Last week, I wrote about fighting right by putting on the full armor of God and wielding the sword of the Spirit, which is His Word. At the beginning of the year, I had two separate dreams back to back in which I believe I was fighting demonic spirits. While I’ve had several such dreams, these two give examples of how to fight wrong (in the flesh) and how to fight right (in the spirit).
On January 3, 2019, I dreamt that I was standing in the yard of a trailer house that I have never seen. In the yard was a huge gray cat that was standing on its hind legs and throwing fire balls from its paws as it hissed at me. I got the water hose and was spraying it, but that did not deter its fire throwing rampage. I was in a panic and ran inside of the house to look for a machete. I briefly shouted to my husband what was going on and that I needed to kill the cat because he was going to burn the house down if I didn’t. Eric was trying to talk me out of killing the cat, but I was convinced that the machete was the answer to the problem. I woke up before I was able to see the outcome of the dream. Once I was awake, I was disappointed in myself for failing to realize that the cat was representing a demonic spirit and that I needed to call on the name of Jesus for victory.
The very next night, on January 4th, I had another dream. In this dream I was riding in our family suburban with my husband. We pulled up to a stop light, and a big monster truck pulled up next to us. As we were waiting at the light, a muscular monster with a stark white face stepped down from the truck (It looked like a monster you would see in a movie, but I know it represented a demonic spirit). It came up to my window and pointed an enormous weapon in my face. I looked at the monster directly in the eye and calmly told it that it couldn’t hurt me in Jesus’ name. It said it already knew that and looked very disappointed. It slumped its shoulders and stepped back up into the monster truck. As he stepped up, its monster friend dressed in all black stepped down.
The monster friend tried to intimidate me just the same. It walked up to my window with an even bigger weapon and again pointed it directly in my face. I told it the same as I told its friend. “You can’t hurt me in Jesus’ name.” The monster in black looked just as disappointed as its friend, but this one was a little more persistent. It said something like, “Ah, come on. Just this once.” I held my resolve and responded with, “No. I am covered by the blood of Jesus, and you don’t have permission to hurt me.” The monster in black hung its head and moped back to its truck like a child who didn’t get its way. I rolled up my window and looked over at my husband. His mouth was wide in disbelief. He was in shock about how I had responded without fear or panic.
I was in awe when I woke up. I could not believe how different I was in the second dream compared to the first. That cat had me completely shaken, yet when staring a demon right in the face, I responded with complete confidence in the name of Jesus and His protection. I knew that it could not hurt me.
I often have dreams like these in which I am facing being attacked by demonic forces, and sometimes I fight in the spirit but sometimes I don’t. I don’t know what causes the varied responses in my dreams, but I feel like it is training me to be able to respond properly in waking life when I am faced with such attacks. I always want to respond in the spirit instead of in the flesh. I pray that all of God’s children will remember what Ephesians 6:12 says:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
When we remember that we are not fighting against flesh, we can more confidently use our spiritual weapons against the enemy of our soul. While I did not exactly quote the scriptures in this dream, I knew the Word of God says that I am covered by the blood of Jesus and that nothing can harm me. This is war. BUT, the good news is that because God loved us so greatly, He sent His one and only Son to die and redeem us from the hand of the enemy. Through Jesus we have victory.
1 Corinthians 15:57 — “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I pray you are encouraged to wield the sword of the spirit and to walk in the victory that we have through the one who loves us most. Amen.