Dread is one of those words rarely expressed verbally, but it’s affects are on display daily. This inner fear causes individuals to anticipate something with great apprehension. Synonyms include emotions such as anxious, terror and worry. Whenever someone experiences overwhelming events, the demon of dread has a way of attaching itself to souls. Unless you are prepared, things can snow ball out of control, inciting panic. This is a normal day for those under the extreme burden of dread.
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation,” Matthew 12:43-45.
This reality isn’t just a rerun of some Halloween horror movie made by Hollywood. Rather, anyone without discipline, faith or a set routine can experience this spirt like a black cloud that hovers over your life. Dread influences minds, transforming a normal person into a miserable son of bitch, pardon my French. If you overcome initial attacks, the passage above suggests demonic entities run in packs, feeding off of each other. Even after sweeping your spiritual house clean, you are still not out of the woods.
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer,” Mark 9:29.
Prior to his death and resurrection, Jesus sent out his disciples two by two. The purpose of this exercise was to prepare these disciples for the future, life after Christ. Similar to a trial basis, this gave Jesus a chance to see who would sink and who would swim. Following this time on their own, Jesus had a question and answer session for disciples, serving as an evaluation of their journeys. One team came across a demon that wouldn’t leave. In response, Jesus replied, this kind can only be driven out by prayer. Today, many people, including me are oppressed by dread. While I am an amateur in the arena of demons, the only way to escape the demon of dread is through prayer. May this advice lead you to find peace in the near future. If necessary, fast and pray so that healing will arrive soon.
by Jay Mankus