Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Lord and Dreams

Dream On 

By Molly Noble Bull  

Recently, my cousin told me that often when she dreams, she realizes she is asleep, resolving to take matters into her own hands by waking up. I’ve had similar experiences. Has anything like that ever happened to you? 
After reading Cecelia Dowdy’s interesting article on dreams, I decided to write an article on dreams but from a different angle. 
My first dream went like this.

Dream One: 
A group of bad guys were chasing me, and I was running. Running, running. All a once, a thought came to me.
I don’t have to run from these people. I’m a Christian.
So I stopped and turned around. As soon as I turned around, they stopped, too. I looked at them without fear and said, “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus.” 
They turned around and raced away from me as fast as they could.
I woke up. 
And as I lay there in bed, wide awake, I thought about my dream and about what some call spiritual warfare.

Dream Two:
I was standing on a wooden floor in some sort of restaurant with people seated at tables talking. There was a counter to one side, and a door was directly in from of me on the opposite wall.
I don’t know how I knew, but suddenly, I knew these people were demons. So again, I said, “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus.”
The people bumped into each other as the charged through that door and out of the café. Only one person remained—if you can call a hairless man with grayish skin a person. I wasn’t able to see him until the others left, but there he was, glaring at me.
He was shorter than a man with shoulders that wide would normally be and stockier, and he was muscled like a wrestler. Legs spread apart and arms at his sides, he wore nothing but a pair of swimming trunks, and he hadn’t moved an inch. 
I said, “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus,” a second time.
He still didn’t move.
For the third time I said, “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus.” 
Slowly, he turned. And apparently in no hurry, he walked out the door.
I woke up.
I told this story to an assistant pastor, and he said the grayish being I described sounded like the “Strong Man” mentioned in the Bible. Certainly he looked strong, but I cannot say for sure that he was the strong man mentioned in the Bible. However, he was stronger than the ones who quickly ran away.
Alone, I would have had no chance if I faced him in the real world. But in Jesus name, I can do all things because he strengthens me.
Please leave a comment. I would love to hear what you think of my dreams, and I would also love to hear some of yours. 



Molly Noble Bull said...

Have you ever engaged in spiritual warfare? I would love your views on this topic, too.

Teresa Slack said...

My husband has had several of these dream experiences. Most of his have proven prophetic. The Lord has given me dreams that planted story ideas in my head with Scripture to back them up.

He wants to use us--and will--to fulfill his purposes if we only let Him.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks for writing, Teresa.

Cecelia said...

Interesting dreams. I don't think I've ever dreamed about demons, but, it's possible that they were demons and I just didn't realize it. Which scripture mentions the Strong Man?
~Cecelia Dowdy~

Kate Dolan said...

Terrific dreams! You must feel very strong knowing that your faith is so steady even when you're sleeping!
I used to have dreams that I was taking a law school exam. And then in the middle I'd remember that I had already taken the exam and that this was a dream so I didn't have to finish. And then I'd panic because I only had half an hour left to finish a 3 hour exam. Don't know how many times that repeated before I finally woke up!

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Hi, Kate. Glad you stopped by Writers' Rest. Your comment has brought something to mind. I've been having dreams about school for years. The dreams vary, too. Most of the time, the dream takes place on a college campus, but, I have dreamed about high school too. I'm not sure what types of things I'm trying to work out in my life that would make me dream about school. I have the school dream at least a few times per year. But, unlike you, I don't know that I'm dreaming while I'm in the middle of my school dreams.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Taking charge in Jesus' name while in the dream state is key here. We have no reason to fear because the Lord is with us always, if he lives in our hearts.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks Cecelia and Kate. And Cecelia, the strong man is mentioned in the book of Matthew 12:29 and in Mark 3:27.