Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (August 8, 2016)
“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that nether death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:33-39, King James Version [The efficacy of divine grace; Paul's sorrow for the Jews]).
Greetings In the Holy Name Of Jesus,-the Christ,
“...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we
forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.” (St. Matthew 6:9-13, KJV [The sermon on the mount]).
Giving honor to our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, I come before you today to honor my mother, a woman of great resolve to love Jesus, our Lord and Savior, who had she lived would be 99 years old today for she passed away in flesh at 75 years old.. A woman who loved to practice what Jesus preached: love thy neighbor [“Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” St. Matthew 19:16-24, KJV [Of perfection to receive eternal life: the young rich man who wanted to be perfect to receive eternal life]. A woman who loved God's promise: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son...[John 3:16, KJV]. A woman who relentlessly prayed for the conquering spirit of of the faith of Christ Jesus to heal Canaan: “...O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour” (St. Matthew 15:22-28, KJV [The Canaanite's faith]).
Yea. A woman who fed her neighbors and nursed babies: Jesus fed 4,000 and Jesus fed 5,000 [“And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children” St. Matthew 15:38, KJV [The multitude fed]). Yes, Lord. Yea. A woman who prayed for the sick as a prayer warrior: 'And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them” (St. Matthew 8:14-15, KJV [Jesus at Peter's house]).
Yea. When I saw the vision of the snake sliding down the side of the mirror on the dresser drawer. Quickly, I placed the open fan next to the path the snake took on top of the computer. Later I envisioned the snake bent not at an angle in half but curved as bent but not broken. However, before the vision showed the snake bent but not broken I saw what seemed to me and appeared to me to be a much larger snake leaving---sliding on the tile floor of the kitchen---going outside. Later, I saw lizards outside---some much larger than others, fluorescent colors like purple and blue, orange and brown—typical of the State of Georgia, not the plain green lizards or plain brown lizards that are typical of the State of Florida, so I thought to myself, perhaps it was not an extraordinarily large snake sliding on the floor of the kitchen but a glorified lizard---the spirit letting me know the lizards outside were trying to get inside away from the extreme heat wave outside. As a mother---a woman of faith, I said, “You
cannot touch me.”
Moreover, I thought about Christ Jesus who said: Get thee behind me, Satan. I thought about a prophet out of California who said, “Satan, you know nothing about the power of God.” Most importantly, I did not fear what I saw in the spirit and I did not run outside the house. I went to the bathroom remaining calm since I placed the open fan at the snake's path, then I returned to lie in bed. The next thing I envisioned the snake was lying on top of me and I took a string and I stretched the mouth of the snake back until it opened up wide and bent back to the spine of the snake---killing the snake with the string as David used the stone to kill Goliath.
I spoke to a protestant minister---a pastor about my visions---being in the spirit---like that---the night before he called me. The pastor said, “Bind”. I told him how at first the snake appeared small but when I saw the next vision of the snake sliding on the kitchen floor it was rather large. He said, “They start out that way---small.” I spoke to him about the practice of some shepherds---prophets to use spiritual snakes to conquer snakes of wise men and sorcerers---magic snakes of wise men and sorcerers (Exodus 7:9-12, KJV [The rod becometh a serpent]). I thought to myself how the magicians of Egypt engaged in spiritual warfare but how God gave Moses a rod that ate the magical snakes of Egypt: for the sting of sin would soon correct Israel after Moses brought them out of Egypt---the sting of sin---which was the law would soon correct them like the sting of the snake for Moses held up the snake but since Christ Jesus, we must hold up Christ Jesus, the blood stained banner on the battle field.
Yea. A mother's prayers sent to Jesus decades ago still covered me at the time of the snake's visit, for Christ Jesus visited before the snake came and I still feel the presence of Christ, so full of the waters of faith that I could not succumb to the fear of the snake. I was at peace but I am so sure that the peace I feel would not be so strong had my mother not prayed the way she did during the days the visions came to her and during the days the dreams came to her---for she followed Jesus. A day or so later, I saw the vision of a gun coming out of my mouth, like the sword comes out of the mouth of Jesus. Nowadays, the iron of guns is so prevalently used in warfare, I never considered that God would use the gun in spiritual warfare to awaken man to the corruption of his ways like he used the iron of Rome as he revealed to Prophet Daniel in dreams to deal with the sinful nature of his Jewish children after they were delivered out of the captivity of Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar: for man should no longer dwell in “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth” but rather grace for grace, as Apostle John preached when he ministered about John the Baptist:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of
him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that
cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by
Jesus Christ” (St. John 1:14-17. KJV [The testimony of John]).
More importantly, God spoke of Jerusalem's captivity in Babylon, as a woman during the vision of peace and glory: “Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest” (Micah 3:12, KJV [Vision of peace and glory]). Oftentimes, also the sufferings of man are referred to as the pains of a mother in childbirth:
“Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the
city, and thou shalt dwelt in the field, and thou shall go even to
Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall
redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Now also many
nations are gathered against thee, that say, let her be defiled,
and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts
of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall
gather them as the sheaves into the floor” (Micah 4:10-12, KJV
[A deliverer promised])..
In closing, God's children scattered out of Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem were faithful during the time of promises to Jerusalem and during the time Christ was promised throughout the generations [Zechariah 1:19, KJV], from one captivity to the next seemingly fallen for Satan stood to resist Joshua the high priest before the LORD: “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee; is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?' (Zechariah chapter 3, KJV [Christ is promised]).
For Joshua was charged to judge the LORD's house and keep the LORD's courts. We must walk in the ways of the LORD. God be with you, always. Walk with me, LORD. In the Name Of Jesus.