Through a chance meeting I met a woman who was walking very deeply with the Lord. She was an African American woman with what I learned represented a rich family heritage of generations walking with the Lord. The day that I met with her for lunch she was greatly troubled. Through the conversation, she knew that I was a prayer intercessor and help for those who struggle with pain, depression, trauma, and those needing a miracle. She said, I want you to pray for my husband. I said, “Of course, can you please tell me more about his situation?” After some thought, she hesitantly said, “Really no, I’d rather not say.” I prayed silently to the Lord and the Holy Spirit said, “Do only what she requests, in time you will learn more about the situation. Respect her privacy and do not press her. Her just asking for prayers is a huge step forward for her husband.” So I replied, “Of course I will.” The Lord then said, “Rabon, give her your contact information so that if she needs to reach you for prayer support you will be there for them.” I said, “Tell you what, why don’t I give you my contact information, that way if something comes up, you can reach me. I can be reached any time and please trust that I do not think of anything as being un-healable. I carry no condemnation in my heart and only desire to see folks made whole.” She agreed and we exchanged contact information.
About a week later, she called me in tears and said, “Rabon, we have a problem. I don’t know what to do, he just won’t stop, and the nightmares are so strong. Can you please help us?” I said, “Ok, of course Betty, what is going on?” Through broken sobs, she said, my husband was a Marine. I can’t tell you where he was stationed, but he has terrible nightmares from the incident. He started using heroine and his addiction was out of control. He has gotten help from this and is now clean, but Rabon, the nightmares! He is tormented by these nightmares and wakes up in the middle of the night in sweats and in terror. Can you please help him?” The Lord gave me a download and I said, “Ok, Betty, I need to talk with your husband. We don’t need to meet face to face to do this. God heals many people through just a conversation and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Is your husband a Christian who walks closely with the Lord as you do?” She replied, “Yes of course, we are equally yoked. He loves the Lord and prays with God constantly about this but he has not been freed from it yet.” I said, “Does he sometimes feel there is darkness in his room while he sleeps? Like there is something not normal there?” She replied, “No I don’t think so.” I said, “That’s ok, I think I can help him. Would he be willing to talk with me on the phone?” She said, “Yes of course.” We set up a time to talk.
I never met this Marine in person, but was joined with him in the Spirit of God as we talked on the phone later that day. I said, “Sir, your wife tells me that you are having difficulty sleeping. Is that true?” He replied reflectively in a deep, raspy voice, “Yes it is true.” I said, “I understand it to be nightmares, possibly fueled with adrenaline and maybe regret.” He said slowly, “Yes, you could say that.” I continued, “I do not wish to put you through more than you have experienced, but are you at liberty to share more of the details of the situation that you are seeing in your nightmares?” He said, “I want you to know that I do not use drugs now, that only made matters worse. I’ve learned that now. But you have to understand, I love the Lord with all my heart. It is so unlike me to get caught up in anything. That is why this is so painful for me. It is as if I cannot escape these thoughts and dreams. I keep reliving a situation over and over again in my mind. The losses were too great, unbelievable losses.” I urged him to continue and said, “I’m sorry you had to go through this.” He said, “When I am awake, I can do a pretty good job at pushing it out of my mind, but at night, the terrors are impossible for me.”
In the Spirit, the Lord made it clear to me that he was being tormented by a spirit of fear coupled with a false sense of responsibility for something awful that he lived through. the Lord revealed to me that whatever he shared with me, that Christs’s stripes can heal him of it. Also that he needed to take authority over the terror that came at night (Psalm 91:5). The Lord gave me a download of what we can agree with God about and how to combat the situation. But the Lord said, “We can’t go forward until we go back, ask him to tell you if he knew what situation occurred which may have fueled this attack on his heart and mind over and over again. He needs to be healed of the root losses he experienced when the devil implanted a lie that he is believing and where he is now stuck. Once you reveal the lie, release the truth, he will be released to believe my word and the price Christ has paid for him to be whole again.”
