A Deadly Dream

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“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:7-8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

Years ago I dreamed one night that I was praying powerfully over a woman I knew who in the dream had been struck with a potentially deadly disease. When I woke the next morning, my husband at the time was deeply disturbed and distraught about something. He described the dream he had had the same night. He had seen me standing over a woman praying. But he saw me from a different angle. He saw the devil behind me getting ready to kill me.

I believe God was warning me through our two dreams that the devil would try to stop me from pursuing and fulfilling the calling God has for my life. It turns out that was an understatement. The devil has come at me countless times in horrible ways for years now, but God is sovereign, my trust is in Jesus, and God protects and equips me day by day as He leads me forth in ministry.

Do you suppose God gave us those dreams just to warn me? I don’t believe so. I believe He wanted to warn me so that in the coming years I would FIGHT and ACHIEVE VICTORY IN CHRIST and to BE VIGILANT ABOUT THE DEVIL’S DESIRES AND DEVICES.

Sometimes I have remembered and been vigilant and fought well. Other times I have let my guard down and been trampled down a good bit before regaining ground. Always, the Lord has brought me back to this.

We who follow Jesus have a sickeningly despicable opponent who desperately desires to destroy us, and we need to be steadfast in keeping our eyes on the Lord and His Word and fighting and winning by continually yielding ourselves to the Lord and obeying Him as He leads us forward in the victory that belongs to us in Christ.

This is a warning for ALL OF US. Long ago I didn’t think the devil is real. He is absolutely real, and he is on a relentless mission to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Let’s indeed be vigilant in staying on guard and securing victory in Jesus!

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