I don’t care what the child psychologists or the sleep experts tell you, a night terror is true evil.

And if you ever wondered, say the name Jesus, and watch your child scream the most evil blood-curling scream.  And do it 10 times if you need to. Then you’ll know.

It is no surprise to me  that these night terrors have accompanied my daughter’s sleep the week of my walking away from some lie-bondage  involving my motherhood–ideas/philosophies which I would pass on to her.

When you’re dealing with the evil one….there’s just one perfect little problem with his schemes (2 Cor. 2:11), he is lying.

I won’t waste time describing the awful-ness of a ‘night terror’…but I will tell you how it ended.

I won’t tell you the things I “tried’… for I have been down this road a time or two.  (Laughing, “Lies are silly!” / simply, “Let her go.”)  It doesn’t matter what you’re doing…as long as you know you are dealing with a lie that is challenging the truth. Knowing the truth makes me free–not any spiritual gymnastics I can perform.

I knew that I was dealing with a liar.  A liar screaming at me, I have a stronghold on your child. But….  No he doesn’t.  God’s Word tells me that Jesus has made me free.  Period.  Not because of what I need to do or have done, but because of what Jesus already did.

So in the end, I set my mind on the fact that Jesus has already made her free.  She is not in bondage to any night terror, terrorizing thing from a terrorizer…who just so happens to be a liar! (phew!)

I recently heard a teacher talk through how they have come to understand 2 Corinthians 1-:4-6, and this was what helped me when I didn’t know what else to do for Johanna.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion [lies/thoughts] raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

So when I was sick of it after 30 minutes, I stood up in her room and yelled, “Jesus made us free in this house, and no one is going to convince me otherwise. I tear down that lie that she is not free.”

And it was over.

I believe that whether  you stand in a liar’s face or walk away and ignore the lie being screamed at you by your circumstance, when your heart is no longer persuade-able, the lie has lost its power and is useless in trying to fight you. Your feet are on the rock of God’s word, the truth which no liar can trick you from.   It doesn’t really matter what truth/scripture/vision/worship or fasting experience/mind-renewing time in the Word/etc  gets you there to that truth in your heart.  Jesus took you there, and His Word tells you everywhere, but it is the knowledge of this truth that makes you free.

And it doesn’t matter what words you use or don’t use–what actions you do or don’t do–or how your personality deals with the argument/fight; it is a spiritual argument, and Jesus already won it. Just don’t be convinced otherwise.

Ephesians 6 paints the pretty clear picture that when the evil day comes, you can simply stand your ground, “…and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

Not in your own name, but in His.

We can stand up for the terrorized one.

There is no special prayer, special gift, formula or special ministry required, since Jesus did it all. But if the person cannot do it for themselves, we stand up for them–and set the captive free.

Not in theory. In reality!
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Last night was the 3rd time this week.  If it’s happening in my house in the middle of the night, then it is probably happening in your house, too.
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2 Replies to “Night Terrors–and Jesus”

  1. I will stand up for the one who cannot stand up for herself and proclaim the truth that she is already free! My mom has been held captive in her own mind for too long now. I was just telling Chuck last night that I couldn’t even pray for her anymore. Now I know what is even better. It’s proclaiming the truth over her. She is free! Thanks Joni. I have new hope.

    1. Awesome! I am so glad it encouraged you. It is hard to know what is happening and hard to hold on to the simplicity of Jesus’ victory and our role in the ministry of it in the middle of a dark spiritual battle! I am praying for you and your mom.

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