WARNING!!! NOT FOR THE FEARFUL!!!
No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love.
One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?
There is a well known legend that Martin Luther often encountered the devil, and once even threw an inkwell at him. See more here.
When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.
I have shared this before. My Dad had an encounter when he was young. He was riding a motorcycle and just before crashing into the back of a bus, he saw the devil appear before him. I believe that was God trying to call my Dad out of the darkness.
For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.
I once heard a Messianic Rabbi recount an encounter he had with Satan in a dream. He opened a door and the enemy, standing there, picked him up and threw him against the wall. This Rabbi made the argument that, as Children of God, we will all encounter the enemy at some time in our life.
Resist the devil and he will flee.
I had a similar dream long before I heard this Rabbi’s encounter. It was an affirming moment to hear that I was not alone. See, we Christians don’t usually talk about these things.
Be firm in the faith and resist him, knowing that other believers throughout the world are going through the same kind of suffering.
I have had many such encounters over the years. Usually in dreams, but in physical settings as well.
But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
Many times I have awoke out of a terrifying spiritual warfare dream, drenched in sweat, heart pounding, mouth dry, trying to scream Jesus’ name.
Don’t be afraid, little flock. Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
As a Child of God, Jesus does not want us to keep our head in the sand concerning evil. Is it scary? Yes. Is it terrifying? Yes. Even the mightiest of prophets and apostles had moments of extreme terror and fright as they fought against forces beyond their strength. Many fainted or ran.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Should we go seeking encounters with the devil? No! But when they come…
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,
…and they will come.
since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
But remember this verse and treasure it in your heart…
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
When a Spirit of fear tries to seize me here are some powerful words that deliver us:
He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.”
“So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
No weapon forged against me shall prevail.
Afraid of what, dear Child?
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
I am shielded by God’s power.
Lord, you surround him with favor like a shield.
And some more powerful verses
And as a Lutheran, we have the added assurance of appealing to our baptism. We know that baptism is a means of grace, and we know how powerful our baptism is. It was the power of God that drew us to that baptismal font where we were sealed with His power. Here are some things I have written in my Bible, and of which I usually remind myself over and over when fear is trying to find a foothold:
Baptism now saves you.
I am baptized into Christ. I belong to Him. Nothing can harm me.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
I also picture in my mind these kinds of images:
I also remind myself of these:
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
“They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;” Isaiah 14:16 In context
Further study here.
Lord, I know you will deliver us from all evil. Satan fell to earth when he warred with you in heaven. I know you will cast him into hell at the appointed hour. Deliver us from all of his traps. Deliver those who are even now enduring spiritual warfare in its many forms around the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen
If you have a spiritual warfare encounter to share please do. Thanks for reading. God bless and keep you.