It was almost midnight as David drove down Freemont Boulevard. He hoped the transmission on his ’85 sedan wouldn’t fail him as he headed straight into the heart of gang territory on the opposite side of town.
“God, I sure hope I’m hearing you correctly. Please guide me, because I really don’t know what the heck I’m doing.”
David had been getting ready for bed an hour earlier when he felt a strong sense that he was to drive to the east side of town. There was an urgency in the otherwise familiar voice of the Holy Spirit.
Get in your car and drive.
A little after midnight Annette was awakened from her sleep with a pressing need to pray.
“What about, Lord?”
A vision came to her. She saw David driving his car. Above him, there was an angel … a very large, very strong angel hovering protectively over the car.
“Guard him, Father”.
Annette interceded on David’s behalf for the next hour.
Blood rushed through David’s body.
“Lord, show me the way”.
“Okay, Lord. Turning right.”
Graffiti laden buildings lined the street. A bar about a quarter mile down the road on the right caught David’s eye. He slowed down. As he rolled closer, he saw three guys coming out of the building with a blond girl, who was clearly struggling with them. They shoved her into an SUV and sped away.
David hit the gas and followed. His heart, which had already been pounding, now wanted to explode out of his chest.
“God, what am I doing? I’m only one man!”
“Yes, Lord. You know I’m scared out of my mind, though, right?”
Steadily, pieces of scripture poured in.
Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers … authorities … powers of this dark world … and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Do not be anxious … present your requests to God … the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
David meditated on these verses as he followed the van. A handful of turns lead them into a run down neighborhood before David realized his heart was no longer pounding. There was an unexplainable peace … a peace, which truly does transcend all understanding.
The van slowed and parked in front of a house on the left. David came to a stop across the street, having no clue what he was going to do next. He simply trusted God and kept praying.
“I come against the powers of darkness in the name of Jesus.”
The moment David parked, the angel above his car flew in a swift assault toward two demons, which were just coming out of the van with the three men and the girl.
The angel expanded his huge wingspan and hurled into both of the demons at once, sending them tumbling backward on top of the van. They were completely stunned and unprepared for this assault. As they attempted to pick themselves up and fight back, the angel came at them again with another blow, this time sending them flailing onto the ground. The angel had struck them with such powerful force that they knew this was not a battle they could win. It was obvious that Christians were praying, which meant the demons had no choice but to flee.
The only weapon David could find was the baseball bat in his backseat.
David, when you are weak, I am strong.
Shaking his head at what he was about to do, he grabbed the bat and marched toward the men as they exited the van with the girl.
“Let her go!” he yelled.
“You’re kidding me, right?” one of the men scoffed, pulling out his knife. “What are you gonna do? Take us out with your bat? Mind your own business, freak!”
“I said, let her go!” David said with authority. He proceeded to swing the bat right at the man’s head with unbelievable strength, knocking him to the ground and rendering him unconscious. Completely shocked, David stared at his victim not even realizing the other two guys had run off. David looked up and saw the girl standing there alone, arms crossed in front of her, shaking. He took off his jacket and wrapped it around her.
“You’re okay, Sweetie. You’ve got angels watching over you.”
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