Mosters, vampires and creatures of folklore are often depicted as things that occupy the night and live in the shadows and avoid light at all costs. Like Dracula, he has few weaknesses, do to being immortal, yet light makes him vulnerable, weak and causes his imortality to vanish and he writhes and dies when exposed to the light of the sun.
Dracula does not fear the sword, or spear, or gun and bullets- and likewise spiritual foes find human solutions no threat but only amusing. You cannot destroy such enemies by human means or human weapons! And you cannot stand against the spiritual forces of darkness without the light and truth of Christ. For what creatures are terrifying in the dark and rule in the shadows will be terrified of the day and be cower in the glorious light of His Presence. Yet if we fight in the dark with our swords and weapons we will lose.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:11-12)
Can we not say this about our fears and secret sins? Can we not say these things hide in dark closets in our lives where no one can see them, and they taunt us in our nightmares like a Boogeyman would taunt a child throw his bad dreams to prolong his dread and terror.
We throw the blankets of many different things over our faces to hide from our fears, our shame, our sins and insecurities. Like a child under the blanket who thinks “If I can’t see you, you can’t see me” however, such monsters only play that game in sick amusement, just to see the horror on the face of the child once he takes off the blankets to only see the sick grin on the hideous face of the creature still standing by the foot of his bed.
We cannot avoid these things that try to pound against the closet doors in our lives as if they will never eventually come out and ruin us and destroy us. We must deal with them, not alone though. No kid can deal with a monster in his closet unless he has his father there as well. And with our pasts, our fears and failings, as well as secret sins we need the Father’s light to drive out the darkness in these places we are afraid to go. Some places we fear to deal with and we cannot by ourselves, but when we give Christ full access to all we fear and turn over to Him our shame that tries to pull us into a closet of isolation, He is not afraid of your monsters.
As a kid myself I saw one movie where a young man got lost out in the woods and a big grizzly bear took a special interest in him so as long as he kept close to mamma bear, he was safe, even though he heard the noises of savage wolves in the not far off distance. Even a pack of savage wolves are smart enough to know not to pick a fight with a mother grizzly protecting her young. So when we are afraid and dealing with things that intimidate a make us afraid, if we come under the Lord’s protection and stay close to Him, he will be more then enough to deal with what your most afraid of.