Last night I had a nightmare. It lasted less than a minute and ended with me actually screaming and jolting to sit up! That’s the first time I’ve ever actually been able to scream in response to a nightmare! Other times either nothing came out, or I barely uttered a glorified grunt! LOL 😀
In my dream I was walking with someone in a somewhat shadowy white room that had some stuff covered with plastic as though it were in storage.
Quickly approaching me was a man with basically an obscured face. I knew from the second I saw him that he was dangerous, and I screamed as he rushed toward us with a dart gun.
Yes, I know it was probably just a dream, and I need to stop watching “Columbo”, lol. So, why do I mention it here?
Because I’ve found that even my “just-a-dreams” are fodder for my imagination, and in particular, for topics to write about.
It seems like fear is rampant nowadays. Sometimes we are so wrapped up in fear and anxiety that our fears do not even have a clear face. We aren’t even sure what to call the fears that assail us.
We may fear violence, the hidden violence that we know exists because we’ve seen it on the news or watched scary, realistic movies.
We may fear abuse, rejection, or abandonment because we’ve experienced it before in the past.
We may fear vicious verbal attacks, slander, and rumors.
We may fear injustice and persecution.
I discovered after I woke up last night that, as a Christian, I can banish those faceless fears by rebuking them in the name of Jesus. I asked God to banish the faceless spirits of fear and violence in the name of Jesus from myself, my family, my church, my nation, and my world. I can’t speak for how far out the Lord banished them, but I know that He brought peace and protection for me and my family. So, in faith, I trust that He also answered in ripple effect that affected the lives of others, even those that I do not personally know, but God does.
For those of you who have never heard of this before or who shy away from this because it is not in keeping with what you’ve heard to be sound doctrine, consider the following scriptures:
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
You may say, “But Jesus only said this to Peter, so it doesn’t apply to me.” But He said the same thing to the whole group of disciples, in a totally different context, just two chapters later:
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18
(Notice “thee/thou” in 16:19 and “you/ye” in 18:18; thou is singular and ye is plural.)
In addition, Jesus said the following to His disciples:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14
If you are still saying to yourself, “Yes, but He said this to His disciples but not to me, I’d like to mention a few other things that He told the disciples in that same conversation that I’m sure you would agree do apply to believers today:
- “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” vs. 1,2 (Wouldn’t that be terrible if this only applied to 11 men and no more???)
- “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” vs. 15
- “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” vs. 16
- “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” vs. 27
Look at that!
He commands that we be not afraid!
+ He gives us the authority to ask anything in His name, and if it’s in His will, He will do it!
+ We know it is in His will that we be not afraid.
= Therefore, if we ask Him in His name to bind the spirit of fear and banish it from us, He will do it!
God did not give us the commands without giving us the power, authority, armor , and equipment to obey.
So, when those faceless fears overwhelm you, why don’t you give this a try!
Peace is only a prayer away!
Also see: (Ephesians 6:11-18; John 14:1,2; Philippians 4:6,7; Matthew 28:18-20; John 15:16; John 16:23,24)