The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh,my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:1-3
A Dream: "My mom and I are in the bathroom, and we are looking out the window towards our front porch. It’s nighttime, and we see a mob of men yards away trying to get into the front door. I look over and I see my mom holding a shotgun - prepared to protect our home if necessary. She leaves the bathroom while I look out the window. Directly in front of me, I see a man standing, and I believe he’s part of the mob trying to harm us. He’s carrying a torch bright enough to illuminate his whole face and the entire frame of the window. He looks at me and then walks in the opposite direction of the mob. I begin to panic knowing he would use the back door as an entrance into the house. Fear wakes me up."
I entitled this particular dream “Man with the Torch”. My initial interpretation painted an unfavorable view for this stranger carrying the flames. I associated him as a member of the raging mob that attempted to kill me. After I processed the content, the Holy Spirit revealed that the man was Jesus who came to lead me out and away from danger. The purpose of this dream was to provide comfort in knowing Jesus is my guide, my safety, and my comfort. He’s the light that leads me away from harm and danger.
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
A Jesus directs us during times of difficulty and comforts us in our distress. We have no need to fear what’s before us because we are not alone. The light Jesus brings illuminates every step we take forward, and He guides us when we make it our reputation to depend on Him.
He is also our guard when faced with adversity. To guard is to watch over in order to protect against harm. Have we forgotten this about Jesus’ character? The picture of Jesus we often have in our minds is this gentle, quiet man healing people; or we see Him bleeding on the cross. Jesus is also the savior who guards us! He is not only meek, Jesus is mighty! He is our Protector when the enemy desires to raid our homes in the dead of the night. We need to be confident in Him, call on His name, and watch Him fight on our behalf.
Just as a lamp’s light is close enough for us to see our steps, Jesus’ proximity is even closer. We need only to call on Him and He leads away from darkness and despair! Your biggest issues, your most dangerous spiritual mobs can’t keep Him away.
I’m not sure what evil you are up against, or what places the enemy is attempting to bring destruction, but be reminded that you have a Mighty Soldier in Heaven who guards and protects you, and is the light in darkness! He will be there, torch in hand to lead you out of the despair you face. Hang onto this hope, friends! Please don’t give up and don’t fear. The enemy wants to destroy us and steal our voice; eliminate our fight. Lets forever and always call on the name of Jesus and confidently watch Him be our DEFENDER.
Written by: Ashley K. Stovall
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