Written by Emma Freeman
In a dream I stood in the middle of a large field. I noticed to my right, far away were 3 demonic spirits flying through the sky. I didn’t like that they were clearly on an assignment, so I started interceding against what they were doing. As I did this, one spirit stopped, changed course and came hurtling towards me. The Lord said to me ‘stand your ground’.
As it came nearer I could see it had a grotesque horse head, which got larger and larger the closer it got until it was as big as me. It was really intimidating but I stood still. It finally reached me and stopped an inch away from my face - all it had was intimidation! It’s ONLY power was if it was able to scare me into moving, which would give it what it needed to appear powerful! However, because I stood my ground, it was revealed as powerless.
There are situations in which the Lord has called us to a place of victory and the enemy will try to intimidate and scare us out of them, but we need to stand our ground!
A while after having this dream, I became aware that in my life I was in a position that felt like I was standing in a minefield. I had been drawn into a situation that was very volatile and put me in what looked like a very vulnerable position because it had the potential to affect my work and friendships. I found myself trapped in a particular awkward situation where I respectfully stood my ground and refused to be manipulated by emotional blackmail. After being released, the fear of what could happen as a result of not giving in started to take hold.
"Lord, I'm way out of my depth here, please help..." I began praying but He reminded me of the dream and I realised I had moved from my place of victory and was praying out of a position of fear and defeat. I regained my position and stood my ground - "Thank You Lord that You have called me into this situation and this is Your battle so You will equip me with everything I need! I declare Your victory over.... Please help me to follow Your instructions so I can disarm the 'landmines' and bring You the spoils! Thank You that my security is not in my work because You are my provider!...".
The fear lifted and I realised the enemy wants us full of fear because it diminishes our prayers from ones that tear down strong holds to weak ones that ask for the minimal because we feel we are clutching at straws.
So I want to encourage you to
...be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
I came across this video which is an amazing testimony and illustrates what praying from a place of victory, not fear looks like:
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