It is true that satan cannot be blamed for every bad thing that comes our way. It is also important to know that there are times when that is exactly where the blame should lay. Knowing the signs of spiritual attack is important to being able to recognize it and fight back.
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 6:12
7 Signs of Spiritual Attack
There are many signs of spiritual attack and there is no way to compile every possibility into one article. I have chosen seven of them that I have found to be most prevalent in my life. In the comments below, share any other signs of spiritual attack that you have experienced.
As my friend from Worth Beyond Rubies points out, “The enemy is not always storming at us full force! Don’t always look for the big, overt attacks. Watch the smaller ones that build onto each other!” Most of satan’s attacks will be small and might seem insignificant. Each one is designed to work together to create the larger attack. If you can recognize the smaller attacks, you can stop it in its tracks!
1. You Lose your Desire for God’s Word
If we read our Bible or attend church on a regular basis and we suddenly have no desire to, this is something we should watch. Everyone will have moments they don’t want to read the Bible so that is normal. If it becomes an ongoing occurrence, we should look at this as a spiritual attack.
Learning God’s Word makes our relationship with God stronger. Satan desperately wants to put a wedge in that relationship. Our relationship with God gives us strength to fight against spiritual attack. So it makes sense that this would be one of the first ways satan would attack us.
2. You Avoid your Christian Relationships
God has designed us for relationship. We thrive when we are sharing our lives with other people. Developing strong relationships with Christians makes us stronger Christians. Having having the accountability of these relationships keeps us from being deceived by temptations.
If we suddenly realize that we are avoiding being around our Christian friends, it might be an attempt to keep us from our accountability. When satan is able to move us away from our Christian relationships, there is a chance he can succeed in his attack.
3. Past Weaknesses Start to Resurface
We all have our weaknesses, for some it might be alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, cursing or lying. The list could go on but as we became closer to God, He helped us walk away from them. Because of God’s provision, we have become strong in our fight against them.
If we suddenly start finding ourselves being confronted with things of the past, it is a spiritual attack. Satan will always attack in the last place he was successful. He is well aware of our past weaknesses and will use them to tempt us to walk away from God.
4. Your Emotions Begin to Rule You
The enemy wants us focused on our emotions because when we are in an overly emotional state, we can’t focus on God. When we feel like our problems are encircling us, it makes us feel anxious, overwhelmed and out of control.
When we are in this state of mind, we make mistakes as we try to make things better. During these times, satan can put an opportunity in your path that “will fix it”. Satan is trying to put our eyes on the opportunity instead of God. These attempts to repair what we perceive as broken could lead us further from God.
5. Constant Negative Thoughts or Fears
One of satan’s most successful attacks are spiritual attacks of the mind. When satan bombards our mind with negative thoughts and fears, he is able to make us doubt God. It is possible for satan to use these thoughts to make us turn away from God completely.
As we notice our thoughts becoming more negative or fear based, it is important to recognize this as a spiritual attack.
6. Prayer Time is Attacked
Our prayer life is the way that we grow our relationship with God. It is how we ask God for provision to face our circumstances. We grow stronger in our faith through our prayer life.
When we start to notice our prayer time being interrupted by outside distractions, it is time to take notice! The doorbell may ring, the kids start fighting, your mind starts thinking about dinner or any number of outside influences can attack your prayer time.
Why does satan want to attack our prayer time? Satan knows if we can’t pray that we are susceptible to temptation. If we don’t pray we are more open to start acting in the flesh.
7. Everything Starts Going Wrong
You are trying to get the family to church this morning but everything is going wrong. The hair dryer quit working, the kids are fighting, the zipper broke on your husbands pants, the dog threw up on the new carpet and now the car won’t start.
When life becomes a comedy of errors that seemingly piles on top of each other, this is a spiritual attack. Just as you get a huge medical bill, the washing machine stops working, we have all been there! These attacks are designed to make you doubt God’s presence. The enemy uses these times to make you feel like God has abandoned you.
Being able to recognize a spiritual attack is the first step in fighting against the enemy. What other ways have you experienced a spiritual attack?
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