Crushing the Head of the Serpent

         All I knew then was that I began to download stuff from God and it continued to arrive. The anointing was very strong. By that time in my spiritual walk I had already been with the Lord for several years, and in that time I had experienced and learned more than many Christians do in a lifetime.

         It was not necessarily according to what I wanted, but I learned from the very beginning that making a commitment to God will cost. It will cost a person everything.

         And I do mean everything.

         Eventually I had amassed enough writing to compose my first book. Then I did something I thought was perfectly on the up and up and the right thing to do. I put my book together in an excellent pre-published format and presented it to the eldership of the church I had been attending for the previous six years. I was full of hope.

         They shot it down. They rejected it outright. And they didn’t stop there. They picked it apart. Put me down. Said I was wrong. One brother I held in high esteem told me to burn it.

         I couldn’t believe it. I thought something really good was about to happen. Complete indifference would have been a lot better. You could say I was a tad disillusioned. That’s why, years later, when someone tells me he read my book I immediately ask, “And are we still friends?”

         But even though I never expected such a high level of battle, I would have it no other way. I never really had to utter the stupid phrase, “Bring it on!” This phrase is usually uttered by idiots who have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. All I tried to do was receive from God and get it right, and hopefully shed some light. But it seemed the battle would always find me.

         And I thought, “Why does this garbage keep happening?!” And then I thought, “Right. There’s a battle going on. Those who sign up for the real thing are immersed in unending spiritual warfare. And as a result, many good people are completely deceived and simply do not understand. And the devil and his people (especially the “Christian” ones) are complete morons, have no scruples whatsoever, and are as vile as a forty year-old fast food sludge pit.

         “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

         “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.

         “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

         “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers.

         “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” [Matthew 23:23-33]   

         Sometimes we make bad decisions and it costs us. Sometimes people make bad decisions against us and it costs us there as well. And sometimes we make the best decision any human being can make and it will cost us the most. It is one of the things that make living for God and answering the call somewhat agonizing.

         One wonders how one’s heart can ever be healed after being hit by an eighteen-wheeler, thrown off a cliff, fed through a wood chipper, cast in a dungeon, rejected by loved ones, and even trashed by a pastor or a good friend.

         Or nailed to a cross.

         I know all this sounds overly dramatic but those of you who have experienced what I’m referring to know. You know very well how painful it can be to make a decision for the Lord, follow Him, honor Him, and continue to be faithful to Him while also being the recipient of hatred, gossip, and forty degrees below zero cold-heartedness that you had previously thought people were not capable of rendering.

         And most of this stuff always comes from other Christians or those who refer to themselves by that title, and their modus operandi usually involves protecting their religious turf, religious ideas, religious misunderstandings, religious false doctrines, and religious MONEY that must continue to come in. The byproduct of all this is an outright religious hatred directed toward anyone who dare do anything that may be construed as questioning any minor part of their false religious kingdoms.

         “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

         “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

         “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.

         “But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’” [John 15:18-25] [1]

         We are now living in a time when millions of real believers have thrown off a false religious yoke, have been delivered of deception, and understand fully why religious Christians do the stupid things they do. So many believers have been fooled by silly religious quacks that don’t care about them at all. And many have left their dead churches for places of life.

         The vast majority of churches in America still refuse to allow the Lord Jesus to have full control, but millions of individual Christians have allowed Him full control and are showing the fruit of His authority. And the Lord has created brand new wineskins and keeps creating new ones. And these wineskins properly contain His Holy Spirit and His work, and great things are happening!

         So remember, though the battle rages, the Lord is winning. The Great Awakening is coming forth and nothing will stop it, though religious Christians keep trying. More people are coming to the Lord right now than ever before, and this is happening because real Christians are doing something right! So whatever it is the Lord has called you to do, do it with renewed vigor, strength, commitment, joy, and faith, and don’t be deterred by detractors or circumstances, whoever or whatever they may be.

         They heeded his advice. After summoning the emissaries and flogging them, they commanded them not to speak in the name of Yeshua, and let them go. The emissaries left the Sanhedrin overjoyed at having been considered worthy of suffering disgrace on account of Him.

         AND NOT FOR A SINGLE DAY, EITHER IN THE TEMPLE COURT OR IN PRIVATE HOMES, DID THEY STOP TEACHING AND PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS THAT YESHUA IS THE MESSIAH. [Acts 5:40-42 The Complete Jewish Bible]

          © 2013 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.     


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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  1. Pieter reneg8or@live.com

    This is loosely relevant. Remove if you disagree.

    Some time ago, a year or two maybe, I had a dream about America and I did not enter it into my dream journal because I could not see if it was authentic. In the dream, the USA floats on molten lava and the country is divided into two “tectonic plates”, with an open rift dividing the two sides. The rift runs from north to south and the rift in between is a few miles wide. The two sides then move towards another and collide, creating two ridges with a rift valley in between. The mountains either side are high and the valley is deep, meaning that the USA is a divided nation.

    I would say that the rift opens up somewhere between Minneapolis and Chicago, running straight down to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Sometimes, my dreams are literal but mostly they are figurative. It was only when I mentioned this to a Christian friend in the USA, who is a scientist, that I learned about the Madrid fault line. She sent me pictures and it coincided loosely with what I had “seen” at night.

