I Was A Snake Handling Preacher… for about 3 minutes

I was sitting in my office at church when a friend came by to see me. He presented me with a sack. I knew he had a garden, so I assumed it was some fresh vegetables. I thanked him, and he said I should look in the sack… When I did, it was a big snake! ( I am only afraid of 2 kinds of snakes… Dead ones and Live ones! ). If you would visualize one of those vibrating chairs you see at the shopping mall and cobine it with a helicopter you would get a picture of what I looked liked in my office chair…spinning around and around…and trying to go up into the sky! All the while I was still holding the sack with the ( I found out later) recently deceased snake. Finally, my friend took back the snake sack and I was released from my fears.
We all have fears sometimes that catch us off guard and leave us in a state of mind called “I do not have a clue what to do”…May I suggest a few things that I have found most helpful and encouraging to me through the years?
The first thing we should do is to realize and admit our need. When we do this, it empowers us to seek answers, look at options, and talk to people who can really help us work through our fears, whether it is relationship issues, financial stress, or other problems. We will never get over the fear if we don’t admit it and ask God and others to help us. We are not meant to be totally self sufficient for everything, God purposely built in us a need for a relationship with Him and people. Dr. Oscar Thompson, one of my favorite professors in graduate school, often reminded his students that: “the most important word in the English Language is RELATIONSHIP.”
This is true in so many ways and in particular in overcoming fears.Isaiah 30:18 (NLT) states it this way: “So the Lord must wait for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help.”
It is important to commit our need to God in prayer. At that point we should also release our concerns into His hands and rely continually on God’s strength and grace. Two of my favorite Bible verses on this are:
“People who do what is right may have many problems. but the Lord will solve them all.” Psalm 34:19
” I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [ I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me: I am self-sufficient in Christ”s sufficiency].” Philippians 4:13 (Amplified Bible)

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