I observed that when I initially started writing, I was frequently attacked at various stages of the processespecially when I was starting something new. Since then, I've researched spiritual attack and realized that there are numerous things we may do to win spiritual battles.
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We'll talk about those topics on today's episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, but in case you don't have time to listen, I've included the material below.
Examples of Spiritual Attack in the Bible
In the Bible, there are four different accounts of Satan influencing or engaging with individuals. We'll go over these in greater detail on the podcast, but I've included a list of Scripture texts below for you to read on your own.
Types of Spiritual Attack
A physical attack and a mental attack are two separate forms of spiritual attacks depicted in the Bible. Here are a couple of examples of each:
- Job's health, crops, animals, and family were all attacked physically by Satan.
- Mental: When it came to Eve, Satan made sin seem appealing, causing her to doubt God's goodness and reasonableness, as well as God's commands. Satan enticed Jesus to convert the stones into bread, to throw himself from the temple's roof, and to obtain all of the world's kingdoms and glory. Satan urged Peter to be concerned about what others would think of him and to concentrate on his own safety rather than being there for Jesus.
What can we learn from people who were attacked in the Bible?
- Satan frequently assaults in the commencement of a situation. At the beginning of time, Eve was attacked. Jesus was attacked at the start of his career, and Peter was attacked at the start of a new era of missionone in which Jesus was not physically present. We, like the people in the Bible, are frequently attacked spiritually as we begin a new ministry, a new career, a new phase of a relationship (such as married life), or a new attempt to break free from a terrible habit or sin.
- When we are vulnerable, Satan is more likely to attack. “Your opponent, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour,” says 1 Peter 5:8-9. Lions on the prowl don't go after the strongest animal in the pack. They go after the weakest person. The one who is cut off from the rest of the group. The one is at risk of being attacked. So, at different points in our lives, when we're particularly disheartened, alone, unwell, or weak in some way, we're most vulnerable to assault. This is evident throughout the Bible. When Jesus was famished after 40 days of fasting, Satan attacked him. When Jesus was being trial, he attacked Peter, and it appeared that their ministry was going to hell.
- It's not a sign that you're a bad Christian if Satan assaults. When we're faced with temptation, we may say to ourselves, “Oh, I'm such a poor Christian,” but this isn't the case. We'll face hardships in this life, according to Jesus, and we're all sinners, according to Romans 3:23. The truth is that we will be tempted until we die, and we will succumb to temptation until we die. Yes, we must focus on our spiritual growth and victory in our areas of sin, but we must also recognize that we will not be complete until we see Jesus face to face.
- Satan frequently targets people who are steadfast in their religion. Satan is a one-trick pony when it comes to attacking people. He will attack us while we are weak, but he will also attack us when we are powerful because he wants strong people to weaken. Consider who Satan targeted in the Bible: Peter, Eve, Job, and even Jesus. Those were all persons who had a strong faith and a close relationship with God.
- As a weapon, Satan employs deception and condemnation. According to Revelations 12:10, Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He is the father of lies, according to John 8:44. As a weapon, he employs deception and denunciation. That's why it's so critical for us to rejuvenate our mindsto purge our minds of lies and condemnation!
- You may endure for a long period without feeling close to God.
- Job struggled for a long time when Satan attacked him. He got off to a good start, but soon faltered. When we are going through a trial that appears to continue forever, this frequently occurs. It may be easier to stay strong in the beginning, but as time passes, we begin to lose hope. That's when we need to continue and stay steadfasteven though it's difficultkeep going to God and His Word for support.
- You're not the only one who feels this way. Because we don't see our friends battling, we sometimes feel alone and believe we're the only ones going through challenges, temptations, and struggles. But 1 Peter 5:8-9 tells us to be firm in our faith and oppose Satan, knowing that our brotherhood (and sisters) around the world is going through the same things. So, even if we aren't aware of the suffering, it is occurring. People don't always talk about their problems, so don't feel alone if you think you're the only one.