I said, “Sir, I know that this may be painful, but I need to know, do you know the source of what event caused this terror that you have been reliving?” He said, reluctantly, “Yes I do.” I said, “We need to cover the event together. Imagine I am there with you. Now please tell me what happened.” Reluctantly he began sharing with me the story of a failed rescue mission at an undisclosed location and unrevealed time. With unsteadiness, he began recounting this story, “Our intel showed that we were going to get to a building where women and children were being held captive. Our job was to get in there, take out the hostiles in the area and rescue those captives. Everything was going great when as we headed out on this mission, we were so excited to have a chance to save these captives and get them to safety. There were many people held at this location against there will. These were hostile times and we expected the extraction was not going to be easy. When we arrived at the building, we found the place deserted of hostiles, and as we drove into the building hot our joy turned to shear madness when we discovered that all of the women and children in this building were slaughtered like pigs. Enemy fire had mowed them down. We had to painfully sort through the bodies to see if any were still alive. My stomach turned inside out. I kept thinking, ‘this is my fault, why hadn’t we gotten here on time. This was my responsibility, I let all of these civilians die!’ I can’t describe the gruesome task of moving woman and children aside in various positions as they had fallen upon each other in this tragedy.” He paused then continued, “There were no survivors that day.” Then after a long silence, “I still see their faces and I cannot get them out of my mind.” My eyes filled with tears, I was there with him in that building, I saw those faces, the terror. The Lord strengthened me and showed me the next steps of recovery for my brother. He continued, “We left that building that day and I was a changed man. I went into a deep depression after that and I started using heroin shortly afterwards just to try to cope with the pain.
After a long pause, I said, “I am so sorry that you had to live through this situation. But I want you to know that I am thankful that you were there. You were given an opportunity to do what Christ did for you. You were willing to lay your life down for someone who didn’t know you.” I paused to let that soak in.
Then continued, “It is a high calling to be a Marine. In fact, any of our armed forces, routinely laying down their lives for others. You performed very well brother. But there are some things that we really need to take before the Father together. Are you willing to walk through this with me? I promise that you are going to be healed of this and there are some other things afoot here. You need to learn how to fight again, but in a very specific way and you are going to be great at it, I can already tell that.” He reluctantly answered replied, “Yes sir.”
The Lord showed me a parallel story while you were sharing what happened. I said, “It is the story of the devil, the principalities and powers that set themselves against the knowledge of God. In war, these principalities are working overtime to dismantle those who walk in the light of righteousness all the more. If they can steal the heart out of a man, they can ruin his effectiveness for the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and love in power to continue through an individual. What is so powerful about a soldier is that you already have a ‘built-in’ expectancy to save the lost, those who are powerless to defend themselves in the natural. With the influx of love into a soldiers heart, a warrior for the Kingdom of God is birthed and hell cannot stop it. Do you understand?” He said, “I think so.” I exclaimed, “You are that man! You were birthed with the love of Jesus in your heart! You were given power by the Holy Spirit to cast out devils, to drive out fear, to heal the sick, you my brother are that man. No devil or circumstance can steal that from you. Do you understand?” Now with increasing strength in his voice, he replied, “Yes sir.” I continued, “You were birthed for greatness, you STILL are this man! AND you are not responsible for the outcomes of arriving after the slaughter. NO WAY! Don’t let the devil tag you with that one! No Way! Man, Do You Understand that you were following orders, and your whole team arrived when it did end of story. You ARE NOT, NOT responsible for arriving after this tragedy. Do you agree with me?” He said firmly, “Yes I do.” We are making progress. The Lord then had me talk him through a vision of a ceremony. I said, “Sir, we are going to properly bury those bodies now. Close your eyes. I want you to envision each person you saw now as cleaned up, with faces which look as peace. Visualize them being lovingly laid in caskets by angels and each casket being closed in a proper fashion. Now watch, now look across the field where the tombstones lie and there is green grass with flowers growing in the field. The breeze is blowing and the sky is blue. When you listen all you feel is the sound of the wind and birds chirping in the background. The warmth of the sun shining on your face brings life to your heart as you realize that you are in the presence of the Lord. Next you and I go back to the building where this trauma took place, as we walk up to the site, we see that the building is no longer there and a field of grass and flowers has risen up in its place. The gentle breeze blows, again you feel the presence of the Lord with you and the sun is shining down warming you from the inside out. Are you there with me, what do you feel in your heart right now?” He said, “I am at peace.” I said, “Good.” Then I prayed, “Lord, from this day forward in Jesus’ name, these fields represent the finished work of this event. There is no more drama, everyone has been laid to rest. Father in the name of Jesus Christ, now and forever more, free my brother of any form of condemnation that the enemy has tried to implant in his heart right now in Jesus’ name. Holy Spirit, descend upon my brother like a dove in Jesus’ name. Amen.” I said, “Brother, how do you feel?” He replied, “Good, I am good.” In my heart the Lord confirmed that he was good, very good.
