Dear Andrea,I have reoccurring nightmares about evil bullying or attacking me. Enough to scare me. I wake up trembling and anxious. I say my prayers. I believe my actions are are not one with the Lord and I am attracting evil into my life.Could this be true?–Monique
Most nightmares come from us working out the bad stuff in life that we don’t want to deal with while awake, but not all. If a nightmare clearly doesn’t relate to anything you’ve gone or are going through, that leaves two possible sources: the devil, yes, and God. The latter kind of nightmare is comparatively rare and usually prophetic/intercessory in nature. A, ah, holy nightmare will sometimes warn of the future, reveal happenings in the spiritual realm, or even something happening to a perfect stranger, but regardless amounts to a prayer prompter.
Now, third, demons do attack in our sleep, and often in the form of a nightmare. This doesnâ€™t necessarily mean weâ€™ve done something wrong. The devil will usually attack us in the same areas where weâ€™ve given in to him in the past, but he also tends to attack Christians strongest when weâ€™re hurting him, and that means weâ€™ve done something right. If youâ€™re in right relationship with the Lord, stand firm, and rebuke the devil in the authority of the Lord, and he will flee, I promise (or more to the point, God does.)
If the devil has a stronghold in your life, however, thatâ€™s a different story, yes, and itâ€™ll be much, much harder. In this case, itâ€™s important to locate the breech in your armor, or the area in which youâ€™ve compromised with the world and not been transformed by the renewing of your mind (or gone back to old habits). Overcoming the sin the demon behind the nightmares has dominion over will empower you to throw off the dominion heâ€™s trying to stake over you. We cannot do this in our own strengthâ€“only the blood of the Lamb can cleanse us from sin. But we can do all things in Christ, He who strengthens us.
Now, normally, the blood of Christ protects his followers from demonic oppression or out right possession, (which are simply varying degrees of control they’ve gained over a person) but if we give the devil a foothold, it can come to that, and sometimes these will require assistance from the Body to be delivered from. Talk to your pastor or a trusted elder woman in the church (men should go to men for assistance and women to women where feasible.)
Where do they arise from? We can inherit them from our parents via what’s known as a generational curse. This is where we find ourselves caught in vicious intergenerational cycles (the most publicized being codependency, physical, sexual, and substance abuse) often don’t know how to break free. We also pick them up from poorly-chosen friends as easily as a bad habit. Our thought lives and the media we follow in all forms are also common, but sometimes overlooked, windows the devil can enter in through. As it is with a computer, so it is with our minds. Garbage in, Garbage out.
Pray, but donâ€™t just say your prayers. Seek the Lord with all your heart and place your trust in Him. Itâ€™s not easy. Daily, we must make the decision to crucify the flesh and follow after Him. We all stumble sometimes. His grace does not ignore our condition and merely love us anyway just as we areâ€“His grace is an outstretched hand waiting to give us the strength to stand.
In Christâ€™s Grace,
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