How to Fight Spiritual Attack
Although spiritual attack can be upsetting, it can also be a valuable learning experience. We must, however, struggle if we are to progress. Based on the four examples of spiritual attack in the Bible, here are some techniques to withstand spiritual attack:
- Make use of the Bible. That is exactly what Jesus accomplished. Jesus always responded to Satan's temptations with Scripture. So, whatever area you're being assaulted in, learn some Bible passages to assist you. That way, you may strike those thoughts with Bible scriptures whenever they arise.
- Try not to be too down on yourself. It's easy to feel sorry for ourselves when things aren't going our way, but consider Job. Job stated, “After the first wave of awful things came, “Blessed be the name of the Lord, for he has given and taken away.” Job didn't have a complete understanding of the situation (it was Satan, not God, who destroyed everything), but he had the correct attitude. Even when things went wrong, he continued to trust God and adore Him.
- Don't walk out of the church. After denying Christ, I believe it would have been simple for Peter to leave the church since he felt like a failure. Job could have easily left the church since his fellow Christians were so judgmental when they tried to rescue him (Job 4-23). But here's the truth: we're all in this together. Our only option is to associate with flawed Christians and to be a flawed Christian ourselves. There is no such thing as a flawless church, but we still need it. When wild animals leave their packs, they are susceptible to assault, just as we are when we are not in regular fellowship with other believers. It's crucial to have close ties with those with whom you can discuss anything.
- Don't berate yourself or accuse yourself of being a bad Christian. According to Revelations 12:10, Satan blames the saints. So don't be too hard on yourself if you succumb to temptation. That's what we mean when we say, “Oh, I can't believe how horrible of a Christian I am for doing that.” Simply confess your sins and move on, trusting Romans 8:1 that there is no condemnation in Christ and 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, He will forgive us.
- Don't take everything your buddies tell you at face value. Do you recall Job's companions? They weren't speaking to him God's words. It's wonderful to seek advice and read Christian publications, but we must always check anything we hear (including whatever I say or write) against what we've heard in the Bible to see if it's true.
- Don't run away from God. When we're dealing with sin or doubt, it's natural to want to escape God. We reason, “First I'll get myself fixed up, then I'll go to God.” That is precisely what Satan wants us to do, because it prevents us from receiving the assistance we want from God. Jesus understands what we're going through since He's been through all of the same temptations, according to Hebrews 4:15-16. He wants us to seek aid from Him.
- Refresh your mind by confronting lies with the truth. The sooner we turn to God for guidance and perspective on our problems, the better. When I go to Him immediately away when I'm sad during the day, He helps me get over it quicklybut if I wait until the end of the day, when I'm fully disheartened, it's much more difficult to get over it because my mind has been bombarded with lies all day. If you're looking for ways to renew your mind, go to the tools for renewing the mind tab at the top of this page.
- When you're in a season where you need it, spend more time with God than normal. Throughout His mission, Jesus had numerous all-night prayer sessions with God. He probably needed the extra time with Him, in my opinion. If we're going through a particularly difficult trial or temptation, we'll need to spend more time with God than normal in order to stay near to Him and grow as Christians.
- Resist. I took a woman's self-defense class years ago. Most assailants will flee if a person fights back, according to the teacher (who also happened to be our pastor), but strangely, many people do not fight back. It's critical to fight back when we're spiritually attacked. According to James 4:7, if we resist the devil, he will flee. Even if it's much easier to go watch something on Netflix or grab a bite to eat, we must make an effort to resist.
- Follow Ephesians 6:10-20's advice. I was thinking about ideas I gained from witnessing Eve, Job, Jesus, and Peter during their spiritual attacks when I recorded this episode. However, Ephesians 6:10-20 is one of the best parts of Scripture for spiritual attack. Check out those hints for more information.
Last but not least, not all temptations and problems are caused by Satan. I cover a variety of explanations for hardships and temptations in my Bible study Rally. That said, we don't need to know the source of the conflict because the remedy is the same regardless. Seek assistance from God. That is something that we can all contribute to. You can find some helpful Bible studies in the resources below the following image, as well as on the Bible study link at the top of this blog for printable Bible studies.
How can I overcome spiritual struggles?
It may seem self-evident, but the solution to any situation is to seek God's help. God already knows what we're going through, and he wants us to come to him with all of our concerns. If there is apparent sin in my life, I must first seek forgiveness from God. However, even when I am not conscious of evident transgressions, God might appear distant. I can still pray to God for assistance. “You make known to me the way of life,” says Psalm 16:11, “and you will fill me with delight in your presence, with endless pleasures at your right side.” I can pray that God will reveal his ways to me and fill me with delight when I am in his presence.
