When spiritual attacks come, do we recognize them for what they are?
Our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. But those steadfast in Christ shall not be shaken. Everything bad that happens to us isn’t necessarily a spiritual attack. There are consequences we reap due to our own poor choices.
A spiritual attack is different. It’s usually all encompassing rather than focused in one area. For example, there might be a relational problem growing larger than life, a miscommunication at work that tarnished your reputation in the eyes of some, and an unexpected health problem all happening at the same time. If you have children, you might experience rebellion around parental authority on top of all the other stuff going on. These are just a few examples.
When several things occur in rapid succession, there’s a good chance you might be on the verge of doing something of significance in God’s kingdom. For these attacks never happen when we sit back and do nothing to glorify God.
Sometimes we might forget about this enemy is real. As a result, we attempt to correct, or adjust our situation by sheer will power and self effort, even if we are committed to the Lord and study His word each day. These attacks can still catch us off guard.
There is some comfort knowing we are not the first to fail like this. The children of Israel failed repeatedly. Even though God had every right to let them be completely taken over by their enemies, He always stepped in to help when they cried out for it.
So it is with us. When we cry out to the Lord, he hears us. While some issues may linger, He strengthens us to endure it. He brings others to support, encourage and pray for you. God is faithful to sustain, to deliver, and to set free His chosen people.
So what can we do when we’re under attack? We can remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:10-12 and John 16:33. We can praise God during the attack because we know He will make sure we come through it. We can talk with other believers who will remind us to take it to the Lord. We can draw closer to Jesus through prayer. For what the enemy meant for evil, God uses for good.
I pray your next spiritual attack results in a stronger faith, a deeper commitment to Jesus and a closer walk with God Almighty.
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