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Satan Get Thee Behind Me

Pastor Michael has been in the ministry for 10 years. He currently is pursuing his Master's from Andersonville Theological Seminary.

A Scary Night

This is a true story that happened to me a couple of months ago. At first I was scared, very scared. There are (or were) some skepticisms I had, not now!

I had never put much thought into dreams, or the ever present spiritual world. I also never really thought dogs could actually feel or be aware of the spiritual world. All that changed on a cold winter night in February of 2010.

I was up late studying my Bible College class on Spiritual Warfare preparing for the final test. This class intrigued me greatly as I studied and became more aware of the spiritual world. I learned about missionaries not sticking it out because of the spiritual warfare that is ever ongoing. Realizing it was nearly midnight I turned the computer off and headed to bed.

I slept well for a couple hours then had a dream or nightmare unlike anything I had ever had before. This would be a good time to review the second paragraph. As I said, I had always been skeptic of the spiritual world. Can animals really feel the presence of evil? Does the spiritual world really have an effect on the born again Christian, the child of God?

As I slept I started having a dream, a bad dream. My wife and I were out in the middle of nowhere and came upon a house we thought was an evangelists. Not long we were in separate vehicles knowing we may never see each other alive again. I saw her lunge toward the window and I mouthed the words,"It's ok, for greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world". End of dream I woke up.

Hearing her breathing was such a relief. I thought I would move over and snuggle up to her, but I could not move. I was face down on the bed and could not move. Was I still sleeping and thinking I was awake? What was up? I thought ok stretch out my arm and rub her shoulder, but I could not move my arm. Then I heard my dog starting to softly growl, it grew in loudness and in fierceness. I tried to turn my head towards him but I could not do that either. One thing I knew for sure, I was awake. This was no dream! I felt as if I were being forced down into the bed and as I tried to move I felt the pressure even more. I felt a dark presence standing very tall over me and feeling like it was the very essence constraining me.

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My Prayer

What should I do? How do I handle this situation? I was almost in panic and then I felt another being there. Praise God! It said to me,"My son you know what to do, you know how to handle this. Just say the words and you will be free from this burden".

I closed my eyes and in power of the Holy Spirit of God I claimed His promise. I john 4:4 just what I had said in the dream, Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. I felt a surge through my body and the weight starting to subside. But, it was still there. I still felt it. Then in my prayer I claimed ,"Satan get thee behind me, the name of Jesus rebukes you".

The Psalm 119:114 says, Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy word. I claimed this shield, I claimed Jesus to be my hiding place.

His word, HIs promises His power had delivered me. I felt the evilness leave. I was safe from evil because Thou art with me.

Proverbs says, I will both lay me down and sleep, for Thou Lord only makest me dwell in safety.

Since then no re-occurences, no more bad dreams no more worries. My God watches over me and has my full trust. I give Him not only all my praises but also all my fears. I know through Him I am secure. I will never doubt His word, or try to live on my own without God being the head of my home. I place my trust in my risen Saviour! ( and I will not doubt my Springer Spaniel's awareness)

Bellefonte, Pa



ALL4JESUS from USA on June 03, 2015:

Beautiful! I found this very insightful and greatly appreciate the first comment from Pastor Kirk. Staying in the light is our job, calling upon Jesus is an important step in our spiritual progression. Your story is very enlightening from many different angles but especially in focusing our attention on praise and gratitude.

Evil exists but just like rewarding a child who is acting up, giving evil attention is both a physical and emotional drain.

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If I might suggest adding some callout capsules to highlight the bible verses to further strengthen the focus on the light and calling to God for guidance and support, I feel that would lend focus in the right direction.

You did a wonderful job on this hub. Very well written, very memorable, very important messages. Thank you!

Blessings to you and your family.

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on February 21, 2014:

Thank you for reading and leaving a comment, yes all happens to the Glory of God when we are strong in our prayer life and claiming the blood of Jesus. Simply quoting text blindly is nothing it is living it by faith and KNOWING we have the answer in our Savior Jesus Christ.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 18, 2014:

Hello Michael Adams1959,

So glad I saw one of your comments on another hub and click on your profile. I saw this hub and just had to read it. I, too, have been in spiritual warfare and have things happen that others would not believe or understand. As long as we stand firm and pray in the mighty and precious name of Jesus, the Name above all Names, the enemy has no power over us. I claim all of His promises each day of protection over my family and healing when necessary. I have been healed of breast cancer in 2011 and was in a strong spiritual battle concerning my son and addiction to alcohol, and that was when he was just 18 and has been sober since that age and now is 25 years old with three children. He was sober before his children were born. It was the answer to prayer and I knew the enemy want to kill him, but with the Lord's strength, that did not happen.

