Battling in the Spirit: How to Counteract Spiritual Assaults

Ever felt cornered by an unseen enemy, an ethereal adversary attacking you? You’re not alone.

Welcome to Spiritual Warfare As followers of Christ, we often find ourselves on the battlefield of spiritual warfare. However, we may not always recognize these unseen attacks, which can make us more susceptible to the adversary’s tactics. That’s why the Apostle Paul encourages us, especially in such times, to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might,” (Eph 6:10). But what does it mean to be “in the strength of his might”?

Paul guides us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph 6:11). As we battle not against physical enemies, but “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12), our defense needs to be spiritual. It’s crucial to not merely own, but consciously ‘put on’ the armor of God, empowering us to “withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Eph 6:13).

Herald God’s Praises Imagine a fervent fan boasting about their sports team’s recent championship win – only their team is your team’s fierce competitor. Just as that may irk you, so does the devil seethe when we shower God with praises and thanksgiving. When under spiritual attack, even if alone, kneel (if possible) and allow your praises for God to ascend. Let your thanksgiving be a spiritual irritant to the enemy. If he persists, continue anyway, for God is eternally deserving of our praises.

Worship with Prayer The line between worship and prayer is often blurred. While praying, we find ourselves worshiping, and vice versa. So when the enemy advances, pray fervently, worship deeply, and praise unabashedly. These three actions are your spiritual arsenal. As God dwells within the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3), saturating yourself in prayer, praise, and worship leaves no room for evil forces. Stand strong and declare, “No vacancy here, the Inn is full.”

Embody God’s Word As you start living out God’s Word, you may notice an increase in spiritual attacks. For the devil becomes most agitated when we obey God, actively resisting his wicked intentions for us. Yet, these attacks are not aimed at lukewarm Christians, but rather at those who are expanding in the Word, obeying God’s commands, and sharing His truth. Spiritual resistance is a sign that your light and salt are catching the enemy’s attention. Rest assured, maintaining your focus on Christ assures peace, and following Him brings comfort and refuge, even as the enemy prowls about (1st Pet 5:8).

Scripture – Your Spiritual Ammo Memorizing scripture serves as a defense mechanism against sin (Psalm 119:11). When confronted with temptation, reciting a relevant verse can deter you from succumbing. This practice harnesses the power within God’s Word (Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:18), allowing you to follow Jesus’ example of resisting Satan with scripture (Matt 4:1-11). Stockpile this divine ammunition, and be prepared to retaliate against spiritual attacks with the living, active Word of God (Heb 4:12).

Conclusion Have you been a victim of a spiritual attack? How did you resist it? Reflect on these questions and share your experiences. Remember, to battle effectively, we need the armor of God, a heart of praise and worship, obedience to God’s Word, and a memorized arsenal of scripture. Suit up, soldier, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance.