Early this morning, I was awakened with a night terror….A terror is a little different from a regular bad dream…it can cause immobility, known as sleep paralysis or sleep walking and is extremely frightening. Little is known about the causes of night terrors, but health experts agree that these episodes are NOT caused by psychological issues or abnormal brain neurology. Science or psychology labels this as parasomnia which simply means a sleep disorder pattern that causes unusual behaviour while one sleeps. Night terrors are relatively rare, affecting only a small percentage of children usually between ages 4 and 12 and an even smaller percentage of adults; they tend to run in families, and the first episode generally occurs sometime between the ages of two and four years old. Bad dreams happen to most of us at some point and are usually related to something that we are dealing with in our life causing us stress. However, night terrors are far different from your average bad dream and that is why science is unable to find a reason for their occurrences; unless you’re taken medication for something, in which a night terror can be a side effect of the drugs.
We as believers know that the enemy is always looking for a way into our lives and if the demons cannot gain access during the day…they most certainly will try at night. We know that night terrors are real and the bible reminds us to not fear the terrors of the night. (Psalm 91:5) We also know that night terrors are not part of our normal biological structure because they produce an intense fear and God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) Children usually cannot recall the night terror or very little of it, which is a blessing; however as an adult our ability to recall is far greater. It’s interesting to know how night terrors are passed on in the family lineage. We know that generational curses are passed on in the same manner (Numbers 14:18)…that is until you step into the lineage of Christ and you form a new lineage for your future generations. (Galatians 3:13-14)
Night terrors are satanic attacks….It is the enemy that which was once living in your house (your body) coming back, and bringing reinforcements with him to see if he can gain access. It’s almost like they believe they have a right because of your pre-Christ family lineage; especially if that lineage is in any way connected to occult activity. It is also because some believers have a strong gift of discernment and are able to see into the spirit realm, which leaves them open to receive more unpleasant visitations. It’s been my personal experience as an adult that whenever I encounter such intense principalities in night terrors; it is because God is gearing up for a monumental move in the Spirit Realm, And because the powers of darkness have failed to sway me from my journey they now want to attempt to break me by weakening me; through sleep deprivation. You see the thing about the spirits of darkness is that they haven’t learned any new tricks since the dawn of time….and it actually makes me wonder how people fall prey to the same tricks over and over. You see I grew up in a rough neighbourhood….we wore our boxing gloves to school and I was no stranger to bullies. I look at my young life as a training ground for the battle which is now coming from “Spiritual Bullies”. A bully is a bully; whether it is in the natural earth realm or the spiritual realm….. Show no fear and stand in faith with your weapons of warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18) and know that even if you lose a battle…You have already won the war because you are a child of God and no weapon formed against you shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17) I count it all Joy because I know that whenever I face a trial with enemy it is only to strengthen my faith in Christ. It is to bring Glory to His name and to bring victory through greater wisdom and knowledge; for the perfecting of my life so that I may help others perfect theirs; as well.
If you have experienced night terrors or are currently experiencing them….before going to bed each night commit your dream realm to God. Pray over yourself or your child and ask the Lord for full protection during your sleeping hours. When you commit your dream realm to God….It is like in the in the days of Moses ….you have the blood on the top of your door post and the enemy must pass you by. If God allows the enemy to intrude in the night….it is to bring you into a greater place in Him; So Stand on the rock of your salvation and hold true the word of God. He is your liberator and is always a present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1)
May God Bless You and Keep You in everything pertaining to life and godliness.♥ ~Rev. C.A. Livingstone
POINT TO PONDER: If you’re not experiencing some level of Spiritual warfare…you have already become imprisoned by the enemy.
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