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Lord, Your joy is our strength! And we rejoice when You give us opportunities to laugh — it is truly medicine to our souls. Thank You!

Have you ever been out jogging and reached the point at which your body felt like the weight of an 18-wheeler? You may have wondered whether you’d ever be able to move again. Now imagine seeing a large, unattended dog begin an ears-up, full-on run toward you at that very moment. It happened to me recently. And guess what? It increased my faith! And as something of a cherry on top, the memory has also blessed me with some deep, hearty belly laughs in the days since.

Pray for your fellow intercessor.

 

Here’s what happened: Well into my jog, I had just hit “the wall.” For real runners (which I am not), that wall is the point at which one cannot really run any farther — whatever may or may not begin a chase. Being comfortable with the neighborhood and with how uncommon it is to see any unattended or loose dogs there, I felt completely safe. Why not? The thought that I might be chased or experience any other sort of danger never entered my mind. Until.

Hearing some deep, loud barks, and I turned and spotted a large dog sprinting toward me. Now, when I say “large,” I mean a dog that on all fours(!) is almost taller than I am on my two feet. And when I say “sprinting,” what I mean is, full-on charging, ears and tail perked up, and ready to pounce. It felt like a movie scene — though at the time, there’s no way I could have known whether this was to be a comedy, or a horror film.

In what seemed like a split second, I had to decide what to do. Scream? This was a workday, and there was not a single person out and about at that moment in any of the yards of those nicely cared-for, single-family homes. Besides, that dog was now so near to me that I knew I was on my own. Run? Well … that was definitely out of the question. Passages of Scripture began racing through my mind, and I managed to recall something about my authority in Christ — over animals. There was no time to begin extrapolating about whether God has included domestic canines within our spiritual sphere of authority, or whether my own authority would even become fully manifest — humanity is still in a fallen state, after all, and creation merely waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

With no way to run and nowhere to hide, I knew I was going to have to take a stand.

It was me or the dog.

And some very righteous indignation began welling up inside me. I stopped and turned to face this swiftly oncoming giant — now less than 50 feet from me! — and I opened my mouth. I can’t remember if I knew what I was going to say at that point, because it was all happening so fast and my body ached all over. What came out, though, was a very bass voice that I’ve never heard before, proclaiming very, very loudly: “In the name of Jesus!!”

This wasn’t a shriek, a scream, or even a yell. It was as if my voice had been suddenly and miraculously deepened and amplified. The dog was still running toward me, though things seemed not to be moving quite as quickly now, and I followed up with: “I command you to stop right now, in Jesus’ name!” At this point, that dog was maybe three feet in front of me, and I said again: “Stop now!”

Guess what? The dog stopped. Its ears and tail dropped, and the animal was now the one appearing confused, wondering what to do. But rather than wait for it to figure things out, I pointed my finger, looked at the dog eye to eye, and commanded in that same deep voice: “You go now!” — while pointing to the rear yard of the house from which he’d come.

Frankly, I was so surprised at how quickly the dog had stopped and obeyed my command that I wanted to turn and see whether there were any behind and with me who may have been among that “fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” crowd described in 2 Kings 6:16. I chose not to turn and look, because I figured my heart and body had already reached their excitement limit for the hour, and anyway, I did still have a ways to walk to get home.

As I returned to my path, praising and thanking God for having saved me, I couldn’t help but ask why I had encountered the dog in the first place. Yes, it could have been mere chance, but I really don’t believe in “chance” — particularly because I try to be deliberate about where I go and how I get there, while being careful to listen for the possibility that the Holy Spirit may be instructing me to alter my course. Here’s what I believe God said, and it’s what I’d like for us to take away from what, thankfully, turned out to be a comedic scene: “How will you know that I am with you and that you have authority, if you’re never placed in a situation to actually use your authority?”

I don’t know where the voice that emanated from me came from, or where it has been all of my life (and I certainly would never have chosen autonomously to exercise my biblical authority over animals while out alone on a dead-end cul-de-sac), but I’m so grateful that I now know more about the power of who is in me than I did before.

In the weeks since that event, I’ve been gently reminded of the necessity of having our spiritual senses matured through constant use, in preparation for Jesus’ return, as Hebrews 5:11–14 exhorts. Thankfully, the weight of this truth has been tempered by that comedic personal training session. I hope I never forget it. And I pray that you’ll recall this scene whenever you’re in a battle and needing a good chuckle, and that you’ll find some joy in the midst of it all!

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Diane
December 12, 2023

I’m so sorry but I have to disagree on one point. God did not put you in that situation at all the devil attacked you but God did not attack you or have that dog attack you! I have been in three situations concerning dogs and I used my authority in the name of Jesus and they had to back down but by no means did God put me in that situation! But yes the scripture says that God has given us the authority over snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm us! And demonic spirits as well as angels can manifest into humans or animals. Angels can manifest into animals to protect us or have a real animal to come out of nowhere to protect us or demons can manifest into animals to attack us or have a real animal attack us. So by no means was it God that had that dog attack you!

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Meredith Brown
December 12, 2023

It was a good word! We need to be reminded of the authority and power we carry! Knowing who we are in Christ is key to walking like Christ!