Up and more and sharing.

God bless you,

Faith Reaper

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on September 04, 2012:


Another follow up, if you know others that may have had some type experience please share this article on your facebook or where ever else you are able

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on September 04, 2012:


Sorry I have not responded before this. Yes we actually invite satan into our lives whether it is mental or physically. I was studying at the time on demonic possession and spiritual warfare. I believe it was a study satan did not want me to do and learn. It was over the spiritual warfare many missionaries face in areas around the world. But, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. satan has no grasp on us if we truly are believers in Christ, he has no power over us and cannot harm us in any way. StAy in your Bible, daily! Pray daily asking God for the hedge of protection only He can give. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God He continually will keep His hand on us His arm around us, Jesus Christ is constantly pleading our case before God Jesus is our advocate, HE knows all about us and will keep His own.

Yes satan knows when we truly turn o Christ that he has lost a battle and will do all he can to bring down the weaker believer that our testimony is useless. We need to continue in the faith putting Jesus first in our lives and giving Him the glory for all.

Maria Henderson on July 23, 2012:

I am going through this now. I was searching for verses to help me fight Satan and the evil he is bringing into my dreams. I had the same dream from the time I was very small until I was about 22. I will never forget one night the dream started as it always did, a very large black creature with glowing orange eyes and a voice that brought fear unlike any I have ever felt, but when I awoke this creature was still sitting on my chest with his hands around my neck laughing. I starting begging God to make it go away and it disappeared. I didn't go back to sleep and I was at the church I went to at the time, as soon as the office opened. I am now 41 and he has come back to my dreams, but it is different this time. I dreamed last night of a young boy on a bed and his arms were being stretched out and tied to the bottom of the bed posts on the bed, when he turned and looked at me there was blood coming from his eyes and I heard that voice, that I have heard in my dreams before, laughing and asking if he was ready for more pain. I cannot tell you the fear I felt and the helplessness for that boy because I couldn't help him. When I woke up I felt sick and in a panic, I have felt this way all day and cannot get the image of that boy out of my head. Let me just say that I have given my life to God and my husband and I are trying to get our relationship's with God where they should be and working on our marriage. I know that Satan comes at us the hardest when we are getting closer to God, but not all people have to fight Satan or his demons on a physical level and it's scary. I have armed myself with verses and will do lots of praying tonight before I go to bed. I know that we are not supposed to be afraid of Satan because if God is in us then nothing can hurt us, but I know what True Evil feels like and I don't want to feel it ever again. Oh and about the animals I do believe that they know and see, both demons and angels. My cat I had at the time would hiss and growl at the dark corner in my bedroom at night until I started reading my bible and then he would stare at the bedpost right over my head and purr. Thank you for sharing your story, it makes me feel better that other's fight satan's demons in a physical way and that I am not crazy. I also had another instance but I was not asleep when it happened. I had what I believe was a demon grab me in my bed and hiss at me, I had bruises on my hip the next morning. When it hissed it sounded like a possumm hissing. Why is it that some people are attacked on a physical realm by satan or one of his demons? Is it something that we do to bring that about or that there is a very special purpose for us and satan doesn't want us to be close to God and to know what that is?

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on June 12, 2012:


Thanks for your reply! Yes, I had to take the class Spiritual Warfare, It is such an eye opener, yes this exists and we cannot look away, not as prevalent in our country as others but yes it is there. I agree, I think the studies may have opened me up to that attack but the studies and faith also allowed me to know how to handle it also.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on June 11, 2012:


Quoting from one of your comments, "The direction of your study in many ways opened you up to this attack. I continue to direct people away from any systematic study of the evil one."

Although I don't believe we ought to make demonology a focal point of Biblical studies, it seems to me that it was your study that allowed you to know how to handle the situation. If it's in the Bible, it's worth studying.

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on February 19, 2012:

Sky, thanks I appreciate the referral that is always nice to have hubs passed on to others. I have done that a few times in the last couple years as well.

Sky9106 from A beautiful place on earth. on February 19, 2012:

I referred your Hub to another Hubber, the lyricwriter. He had a dream of a different sort but I believe and am quite sure that everything happens for a reason.

Hope you see the possible reason, but God is great .


Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on February 19, 2012:

Thank you sky glad you enjoyed

Sky9106 from A beautiful place on earth. on February 19, 2012:

It's amazing how life truly works; I go up about 3am. and decided to describe what "IT"is.

Give thanks , and here you are explaining how to get away from it.

A beautiful piece Michael.