A few weeks ago my husband, Tim, had a dream in which he saw a Messianic Jewish Rabbi at our church. The pulpit was moved to the right side of the church where he began to speak. On the communion table there was a large snake or eel, which appeared to be petrified and had been cut into large chunks. The Rabbi instructed Tim and some of the other men to begin carrying the serpent-like creature out of the church, piece by piece.
As I thought about the interpretation of the dream, I thought that this was probably not just about our church, but the body of Christ as a whole. I also thought that the Messianic Jewish Rabbi might be Jesus. I felt that moving the pulpit to the right side indicated a conservative move towards righteousness and holiness (morality). I believe the snake or serpent-like creature on the communion table represented the fact that many Christians have been having communion or fellowship with the enemy, possibly without realizing it. Ephesians 5:11 tells us to “have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather to expose or reprove them.” I think the Rabbi’s instructions to my husband and the other men to remove the serpent from the church indicates that the Lord is bringing the body of Christ into a time of cleansing. I believe this has to start with the Lord beginning to expose things that have been hidden in darkness, which includes strongholds in people’s lives.
Surveys indicate that many Christian men have or have had strongholds of pornography in their lives. The fact that we hear so many people using profanity, even those who profess to be Christians, indicates another stronghold.
II Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us what a mental stronghold is:
For though we walk (live in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical (weapons of flesh and blood), but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, (In as much as we) refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the (true) knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). AMP
This scripture tells us that mental strongholds are allowed to exist when we have arguments, theories, or reasonings, that are contrary to the word of God. This allows the enemy to have a certain amount of influence or control in a person’s life, when they choose to believe the enemy’s lies or compromise what they know is right. Every stronghold in a person’s life is allowed to remain there because of deception, compromise, or willful disobedience. Our Pastor preached a sermon last week about idolatry and how people can make an idol out of anything, even ministry.
I believe that one big source of allowing the enemy into our homes and lives is the tv, internet, and radio. Honestly, it is hard to find movies on secular channels that do not have profanity, nudity, etc. and I think a lot of Christians have chosen to compromise, rather than say no to these things. If we choose these things over obedience to God, then it becomes an idol, and the longer people harden their hearts to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the more calloused and dull of hearing their hearts become. We recently started using Vid Angel. It is a Christian company that allows you to set filters on profanity, nudity, etc. and I am very thankful that we found it.
I have shared previously that my husband had a dream about a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit (in Revival Update) that I believe is coming soon. In that dream he felt a holy fear that people who were playing games with God, like Ananias and Saphira, might come under judgment. Scripture tells us that judgment begins in the house of God and if it first begins with us, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:17). I Corinthians 11:31-32 says: “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” God loves His people. The reason He corrects us is to bring us to a place of repentance, so that we won’t come under judgment, but even when we are judged or corrected, it is for our good, so that we won’t end up perishing along with the rest of the world.
I think we all need to pray, as David did in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” God bless you all.
In Christ ~ Kelly Rowe