This was a living nightmare I will never forget. I don’t think anyone would.
One dark night in 2003, just before I moved to the States, my friend Wendy and I had planned to go out with some friends. We were all dressed up and off we went, she was driving. The plan was to fetch her new boyfriend first and go on from there. On the highway, twenty minutes from his house I got this terrible fear over me. Out of nowhere. This fear was taunting me about arriving at Luke’s house.
“Listen Wendy, when we get there, just tell him to get into the car and drive off. No chatting. Something doesn’t feel right.”
Lord, please protect us.
There was nothing sinister going on. The stars were out, the highway was clear. But this horrible sense of foreboding would not leave me. I tried not to harp on about it because people love to call me paranoid.
What is it about evil always operating under the cover of darkness? Gee, spiritual warfare would be much less scary in broad daylight!
We enter his neighbourhood and by now I’m frantically looking around and again I say, “Let’s just make this quick please, don’t stop for too long.” Fear has this wonderful power of paralyzing you – in hindsight I should have taken authority over this fear and commanded any demons associated with it to flee. If I had, would the horror have not happened?
Wendy parks right by his house. And then the fear washed over me like a tidal wave. I just felt it. I said “Wendy! Just tell him to hurry so we can go!!” As I said that, I turned around and looked behind – this car had screeched up behind us and four men started running toward our car. I knew it. Every South African’s worst nightmare. I’m being hijacked.
Both physical and spiritual instinct kicked in. I turned around to face the front, and as if I did not want to see or hear anything, I shut my eyes and blocked my ears. Funny thing how the Lord protected my mind here. I’m a scaredy-cat, I really am. Always have been. I have had to cling onto 2 Tim 1:7 many times in my life. But when I saw the men running towards us, I saw them in brightly coloured t-shirts and surfer shorts! Reds, yellows, green. Not the pitch black outfits that Wendy and Luke told me was what they were actually wearing! God gives such small but powerful mercies – perhaps if I saw all the black I would have freaked out completely and not concentrated on prayer!
As I turned to face the front, all I managed to spurt out was “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus” over and over. I immediately asked that God place His armour over me. Christians often think that you need to ask for the armour on bended knee in a fancy pose of prayer. No. It is a simple, “Father, please place Your armour on me.” And it lasts 24 hours, so every morning when you wake up you can ask for it. I love and adore the armour! I find it fascinating! Just the thought that God has given us this magnificent protective gift for free is amazing! Here we are, little humans running around the earth and have this armour to place on us right off Heaven’s doorstep! What a great God we serve! What an honour!
As he opened my door, all I saw was a gun pointing directly to my eyes. Looking down the barrel of a gun is hideous. I put my face back into my hands and carried on rebuking him. I ensured to pray out loud and also asked that God send His angels to surround us.
It was the loudest silence I had ever heard.
I never once stopped praying out loud. I never once saw his face.
My cell phone was sitting by my feet and my bag was on my lap. I must have for a split second glanced at Wendy because I remember her removing all her jewelry. Besides praying, the one thought that ran through my mind was rape. I continued praying out loud. He sat down next to me. And he just sat there. I would have loved to have seen the expression on his face, because he literally just sat there. He never touched me, he never stole a thing. He just sat next to me with this huge gun in his hand staring at me. I often think what went through his mind. Did God open his spiritual eyes so that he could see the armour or guardian angel protecting me? Was he convicted hearing the name of Jesus come out of my mouth?
At this time they had pushed Luke out of the car and onto the floor. I did not witness this but Wendy said Luke was lying on the floor while the one gunman stood at his feet and took a shot. The bullet landed a meter away from Luke! A three year old would have been successful with that shot being so close! I know why he missed, and so do you…
They had already taken the car keys away from Wendy – clearly their idea was to shoot Luke and drive away with us to a remote place, rape us then take the car. No one was around. We were all alone. Except for an army of angels. I know that without a doubt. I wish God had opened my spiritual eyes then because I know I would have seen angels all around us! What a sight!
After taking that shot something scared them and they all fled as fast as they approached us.
I was the only one not stolen from, hurt or touched in that attempted hijacking. I was the only saved Christian in that car. Coincidence? I think not!
Even though there was a human being sitting next to me with a gun, I was not wrestling with him, but the demons that accompanied him! (Eph 6:12) Always make an effort to put your armour on daily – God has not provided it for us so that we only look dressed to kill in the spiritual realm. The armour works! It is provided by God Almighty Himself for our protection and to fight! It helped me withstand that evil day, and after the whole episode, I was left standing! (Eph 6:13) He had a gun, but I had a sword (Eph 6:17). Don’t ever worry that your attacker or persecutor can’t see your armour and weapon. Have faith that it is there, (Eph 6:16) that’s all you need. God takes care of the rest.
Praise the Lord! That’s a very powerful testimony. Your prayers confused the demons of your attackers.
“God’s Protection in Battle”
“A Week in the Life of a Hitchhiker”
“Alvin C. York”
“Hand on the Helm”
Thanks Tim! He was great!
This is a great testimony of God’s protection. Here are a few other testimonies that you may want to read sometime:
“Never the Same”
“Alvin C. York”
“Hand on the Helm”
“God’s Protection in Battle”
Thanks very much Tim!
wow. what a story. I understand the fear. It has happened to me. I also know about angels. There is a story about one who saved me on my blog. Angels have helped me more than once. Thank you for the words of putting the armour on every day. I am reblogging this .
