things. But the Lord revealed to me why it’s been such a battle.
It’s because sometime in my past, I was bitten by a serpent. It was a spiritual bite, a successful attack on my spiritual person. A supernatural demonic serpent’s bite that has been festering for quite some time. I know that sounds weird, but let me explain:
When the enemy makes a tumult – if we don’t have our armor on, we can get bitten. We get bitten by a lie, a false teaching, we get bitten by the spirit of bitterness, by hatred, or unforgiveness, lust, etc. It has been revealed to me that in the spiritual realm those things are seen as a Serpent’s Bite. It corrupts our spiritual being, and makes it impossible for us to move forward with true closeness to Jesus. As long as we have the festering wound of belief in a lie, as long as it is uncleaned and unhealed – we can’t move forward in our walk; we remain stagnant, our wheels stuck in the mud.
Last night the Lord gave me a vision; in the vision He showed me a doctor’s office and I was sitting on the exam table. The Lord, our Great Physician was taking my vitals. I asked Him, “How am I doing?” And He said, “You need healing from past hurts and wounds that have not been cleaned.” Then He showed me a little jar (like a little Carmex jar), and he opened it; he put his finger inside the jar and took out some of the balm and began rubbing it on my wounds. He said, “You have two bites.” I said, “I do? What do you mean?” He said, “A serpent bit you. Jacob believed that Joseph was dead.” And the vision ended.
Then it hit me…Jacob believed that Joseph was dead! He was tormented and grieved for most of his life about the loss of his son, but it was all based upon treachery, hatred, and lies. Joseph was not dead, Joseph was alive! Not only that, but Joseph had been raised to be seated at the right hand of the king of the world!
And I realized that my spiritual battle was rooted in a lie which caused me to believe that Jesus wasn’t powerful enough to save or deliver me from this horrible festering wound I have struggled with, a wound rooted in a lie I began believing as a child. I have to recognize that Jesus is alive and well, and seated at the right hand of the Father, given full authority to rule over my life in every aspect. Sin, shame, doubt, guilt – all of that has been put under his rule, and his authority; He crushed it under his foot. His foot is injurious! That’s what He told me, “My foot is injurious!”
After receiving this powerful revelation, then I was given another vision. This time, it was a vision of the constellation Ophiochus. The understanding I have is that this constellation represents several things, but mainly it is a depiction of the Serpent CONQUEROR. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiuchus
Basically, this sign (constellation) is a warning to God’s people; we better have our armor on, we need to seek the Lord’s counsel regarding any untreated wounds, any false beliefs, any false doctrine we have festering in our spiritual selves…it is very important that we humble ourselves saying, “Lord I realize I don’t know everything, maybe I am carrying around hurt, shame, false beliefs or doctrines that are making it impossible for me to truly be close to you – please deliver me and give me an open heart, an open mind, and a willing spirit to be able to hear your reproof, your correction, and your insights. I want to learn, grow and be separated from these sins…”
We really need to do that, because truly the Hour is here and if we do not have our spiritual armor in tip-top shape…the spiritual and mental torment, the battle is completely exhausting, and it could cause our faith to falter.
The main thing this sign is, is PROMISE OF HOPE that the battle has already been won and Jesus has defeated the Serpent! He has absolutely no power or authority over us! Jesus has conquered the Serpent!
I believed that Jesus was “dead” – powerless to help me – but now I know that He’s is not. He is so powerful and able to save me. Now, I just have to walk it out, step by step, day by day, putting my whole faith in Jesus.
Luk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Act 28:2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
Mat 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?