How do you pray against the enemy?
I command the storm of destruction to gather upon every satanic power that is against my health IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS! I decree and declare great casualty upon witches and wizards operating in my neighborhood, the judgment of God shall torment the powers of darkness working against me both at night and in the morning, the night shall carry terror and anger against all satanic powers that are standing against me, the night shall carry terror and anger against all satanic powers that
RIGHT NOW, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, my prayers have become earthquakes and storms in the devil's camp that is against my life; the Lord shall gather his armor against powers that are against my intellectual growth; all sickness in my life, known or unknown, receives heavenly storm; all conspiracy against any part of my body receives destruction now!
I order the deep wells inside me to be freed and broken forth in the name of JESUS!
What are spiritual conflicts?
- Over the last 30 years, psychological study on a number of spiritual issues has been done. Spiritual problems are one spiritual issue that has garnered a lot of attention.
- People are affected not only psychologically, socially, and physically by major life challenges, but also spiritually.
- Natural disasters, accidents, sicknesses, and other stressful circumstances can put people's spiritual lives in jeopardy or cause them to struggle spiritually.
- Spiritual coping problems are attempts to protect or transform people's relationships with whatever they consider precious, such as their connection to God/Higher Power, spiritual identity, and religious community connections.
- Terminology. Many studies on spiritual difficulty use the phrase “negative religious coping,” but we and other researchers have started to use the term “spiritual/religious problems.” Why?
- Spiritual conflicts can be watershed moments in human development or “forks in the path.”
- According to several research, persons who are able to resolve spiritual conflicts over time gain and grow from them.
- Others may choose to temporarily or permanently withdraw from spiritual challenges.
- Others who are stuck in their troubles emotionally and physically deteriorate.
- Even atheists and non-religious people may deal with spiritual issues such as feeling distanced from, unhappy with, angry with, or abandoned by God.
- See Constructs/Our Measures for more broad background information on spiritual problems.
- Spiritual conflicts refer to disagreements with God/Higher Power, oneself, and others over spiritual topics. Distressing feelings and doubts about one's spiritual journey in life arise as a result of these tensions.
- Internal/intrapsychic spiritual conflictsinner conflict about spirituality or religion
- Spiritual conflicts with other family members, friends, clergy, community members, or the greater culture concerning spirituality or religion are interpersonal/communal spiritual challenges.
- The 7-item Negative Religious Coping subscale from the Brief RCOPE is most typically used to assess spiritual problems (Pargament, Feuille, & Burdzy, 2011). For the entire Brief RCOPE and lengthier scales to more fully examine spiritual problems, go to Constructs/Our Measures.
- For additional information on how we define these two overlapping concepts, see Defining Religion & Spirituality.
What comprehensive empirical research on Spiritual Struggles in Coping with Marital Problems has been conducted?
- Despite substantial research on spiritual issues in other areas, there has been essentially no systematic research on spiritual struggles in marriage. Nonetheless, the Relational Spirituality Framework emphasizes that serious or persistent marital issues, such as infidelity, can lead to private or communal spiritual challenges with God.
- Prior research on spirituality and marital problems has relied on indirect indicators to determine if people feel spiritual struggles as a result of marital problems, such as frequency of religious attendance or overall value of religion in everyday life. We employ definitions and measurements of spiritual challenges established in past research on non-marital stressors to stimulate more in-depth study on spiritual struggles with marital problems (e.g., natural diasters, health problems).
- In practice, we have concentrated our research on Divine Spiritual Struggles rather than Internal or Interpersonal Spiritual Struggles in relation to marital issues.
- When it comes to interpreting and reacting to marital problems, we characterize Divine Spiritual Struggles with Marital Problems as having a confrontation with God. It's helpful to define conflict before delving into this definition. We define conflict as an individual's internal or external conflicts over his or her life goals and/or paths to achieving those goals. When troubles emerge, humans can be in conflict with God, just as they might have internal or interpersonal conflict. Problems in marriage can jeopardize life ambitions. An individual may have a disagreement with God about why marital difficulties have arisen and what should be done to resolve them. These conflicts with God might lead to negative feelings and thoughts regarding one's relationship with God.
