Recently I had a vision of a dog lying in front of me a ways and he seemed to be licking his chest. As I drew closer I could see that it was a black and white Sheltie and he was trying to lick a gaping wound in the front of his neck. There were blood stains on his beautiful fur and constant licking kept the wound open and bleeding. If he continued to lick he would eventually reach his jugular and die. The only way I could think of to intervene would be to put on him a collar and cone to prevent him from causing further injury to himself.
I bound a spirit of death and put a spiritual collar and cone on the dog to prevent further damage. While more than one interpretation of this vision is possible, this is what I believe I saw: the dog being someone’s personal pet represents something or someone dear to the owner’s heart. His black and white fur represent the secret place where the owner meets with the heavenly Father. White represents purity, so the dog represents someone with a relationship with the Lord. The neck symbolizes authority as when Pharaoh placed a chain around Joseph’s neck to indicate his authority in Pharaoh’s behalf. The wound could be anger, grief, distress, etc. The imminence of death was deeply disturbing to me.
Casting about in my mind, I asked the Holy Spirit to join me in intercession as I threw myself at the foot of the Father’s throne to get some understanding of this distressing sight. The Holy Spirit directed my attention to various verses in Galatians 5.
14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are prevented from doing whatever you want.
The soul of many Christians is large and their spirit is relatively undeveloped; yet the spirit is intended to have dominion over the soul or flesh. This condition cannot be tolerated by a holy God. With the soul and spirit in constant conflict the Christian cannot live in peace and victory and he/she will not be able to fulfill his/her destiny.
Romans 8:6 says: Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death. But the mind of the (Holy) Spirit is life and soul-peace[both now and forever].