A Sound Mind

After not really going to church for most of my young life, I was inspired to go to my local church at 18 after having many dramatic events happen in my life. At first I was on fire and was going to church all the time but like everyone, when things go well you try and do it your way and do it without the presence of the lord.

I was starting to fall back into my old ways and that is when the nightmares started. The first one's were just dreams in which I would be kidnapped and abused or I would be in a terrible accident. These dreams were so real because I could feel the coldness and sharpness of the knife and I could feel and see the glass of the car shattering around me. I could see the car become crushed and feel pain throughout my body. When I felt my head I could see the red blood filling my hands.

I talked to our pastors daughter and she admitted to having dreams with the same type of demonic spirits. She explained that to get rid of these spirits in my dreams I would have to say, "In Jesus name I rebuke you." Just the mention of Jesus name and they would disappear.

Well the dreams continued and now the dreams were not even about real events but more along the lines of being terrified of some huge demonic spirit but I didn't really see the demon and I was paralyzed and no matter how much I tried to scream I could not. The scary part of these dreams is that I would think that "woke up" because I would look around my room and be glad the dream was over but when I heard the evil chuckle and realized I was still paralyzed and could not speak. I tried my hardest to say the words "In Jesus name I rebuke you," but the words could not be said.

Finally I would awake and I could not go back to sleep in terror that the dream would re-occur. Finally after finding scriptures on peace and safety in the following week, when the dream occurred again I was finally able to get out of the paralysis by barely whispering the name Jesus. Just then my entire body began to shake and I finally felt peace and safety. I know that I will never completely be out of the woods because Satan will always send his demonic spirits to try and corrupt lives.

A verse I tend to read is 1 Peter 5:7 "Let him have all your worries and cares, for He is always watching everything that concerns you." "Be careful--watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the lord."

Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but power and love and a sound mind."

May God bless and protect you and your family!

Michelle Thixton