You may experience dreams where you are in conflict or battle, and you see yourself subduing those who are fighting against you. These are spiritual warfare dreams. They may be unpleasant or scary at the time, but God is showing you that you are meant to overcome.
2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ ….” 1 John 4:4 reminds us, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world,” and Revelation 12:11 assures us, “They overcame [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony ….” There are many such verses. We must find them, believe them, and learn to war with them.
So, battle dreams can actually originate with God. Dreams of cops and robbers, Western shootouts, or snipers trying to get you can indicate stress you are currently experiencing or spiritual warfare that you are engaged in during your waking hours. Our dreams often express current events in our lives in picturesque ways.
But if you are experiencing dreams of being terrified as you are being chased, or being beaten, murdered, or otherwise seriously harmed, those are demonic dreams. Dreams of being choked, being engulfed in a fearful, thick darkness, or having a suffocating cloak thrown over you are demonic. These types of dreams are usually due to some kind of an open door in your life.
The open door could be stuff you have in your house, such as pagan artwork — Buddha statues, for instance. Souvenirs from foreign nations where witchcraft is prevalent could have curses attached. Movies, games, and books dealing with the occult, such as Harry Potter and Twilight, could provide an open door into your life. Willful sin compromise leaves us vulnerable to attack as well. Yoga is an open door to the demonic realm — whether you practice the meditation activities that go with it or not. If you have ever dabbled in the occult, even if you stopped long ago, and have never renounced that occult activity, you will need to do so. For more information on how, please see my article, What Well Are You Dipping From?
Next time, I will give you a few tips for better dream interpretation.
Growing in the Prophetic (CD set or mp3),
by Lee Ann Rubsam