Oh wow, I would love to read that!! Definitely looking forward to reading all of them. Thank you so much for the reblog 🙂
Have a blessed day xx
I have been going through a lot of your posts – kindly give me the link about the one on the angel that helped you?
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God did a mighty act here. This story is well worth reading.
This is a great reminder to put on the armour of God as soon as we get up, before we get going so we are prepared in all circumstances to meet with our enemy. I am so thankful for His angels that He sends in to future protect and defend us. God Bless You!
I agree! Thank you for stopping by 🙂 Have a blessed day
Great testimony! Love hearing about “Victory in Jesus name!”
God Bless you!
Thank you, I love the adventures Jesus takes us through! Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day 🙂
Excellent and well written. We operate in a fallen world with fallen evil people. Obviously God has a purpose for your life that has yet to be fulfilled.
Thank you for such kind words 🙂 Have a blessed day! xx
Wow, that’s amazing. I too have been saved by God’s angels many, many times in my life. Thank you for sharing this experience and reminding me God is always there protecting us. God bless you and your blog. ~~~Michele
Thanks very much Michele! 🙂
What a powerful testimony! All glory to God
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I found your words very inspiring, especially how you related to your assailant. I blogged about it in my own blog:
Hi, thanks so much – would not have been inspiring if God was not with me that night! What a unique blog you have! Thanks so much for the encouragement 🙂
God is good, all the time. It’s true to mention the short prayer of exorcism, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus, evil has not change. Thanks be to God.
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Great story which points to the fact that God has a purpose for your life. There are no accident or coincident in the Kingdom of God. All things are created by Him and for Him including the destiny of your existence. It’s not about us, it’s about Him and you obviously have something to do for him.
Philippians 3:12-14 (ESV)
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Hi Augustine – thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and the reblog! Pressing on! 🙂
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Thank you Julia 🙂 God is mighty!
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Thank you for the reblog 🙂
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Shayn Roby’s Take: The Power of the Holy Spirit is greater than that of any demon as First John 4:4 tells us, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Thanks Shayn 🙂
Thank you for sharing this experience. I needed the reminder to “put on the armour” every day. Thank you!
Thank you Sheryl! God bless 🙂
Wao, that is so powerful, Praise God He kept you safe.
Lord I pray for that much trust in you
Thank you Chris – but I’ll bet if faced with a similar situation you will react the same way! 🙂
Wow! Wonderful testimony. Thanks for liking one of my posts. I’m so glad the e-mail I got telling me about your like pointed me to your fantastic blog.
Tricia you’re too kind, thank you so much! I love to meet fellow bloggers like yourself who are so encouraging and edifying! 🙂 Have a blessed weekend xx
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Wonderful testimony from kingintraining.
How many times have we heard of stories where the only protection from harm was the name Jesus? Aside from the angels surrounding us, Jesus is still the most powerful name ever. People wouldn’t believe unless we testify and it is my prayer that more people would find this article, be blessed and be convicted of the power of our Savior, Jesus.
Jesus always! 🙂
Thank you, it is my prayer too xx
What an amazing testimony! Wow, I can’t imagine. This story will bless many greatly and allow them to feel confident calling on God to protect them with HIS armor!! I am reblogging!!!!xxxxxMarty
He is always faithful, I was so grateful to have been protected by Him – a scenario many South Africans never get away alive with!
God is so good! So sad for the others who haven’t made it 😦
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What an amazing story of God’s supernatural protection!!!! I hope this encourages whoever reads this to claim the power the God has given us- Divine protection!!
What a POWERFUL story!
Powerful stories can only come from a powerful God 🙂 🙂
WOW!!! Goes to show the true power of GOD!!!
He is astounding, isn’t he!
“Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” You certainly did! Isn’t He awesome? Go God!!!
Praising Jesus who is my Refuge, my Fortress, my God; in Him I trust!
It was 10 years ago and I’m still amazed how He saved my life that day! Stand still indeed! I was so paralysed by fear. He is Almighty! 🙂
WOW. Just wow. What a mighty God we serve!
Right? Every Christian should be wearing their armour every day in THIS country! LOL
Wow. What a powerful testimony! Thank you so much for sharing this! God is the Almighty! There is nothing to difficult for Him!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting also. Another blessing for the day! Colleen
He most certainly is! 🙂 Thanks Colleen xx
You may have heard of Althea Meyer’s similar experience when her home was broken into by 8 thugs while she was home in her IPHC mission in Malawi, Africa. God armored her too.
You may think you are a wimp but obviously God thinks otherwise. You must have more to do here on earth.
No I actually haven’t heard of that story! Thanks for telling me, I will go look it up.
Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words 🙂
You are very welcome.
Powerful! “I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:4-7
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Wow! I really appreciate you taking the time out to share this. I stopped to teach my boyfriend of 5 years about the armour of God. I repeated to him every piece of armour then asked him to ask in prayer for Father to place his armour upon then I asked him what the armour of God is and he was able to tell me what is was with valour lol such a beautiful moment in Christ thanks to this story. Bless you.