Over the past few months, I’ve been under probably the greatest level of spiritual attack in my life.
I’m not a stranger to spiritual attacks. I’ve dealt with them since I was little, although I didn’t recognize them as such then, and I’ve written before about the worst year of my life. When I look back at my journal from that year, it says it right there, over and over: “I think I’m under spiritual attack.” “I feel like I’m under intense spiritual warfare.” “The enemy is attacking me and my family.” “I’m under attack, and all I want is for God to intervene and stop it.”
What do I mean, exactly, when I talk about spiritual attack or spiritual warfare?
A spiritual attack is an assault from the enemy with the goal of oppressing you or sabotaging you in some way. Satan tries to steal your hope, faith, peace, and joy. He aims to keep you from your God-given purpose and dreams or the pursuit of them. He wants to confuse you or outright convince you to turn your back on God.
And he’s pretty good at it! He is cunning and observant. He tends to know how to push your buttons, what your weak spots are, and how to discourage you.
For many of us, discouragement itself is a primary way the devil attacks. He convinces us we’re not making any progress. That we’re never going to see what God has promised. That we’re forgotten. That it’s too late or that we’ve made too many mistakes for God to redeem the story.
I used to confuse satan’s voice with my own or even with God’s, and sometimes I still do. This is why discernment is so important.
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?
“You’ll never be good enough for them.”
“What have you DONE?!”
“You’re so stupid!”
“Did I actually hear God right? Maybe I don’t hear from him, after all.”
“Give it up. It’s never going to happen.”
“You’re not attractive enough.”
“This is so embarrassing. I just want to disappear.”
“What if they misunderstood what I was saying?”
“I can’t believe you did that!”
“You have no one. You’re in this all alone.”
“I’m so exhausted. I just want to quit.”
“You’ll never fit in here.”
“What were you thinking?!”
“Those people are so infuriating! You don’t need them in your life.”
“You can’t be honest about that! NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW.”
“You’re wasting your time.
“Oh my gosh, they probably think you’re crazy.”
“I feel like I fail at everything I try.”
“They’d never want to be friends with you.”
“Rejected again! Why even bother? It never pays off.”
“They’re probably talking about you.”
“God’s not going to come through for you.”
Can anyone relate? 🙋🏼
The devil knows our weaknesses and tendencies all too well. For me, fear usually tops the list. Rejection is also a recurring theme. And satan is way too skilled at discouraging me, especially when something really good has just happened.
But God is more powerful, and he gets the final word!
Here’s the thing I’ve learned about spiritual attack: the devil attacks you most when you’re closest to the victory. To the breakthrough. To the very thing you’ve prayed for, worked for, hoped for.
But seeing the breakthrough does require continued obedience, faith, and perseverance.
It’s hard. I know. But here are a few things that can help you emerge victorious when you’re under a spiritual attack:
In case you’re in the middle of a spiritual battle right now and nobody else is telling you:
Keep persevering! God is fighting for you and in him, you have the victory.