Having trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at age 4 or 5, I was afterwards baptized at age 6. I know I was not baptized to receive salvation, but instead I was baptized because I wanted to partake of the Lord’s supper. Although I did not understand the meaning of baptism, I understood it was relevant to the Lord that I be baptized (I also did understand the Lord’s supper represents the sacrifice of Christ on the cross).
Now, at around age 10 or 11, I had a dream that made an impression on me. I had fallen asleep and left the bathroom door open and the bathroom light on. Then, in my dream, I saw a trail of smoke come out of the bathroom, and the trail of smoke had a hand of smoke. This hand moved toward my bed, and then I woke up. I knew it was a dream.
I was no stranger to strange dreams. Throughout the years, I had dreamed several strange dreams, but this one left an impression on me. I felt it meant someone was trying to harm me (I related it to witchcraft), but I don’t think my mother thought anything about it. However, it was just a dream, and nothing else happend.
But one night, I woke up because my bed was bouncing, as if someone strong was pushing on and off it at the corner of my bed. I felt the bed bouncing, I herd the noise, and I looked to the corner of the bed, and it looked ot me as if someone was pushing on it, but I saw no one there.
I got scared and jumped from the bed to the floor. When I looked up, the bed was still and there was no one there. I told my mother and another lady about it, and they said that it was probably a dream—but I never thought it was a dream.
I have only experienced this bouncing of the bed two or three times in my life, but I no longer recall the other times—perhpas because it no longer seemed relevant to me. However, I think there are others out there who have experienced something similar: a colleague at work said he experienced the same thing.
My firt impression is that the Bible does not tell us about specific events like mine happening to believers in Christ. Nevertheless, I understand that there are believers in Christ who also experience similar things. So, what is going on?
We know that believers before Christ, or at the time of Christ, encountered spiritual oppression or attacks. For example, in 1 Samuel 16:14, when the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, an evil spirit troubled him. Job and Joshua were also targed by the enemy, although in different ways (Job 1:11, Zechariah 3:1). Also, believers in the times of the psalms wer concerned about demonic attacks (Psam 91:3-6).
In the New Testament, Satan took a special interst in attacking Peter and in Paul in personal ways (Luke 22:31, 2 Corinthians 12:7). Satan also opposed Paul’s missionary team (1 Thessalonians 2:18). Also, believers in sin can be handed over to Satan (1 Timothy 1:20, 1 Corinthians 5:5)
Consequently, believers are warned about this enemy, who seeks to destroy them (1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 6:11 & 6:16).
In light of all these examples from Scripture, it seems to me that New Testament beleivers (although God has saved them through Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit) are not exempt from spiritual attacks (save demonic posession). How these attacks are experienced by the believer probably varies from person to person—but paranormal experiences are not necessarily out of range for the Christian believer.
Why am I writing about these things? Because I want to think about my own spiritual experiences (and those that have been, or may have been, influential on me) from a biblical point of view. I want to take time to analyze them.
What do I expect to gain from this? I expect to gain knowledge and perspective: at the same time, I expect that God will use the lessons that I learn to address questions others may have about their own spiritual experiences.
What about you? Have you had any similar experiences?