For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
Praying at all times the Spirit… Ephesians 6:18
I had a blip of a dream this week with an old friend and myself in it. We were at a women’s conference of some sorts. We went up together to go talk to the speaker at a front bench. I was initially struck that my friend looked a lot like the speaker, with both having the same blonde hair and the same purple top on. My friend was crying.
As I went up with her, this large snake, which I thought was an anaconda, came quickly up and crawled up her right leg up to her waist, doubled around and came down again. Remembering this is a dream, I had a hatchet in my hand and I reached over and hacked its head off. That was the end of my dream. I wake up and it’s time to go to work.
A Christian friend is into dreams and dream interpretations. I have learned enough from him to know that I needed to contact my friend as soon as possible and talk to her about the dream. She lives over 2000 miles away and I haven’t talked to her for over six months. I figured I would have a chance at the end of the day, which I did for about 30 minutes between things, long enough to spill the dream and begin to see what was up.
Interestingly enough, it had been on her heart to put on a women’s conference to introduce her many contacts in the business world to Jesus. She had come from quite a life of drugs and alcohol and was radically saved, and desires to tell them about Jesus. She has been hesitant because she hasn’t known about whether or not to bring in a speaker from somewhere or what.
This is when it hit me that the speaker in my dream that looked a lot like her was her. I was able to say with confidence that I was bringing her to herself and that I cut the head off of the snake. It’s kind of like the credit card commercial where you’re talking to yourself on the other end of the phone and the tag line is, “We treat you like you treat you.” The snake seemed to be the thing that was keeping her from moving ahead. I saw it as fear–maybe a fear of vulnerability, one of rejection. Who wouldn’t have that fear? I kept telling her, “I cut the head off, so do it!”
All week I have been thinking about the snake. I called my dream friend and got his take on it. He said, “The snake is a ‘big fat lie.'” It was a big fat snake, a lie is anything we believe that keeps us from getting to where we need to go. Isn’t that the way Satan works? It can be fear, it can be just the words, “You’re not good enough,” “You’re not smart enough,” “They’ll laugh you out of the place…”
The other thing I can’t get out of my mind: “I’ve got a hatchet!” That increases my prayer confidence. Somehow, some way, God used me in the spiritual realms to be a part of hacking the head off of the snake for my friend. It really didn’t happen until I spoke it to her to say, “Don’t let fear stop you from putting on that conference. Do it. God has put it in your heart. Your story is powerful and God has done it. Other women will relate to it and will come to Jesus because of it.”
I want to break things with hatchets, swords, daggers, lances and anything else I can. God, teach me how to pray to be more effective in the spiritual realm to do so. Use me to hack snake heads off in my own life, in other peoples’ lives and do things that need to get done to see chains broken off and people set free.
Check out Zach Williams with his “Fear is a Liar” song. It’s kind of like the big fat snake. Name it and cut off its head!