“I feel like I’m going to die”
Concentrating on the conversation was increasingly difficult. Though I was interested in what Marta was saying, my attention was divided. Out of the corner of my eye, I was watching Pamela.
Earlier Pamela had approached some of the Bible school students at the end of the worship meeting, asking for prayer.
“I feel like I’m going to die,” she told us in desperation, eyes full of fear. “It feels like Satan is trying to kill me.” We prayed with boldness, speaking life over her and rebuking the spirit of death.
With profuse thanks, Pamela said that she felt better. But a few minutes later, she was scanning the room, searching for another sympathetic listener. Soon she had pulled another one of the students outside to pray with her. Then she sought out one of the staff. By the end of the night, about seven different students and staff had prayed for Pamela. And now she was approaching me again as I chatted with my friend Marta.
Not a Victim
“Would you pray for me again? I still feel like I’m going to die.” The helplessness in her voice begged for our compassion.
Before I could agree, however, something stopped me. It was clear to me that Pamela was stuck in a victim mentality. “No, we don’t need to pray for you anymore,” I found myself saying firmly. “YOU need to pray.”
Pamela looked distressed. “But I can’t do anything to stop these thoughts!” she protested.
Taking out a worn sheet of paper from her Bible, Marta shared with Pamela the Scriptures that show her identity in Christ. “You’ve told us you believe in Jesus, so you’re a child of God. The thought that you can’t do anything is a lie. The truth is that you have the victory through Jesus’ death on the cross. And you have the authority in Christ to pray against these thoughts of death.”
Uncertain at first, Pamela agreed to pray. But as she claimed the authority through Christ against the enemy, she slowly become more confident. And as she spoke the truth of God’s Word about her true identity in Him, she became more joyful! By the time she said “Amen,” Pamela was grinning from ear to ear. She was starting to claim her rights as a daughter of the King.
Are You Struggling?
Do you struggle with feelings of helplessness? Do you feel like a victim of your circumstances or experiences? If you are a child of God, you have the authority in Christ to command evil spirits to flee! Take captive every thought that does not align itself with God’s Word. Confront the lies of the enemy and claim the VICTORY in Christ Jesus!
“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold His own Son, but gave Him up for all of us, will He not with Him also give us everything else? …In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:31-32, 37