When the human Body sleeps, the human Soul and Spirit remains active.
Even in the sleep-state, your spirit and soul can engage in spiritual combat. However, it is the state of your spirit and soul that would determine whether you will wake up the victim or the victor in that spiritual combat.
In order to help you understand this further, I would need to give some foundational explanations:
* The Human Being has three levels of consciousness which are:
This is so because “MAN” is spirit, has a soul and lives in a body.
The ‘spirit realm’ comprises of the positive supernatural and the negative supernatural worlds.
The Human Being as spirit is thus able to interact with the spirit world – whether it is the negative or positive supernatural.
The positive supernatural is the Kingdom of Light where JESUS CHRIST is SOVEREIGN and where He rules with love.
The negative supernatural is the kingdom of darkness where Satan the devil rules with the fear of death.
According to Scripture, “Perfect love cast out fear” (See 1 John 4:18).
When your love of GOD is perfected, you have no need to fear the forces of evil.
GOD in HIS infinite wisdom forbids HIS “called-out ones” from interacting with the forces of evil and their human agents.
It says in the Scriptures that:
“There shall not be found among you anyone…, who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritists, or one who calls up the dead” (See Deuteronomy 18:10:11).
“…You will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God” (See Leviticus 19:21b).
GOD states also in HIS Word what will happen to the one who violates HIS restrictions in respect of interacting with the negative supernatural thus:
“I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people” (See Leviticus 20:6).
Dear friends, there is ongoing battle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness for the souls of Humans.
The battleground for that ongoing spiritual combat is the mind.
The mind is the seat of the soul and can become the fountain head of all evil if it is not cleansed with the purifying and transforming Word of GOD.
At creation, GOD formed the Human Being from the dust of the earth. The Human body was animated when GOD gave the breath of life to it. And “MAN became a living soul” (See Genesis 2:7).
The Human body came from the ‘dust’ of the earth, while the “life/spirit” came from GOD. The soul came into existence when GOD’s life impacted with the ‘body’.
The soul is our self-awareness or self-consciousness
The ‘spirit’ in “MAN’ died when Adam our first parent sinned by choice.
The human spirit is recreated when a person accepts JESUS CHRIST as SAVIOR.
Then the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD takes up residence in that person. When the Holy Spirit is ‘received’ the person is guided into all truths as well.
The “born again” child of GOD has 2 spirits which are; the spirit in man and the Holy Spirit of GOD. The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being. (See Proverbs 20:27).
When a person gets “born again”, it is the spirit that gets recreated, not the soul or body.
The food of the recreated human spirit is the WORD of GOD; the strength of the soul is the WORD of GOD.
When the recreated Human Being feed well on the Word of GOD, it has control over the soul. Only then can the soul be enabled to control the negative tendencies of the Human body, which is controlled by the 5 senses.
The soul is the bridge between the spirit and the body.
When the spirit rules over the soul, the Christian will live victoriously over the forces of evil.
But when the ‘spirit’ is weak through the neglect of Bible Doctrine; the soul and body will fight for supremacy. The somewhat similar internal conflict is described by the Apostle Paul in his writings to the Romans:
“I have discovered this principle of life–that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” (See Rom. 7:21-24,nlt).
This internal conflict is prominent when the Body, which is our “world consciousness” transfers information received through the functions of the senses to our spirit through the soul.
If the Word of GOD is not dwelling richly in the mind which is the seat of the soul, the information received would not be rightly processed and the mindset would tend towards evil and would result in a life characterized by defeat, disappointment and diseases.
That is why we are to “guard our heart/mind with all diligence for it is the wellspring of life”(See Proverbs 4:23).
The mind that is governed by the flesh is death, whereas, the mind that is governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” (See Romans 8:6).
For the mind to be “governed by the spirit”, you have to be “filled with” and be “led by” the HOLY SPIRIT (See Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14).
Which would require that you feed regularly on GOD’s Word and observe the Daily Christian Discipline.