I said, “Now my brother, I think that you have made great strides through this call today. I have instructions from the Lord for how you can take back the night and know that you will not be tormented furthermore from it.” He said, “That would be great.” I said, “My instructions are for your wife, Betty. Will you listen to what she tells you to do?” He said, “Yes I will.” I said, “Remember I am your brother and I will as you to do nothing that is outside of the will of God. Know that from this day forward, when you rest, you will find peace and the terrors will be over.” He said, “Ok.” I replied, “Can you please put your wife on now?” He said, “I’ll go get her.”
“Hi Rabon.” “Hi, Betty. How are you doing?” She replied, “I was praying for you two while you were talking.” I said, “Betty, God moved greatly in his heart just now. The source of the problem has been laid to rest as is should be. The Lord is healing his heart and you will find that rest becomes your new normal.” She replied, “Good.” I said, “But I have a few assignments for you and your husband. You will not need to continue this forever, the Lord will reveal to you when to stop. It is a chance for you to set a right course in your house and begin to carry the victory you have in the day into the night. Does this sound good to you?” She said, “Tell me what you want us to do.”
“Betty, the Lord wants you to experience the victory by night that you have during the day. There is no shadow or shifting sand with God. Day and night are the same to him. How you need to move and breathe is in expectation of that the purpose of God in your life is to experience abundant life, this means peace and victory in every circumstance. You will have stuff happen that is difficult, but this issue is now buried properly and will fade out of your mind as a forgotten memory. Do you understand?” She replied, “Yes.” I said, “So here is what the Lord showed me. You need to anoint the bedposts of your bed with oil. Get some olive oil and bless it saying, Lord where this goes you go with it. This oil sets a boundary of protection for the kingdom of God from this day forward, in Jesus’ name, Amen.” She said, “Ok I can do that.” I replied, “Betty, it is important that you do this with your husband, that way you understand you are setting aside your home for the kingdom of God. Do you understand?” She replied, “Of course I do.” I continued, “The Lord is now telling me that you need to expand from your bedposts and also then go to the corners of your house to form a perimeter, also to the entrances to your home. Simply dip your finger in the oil and paint a cross there with two strokes saying, ‘This is your place Daddy. Send an angel to guard this place in Jesus’ name.” I paused, “I want you to visualize the Lord sending an angel with the assignment to do this because scripture says, ‘He commands His angels concerning you.’ Do you understand?” She said, “I do.” I said, “Now having done this activity together, I want you to go into your house and command that if there is any evil lurking in the house right now that they must go right now in Jesus name. Specifically cast out the ‘spirit of fear’ and ‘spirit of accusation’. Then welcome the Holy Spirit to come into your house. Just ask the Lord for Him and He will come and in the home.” Lastly I said, “Before you go to bed, take communion together. Have your husband read Psalm 91 aloud changing the pronouns in the test as you read it to make it personal like this…
I who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save me
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover me with his feathers,
and under his wings I will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be my shield and rampart.
I will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at my side,
ten thousand at my right hand,
but it will not come near to me.
I will only observe with my eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
When I say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High my dwelling,
no harm will overtake me,
no disaster will come near my tent.
For he will command his angels concerning me
to guard me in all my ways;
they will lift me up in their hands,
so that I will not strike your foot against a stone.
I will tread on the lion and the cobra;
I will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
…do you think you can do this?”
Betty replied, “Yes, I can.” I replied, “Let me know how it goes. I’ll check back in on you in a week or so. The nightmares are over and will not return. I know that you guys are in the word and in fellowship with the Lord. By all means keep doing that. But after a time, the Lord will show you that you will not need to continue to ready this Psalm because you will become it. Do think you’ve got it?” She replied, “Rabon, thank you so much for this, I believe God has moved greatly in you and my husband tonight.”
“You are very welcome.” I checked back with Betty in a couple of weeks. They anointed their house with oil and followed these steps of faith. In their new found expectation for peace and victory, they experienced these very things. The nightmares have not continued since.
If you are experiencing terrors of the night, or those which occur during the day. You need to have a relationship with Jesus, this is the only way to help you. With Jesus, all things are possible and by His stripes we are healed.
What a blessing to know the Lord and to discover his peace which surpasses understanding.