By Kami Zumwalt
Deuteronomy 8:15a - "He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water;...”
On the morning of my son's first birthday, I was awakened by a powerful, vivid dream. A silver haired, slender, malnourished woman was aching in her legs, in terrible pain, and no one could help. Not for lack of trying. I walked up a hill to find her and try to help too. I could not see what was really bothering this women until God opened my spiritual eyes. More groans. The pain was debilitating.
Then I saw it. As I prayed, I began to lift a massive, thick snake up off her. Its enormity, shocking. Its weight, cumbersome. I could not have fathomed such a tiny- framed creature could be under the weight of such a hideous python. He had been hiding, but was now in the open, exposing it's scaly, greenish-silver skin to the light of day as I kept pulling him off the desperate woman.
When I had lifted the last of him off her frail lap, all the pain disintegrated, her legs were restored and she was finally free. The snake was gone! Then I woke up.
God! What was that!? It was riveting. How many women have aches caused by hidden snakes? If there are any snakes trying to get into my kitchen or home, I certainly plan to pray them out fast!
WHERE THERE'S AN ACHE THERE'S LIKELY A SNAKE
I hate snakes.
I once saw a four foot bull snake slithering across our driveway and he was promptly dealt with the head of a shovel. (Enter heroic husband) That thing had been living under my kitchen! Seriously. We'd never allow a natural snake into our kitchens, and we must be wise to not allow a demonic one in either.
Constant nagging pain in my soul, has usually indicated a point of entry. Where did the snake get in? In the busyness of life, it's important to let God deal daily with our aches, before little aches become big snakes.
How do they try to get in?
I find in Scripture the enemy has a common theme for getting snakes in. There are the hurts. The offenses. The fears. But the biggest one I see?
GOD WAS BETRAYED!
Have you ever been betrayed?
On that bright morning in the garden, satan wasn't just after Eve, he was after God's whole creation. He wanted their allegiance. He wanted them on his side.
He wanted them to betray God, and they did.
Man didn't just disobey God. He betrayed God. Broke His heart and joined himself to the only enemy God had.
The enemy is still trying to get us to take sides. Choose teams. Cause divisions. Feel BETRAYED! After all, nothing stings like bretrayal. And nothing gets snakes into your kitchen faster.
Jesus trampled on snakes. He was never offended. He was never deterred by opposition. Even when Herodias’ wife had his close friend and cousin, John the Baptist beheaded, Jesus stayed true to His mission. After that attempt, He went off and fed the five thousand. This is retaliating God's way. When He was hit with pain, He reached out to help others. That's hitting the enemy where it really hurts.
JUDAS WAS HIS BIG GUN
Judas was a conspiracy plan concocted out of hell. It was satan's big gun. It was his last effort before the cross to get Jesus off course. How would he do it?
The kiss of a friend.
Betrayal stings. Few pains run as deep as the agonizing wound of a knife in your back.
Jesus understood betrayal.
It's staggering to think Judas had been entrusted with so much only to turn on Jesus at the moment Jesus needed his friends most.
And yet, he let him kiss his cheek!
Astounding. In the blazing torch light of the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus offered his cheek to his betrayer. I don't know about you, but if someone who called me friend, ate with me, laughed with me, and was on my ministry team like Judas suddenly had serpents in his eyes and murder in his heart, coming to turn me over to the devil, offering my cheek is not my first inclination.
You know what my flesh wants to do? Protect myself. Defend myself. Explain myself.
But Jesus did not do any of those things. He, instead, put His life completely in the hands of the One who judges righteously. By offering His cheek, He was making an announcement to all of heaven and hell, “Even a betrayer cannot get me off course.”
Man betrayed God in the garden and it cost him everything. Jesus overcame betrayal in a garden, to give us everything! And friends, that is exactly what He calls us too. Overcome. Offer our cheek. Now in His Name, we can overcome betrayal. He paved the way for us.
Blessings and favor produce persecution. Frankly, not everyone can go with you where God wants to take you. Not everyone rejoices when God comes through for you, and yet God pours out more favor on you, even if people turn on you.
If your enemy is hungry, buy him lunch!
Win him over with kindness,
For your surprising generosity will awaken his conscience,
and God will reward you with favor.
SHAKE OFF THE SNAKES
Betrayal, left in your soul, is like letting rattlesnakes in your kitchen. Choose to forgive. Choose to shake off the snakes.
Acts 28:3-6 - When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand…However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm.
Our hands are too busy to be bothered by snakes. Just shake them off, and forever keep them out of your heart….and kitchen.
Kami is a forty-year-old pastor's wife, living in a farmhouse, raising two girls under six and an adorable six-month-old baby boy. She's a prophetess, women's pastor, prayer warrior, published freelance writer, and homeschool mom who loves antiques, tea cups, chocolate truffles and empowering women to live free and fulfilled in Christ. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.