The person who receives information from the WORD of GOD and who lives according to the Book, that person will have life in all its fullness as well as have the peace that only a relationship with GOD can give.
The human Body needs food, water and sleep to function well. However, in order to function at optimum best as well as live victoriously, the Soul and Spirit of the Born Again child of GOD needs the following, which is referred to as the Daily Christian Discipline:-
A. The Word of GOD;
D. meditation on GOD’s Word;
E. faith in GOD;
F. Personal Evangelism/ sharing of Testimony;
G. Fellowship with other Christians.
The Daily Christian Discipline is to the Spirit and Soul, what food, sleep and water is to the Human Body.
The Christian who lives a disciplined life is no easy target for the forces of darkness even in the dream-state.
Since the spiritual controls the physical and you are in tune with the Word of GOD which is “spirit and life, then you will emerge victorious in any spiritual combat.
In my opening statement, I did mention that the forces of darkness do try to take advantage of the Believer’s need of sleep. And people tend to sleep more at night in the dark!
The spiritually alert Christian is a force to be reckoned with even in the sleep-state, because of GOD’s Word (Biblical Doctrines) that are richly dwelling in the soul. The presence and power of the indwelling Spirit of GOD fortifies him/her, so that he/she can effortlessly confront and overcome the forces of darkness that launches any form of attacks.
When you are infirm in your spirit or soul and are at a very low time in your life; especially when you are emotionally drained through discouragement and depression. As well as when you are still processing the loss of a loved-one, or for any other situation that puts you at your wits end, and which disables you from coordinating properly: that is when the devil usually attacks.
When the devil see you in that weakened state, he thinks you are easy prey, he assumes that you cannot stand against him adequately in spiritual combat; he forgets you have GOD’s Word and the HOLY SPIRIT resident in you.
The Greater-One who lives in you, greater than Satan and his minions.
The HOLY SPIRIT; the EVER-PRESENT HELPER of the Christian is there to make intercession for you. HE takes over and prays through you with the Words of GOD in your Soul.
The Word of GOD is the Sword of the Spirit. That is why it is very important to read, ingest and metabolize GOD’s Word.
As the Holy Spirit prays in and through the regenerated Believer, the Soul is strengthened even in that semi-conscious state to work in harmony with the human spirit to launch an offensive against the marauding forces of darkness.
That is the reason that some people will be kicking, gesticulating and making declarations, binding and casting out demons even in their semi-conscious state. Such people wake up victorious and live victoriously.
But rather unfortunately, it is not so for the Carnal Christian.
The Carnal Christian is the Born Again child of GOD who lives by the WORLD instead of by the WORD. He/she has no Doctrine resident in the soul- that means that the ‘word of GOD is not dwelling richly in him or her.
When under attack, they can barely say “JESUS”. They wake up with tales of being pressed in their sleep; some wake up panting from the exertion of running away from demons that were pursuing them. Their Body may be very strong, well-nourished and active, but their spirit and soul is very malnourished and very weak from the lack of proper spiritual and soulical foods.
Because the spiritual controls the physical, whatever happens to them in the spirit-realm would manifest within 2 weeks.
Thus, they wake up from the dream-state spiritual combat as victims.
Remember I did say that the Daily Christian Discipline is to the spirit and soul what food, water and sleep is to the Body.
The devil and his forces of evil does launch attacks at Christians in their semi-conscious state, therefore, feed your Spirit, Soul and Body well and you will not be a casualty in that combat.
It is very encouraging to know that the HOLY SPIRIT is the POWER at work in the Christian Believer-24/7. Whether you are asleep or awake, the word of GOD is DYNAMO in HIS workings.
Whether during the day or at night, you can run to the battle. The GREATER-ONE lives in you .Glory to GOD!
The best thing to be in this day and age is a CHILD OF GOD- spirit filled, spirit-led, blood washed, water-baptized, tongue-blasting, Bible-literate and Word-perfect. Shalom!-