    Even so, it may be figurative,meaning that the nation could become divided and that a huge “collision” could spell political division with two opposing sides, and a breach that will be almost impossible to heal. If it is physical, the damage will be much greater.

    It complements another dream with a message that bears relevance to tiny groups of believers. It is worrying as, between my son and myself, we had visions and premonitions of the events of 9/11 and the Tube bombs in London a few years later. If only we understood our dreams beforehand……!!

    My request to American Christians:

    Some speak death over their own country – please do not do this.
    Some think that they are the remnant but follow religion – don’t!
    Return to the “church of Acts”
    Free yourselves of any form of religiousness and, instead, serve the Creator, Jesus Christ, our Everlasting Father. become filled by His Spirit (Isaiah 11:2, Revelation 4)
    No animosity towards anyone
    Forgive others
    Be one in mind and Spirit. No divisions, please.

    The alternative will be radical and almost unthinkable. Open your eyes. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Pieter. This is quite the somber subject. Of course we know that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Yet, the truth separates. The Lord Himself said He did not come to bring peace, but a sword. There are those who want to do the right thing, and those who would rather defy God and follow their own selfish desires. America has been divided before, and it certainly appears that a Great Divide is in the works.

      For Christians, though, it is as you said. We must follow the Lord and do our best. It is the salt and light of real believers, however much they may be hated, that actually keeps corruption in check. Real believers, those who have surrendered to the authority of the Lord Jesus, allow Him to have dominion on the planet, and His dominion allows for spiritual life and transformation. He is our only hope. He is THE only hope.

      But as I said in the article, a Great Awakening is coming forth. And that’s great news for right now.

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  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am sorry you have endured such persecution, rejection and pain and suffering in His service, but know that I am another who has been there and will continue to be there if that’s what it takes. You are so right that it’s those “in the faith” who attempt to control God’s process the most, as you aptly pointed out regarding the Pharisees and Sadducees. Sadly, they are either trapped in legalism or have a form of religion but lack the substance thereof. Many have been the times when I longed to share God’s exciting truth, but they couldn’t or wouldn’t handle it.

    What occurs is the scripture “to whom much is given, much is required”. There have been times when I have turned to God and half jokingly asked, “Couldn’t You have given and required a little less?” And the answer is always no. And that’s very okay but also many times very uncomfortable.

    Know that you are not alone in your kind of encounters and experiences. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for being and doing what God has for you to be and do.

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    • Thank you, Sharon. What a blessing you guys are. All real Christians are gonna take it on the chin from time to time, as you well know. Thanks for being strong and also tender, to stay close to God and strive to serve Him. We know something is greatly amiss when real believers are lambasted for seemingly innocent remarks and raked over the coals for merely adhering to the teachings of the Lord Jesus, who most people say they respect and honor. It seems He is respected until His real teachings are known and applied.

      Yet, I want to reiterate, though there are obviously many non-Christians who get bent out of shape and convicted when their sin is questioned or revealed, fake Christians often go nuts when their sacred cows are revealed for what they really are.

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  3. RJ… “THANK YOU” for articulating so perfectly what I have been unable to.

    Sadly, I have been saying this a lot lately… “I have yet to meet a true believer who has gone very far on this journey, without first having been beat up by at least one church, one pastor, one “Christian”. It’s like “Welcome to the Family!” I do pray though that in these seriously sad days that one finds more good Samaritans along the way, so that when the priest, the Levite, and the “Christian” [“or those who refer to themselves by that title” 😉 ] passes by, no matter how far one travels outside the city, away from familiar surroundings, or down that uncharted path, they’ll be welcomed, comforted, cared for, & any wounds… bandaged.”

    Nearly three years ago, I think I must have died, at least to religion anyway. A pastor, not mine & a hired hand at best, tried to curse me so bad that I was screaming at The Truth… “It’s all a lie?!” I ran so far into the wilderness I didn’t think I’d ever make it out. “Thank You Jesus” that I didn’t stay there very long, but it was a real living hell for me while in “that place”. If the Lord had not softened my heart & opened my mind I dare not think because I may still be stuck in there.

    Thankfully, I found in the middle of a box of my things a small book that I didn’t know how it got there, who it belonged to, who gave it to me, nor had I ever heard of the title… The Prayer of Jabez [from 1 Chronicles 4:9-10]. Also, within days, the Lord had said “read Job, from beginning to the end.” These, along with Jesus, were real lifesavers!

    We may not always understand why we go through all that we go through, but the Lord has been so good to make it known to us… we never have to do it alone! Whether it is a prayer, reading Scripture, or today — a Good Samaritan in the form of a brother in Christ, I take some comfort here. THANKS AGAIN RJ for sharing!

    GOD BLESS!!!

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    • Thank you again for sharing that part of your life. And you are very right. That which happened to the Lord will happen to His children. The problem with so many ministers and churches is that they have an agenda that supersedes the agenda of the Lord, and the mission He has called us to. They must protect their agenda, and they must protect that which they have created or bought into. They are invested.

      You can tell the difference between those invested in the Lord Jesus or otherwise. The Lord taught us all about it, as did the apostles. Being sold out to the Lord means His people will be attacked, and often violently, by religionists with a contrary agenda and operation. Many are simply deceived, but without excuse. And again, the worst offenders are unreal Christians

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