I’ll be the first person to tell you that I don’t recommend getting involved in Spiritual Warfare unless you know what you’re doing. I am not 100% clear on the finer points of it myself even after all this time, so I don’t get into it unless I have no choice. There are several reasons for this.
First reason — if you’re not 100% solid in your belief in Jesus Christ, on your knowledge concerning what spiritual warfare is and what to do, you could find yourself in far worse trouble than when you started.
None of it “works” unless you believe in Jesus. Even if you know scripture from one end of the Bible to the other, if you have any doubt at all, don’t try it. Why? Because if you aren’t sure what you believe, you’ll draw all kinds of spiritual “attention” and things will go downhill for you quickly. I will give an example of this later on in this post.
Second reason — Even if you’re a true believer (which I hope you are) and you know all your scripture, you must be absolutely certain of your Discernment. You have to know how to test the spirits or investigate the situation. You also have to know when to get involved and when to back off.
Third reason — Even if you know all of the above, never try it alone unless you have no choice. The Bible says that when three or more are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is there with them. There is strength in three or more people and they are not easily overcome. And all three must be outfitted in the “full armor of God.” You have to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit and deal with these situations only when called to do so.
“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him, threefold cord is not quickly broken.” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:12
Just to be clear, when I refer to Spiritual Warfare, I’m not talking about just staying in a state of prayer, that is a kind of warfare as well, but I’m talking more about binding and loosing, and taking on strongholds. I’ve heard people talking (well, a better word is boasting) about “tearing down strongholds,” but are they really doing so? Or, did they make things worse by toying with something they don’t really understand? Never, ever boast about something you’re not sure of, especially when it comes to these matters. I did that once. Big mistake.
Spiritual Warfare is defined as a Christian taking a stand in Jesus’ name against unseen spiritual forces acting to oppress them or another person or group. (In Christian parlance, referred to as “Standing in the gap.”) If you’re not a Whole Bible believer, it may be difficult to conceive of the idea that there are invisible forces working against us. I didn’t believe it at one time, either. But since 2011, I’ve seen too many things happen, too many unexplainable activities and experiences that I could no longer deny that this sort of thing existed. To borrow a meme-phrase, once you’ve been able to finally see these things, you can’t “unsee” them. If you become aware of them, they also begin to pay more attention to you. The potential of what could happen in your life will frighten you — until you read the Bible (particularly the four Gospels and the Book of Acts, as well as everything written by Peter and Paul). There are far too many Christians who haven’t read the whole Bible, let alone believe all of it, as well as many in the New Age movement who dabble with these things with no idea what they’re getting into.
Paul talked about the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:
In my wanderings on the internet, I’ve seen way too many videos and postings in social media talking about people putting themselves into a deep sleep or trance and then venturing into the dream-world to bring the fight to whatever entities they might run into there. This is dumb. Really dumb.
Remember this one thing, if you take away nothing else from what I’ve said here: Deal with darkness here in our reality, our turf, through prayer, fasting and calling on the Lord Jesus. Don’t go into their turf. You are vastly outnumbered and outclassed there.
One thing people need to understand is that the second heaven (for our purposes here, just call it ‘dreamland’) actually does exist. Yes, it is real. It’s not just a place you go when you have a vivid dream. As scientists are beginning to understand, human consciousness is “non-local,” which means that there is another part of us that leaves when we are asleep (and when we die). When people get into spirit-walking or OBE’s as they are often called, visiting this place starts out as fun – at first. Before long, though, it turns ugly. I can’t count the number of videos I’ve seen online that tell people how to spirit-walk. I watched a lot of them back when I was still looking into OBE’s and how they happen. It’s very seductive.
When you spirit-walk for the first time, you find yourself being able to fly or have other “superpowers.” You can visit people and places, observing what they’re doing with great accuracy. It’s so interesting that you eventually find yourself wanting to sleep more than deal with waking reality. Some people begin taking sleep meds with or without alcohol in order to get to sleep. Some become addicted. Then it gets worse.
You find yourself sleepwalking or becoming combative, striking out with your arms and legs while asleep. There were times I found myself standing in my living room or in the kitchen with no idea how I got there. I struck out while asleep and kicked my poor, unsuspecting husband. And it gets worse from there…
You meet entities while on these “adventures” in dreamland. They seem very friendly or even incredibly loving at first. Your dreams take on a movie-like quality and you find that you can change scenes and manipulate the outcomes of each dream as you become more familiar with how the physics in dreamland works. You can change yourself into whomever you want; make yourself thin and beautiful or turn into a great and ugly beast if you so desire. The entities you meet are only too happy to help. But while they’re snuggling up to you, whispering secrets, they’re also following you back to your own sleeping body. The OBE help-videos don’t tell you this, and some will outright lie to you and say there’s no danger of oppression or possession. But, as I said before, that’s a lie.
