Dang, I hate it when I wake up in the middle of the night with my insides all shaking from some load of fear that just landed under my pillow and seeped up into my emotions. Totally disturbing.
Happened again last night. I rebuked a spirit of fear, thought about all the things the Lord had done for me, and prayed protection around all my family and friends.
By then I was wide awake and contemplating how I would squeeze a nap into the middle of our pastoral team meeting this afternoon. Not gonna happen.
After musing on peaceful scenes from my Quiet Places Pinterest board, I finally fell back into dreamland. So much for that late night demonic flaming arrow attack.
Nobody likes to be attacked by demons. The Bible calls “fear” a spirit and clearly says that it doesn’t come from God (2 Timothy 1:7). In fact, we’re suppose to resist evil spirits and expect them to vacate our little arena of God’s kingdom (James 4:7).
Jesus has already fought the battle against demons and won. Of course they aren’t real happy with that outcome and protest by waking you up in the middle of the night . . . and trying to work destruction. But that’s when you get to wear the God Patrol badge and enforce Christ’s victory.
How do you do that? One way is found in Revelation 12:11. We’re to remind the demons of the blood of Christ and their defeat. It drives them nuts to be reminded of what Christ’s blood represents. Then tell them your testimony. Just verbally tell the story of how you met Jesus—even if no one is there and you feel silly. Demons don’t like to hear it.
Just thought I’d mention this since Halloween is coming up and, whether we want to admit it or not, there really are demons out there. And they don’t just want to rob you of a good night’s sleep. They are out to destroy you. Really.
Just keep all of this in mind as Halloween approaches. Some evil is real. Very, very real.
And now I think I’ll take a nap. Catch you next week, Susan
Need more information on this subject? See Intercessors, God’s End-time Vanguard: How to pray effectively for the things that matter most (available on Amazon, Kindle, Apple, and a lot more places). Also, How to Resist a Demonic Attack explains how to stand firm against various spiritual attacks.
“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know . . . all of your friends would be nice.
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When I am ‘attacked’ especially with fear….which I may say is frequently…..I do what Jim taught me….I “take the mind of Christ and I CHOOSE faith over fear”…..
Every night when my head hits the pillow, I claim this out loud to myself and the devil.
Even if I’m worried about something or there’s something on my mind which I can’t seem to dislodge or ignore…..the same verbal stance I take with authority!
I also find myself doing this throughout the day when necessary….it kind of comes out automatically along with tongues…….and breathing!!!
I have yet to find a better ‘solution’ to the problem…..
HUGs and ‘battle ground blessings’
…..of course i also quote all the scriptures i can remember relating to ‘resisting’ and ‘binding’ the enemy……until I secure the victory……….in each specific encounter….
As always, great examples, Moira. Thanks for sharing
I, unfortunately, have had LOTS of experience with this. Since I was a young girl, I have had dreams that terrify me and leave me shaking. When I awake from these dreams I can feel spine tingling fear up and down my back. I literally feel tingling sensations in different parts of my body. A lot of the time it is around my head,neck and chest. However, there are times it has been around my waist and down toward my lower extremities.
I’ve never been 100 percent sure WHAT exactly they [demons] were trying to do, but I’ve always, always came back to the most simplest of things my mother taught me when I was 14.
She told me, Cheryl, if you ever have that dream again (I can still relate these dreams in great detail) tell it, “In the Name of Jesus, go away.”
It didn’t take long for me to put this into practice.
Within a few days/weeks — I don’t remember exactly — I had another dream. In my dream I reminded myself what mom had said. I told myself to use the phrase she had taught me. And, in my dream I began to talk, albeit sluggish and sounding almost demented, I struggled to say, “In the name of Jesus, go away.” It sounded more like, “Eeeeeeeeen daaaaaaaaaaaaa naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamammmmmmmmmeeee ooooooooooooovvvvvv Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez duuuuuuuuusssssss” However, once I was able to “say” his name I could feel it start to leave. As I continued to speak the name of Jesus, it left me completely.
To this day, and as a matter of fact, a few days ago, I used it again.
When I learned how to sign, in my dreams, when I have difficulty speaking, I now sign, “In the name of Jesus.” It has the same affect.
Recently, I learned about re-scripting (What psychologists call it) your dreams. Who knew I could already do that!?
I restrict the things I allow myself to watch or read about. I don’t DO scary movies. Nothing that has to do with evil spirits or the occult. My philosophy is this: Perfect Love cast out all fear… why in the world would I want to put it back?
I know I’m not the only weirdo. LOL
You’re not a weirdo, Cheryl. And I loved your detailed story. I’ve had that same experience and more. Some folks feel a great weight on their chest. Other’s feel what you’ve experienced. The name of Jesus always works. Thanks for sharing your experiences.