September 14 2015

Signs of Spiritual Attack

spiritual attackDo you find yourself struggling with your life? Maybe it’s just little things like chronic headaches or pains, or being unable to keep up with your bills. Or maybe it is bigger things such as losing your house or your job. Or maybe you have just come to believe life in general is a struggle and there is nothing you can do about. Well that is exactly what the devil wants you to believe. It is true that we will face trials and problems in this world, but it is also true that we have an enemy who is bent on the total destruction of our lives.

Yes that old serpent Satan hates us with such a passion he has made it his life’s purpose to steal our joy and destroy our relationship with God. This my dear friend is spiritual attack. Spiritual attack is designed to throw problems into your life that will bring you down and cause you to lose hope and faith in God. Spiritual attack is also meant to completely stop you or detour you from the purpose that God has placed on your life. You were designed to do great and wonderful things for the Kingdom of God, and whatever the enemy can do to stop you, he will. Even if that means trying to kill you.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

For some people this may sound a little extreme. I can understand that. I lived for the most part of my life in a world where demons and the devil did not even exist. It was as fake as the horror movies I watched on a regular basis. As a believer in Jesus Christ the reality of spiritual attack became painful true for me. Accepting Jesus as my Savior opened up a whole new world of freedom for me – freedom from addiction, depression, being overweight, and generally miserable. But it seemed that every time I really started to get a taste of that freedom things in my life would go horribly wrong. I mean I would start to see real growth in my prayer life and my learning the Word, but then I would sink into a depression or something bad would happen to me. Or even worse, I would lose all desire to pray or even read the Bible at all. I couldn’t understand why. Then despair would creep in because once you experience the awesome love of God in your life, not connecting with it is even worse than not ever knowing Him.

As a new Christian I didn’t really know what spiritual attack was. It was a term not often used in the church I attend, or by the people who I talked to. I began to learn of spiritual attack through my research and study of the Bible. When I started to see the term spiritual attack online while doing research, it resonated within me. Somehow I knew that spiritual attack was a problem I was dealing with. I just wasn’t sure. I had dealt with a life full of problems before. How could I be sure that this wasn’t just normal life happening to me? It was becoming increasingly difficult for me to believe that Jesus brought me out of my past and into a future of more misery. I had began to experience the depth of the love He had for me, and there was no way Jesus died to save me so I could continue to suffer.

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

The Bible is full of promises from God on how He will deliver us, protect us, be our strength, and fight our battles for us. It also tells us of God’s great love for us, and how He will take care of us, and give us hope and a future. How I could read these amazing promises from God and continue to believe that my current state of suffering was right? So I began to research more on spiritual attack. What was it and why in the world was it happening to me? I mean, I am nobody important, right? So why would Satan want to bother with little old me? Just a stay at home mom, living out a new life as a Christian. Wrong! There is not such thing as a nobody to God! All of His children are valuable and loved. And that is exactly what makes the devil sick, sick, sick. Stop believing the lie that you aren’t worth his time – if you are reading this right now it is for a reason.

Once I realized I was indeed under spiritual attack, I wanted to stop it. I figured God would help me and save me. I would sit in times of despair and cry out to Jesus, but nothing would happen. I wouldn’t feel any better. Things that were constant problems weren’t really changing. Why would God just let these things happen to me? I began to have great doubt that God even loved me at all. How could He stand by and watch me suffer and not even help me? Didn’t He have the power to make it all stop?? And here I was, in the midst of a great spiritual battle, and completely unaware because I was so caught up in my personal experience of it.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4

God does not ever leave us or forsake us. God also does not control us or our actions. He gave us free will for a reason. That means we have to make choices. In moments of trial and despair we need to choose to trust in God, no matter what is happening. Just like the disciples in the boat who were upset with Jesus for sleeping in the middle of the storm. “Don’t you even care?” they cried. Jesus was right there and yet they still couldn’t have peace in the midst of the storm. Did Jesus have the power to calm the storm? Absolutely. Does that mean Jesus should always calm the storm? No. Jesus did not come to save us from every storm, but instead to teach us how to conquer and command the storm, just as He does.

It took months and months in this journey to learn that I too have the power to stand against spiritual attack. The devil does not have to have his way with me. It takes training to learn to see when you are under spiritual attack. Once you realize you are under spiritual attack there are tools that God has given us to help us fight against it. The number one tool that God has given us as a weapon in spiritual attack is Himself. We must trust Him and believe that He is there for us when we ask Him to help us, even if we don’t see a change in that moment. We must walk by faith with Him to know that ultimately God is in control, and we are dearly and deeply loved by our Father, who sees us and hears our cries.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2

Once you begin to recognize spiritual attack remember that Jesus has given you all power and authority to trample of snakes and serpents. Ask for God to send angels to protect you. Put on your armor and learn how to use it against spiritual attack. Fill yourself with the Truth of the Word. Jesus Himself used scripture to fight the lies of Satan! Ask others to pray for you, even if it feels weird or foolish. We were made to do this together, not alone. If the enemy can get one sheep separated from the flock, they are more vulnerable. Pray against spiritual attack to break and bind whatever is coming against you. Tell the enemy to leave you in Jesus name. You have the power of the Holy Spirit inside of you! Every knee will bow to Jesus one day, because He is Lord of all, and even the demons know this. They must obey God, and you have God living inside of you. That means when you command demons to leave or stop what they or doing, with faith, they have to obey.