I remember at one point in my “adventures,” I dropped off to sleep without realizing it and there I was, sitting in my living room with all these half-human/half-animal type of creatures. They would explain things to me, like their version of particle physics and history. At one point, I talked to an unseen entity who called himself “Pliny the Elder,” and lectured me for what seemed like hours on Roman military history. I was only too eager to listen. Problem is, most of what they told me was simply made up or only partially true.
Dreamland is a land of lies.
So when I became wise to what these entities were and what exactly was going on when I went to these places in a trance or while asleep, I tried battling them. What happened was that every time after that, when I slept, I was attacked viciously in my dreams. It got to the point where I was afraid to close my eyes because I knew I would dream or have a waking vision of some horrible scene where people are being tormented and so on. And yet, it still gets worse…
These entities become attached to you. Since you talked to them, befriended them and interacted with them, they know you. You’ve given them permission to follow you back. They begin to manifest in your waking reality. Objects in your house begin moving around when you know you didn’t move them. Things on shelves go flying for no particular reason. You begin to see movement out of the corners of your eyes, and then full-on shadow figures and full-frontal apparitions of people you may or may not know.
That’s the worst part – when they begin impersonating people you’ve loved and lost, like a parent, a sibling or spouse. You are just so happy that you get to see them again, you throw aside everything you know is going on. They’re not really the people you lost, and somewhere deep inside you know this, but you keep up the charade because for a bit of time you see them again. Authors of fictional novels spin stories by effectively suspending the disbelief of the reader. The same thing happens in dreamland. The entities there have gotten very good at suspension of disbelief. You go along with it because you don’t want to disturb the illusion and it breaks your heart over and over again when you wake up to find that it isn’t really the person you hoped you were talking to.
This can literally drive you insane, if you don’t get wise to what’s really going on. I recently met someone who did just that. She is a decorated military veteran who lives in my building, one who prided herself on learning spiritual warfare and years ago began combatting the spirits — on their turf. Then one day she went to dreamland and came back with “friends.”
They kept her company in her waking hours. She can plainly hear them and so she started talking back to them. They hang around her home freely now. She knew they were evil but she kept on, mostly because she was messed up and lonely. The saddest thing is that she now thinks there’s no hope for her, that the Holy Spirit will never come back to her. She believes in Jesus, but won’t say his name. She’s all in. I asked Jesus to help her. I don’t think anyone’s really prayed for her, at least not recently. She asked me if I was bothered by them, and I told her that no, I am not. Jesus is with me always. I believe in Him and I don’t do battle in dreamland anymore.
The woman I described above has been diagnosed schizophrenic. As I said before, some people have a problem in their brains where the filter that sorts data in the left hemisphere doesn’t work properly. Just like Jesus came and slammed the door shut on the things that came from dreamland to oppress me, she can do the same. Even now. But she has to believe. She has to fight and only Jesus can help her. Regardless of her spiritual state, He is able. I pray for her.
Don’t let the pursuit of the supernatural get that far in your life. If you’ve opened doors to letting them in, call out for Jesus to close them all for you.
I am still attacked occasionally and I do what I can to call out for Jesus and His angels to help me when it does. If I remember. Sometimes I can be deep into a dream and forget who I am and what I know. By the time I remember, it’s too late, the attack is already underway and I’ve seen horrible things. I’ve gotten better at recognizing it when it happens, though. The best way to protect yourself is to wear the full Armor of God. You must believe in Jesus Christ because all of these things flee at the very sound of his Name.
Dreamland is a land of incremental madness. Don’t go there. You’re like small, vulnerable fish in strange waters. Stay on the narrow path, pray constantly as Paul says, and get to know Jesus. He is your only way. I would have been lost had it not been for Jesus. For me, it’s just easier and far safer to stay here in the waking world and pray for protection and wear the full Armor of God. That said, while it is not advisable to seek the spiritual realm to do warfare, every Christian should read their Bible and learn how to defend yourself spiritually. Notice I use this term “defend,” as in playing defense, not offense.
For more detail on the kind of Spiritual Warfare I’ve discussed here, check out this website: “Spiritual Warfare is Real, Difficult and Dangerous” https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1211-spiritual-warfare-is-real-difficult-and-dangerous
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
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