For psychological research, how do we measure Divine Struggles in Coping with Marital Problems?
- We used the following three sub-scales (three items each) from Pargament's R-COPE to assess divine spiritual struggles with marital troubles in our transition to parenting study. These nine items were mixed in with R-COPE sub-scale items from other sub-scales. For additional information on the history and development of the R-COPE and Spiritual Struggles Sub-scales, see Constructs/Our Measures.
- Instructions for dealing with marital troubles include the following: The sentences that follow outline particular ways that people might manage with the inevitable marital problems that arise from time to time. When you think about the challenges you've had in your marriage, how much do you use each of the following to deal with them? When I'm having marital issues, I…
How might Divine Spiritual Struggles in Coping with Marital Problems benefit or hinder a marriage or couple relationship?
- To the best of our knowledge, our study on the transition to parenthood is the first attempt to investigate how much married couples experience spiritual struggles as a result of marital difficulties, and what impact these divine spiritual struggles have on the marriage and each spouse's psychological or spiritual well-being. We are presently doing analyses and will report back when we have more information.
How do I restore my spiritual life?
When trying to put all eight aspects of wellness together, the spiritual aspect of wellness can be the most individualized piece of the puzzle. People, on the whole, like to live lives that have meaning and purpose. When these objectives are attained, it brings peace into one's life and the lives of those around them.
So, what are some things you may do to increase your spiritual well-being? It's best to experiment with several ways to see what works best for you. Spiritual wellbeing can be reached in a variety of ways, both physically and intellectually, because it involves one's values, beliefs, and purpose.
1. Examine your spiritual foundation. You are merely asking yourself questions about who you are and what you mean when you explore your spiritual essence. Consider the following question: “Who am I?” What is the point of my existence? What am I most passionate about? These questions will lead you down a path where you will think more deeply about yourself and recognize aspects of yourself that will assist you in achieving fulfillment.
2. Search for hidden meanings. Looking for deeper meanings and examining patterns in your life will help you realize that you have power over your future. Knowing this can help you live a happier and healthier life.
3. Get it off your chest. It will be easier to retain a concentrated mind if you express what is on your mind. You may feel befuddled and unable to make sense of your feelings after a long day or an important event. You may be able to think more clearly and move forward if you write down your thoughts.
4. Give yoga a shot. Yoga is a physical discipline that can help you achieve spiritual wellness by eliminating mental and physical stress. Yoga is taught at all levels and can help relieve anxiety, sadness, weariness, and sleeplessness as well as reducing stress, strengthen the immune system, and lower blood pressure.
5. Take a trip. Yes, it is correct! Taking time for yourself to travel to a familiar location or to a new location can do wonders for your mental health. You will have a greater connection with yourself when your mind is able to block out distractions and assist you in reflecting and resting. This allows you to eliminate stressors and retrain your mind to focus on total wellness. Exercising, visiting with a counselor or advisor, meditation, or taking a temporary vow of silence are all activities that can be done while on a trip.
6. Keep an optimistic attitude. You will find yourself thinking differently and shifting your mind to a happy, healthy place once you begin to view things in your life in a good light. You'll discover that you're more comfortable when you eliminate negativity and re-frame how you think about specific things and situations.
7. Set aside some time to meditate. While managing your time and everyday tasks can be difficult, it is critical to make time for yourself. Take five to ten minutes each day to meditate, whether it's first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or right before bedtime. By incorporating meditation and relaxation into your daily routine, you will be able to clear your mind and strengthen your connection to your spiritual well-being.
What is endurance in God?
Endurance entails correctly managing God's Word; it's critical to remember that God's Word is our wisdom and our guide. I want to be an honorable vessel, and I don't want my life to come in the way of what God has called His people to be. It entails being prepared for any worthwhile task.
What does the Bible says about endurance?
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for if we do not give up, we shall reap in due season.” “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing good.” “For you must persevere so that, when you have done God's will, you may receive what has been promised.” “On the other hand, the one who perseveres until the end will be saved.”