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A Scary Night
This is a true story that happened to me a couple of months ago. At first I was scared, very scared. There are (or were) some skepticisms I had, not now!
I had never put much thought into dreams, or the ever present spiritual world. I also never really thought dogs could actually feel or be aware of the spiritual world. All that changed on a cold winter night in February of 2010.
I was up late studying my Bible College class on Spiritual Warfare preparing for the final test. This class intrigued me greatly as I studied and became more aware of the spiritual world. I learned about missionaries not sticking it out because of the spiritual warfare that is ever ongoing. Realizing it was nearly midnight I turned the computer off and headed to bed.
I slept well for a couple hours then had a dream or nightmare unlike anything I had ever had before. This would be a good time to review the second paragraph. As I said, I had always been skeptic of the spiritual world. Can animals really feel the presence of evil? Does the spiritual world really have an effect on the born again Christian, the child of God?
As I slept I started having a dream, a bad dream. My wife and I were out in the middle of nowhere and came upon a house we thought was an evangelists. Not long we were in separate vehicles knowing we may never see each other alive again. I saw her lunge toward the window and I mouthed the words,"It's ok, for greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world". End of dream I woke up.
Hearing her breathing was such a relief. I thought I would move over and snuggle up to her, but I could not move. I was face down on the bed and could not move. Was I still sleeping and thinking I was awake? What was up? I thought ok stretch out my arm and rub her shoulder, but I could not move my arm. Then I heard my dog starting to softly growl, it grew in loudness and in fierceness. I tried to turn my head towards him but I could not do that either. One thing I knew for sure, I was awake. This was no dream! I felt as if I were being forced down into the bed and as I tried to move I felt the pressure even more. I felt a dark presence standing very tall over me and feeling like it was the very essence constraining me.
What should I do? How do I handle this situation? I was almost in panic and then I felt another being there. Praise God! It said to me,"My son you know what to do, you know how to handle this. Just say the words and you will be free from this burden".
I closed my eyes and in power of the Holy Spirit of God I claimed His promise. I john 4:4 just what I had said in the dream, Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. I felt a surge through my body and the weight starting to subside. But, it was still there. I still felt it. Then in my prayer I claimed ,"Satan get thee behind me, the name of Jesus rebukes you".
Psalm 119:114 says, "Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy word." I claimed this shield, I claimed Jesus to be my hiding place.
His word, His promises, His power had delivered me. I felt the evilness leave. I was safe from evil because Thou art with me.
Proverbs says,"I will both lay me down and sleep, for Thou Lord only makest me dwell in safety."
Since then no re-occurences, no more bad dreams no more worries. My God watches over me and has my full trust. I give Him not only all my praises but also all my fears. I know through Him I am secure. I will never doubt His word, or try to live on my own without God being the head of my home. I place my trust in my risen Saviour! ( and I will not doubt my Springer Spaniel's awareness)
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