Home Welcome Resource Center Bookstore

Svenska

Norsk Deutsch EspaŮol
               

 

The Corner

 

Dear Friends,

I want to share a powerful message I received from the Lord a number of years ago. I had a dream in which I would get reoccurring visits from a black snake that looked like a king cobra and represented Satan. Fear would begin building up inside of me each time I would see him coming toward me. As a result, the more I feared, the larger the snake grew. I really donít like snakes to begin with; they are something that I detest, and should I see one, especially a poisonous one, I would be inclined to kill it. So as this big black king cobra would approach me, I knew that he was going to strike and kill me. This scenario had happened many times in the dream, but it was the last time that was the most important and the one that I remember the clearest. In every instance, I never tried to run away from the snake as he approached but waited in the doorway of my house for Satan to come to me. As the snake finally came close and sank his fangs into my foot, I knew that the only thing I could do was call out to God! I knew that the fangs which pierced my skin and the poison being pumped through them into my body would hurt and I was not looking forward to the pain. I donít remember what happened in the previous instances, but this time I began to call out to God earnestly! I reminded God of His Words as I watched this snake latch onto me:

ďAnd these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recoverÖ And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.Ē (Mark 16:17-18, 20)

Confronted with the reality that this snake had sunk his fangs into my foot, I was filled with faith, not fear-faith, but a real, deep and abiding faith in God and His Word. I began to quote it aloud with steadily growing conviction as I saw God confirming His Word right before my eyes. I didnít feel any pain even though I could feel the poison being injected into my foot and Satan and I continued like this until he eventually realized that I was not going to die and slithered off. When I initially realized that God was protecting me and the snake could not hurt me, I just began praising God and continued to do so until the snake left, which is when I woke up.

I share this because we need a real faith in God that has been tested and will stand against the wiles of the devil and his cohorts. We should be actively pursuing a relationship with God that is more than just head knowledge of His promises because our faith needs to be alive and ready to use at a momentís notice.

May God richly bless you today,

Charles Thorell


Volume 14, 2009