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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)
TITLE: "SNAKES ALIVE!"
By Kenneth Heath
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As very enthusiastic “baby” Christians, my wife and I started a home fellowship in the mountain village where we lived. Attending our first meeting were four elderly ladies, a policeman and ourselves. We opened in prayer and asked dear Holy Spirit to take control of our meeting and then one of the ladies started singing “Hallelujah” and we joined in.
Suddenly, my friend started to shake. He is a big man, about six feet four inches tall, weighing about two hundred pounds. I moved behind him to catch him, but he fell forward and upon landing on the floor, he began to slither, yes slither like a large African rock python along the floor towards the open front door.
Panic ensued as he slithered along. The women jumped up onto the chairs as if a mouse was running around the room. They left me to assume control of the situation, and being inexperienced in the area of demonic manifestations; I did not know what to do. I also wanted to jump up on a chair. One of the ladies quickly closed the door before he could slither off into the forest and perhaps never be seen again.
To our amazement, on reaching the closed door, he began to slither up it. Fortunately one of our ladies was more experienced in these matters and taking charge of the situation, she performed deliverance on him by casting out the demons. The deliverance took awhile and by the end we were all exhausted but exhilarated. Once set free our friend gave his life to the Lord and we all rejoiced.
Being the fearless and enthusiastic Christian that I was, I decided to take the mountain for Jesus. The New Age Movement in South Africa had their headquarters up on the mountain, so wrote a letter to the high priestess, offering to set her free of all the occultic and satanic practices she was involved in and save her. Obviously, this did not go down well with her, and I promptly received a letter from her lawyer notifying me of her intention to sue me for a large amount of money, if I did not apologise to her, for my malicious letter.
My home church group was ecstatic. Their fearless leader was being persecuted for his faith. I was not too sure about that, I would not be able to pay if I lost the lawsuit, and I was confused as to why this woman had taken such umbrage to my letter. Surely, she wanted to be saved? My intentions were pure, and I was positive that she needed salvation. Sanity prevailed, and I contacted the minister of a large church in the city for guidance. He gave me wise council, and I apologized to the lady for my well intended but misguided letter.
Obviously, the Lord was not caught unawares when I joined the kingdom, as He had already made provision for a training program for us. A church in a neighboring town sent their assistant pastor every Sunday afternoon to take us through the Kenneth Copeland Bible College course. This we passed with flying colors. A very precious couple took us under their wing and on account of their many years in the kingdom became our spiritual parents, patiently guiding us through all the pitfalls that we encountered as we stumbled along.
If we asked a question of the Lord in prayer, we would meet up with somebody who would say, “Oh by the way the Lord says the answer to your question, is …….” This intense training continued for three years. It was an awesome time and looking back some twenty years later, I am eternally grateful for that special time. However, I still shudder when I consider the many stupid things I did and people I chased away from the kingdom as a result of my ignorance and youthful enthusiasm.
The Bible says it best in Hebrews, when it speaks of moving on from milk to solid food. We need to do that, in order to be of more use in the kingdom. Don’t allow anyone to kill your youthful enthusiasm for Christ as you grow up. Jesus wants us to come to Him as children. Remember soiled diapers and grazed knees are part of your journey, but please move on to cotton briefs as soon as possible, as there are new babies requiring parenting.
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