Sweet Dreams…?

Last night I fought the devil in my dreams (for what seemed like a long time). In the end I won. It was really strange. If I was talking in my sleep, one might have heard such things as: “You have no power over me, you miserable louse of a creature, for Christ has defeated you in His death and resurrection!” (I’m not kidding, I really remember saying this in my dream.) It was really bizarre actually. Anyone else ever had this happen?


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Ph.D student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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12 Responses to Sweet Dreams…?

  1. Rev. Benjamin Mayes says:

    Not so vividly.

  2. Nat says:

    Well, when I was maybe six I had a dream about a drop of ink that turned into a witch who, I worried, was more powerful than God. When I woke up I was simply glad that such witches did not exist.

  3. Petersen says:

    I have had this sort of dream several times. I have also preached sermons in my dreams and used what I could remember of them in real sermons. Dreams are a creative force. I once told Reuning about this and he told me that he actually sets his mind to work before he falls asleep and then occasionally he is able to work through problems while he dreams. I am not so successful, but as I say, I have had nightmares about the devil where I fought him off with the Word of God (but they were nightmares nonetheless, very scary) and I have also preached in my dreams.

  4. Lawrence says:

    Never had dreams like that. Sometime I have dreams where I’m fighting a losing conflict. I never completely lose, but I never ocmpletely win either. Very frustrating. I never have dreams where I’m fighting a winning conflict.

  5. Rev. Eric J Brown says:

    Yes. Not often, but yes. Well, at least with strange spirits.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Now why in the heck did you have to go and mention a dream like this? Don’t you know that dreams are like that old “Ghost Busters” movie? You know, the Sta-Puff Marshmellow man? Whatever you fear the most seems to come to life in your dreams.

    I’ve never even come close to the kind of dreams you’re talking about. Now, thanks to you guys, I’m probably going to dream about the devil tonight.


    Tom Fast

  7. bad ice says:


    I have never had a dream like this, but my dad used to have nightmares about the devil chasing him. I don’t know if he still does.


  8. Anita says:

    YES!!! Most definitely. My most rememberable one was from my childhood.
    I was at a amusement park and the devil was going around freezing peoples hearts. After I prayed Jesus appeared and He calmly went around and placed his hand over their heart melting the ice and restoring them. Then Jesus banished the devil out of the amusement park:)

  9. Pastor Beisel says:

    Petersen’s comment is exactly what this dream was like. The devil was very real and very scary in this dream, and it was the Word of God that kept him at bay, and the Lord’s Prayer. I recall in my dream praying fervently “Deliver us from evil.” The things from our daily life often spill over into our dreams, and, I suspect, there is something real to what is going on in our dreams.

  10. Weekend Fisher says:

    I had a dream kind of like that during a very turbulent time in my life where I dreamed there were two demons named Worthlessness and Rage terrorizing me. After I prayed, they left.

    Bizarre thing: even though it was just a dream, it was in some ways a clarifying moment, and I felt much more peaceful afterwards.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have a vivid memory from my upper high school years of taking a nap and experiencing a very evil, dark dream where my body felt heavy, like I was frozen and I was very afraid. I couldn’t move. Even though no particular demon materialized, I remember knowing it was very evil. And I remember praying and crying out “Jesus” and was instantly released from the dream.

  12. Jim Roemke says:

    I have had several very vivid dreams like this beginning the night of my Ordination. They have kept me awake and robbed me of sleep. I guess I’m in the front lines now.

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