209. Ophidiophobia – The Fear of Snakes

Exodus 4:1-3 NKJV Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’ ” (2) So the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” (3) And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.

When Moses was in the presence of God receiving the plan for how God was going to use him to deliver the Children of Israel from bondage to Pharaoh and Egypt, God sought to show Moses a glimpse of the power that He would use to convince Pharaoh to let His people go. God had Moses toss his rod on the ground. When he did it turned into a snake and plum freaked Moses out. Scripture says Moses took off and ran from the snake.

Ok, so I am not really going to talk about Ophidiophobia because I don’t really believe that Moses suffered from the fear of snakes, but I know he was startled and took off from something. Moses did flee the snake, but not because of a fear of the snake. Moses had probably dropped his rod a number of times, but it certainly had never turned into a snake before. Moses was startled by the power of God and the move of God that took place before him.

Moses, like many people I’ve met over the years, when he found himself for the first time in the presence of God and the Lord was doing something supernatural in his midst got nervous and freaked out. I remember ministering in a treatment center one time and the Lord impressed me to pray for a particular guy and told me this man’s shoulder was messed up. I asked the guy if I could pray for him and that the Lord told me he was having shoulder problems. His eyes got as big as half dollars as he said yes and let me know he had dislocated it the day before, was in a lot of pain, and was waiting for them to take him to the doctor later that day. I laid hands on his shoulder and began to pray in the Spirit. Within just a few seconds his bones and ligaments in his shoulder began to move and without any pain it moved right back in place. He stood up and started moving his arm all around with a stunned look of amazement mixed with shock. He exclaimed, “Oh my God, that’s crazy.” At the same time a number of other guys who had never seen the Lord move in such a way sat back in their chairs saying “Whoa”. I went back to teaching on the person and work of the Holy Spirit and had an alter call to receive the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1-4) and those guys all hopped up to answer that call. You see initially the move of the Spirit may be odd or foreign to someone, but with a little bit of time in His presence and some instruction the nervous fear will leave.

Exodus 4:4 NKJV Then the LORD said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand),

After Moses was startled and fled the move of God, he was asked to step in and participate by taking the snake by the tail. When he did, something else remarkable happened. You don’t have to fear snakes (Psalm 91:13), nor do you have to fear the move of God in your midst. Don’t be afraid of the power of God or the move of the Spirit. Embrace it and you will see the remarkable.


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