I was in a room with a comfortable chair that had a large cushion. The cushion had buttons in various places, as some cushions do. All of a sudden, I didn’t see anyone but felt a presence, and at the same time saw impressions being made into the cushions, as if something invisible was punching it over and over.
Immediately I recognized it as an evil spirit and began to shout “Jesus!” However, there was no sound coming out of my mouth. I was screaming as hard as I could and tried several times, but it was as if something was holding back my vocal cords! It strained me but I didn’t give up. Finally, whatever the evil spirit was, it ceased its hold, and I woke up.
The enemy tries to hold us back in many areas of our lives. He also does this in our dreams, spiritually, for in the spirit realm is where the enemy operates.
When we are asleep, our spirit is still awake. This is why we can receive dreams from God that contain messages or are symbolic of warnings or things to come; it is one of the ways God communicates with us. Likewise, the enemy can attempt to do the same, but his communication will only seek to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
Why does the enemy come to us in the spirit? In short:
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers of this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
In my dream, the thing the enemy tried to block in the spirit was sound, specifically the sound I was attempting to make with my voice. How did God make the world? He made it with sound from his voice. He created everything with his voice. He spoke. And there was. Period.
So, when the enemy tries to stop your voice from saying the name of Jesus or whatever it is you’re trying to say while you’re dreaming, he is trying to block something from happening in your life. Perhaps it is indicative of a warning that what you are going through right now is the enemy trying to crush God’s plans, even silence His voice in your life.
You have power
The enemy knows that your words are powerful, and he wants to eliminate that power as much as he can. As long as you have a voice, you can wield spiritual power that manifests natural blessings, goodness, favor, mercy, grace and destiny, in accordance with God’s word. And for my mute brothers and sisters, you can ‘speak’ in your mind; God will still hear you through your spirit.
If you are reading God’s word, listening to Him, praying to Him and trusting Him for the answers— delighting yourself in Him—He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).
Let’s look at that verse with an emphasis on “give you.” It’s not that He gives you what you desire on your own; it’s that He gives you what He wants you to have because He knows what’s perfectly best for you.
And so, as we listen to God, He begins placing the desires we should have in our heart. Since He is the one who put them in our heart, they align with the promises in His word, according to His purpose for our lives.
Out of the heart the mouth speaks, right? So, we begin speaking about our heart’s desires and about God’s promises, praying about them, declaring their manifestations in our lives. God has promised us in His word that we will declare a thing and it will be established for us (Job 22:28). That makes perfect sense because, again, words have power. The underlying understanding here, of course, is that those words have to line up with His will.
It’s like this: When you are employed, your employer grants you certain benefits. The benefits are made known and are available for you to use. However, you have to actually do something to use them. For medical benefits, you have to find a doctor, go to the dentist, decide to try the chiropractor, etc. If you don’t take the initiative to make an appointment, and then actually show up, you won’t reap the rewards of the benefits, right? If you do nothing but read about the benefits, they’re still available—but you have to act to take advantage of them.
There are blessings available for us in the spirit, but sometimes, we have to use the power of our words to receive them. Such authority is given to us as children of God, adopted through belief in His son. I say “sometimes” simply because God can do whatever He wants to do, including giving us a blessing when we didn’t ask for nor declare it.
What’s the main point here?
Open your mouth. Despite the enemy’s attempts to silence you—in dreamland or ‘awake land’—speak God’s word. Speak His promises. Speak the powerful name of Jesus. Speak what the Holy Spirit tells you to speak. Out loud. With confidence. With declaration. And expect God‘s goodness to rain all over your parade.
To those of you who have never experienced such dreams before, I am not crazy. I have experienced these types of dreams more than once. And so have others I’ve personally known about or heard about. If the enemy ever comes after you in this way, just invoke the power and authority you have in speaking the name of Jesus. By this power you can be delivered from the enemy’s attempt to block what God has for you, whether spiritually, in your dreams, or naturally, in your life. God has already delivered us from the power of darkness (Col 1:13)—just stand up and declare it to activate this benefit: speak the name of Jesus.
By His name, we are strengthened (Acts 3:16), given the power to cast out demons and speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17), and gifted with eternal salvation:
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).