Spiritual Warfare – it’s real

Back in my early days of Christianity, over 30 years ago when my kids were little, I read a couple Frank E. Peretti novels – “This present Darkness” and “Piercing the Darkness”. They are suspense filled books about spiritual warfare. I highly recommend!

You might choose to think the following stories are made up for dramatic effect, If they weren’t my stories, I would probably agree with you. Or, perhaps my mind made up the circumstances because of what I was reading. That’s another possibility.

I consider myself a decent writer. I can lead you to draw a conclusion by manipulating the facts for the sake of a good story. However, I’m going to tell you the events with just the facts. All of these stories happen while I am in bed, but I was not in a “brain fog tired”. You draw your own conclusions.

  1. I was laying in bed for an afternoon nap before the kids got home from day care. I felt like I was being watched. I opened my eyes to find a large black “something” in front of my face. It had no texture or shading. Just a blackness that blocked out the light. I prayed, it left. (1990)
  2. Nap time again. I really like naps. It felt like a cat jumped on the foot of my bed. I felt the first give of the mattress and followed by the steps of walking up the bed. I opened my eyes. The movements stopped and there was nothing there. I prayed, cuz, better safe than sorry, right? As I did that, I felt something go under me and then I was slightly elevated from my bed. It wasn’t much, but I was no longer fully on the bed. When it left, I was “dropped” the whole 2 inches or whatever it was, back onto the bed. (2005)
  3. This one happened in the same week as #2. Nap time. My daughter was home from college. I thought I heard the front door open. Then I heard the footsteps coming down the hall. They didn’t stop and go in her bedroom, they continued down to my door. I shouted for her to enter because I thought she’d knock. The door didn’t open, but something came in and jumped up on my bed. This one happened really fast. The next thing I feel is a grip on my throat, literally shaking my head trying to choke me. You can imagine my terror but I was able to speak Jesus’ name out loud in a broken, choking voice and it left. (2005)
  4. Last night, as I was going to bed, I felt that “being watched” feeling again. I opened my eyes and there was a black cloud. It wasn’t blocking out the light much but I could see it moving around the room. Naturally, I called on Jesus and closed my eyes. I “think” I saw flashes of dim light, but since I have issues with my eyes having flashes of light anyway, I can’t, for a fact say it was God and the demon fighting. But, I can say for a fact, that I fell right to sleep knowing that I was in safe hands.

What is the moral of this story? Don’t take naps or go to bed. šŸ™‚

Seriously though, it’s real. Most the time when Satan is trying to get at me, he’s more subtle. Sometimes it’s a best friend with a bad idea, or, the temptation to take something that’s not mine. And with the way this world is so screwed up, Satan is everywhere!!!

Now, I wouldn’t tell you a problem without also giving you a solution. Start every day with Ephesians 6:13

ThereforeĀ take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand inĀ the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:13 ESV

I don’t mean read this verse every day. I mean take up the whole armor, which is the bible, and study it every day. Create a relationship with Jesus and sleep like a baby. šŸ™‚

If you are not a Christian and would like more information, I’d be happy to talk to you about it. Or, Google John 3:16. ā¤

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