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Mary
December 11, 2023

Love this story! A few years back, my high spirited thoroughbred horse had spring fever and while riding him, he was almost uncontrollable because of mares running past him, “flirting” with him. I couldn’t get him to calm down enough for me to get off of him. He was a strongly coiled bundle of tension. After 15 minutes of holding onto his prancing, spirited self, I finally said In Jesus Name, you stop now!!! Instantly his body relaxed and he turned his attention back to me. Thank You Jesus for Your always faithful Name!

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Keith Jones
December 11, 2023

A couple of years ago I dreamed I was walking on a dark path through the woods with my faithful dog, Jake. As we walked I began to notice wolves behind and beside us , stalking us. Evil eyes darting here & there focused primarily on us. I looked down at Jake and he looked up with his perpetual doggy smile as if everything was cool and perfectly normal. He seemed oblivious to the wolves and what was about to happen. I said “Well Jake, it looks like you may have to give up your life for me today. And we walked on – end of dream. The Lord reminded me, “I hem you in from behind and in front and lay my hand upon you” Ps 139:5. Also of Deuteronomy Chap 28 that He is our rear guard; all His promises, blessings, and protection, for our families, land, crops and cattle are for the righteous. Like Balams mule (Num chap 22), Jake saw exactly what was going on and was not concerned in the least! Lord Jesus, give us eyes to see! Amen!

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Judy Peterson
December 10, 2023

Thank you for this wonderful story! What an adventure! I’m so glad it had such a happy ending!
My prayers are with you and my thanks for sharing your faith!

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Ann Shaw
December 10, 2023

Jesus told his disciples all authority was his and he told, us that we also have his authority.

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Kate Zietlow
December 10, 2023

God is always with us!!!!!!

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Cynthia Quattrocelli
December 9, 2023

Amazing story and teaching allowed by Holy Spirit. Interesting because I too had a similar experience with a dog while out in my neighborhood doing my power walk. I stood still in a power stance facing it and pointing my finger at it as it ran toward me, while firmly speaking with authority “Stop, in the name of Jesus Christ.” This German Shepherd simply ran around me and sniffed the ground and ran back to the man who owned him.
I knew I could rely on the Authority and Power of God in me in a scary situation. Amen for His Great Help in time of trouble. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Oh how blessed we are who know our King of kings and Lord of Lords!

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Bonnie
December 9, 2023

I think God is preparing us for even more dangerous situations through your experience.
Thank you for sharing.

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Gayle
December 9, 2023

Beautiful!! Praise the Lord!
He is so wonderful, glorious and with us always!

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Barbara
December 9, 2023

I have experienced this exact same thing while on a walk!!! I stopped and just looked at this huge dog in full charge at me….. I pointed to him and said “ Back off in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!!!! He did an about face and ran the other way!!
Praise God!!! Like you said how can you know that you have the authority unless you are challenged!!! WOW…. So grateful to have read your story. Btw….. I have shared mine many times!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!!

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Robert Mitchell
December 9, 2023

Loved this story!
And I agree 100%

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Dennis
December 9, 2023

Remember, Moses was Not allowed to enter the Promise LAND after striking THE ROCK (Which IS CHRIST) twice!
He was COMMANDED to SPEAK to the ROCK, to show the people to use their authority! To take DOMINION which Adam and Eve failed to do with the snake in the garden.

Yeshua was the son of David Abraham and Adam. He was the second Adam. I think Adam ate the fruit to save Eve, like Yeshua on the CROSS to save HIS CHURCH the SOON to be BRIDE of Christ!

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Ray Taylor
December 9, 2023

I know from experience that these things happen I saw it on the streets of San Francisco

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Cathy Bonavida
December 9, 2023

Yes! We have authority over all our circumstances thru Jesus Christ our Lird

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Carlida
December 9, 2023

It really should not be any surprise to any of us who believe in Christ that when we fully accept and act on this word that the words we say come to pass. After all, He has given us His authority over EVERTHING in this earth!

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Julie
December 9, 2023

I love how the Lord teaches!
Thank you for sharing – it was funny and poignant. Message received, Lord!

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Betty Yeazel
December 9, 2023

One day we had a bad wind storm and being frightened that the trees surrounding my house would come down. I suddenly told the wind be still and quiet down in the name of Jesus Christ and shortly there after the wind calmed down.

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    E
    December 10, 2023

    In scrolling i hit report accidentally
    Ignore please !
    Amen on your story!

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Charles
December 9, 2023

Had a pit bull come out of a yard ready to attack me—-yelled “in the name of Jesus Christ get back in that yard” he begin to back up then begin coming at me like a beast ready to pounce on his prey—again I yelled “ get back in that yard in Jesus name” the dog reluctantly backed away and I went on my way—thankful the name of the Lord is a strong tower.

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Lois P Willis
December 9, 2023

Thank you for this wonderful story to remind and encourage us of the authority we have in and through Christ Jesus!

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Karen Stavrinakis
December 9, 2023

I love this!! What a wonderful lesson in the authority we have in Christ Jesus. And what a test for you, glad it turned out so well. I definitely am writing this down…” How will you know that I am with you and that you have authority, if you’re never placed in a situation to actually use your authority?” thanks!

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Danielle
December 9, 2023

Wow!! What a great reminder!! Thank you so much for sharing this impactful story!!

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Bob Huseby
December 9, 2023

“How will you know I am with you and that you have authority, if you’re never placed in a situation to actually use your authority .”
Well said dear sister.. HaHa Hallelujah in our savior’s name.

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Kathleen Duffy
December 9, 2023

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God!
Hallelujah!

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