Count it as pure joy when you recognize you are under spiritual attack, because this is a time to learn and grow in your relationship with your Father. He wants to teach you how to fight the spiritual attack of the devil and show you what a victorious life in Christ looks like. You may be thinking that you will never experience that point in your life – that the spiritual attack you are under is so great and so strong you just can’t fight it. I implore you to seek out help from experienced prayer warriors and deliverance ministers who can help you in this walk. The day will come when you will see spiritual attack coming at you and not even blink an eye as you cast it off like a dirty pair of shoes.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12

angel-645591_1280Finally after feeling like I was fighting a loosing battle with so much spiritual attack coming at me, I can now easily see it’s effects and call on the power of the Holy Spirit to command it to leave and ask God to send me protection. But most importantly I take a great step of faith in believing in my Daddy to show up when I ask Him too. I have grown with great leaps and bounds, and trust me my dear friend, you will too. God has made you for such a time as this!

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16

 

 


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Posted September 14, 2015 by The Other Side of Darkness in category "Spiritual Warfare

11 COMMENTS :

  1. By nontokozo M on

    The worse thing ever spiritual attack.I’m attacked everyday of my life,and I cry out to God asking him why am I constantly sick all the time,but when I pray for someone they get delivered but I don’t.Thank you for the article

    1. By The Other Side of Darkness (Post author) on

      Have you gone through an in depth deliverance session? It sounds like it is the first step you need to go to. I partner with a deliverance ministry that can help you. Please see fourcornersfree.com

  2. By Ella on

    Hello Beth,
    My name is Emmanuella I’ve been 17years on this earth but am just a newbie of 2 years in the kingdom. These two years have been revolutionary for my life since I realized who I wanted to follow and who truly loved me (God). I have been dealing with a lot of spiritual attacks coming from all sides of my life, from relatives and etc. I don’t know if you are aware that some Africans gave up their family as a sacrifice to their so called “gods”. Well my family was one of the many in Ghana who has to deal with familiar spirits, bondages and curses of all sorts. So my walk with Christ hasn’t and is still not easy because, as you also said, I fall when my spiritual life seems at its peak. I need help from someone because I feel despaired anytime that happens. I’ve started reading the Bible but I don’t feel like I used to, I cry out to Him everysingle night and during the day I feel lonely even when am with friends. What should I do to break all these chains and start a new walk with God?

    PS: I’m in a place where I can’t access a spirit filled church or even fellowship with the Church. I really feel alone here. But I know God is there for me, just that I’m not satisfied with where I am now and don’t even know if I will go to heaven because I feel like He’s disappointed by me..

  3. By Eileen Stubbert on

    Hi Beth
    I too have gone through spiritual attack for 10 years now. God spoke to me 5 years ago and said what happened to you in the past was not My will for your life. Since then I keep asking Him how then do I walk in Your will Lord. Because I am alone and was not able to consistently fight the enemy, he was always one step ahead of me. Because of the battles, I have developed an addiction to drugs. the church I go to are no help. They don’t believe in spiritual warfare. So, I came across a video of yours on YouTube yesterday, I was greatly encouraged and know there is hope for me and my family. But I need help from someone who can help me overcome this addiction so I can come out from under this dark cloud.
    I long to be strong in Jesus

    1. By carmelle Tidd on

      Eileen Stubbert: Keep searching until you find the right church. Also, if you can, go to drug rehab, or counselling, as they can give you some good tools to help you fight addiction.

  4. By Anonymous on

    I am going through a lot of what you have been through. I have thought of practicing satanic principles,ect. I was a drug addict for years. Felt hopeless and tried to take my own life by drugs. I never tried to conjure any spirits as I knew thats some serious mojo to not mess with. I was baptized as a kid at a catholic church. Never been since. I know Jesus is in certain people as I’ve had some experience’s with people and being around them or just simply conversation left me with a good afterglow kinda feeling and a overall goodness kinda feeling. Hard to describe. I believe if you do bad in life you will receive bad, Maybe not instantly but you will get back what you sow 10fold and I did for a lot of bad things I did. I’m still going through troubling times now where I question my faith and other things. I know evil is real. When I wasn’t on drugs I’ve always had a good way of reading someone’s aura and if there bad people for some reason and I used to be able to tell if something bad is gonna happen. Along with my mother who has said something bad is gonna happen I can feel it(and its happened, She’s even called it to the exact day.) I was told be safe I have a bad feeling about today like somethings gonna happen to you, Me being young,naive and reckless with drugs, blew it off and sure enough something life changing did happen that day. But any who I feel as I’m rambling now. God bless for sharing your stories.

    1. By The Other Side of Darkness (Post author) on

      Thank you so much for your comments. It sounds like you have the gift of discernment. A wonderful gift to have. If you ever want to talk, please feel free to email me.

  5. By MEDA on

    Thanks! i’m going through spiritual attacks and even see marks on my body—like lines. since the day, i met my husband, i started seeing marks on my body.. i am a Christian. my husband is a pastor. we had so many issues in our relationship and it was by the grace of God that we got married. Pray for me.

  6. By Rev. Leticia Marrero on

    I was truly blessed with this article. It was on point with the battles I am presently facing with “spiritual attacks”. We go through these attacks very often because of God’s greatness living in us. Therefore, the enemies plan(s) is to distract and derail us from our purpose in God and His Kingdom. I trust God that I already have the victory.
    Thanks Beth.. 🙂

    1. By carmelle Tidd on

      Yes, thank you for this post, as I have rededicated my life to God, but now am feeling like there should be more to my life in Christ. Not sure why I haven’t even thought of my discouragement as spiritual warfare. Thanks for the reminder.

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