May 30, 2012
Growing up in my old house (which I lived in from about 1989-2004), we had a kitchen that was connected by an open doorway to the living room where I would usually spend time in. Inside this kitchen, there was this certain old ceiling fan that scared me senseless as a child. Being such a smaller kid and looking up at it, the dim lighting would cast shadows upon the fan blades and motor -- which made it look like an evil face with a pair of eyes and sneering teeth staring directly down at me.
I hated it. So much that I would oftentimes close off the doorway with a blanket, or whatever else, to keep from looking at it. It also became a source of frequent nightmares for me.
Thankfully, the landlord eventually changed that fan out...
Back In 2012, I was studying abroad in Turkey and was really getting back into the Word of God, when I had another dream involving the "evil ceiling fan". In this one, I was back in my old house in the middle of the living room facing the kitchen, when I heard a woman's voice suddenly yell out to me "It's coming!"
The ceiling fan, now taking the likeness of a 7ft-8ft tall demonic samurai warrior, dual-wielding katana blades in both hands, then appeared in the kitchen and was steadily stalking toward me, sneering! Now normally, this would be the part where I would either run away or freeze in terror and scream until I would wake up.
Not this time!
I was still scared, but I stood my ground and just quietly waited until the monster approached me, trusting the Lord.
Much to my delight and surprise, just as the ceiling fan monster got within a few feet of me, he abruptly stopped, took an expression of horror...cowered backwards, and fled!!
I never felt so relieved waking up from a nightmare.
The Lord had my back on that one!
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- ...I found it remarkable that this dream happened while I was halfway around the world, in Turkey. I believe that just goes to show how evil spirits remain within a person (even "dormant"), even over many years, until being driven out (Matthew 12:44) (Luke 11:24).
- From that time in my childhood and up to the point where the "fan monster" manifested itself in my dream, the spirit of fear was in operation and attempting to submit me. However -- and despite the small bit of fear I felt -- my trusting in the Lord during that moment was the key in achieving victory (II Timothy 1:7) (James 4:7).
- This is definitely a lesson that I could continue to apply today. If I could minister any advice for any passing readers, it would be to stand your ground during these nightmares and trust in the Lord (Hebrews 13:5).
...(43)When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. (44)Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. (45)Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation...
...(24)When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. (25)And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. (26)Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first...
II Timothy 1:3-7
...(3)I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; (4)Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; (5)When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
(6)Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. (7)For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind...
...(5)Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (6)So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
(7)Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. (8)Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (9)Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. (10)We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. (11)For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp...
...(7)Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (8)Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (9)Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. (10)Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up...