My Accident on 11/2/99 and Dream on 11/7/99
I had been a flooring contractor for about 17 years but that ended when I had something of a disabling accident with a table saw. On Nov. 2, 1999 I was using a table saw and accidentally got my fingers into the blade trying to keep a flimsy board from kicking back. I lost two fingers and the use of two others on my left hand.
As everything else that has happened in my life that is dramatic, I expected that this too would give occasion to glorify God - and it has! when I am weak. then He is strong. I know the Lord can restore my fingers and the use of my hand. I don't know when, but I believe He will. My family and friends are very supportive, and the Lord had prepared my wife Diane ahead of time, so she is okay emotionally. All our previous trials have brought us to understand His goodness towards us so we continue to praise him and remain hopeful and expectant of the blessings which follow patient endurance.
I had a dream the Sunday night following my table saw accident. I was fighting a snake. It was a very short dream. The snake was very threatening and struggling to attack, but I placed the index finger of my left hand on the back of his head and pressed down. As much as he tried, the snake couldn't strike while I had my finger on him. I just used enough pressure to restrain him, but I must have realized that I couldn't just maintain this situation because the snake would have resumed his attack if I lifted my finger, so I pressed down really hard and held it. After a few moments the snake stopped struggling and became motionless, and, while that was happening I found myself aware that I was actually feeling pressure from my hand inside the cast. I had been pressing with my hand, even feeling the pressure on the tip of the index finger that I don't have anymore. I thought that was odd, and with that thought, I woke up somewhat, concerned whether or not I hurt my hand by doing that. (I wasn't supposed to do anything with my hand yet and I had been exerting a lot of pressure. I had cut off my fingers only 5 days earlier.) When I realized I didn't hurt myself, that I just had the lingering sensation of pressing with the tip of my index finger, I drifted back to sleep. In the dream, all I could see was the head of the snake facing to the right and my left hand and nothing else. When I was waking up and remembered this dream I thought about the snake, that it had been green, and that I must have killed him or put it out of threatening status.
When I got up, I told my wife my dream, not having given it much thought. She didn't comment on it because of the company we had visiting at the time. When I laid down for a nap later in the day, I remembered the dream and it startled me that I hadn't realized before that it was a prophetic dream. As to the interpretation; the snake is the devil, and the tip of my index finger I don't have any more is the Lord's power. By His power He will use me to destroy the power of the Serpent! this has been confirmed through a number of people who have spontaneously brought forth prophetic words. The evidence of this has been seen to a certain degree, and I believe it will be multiplied.
The following passage was recently brought to my attention through a friend.
14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, "By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons." 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven. 17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 21 "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils. 23 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.
Notice that it was with the finger of God that Jesus said he drove out demons. He did that and the kingdom of God had come to them! He does that and the kingdom of God has come to you! Satan's kingdom will be divided. The Stronger Man Himself will prevail. Jesus drives out demons by the finger of God. The spoils will be divided up. Be with him now and gather with him. The spoils go to the victors. Do not trust in any armor against Him and do not guard your own house. The passage continues:
24 When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.
Let him drive out the demons and fill the house with the holy spirit through obedience. Continuing on:
27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." 28 He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Spiritual warfare is going to be waged and spoils will be taken. For His Glory! Praise the Lord for his strength - He is mighty!