You will not fear the terror of the night.
Who hasn’t had a nightmare, or had a fear of the night? At one time or another, everyone has experienced fear. Fear is defined as, “A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc. Whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.” http://www.mdictionary.com
There are many reasons why people live in fear. I’m only going to name a few fears for you. Many people fear the unknown, death, success, failure, the safety of their children, and losing their jobs. The list goes on and on. What do you fear? In the Bible, 2 Timothy 1:7 tell us, “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.”NRSV
Did you know that some people suffer with night terrors? At night, it’s hard for them to go sleep. They have paralyzing dreams, and nightmares. The writer of Psalms 91 divides the list of fear into four categories. The first, terror by night, includes all evil designed for man: rape, terrorism, wars, murder, and kidnapping. God doesn’t want us to fear anything. In college, years ago, my roommate stayed up all night…afraid to go to sleep. At first, I didn’t see this as a problem, until I caught her standing over me at 2a.m. Sometimes, she’d stand in the restroom door peeking out at me. I could only see her figure in the dark. One night I asked her, “Why don’t you go to sleep at night?” She chuckled, “Cause I’m afraid to! overtime, I go to sleep I see terrible pictures.” “Pictures of what?” I sat up intrigued by this information. She began telling me that every night an eye watched her through our dorm window. Also, she told me that this eye followed her around campus.
Well, the thought of an eye looking through our window, and following her around scared me. After that night, I tried to see if I saw the eye around her, but I couldn’t see anything. Several days passed, and she shared with me that a man raped her on an elevator. Then she saw this same man kill her brother. She felt, that God punished her by allowing her brother to get killed. When I asked her why she thought this, she exclaimed, “Cause my brother fought this man from me!” I reassured her that God is a loving God, and that it wasn’t her fault. There wasn’t a lot I knew back then. I wasn’t familiar with Psalms 91. I didn’t know how to minister to her. That night fear gripped my heart. In our room, I felt a dark presence that’s indescribable. A part of me wanted to run. Then God reminded me that, “his word is alive, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” Hebrews 4:12
So How did my Roommate Turn Out?
Everyday she grew more and more distant from me. She stopped talking to me, and she wouldn’t look at me. I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit for guidance. I heard him say, “She must choose to believe in my word, more than believe in the spirit of fear.” One night, I asked her if I could share Psalms 27: 1-4 with her, and to my surprise she replied, “Yes.” After I finished reading, I prayed for her. I commanded the enemy to leave her mind and free her in Jesus name. Then something strange happened. She began to scream, “No, no! I’m scared. Leave me alone! Don’t touch me!” Startled, I jumped up, and she ran out of the room. Although, I was young in the Lord, I knew that demons plagued her mind. God wanted to deliver her from her night terrors, but she wasn’t ready. Deliverance only works if the person is ready. It was during this incident that I learned how satan tries to deceive us by making us believe his lies.
I went home for Christmas break, and when I returned to school…she was gone. Over the years, I wondered, if she’s alright. I lost contact with her. Since that time, I’ve learned that only God can fix broken hearts. Also I learned that satan attacks us in moments of weakness. When we’re weak and struggling with problems, we need to run to God. If we believe in God, he will protect us. He will fight the enemy on our behalf. Will you trust him today? We do not have to fear the night, nightmares, death, or rape etc. God’s power will triumph over man and satan. Be Blessed!