Have you ever had those moments where you felt attacked in every direction, like you were in a battle of sorts, but you weren’t sure what to do?
The arrows flying towards you seem overwhelming and you’re sure this can’t be natural.
You may be under spiritual attacks.
For the past few weeks, my husband and I have been experiencing an unusual amount of warfare.
We’ve felt surrounded on all sides and just when we think it’s over, more fiery darts come flying.
But the good news is, we aren’t alone in this war!
When I begin to feel the pressure, I reach out for prayer.
As I approached one friend for prayer, she messaged me a scripture that was just what we needed to stand firm.
When I shared the following verse with my husband, we began to pray and declare these words over our lives.
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”2 Chronicles 20:17 NLT
What can you do when you’re facing a spiritual battle? How do you fight spiritual attacks?
5 Things You Can Do to Fight Spiritual Attacks
1. Take Your Position
One of the things my husband pointed out to me in this verse was that we needed to declare our positions in Christ in the midst of a spiritual attack.
We don’t need to fight for victory, we already have victory in Christ.
In the midst of the battle, we need to take our positions.
What does this mean? We have to know WHOSE we are, and know WHO we are in Christ.
If we don’t know who we are, we don’t know what we’ve been given.
Here are a few key truths about your identity in Christ:
You are Chosen
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.1 Peter 2:9 NIV
You are a Child of God
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.John 1:12 NLT
You are a Co-heir with Christ
For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.Romans 8:16-17 NLT
What do these things means for you?
You were chosen by God, to be adopted into His own family, as His daughter, making you a co-heir with Christ. Even though you are imperfect, Christ is perfect. Because you’ve accepted Him, God sees you through Christ. Everything that Jesus died for, is yours.
When the enemy points his finger and accuses us, we can point to Christ. We are not enough in our own selves, but in Christ, we are more than conquerors.
2. Stand Firm
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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.Ephesians 6:12-15 NIV
When in a spiritual battle, we need spiritual weapons.
Paul encourages us to put on the full armor of God: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.
In order to stand firm, we have to:
- KNOW the truth of God’s Word
- Understand who we are in Him (righteousness)
- Walk in HIS peace (spending time with Him- peace is a fruit of the Spirit)
- Exercise our faith against the attacks
- Guard our hearts and minds in His truths
- Use His Word as our weapon (just like Jesus did in the wilderness Matthew 4:1-11).
3. Rest in the Lord
David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”Samuel 18:45-47 NLT
In the heat of battle against an enemy much stronger than him, David was confident.
But notice, he was not confident in His own strength.
David was rested in the Lord. He repeatedly tells Goliath that it is not he who would defeat Goliath, but the Lord.
David knew where His strength came from and Who to put His confidence in.
When the enemy comes at us, accusing us and threatening us, we can rest in the Lord’s provision.
We can take our position and stand firm when we are rested in Christ.
He is our Defender. He will fight our battles.
3. Do Not Fear
David appears fearless in the face of this mighty giant.
He had been fighting lions and bears as he tended his father’s flock.
The battles he faced and won before are testimonies of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
David knew that if God had shown up before, He would show up again.
Do you know that?
What past battles have you faced where God has shown up on your behalf?
Remind yourself of those times. I like to write them down so that when I begin to doubt, I’m reminded of what God has done in my life already.
If He did it before, He can do it again. Nothing is too big for Him.
When we recognize God’s hand in our lives, we have no reason to fear.
4. Move Forward in the Battle
Rather than sitting back and waiting for Goliath to come to him, David moves forward in pursuit of him.
He was full of the Spirit of God.
The spiritual weapons God has given us to fight with are not to be used just for defense, but also to fight offensively against the enemy.
In Ephesians 6, Paul ends the section on the armor with “pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.”
Although we’ve been given many weapons to prepare for the battle, prayer is the weapon we use to fight in battle.
When it comes to prayer, I like to be preemptive.
Each day I like to pray against any and all schemes of the enemy.
Rather than waiting for the attack, I want to be on the offense.
Here’s a sample of one of the daily prayers I pray for my family:
Are you unsure if your under spiritual attacks?
I recently read a post by Redemptions Touch where she shares some great thoughts on what could be a spiritual attack in your life. One that I really related to was #7- Everything Starts Going Wrong. She says,
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.
Can you relate?
When everything around you seems to be going berserk and there’s no explanation, it’s very possible you’re facing a spiritual attack. If you are facing a spiritual battle today, remember to take your position, rest in the Lord, stand firm, do not fear, and move forward in the battle!