Although every Believer struggles at different times with spiritual attacks, not every Believer recognizes them always as from the devil. Some may blame their situation, family, friends, church, boss, neighbor and at times even God, for their plight. Did you know that the devil is the enemy of your soul and a master deceiver who prompts problems and vanishes before anyone recognizes his influence?
Know this: God wants us to be ready for any spiritual attack that comes our way. He wants us to be equipped in the strength of His power to stand against the enemy’s plans and beat him in those particular battles in our life.
The following message is a continuation of When You’re Under Spiritual Attack Part 1.
Recognizing Spiritual Attacks
4. Struggling with spiritual appetite
Do you sometimes experience loss of appetite for spiritual things, like reading the Bible or listening to sermons? Whenever you lose your spiritual enthusiasm, that’s really when you need it most. Plunge yourself into the Word – nothing nourishes better than the Word. When you immerse yourself in it, you’re assured of forgiveness for your past sins, in addition to being guaranteed of victory now as well as in the future. God’s Word contains the power to bring change to your mind, heart and mood. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103). Eat His Word, for it will be your joy and heart’s delight (Jeremiah 15:16).
5. Struggling with inclusion preferring seclusion
When I was going through a spiritual attack, my husband ministered to me saying, “When a lion attacks a herd of buffaloes, at first he’s just on the prowl, but as the chase ensues, the one animal that separates itself from the group becomes meat.” (See 1 Peter 5:8) Usually, such that isolate themselves are, at that moment, weak, injured and in pain.
If you discover that you have no desire to be among other Believers and you want to disconnect, recognize that this is a spiritual attack. Don’t forsake gathering with other Christians (Hebrews 10:25). Also, get back to the sheepfold, in the presence of the Great Shepherd, He will protect you.
6. Struggling with kingdom service
Once upon a time you were excited about involving yourself in the activities of your church. You used to volunteer for service, but now you do stuff out of obligation rather than joy. You lost your momentum along the way and are simply going through the motions. If you’re honest, you’ll tell “these people to leave you alone instead of bothering you with requests for serving”. Honoring God with your lips while your heart is far from Him (Matthew 15:8) puts a major dent in your spiritual service. Believer, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” (1 Samuel 7:3) Foreign gods and Ashtaroth are things that are taking you away from doing good in the kingdom, and the hand of the Philistines is the spiritual attacks.
7. Struggling with sleep due to interruptions or nightmares
Enough rest and a good night’s sleep are essential if we are to remain active in our spiritual (and physical) life. However, the enemy can cause disturbances with scary dreams or even nothing in particular – you just find yourself awake and you’re not sure why.
After a somewhat sleepless night, the following morning I had planned to sleep in, but was unable to. So after tossing and turning I decided to text my husband who was at work:
What’s interesting is that I had not seen it for what it was – a spiritual attack! This lack of sleep had interfered with my prayer routine. I was tired, yet awake and unproductive. Nevertheless, that question in the text, struck me moments later and after embracing the following verses, I was able to sleep well. “I will lay down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me” (Psalm 3:5) and “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).
8. Struggling with previously overcome temptations
Ignoring all the above seven signs is likely to usher you to this step – you don’t want to reach here. Being unproductive in your spiritual life is dangerous. Past enticements can come back more ferociously and you’ll have no ammo to resist. When you’re where you should be i.e. submitted to God, only then will you be able to resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Brethren, when you’re under attack, holding fast onto Jesus will open your eyes to the way of escape that God has provided for you, as 1 Corinthians 10:19 states.
Spiritual attacks can hook themselves onto setbacks, losses, disappointments or even major victories in our lives. If you’ve lost momentum, you’re struggling in your spiritual life, and no longer find any thrill in faith matters, it is time unclog your spiritual arteries that would otherwise cause a spiritual cardiac arrest and let the cleansing blood of Jesus flow through! Respond to spiritual attacks with the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), building yourself up in your most Holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20). In so doing, you’ll keep crushing invisible barriers until you stand victorious.
*Dee Kyalo is the author of Crushing Invisible Barriers. Check out the book’s cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook!