BUMP IN THE NIGHT
July 8, 2020 6:17 AM
Refuge and Hiding Place
real life situation, 7/8/2020, 1:50AM
About 1:50 this morning I heard what I thought was a small child crying, I immediately woke up from my half-asleep state to listen, as my first thought was a child is outside in the middle of the night and that can’t be good. As I sat up in bed to listen, I heard it again and this time I realized it was a cat howling/growling. (we have chickens and from time to time a bobcat, fox or coyote tries to get into the pen and can and has killed the birds) so I jumped up and grabbed a flashlight and headed out to make sure all was OK.
I walked around to the chicken coop behind the house and saw no obvious signs of chaos. So, I went into the back yard because I could still hear the cat howling/growling. Being it was pitch black It took me a moment to find the cat, it was sitting on the fence and still growling. I looked around thinking I would see another cat or coyote that it was fighting with but I never saw another animal anyplace. Eventually the cat jumped off the back side of the fence and left. It seemed a bit strange to me as normally when a cat or any animal makes it into the yard it runs off immediately upon seeing a person. This one just stayed on the fence growling and looking into the yard and not at me. I did not think much about it at the moment, that quickly changed.
I walked back into the house and immediately my hackles went up in an epic kind of way. My spiritual discernment radar was a 10 out of 10. There was something unclean in my house. (Hard to explain that feeling unless you have experienced it. For me its not uncommon as there are a lot of spiritual battles in my little town, and God has been teaching me to discern and fight the spiritual realm for quite a few years. Not my favorite spiritual gift, but I am learning the value of it.) I realized in that moment the reason I could not find another animal that the cat was fighting with was because it was seeing something I could not. And now that thing was in my house. Not cool!
I immediately started rebuking it for a minute or two, then thanked God for his authority that he has given to us and thanked him for his sacrifice on the cross and his shed blood that is our protection. Then sang a worship song I enjoy. By then my spiritual discernment radar was calm and the space was back to normal.
Less than a minute later my spidey scenes was going off again and that thing was trying to come back in. What the heck! I rebuked it again, one or two quick phrases, and it was gone. Oddly enough it took a while after that for my spiritual discernment alarms to go back to zero, what ever that thing was had some big teeth and a bad attitude.
It has been a long time since something like that had happened and this was one of the most intense feelings I have had fighting something unseen. So, I started to pray and ask God what that was all about.
I immediately got a quick flash vision of a line of silhouettes, just outlines of manlike shaped things, around 10 of them. On the left they started small around 4 feet tall and as I looked from the left to the right each one was bigger than the one before it. The first 7 or so each got taller by a foot as I looked down the line. The first one was 4’, then 5’ then 6’ etcetera down the line. The last 3 were huge, 15’ tall then 20’ then 25’ feet tall. Then the Lord showed me standing in front of the 10-foot-tall one, the 7th in line. And then I heard the Lord say “you are fighting outside of your weight class”.
I understood what he meant. It’s like a 150-pound boxer going into the boxing ring against a 250-pound heavyweight. In the natural world we would not stand a chance, but we don’t fight in the natural.
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
Psalm 28:6-7 Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
There are 2 more important points that the Lord was telling me, for those with ears to hear please receive this.
- Whatever that was that walked into my house had more back bone than I have experienced before. And in the silhouette lineup that God showed me there were at least 3 more much, much bigger monsters in the line. Our enemy is ramping up and the things to come are going to be bigger and more intense than what we have experienced before. Prepare yourselves.
- What happened to me was no accident, nor did I leave some door open to attract this thing (ironically, I just spent the day fasting, praying and studying). It was part of my education, part of what the Lord is trying to teach me. We learn through experience (which generally sucks) and without experience we are not tempered into a strong and sharp weapon of warfare. It is the refiners fire that strengthens us and the heart of a good, good father to want to teach his children. Don’t be mad when unfortunate things happen to you, learn from them, then thanks God that he is teaching you.
One little detail I want to share that is on my heart, someone out there must need to hear this. That “thing” that walked into my house sent my radar into overdrive. But the fight I put up was not really any different than fighting something half its intensity/size. Rebuke, rejoice, worship in equal measure. If you spend lots of time and energy rebuking something, your focus is on it and not on the Lord. It has now tricked you into focusing on it and not the Father. If it won’t go away spend more time and energy rejoicing and worshiping NOT rebuking.
In my experience, nothing “ugly” can stand to be in a space that is filled with true worship.