Nightmares are uncontrollable scary dreams that threaten some Christians. It produces feelings of confusion, guilt, fear, and sadness.
Research recorded by Statista showed that about 50% of 3 to 6 years old have frequent nightmares. About 20% of 6 to 12 years and 5% of adults in the U.S suffer nightmares.
Today’s message reveals the victory over nightmares for the Christians.
Nightmares are not normal phenomenon as widely believed by some sects. It is paramount that the Christians who want deliverance from nightmares must understand the source of these dreadful dreams.
10 Causes of Nightmares to the Christians
1. Watching Movies and Computer Games
The aim of every film show organized by the unbelievers is to take your heart away from the Lord and to occupy your mind with suspense, lustful desires, sexy, horror or violent motion pictures.
Whenever you watch any ungodly movie, you’d open the door of your mind to the demons. Your mind does not sleep at night, and the legal entrance you gave the demons during the day allows them to frighten your soul and mind. And this translates to nightmares during your sleep.
When you go through unholy fear, there is the possibility of suffering from nightmares. For instance, the fear of: demons, job loss, how to pay bills, barrenness, etc. can destabilize your state of mind. And the demons would take advantage of your unstable mind to hurt your emotions.
3. Possession of Charms
Many new converts suffer nightmares, because they don’t discard the charms they use when in the world. Charms for beauty, power, protection and riches are for the devil and you can’t serve two Masters. (Matthew 6:24)
Some drugs have terrible effects on the sick Christians, and the effects may trigger the fear of death in the mind of the sick which can lead to nightmares.
5. Sinful Lifestyle
Nightmares cannot be strange to drugs and alcoholic addicts. For instance, it is not possible for a fornicator or adulterer to be free from dreadful sexy dreams. Sin in one’s life gives the Devil the complete access to the mind- the arena to afflict nightmares.
Romans chapter 12 verse 2 says: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”
6. A Challenging Situation
When you go through a terrible situation that appears to have no remedy, then nightmares may disturb your sleep.
7. Under Curse
Anyone under curse is bond to nightmares. The Holy Spirit always informs every new Christian under curse, and the Power of Jesus is available for perfect deliverance.
8. Bitter Heart
The images in a bitter heart are frighten, thus anyone with a bitter heart cannot escape horrible nightmares. For instance, going to bed after a hot argument or fight precedes nightmares.
9. Keeping Malice
Some Christians are very good at keeping malice. I would be surprise if such people could escape nightmares. Malice is a name given to one of the arch demons in the kingdom of darkness. Read Galatians chapter 5: 19 to 21
10. Spiritual attack
When the devil was chased out of heaven, the people on earth suffer spiritual attacks. (Revelation chapter 12).The easiest medium for the demons to afflict Christians is through the dreams, thus, a Christian with an empty mind will suffer nightmares and bad dreams.
Matthew chapter 12 verses 43 to 45 say: “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. “Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first…”
Nightmares are not normal for Christians. Since the main source of this terrible situation is through the mind according to the scriptures above, then, it is wise to always make your state of mind intact with Jesus Christ.
5 Ways to Overcome Nightmares
1. Fasten your Mind
Always watch Christian documentaries that edify your soul and not action films, wrestling, boxing or porn.
2. Read your Bible
Read passages that will strengthen your heart. If you live in an environment that prohibit reading of the Bible, then get a free Bible mp3 on the internet and cling to your ear piece.
The more you fill your mind with the word of God, the more difficult for the demons to control your mind.
3. Confess your Sins
You can’t continue to sin and ask grace to abound (Romans 6:1-2). The Grace of Jesus is for you to have the ability to live a holy life. A sinless life in Christ receives freedom from nightmares.
4. Rekindle your Night Prayers
Always create time for fellowship before going to bed. Sing to the LORD and worship Him with all your body, soul and spirit. Pray faithfully to the Lord and you won’t experience nightmares anymore. I practiced this powerful step and it worked for me.
Philippians chapter 4 verse 6 and 7 says: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
5. Get your Weapons Ready
Your weapons are not carnal tools! If you want to enjoy permanent victory from nightmares, then denounce all act of worldliness.
Ephesians chapter 6 verse 10 to 17: “…Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places …”
Nightmares among Christians were due to their slack minds. So, to receive victory from nightmares, always guide your mind with the Word of God and live a holy lifestyle through Jesus Christ.