How to Know That You Are under Attack by the Enemy

What the world perceives as a spiritual attack can be very different from what it is. The movies have brainwashed us into thinking that a spiritual attack is like a demon possession. Spiritual attacks usually come in very subtle forms. You may hardly notice them when they arrive. When left unguarded, the enemy subtly emerges from the shadows where it lurks. Its primary weapon is deception, not aggression. Remember, the devil is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

If he comes in the form of deception and lies like regular life’s changes, we would not suspect it and could not fight against it.

How to know if we are under a spiritual attack?

Here are some signals that you may be under a spiritual attack:

  1. The enemy attacks you in waves like you can’t catch a breath from one problem to another: health concerns, financial difficulties, marital issues, family problems, etc. The attacks keep you preoccupied with problems/concerns and distract you from focusing on God through Jesus. This mode of attack is designed to discourage and drown you with problems so you may lose faith.
  2. The enemy makes you feel isolated. The enemy can make you feel like an outcast. This mode of attack can quickly entice you to jump into the old bandwagon of bad habits. Though not necessarily sinful habits, they may soon lead you there. The enemy can use depression and loneliness as a weapon. Remember, you may be alone but won’t be lonely when you focus on Jesus Christ.
  3. Prayer can be challenging and dry. You feel like not praying as they become meaningless. You feel like you’re only talking to yourself or the wall.

What to do to counter spiritual attacks?

  1. Be on guard constantly. Awareness is the key to recognizing spiritual attacks.
  2. Keep your eyes on Jesus when under attack. Read the Bible as your source of nourishment. Read it more than how many times you eat during the day. There is nothing we cannot overcome through the name of our Lord Jesus.
  3. Be vigilant against the enemy. Know your company. We reach out to anyone to share Christ’s good news with them. But we don’t keep everyone in our company only to return to our old sinful life or habit. Pray for prudence and wisdom.
  4. When you feel like not praying, pray. When you feel disconnected from your prayer, pray. When you feel like it is meaningless, pray. Like marriage, the best time to fight for a relationship or marriage is when there is something off. Letting it be is a sure way to end a relationship. Giving into the dryness and meaninglessness is surrendering this relationship to someone else. Finding creative ways to spark the relationship is the way to go. Same with your prayer life.
  5. Call on the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus is the name above all names and the enemy fears it, even just the name.
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(Philippians 2:6 -11 King James Bible)

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