The name of Jesus is the one lever that lifts the world. ~Author Unknown
Early morning light bathed the bedroom.
My husband kissed me goodbye, and I rolled over on my left side.
I heard the door close and the lock turn.
I went back to sleep.
And woke with a start.
I was not alone.
Someone else was in the room.
I could not open my eyes.
I tried to turn over, but I could not move.
I felt a weight on my body and struggled to breathe.
And then I felt the mattress behind me sink.
Someone was getting into the bed.
I was terrified.
I did all I knew to do.
I strained to whisper His name.
“Jesus. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.”
The mattress bounced back.
The heaviness lifted.
I opened my eyes, turned, and looked around.
The room was empty.
L.L.’s stepfather was furious when she and her sister and mother fled. He called and described “in graphic detail what he planned to do.”
The church people circled to pray in their apartment.
Really, they saw the situation in its fullness. This was not simply about a man gone crazy. It was about an unseen battle raging in the heavens. So they approached the problem with spiritual resistance, with prayer. ~Stone Crossings, p. 42
L.L. tells about a friend who once “actively consorted with demons.” They were “nice” to her until she fell in love. Then “they turned nasty and threatening.”
The only solution she found was to act on a suggestion in a witchcraft book. “If the spirits bother you too much,” it said, “focus on the light that is Jesus.” ~Stone Crossings, p. 44
I can’t explain what happened to me.
But the sense of a presence was very real.
And remains a reminder that we do not struggle against flesh and blood.
We are in a war against dark powers and spiritual forces of evil.
And we need to focus on the light that is Jesus.
And whisper His name.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~James 4:7b
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s scheme. ~Ephesians 6:11
Praying you will be bathed in His light this weekend and that His name will be ever on your lips.