Christ's Glory, Not Mine

by science fiction author Andrea J. Graham

Sword Under Pillow Only Helpful if Used

Dear Andrea,
I lost my sweet momma this last December. Since then I have had dreams of momma decomposing and her looking at me from her coffin and walking around with bluish skin because she is dead. Then twice a evil being I believe to be Satan is always after me in the end of the dreams. I sleep with my bible under my pillow, but still have nightmares. Please please help. I am so tormented over this. I can’t even function the next day.

God bless you,

Sarah

Dear Sarah,

The bible is a sword, not a dreamcatcher. Placing a sword under your pillow is only useful as far as it places it in easy reach. To get any benefit, you have to open it up and read it. The words of the bible, that is what brings peace and victory.

The scripture that helped me get victory over my own nightmares was Ps 4:8 “I will lay me down in peace and sleep, for you, Lord, only make me dwell in safety.” I’d recommend memorizing it; posting it on my wall helped to that end, for me. Posted on the wall is also easier to get to in the meantime than having to look it up when you’re scared silly. If you like to do embroidery, you can sew it as well.

If your fear is of your own death, another good one is, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”

Assuming your mother is a Christian, when the devil is taunting you about her death, remind him of God’s promise of everlasting life. Your mother is not dead, not if she is a Christian. She’s alive in Heaven with our resurrected Lord. John 3:16 will be your easiest retort there, you probably already have it memorized. John 3:15 is more to the point, but says much the same, “whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Also from when Lazarus was raised: “[Jesus said]I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me shall never die.”

All else fails, plead the blood of the lamb. Inform the devil you’re bought and paid for by the Blood of the Lamb and he has no right over you. Say it like you mean it. Remind him you’ve been granted in Christ’s name authority over all the forces of the evil one. Then command him to leave in Jesus’ name. I have found this works while you are dreaming (if you can remember to). Just about every time I stop running from the monster or whatever in such a nightmare and rebuke the devil, the dream abruptly ends–I also often wake up briefly-sometimes while the words were still on my lips (I have found these shouts mid-dream are occasionally spoken out-loud)

Lastly, I will pray with you: Lord, we come before you today on the behalf of Sarah, asking for sweet peace as she sleeps. Comfort her spirit in the loss of her mother and may she find rest for her soul in you. We ask that the enemy be bound from tormenting her and any authority the devil has been granted over her life be broken. We plead the blood over her and command the devil to torment your child no more. In the name of Jesus we pray all these things, Amen.

In Christ’s Victory,

Andrea Graham

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