Guest post by Kara Hillinger
Whenever most people use the word “attacked”, the adjective before it is usually “verbally”, “emotionally”, or “physically”, but hardly ever “spiritually”. Yet if we believe that evil exists in our created world and that it seeks to corrupt, attack and demolish, we believe in a spiritual enemy, and therefore, spiritual attack should be part of our daily vocabulary and awareness.
But what does it mean to be spiritually attacked?
Last month in my small group we briefly touched on this subject and how as Christians, we forget daily that the devil, who has schemed since the world began, is trying his hardest to snare us with his traps. Although we've embraced the amazing gift of God’s grace through His Son Jesus Christ and have been set free from our sin (Galatians 2:20), the war of the spirit and flesh rages on (Galatians 5:17). That means we are prone to attack from the enemy. And he wants us to fail in our faith.
How can you recognize if you are being spiritually attacked and how can you combat it? Here are four strategies:
1) Know your weaknesses and where you struggle spiritually. For example, I struggle at times with God’s perfect grace; I revert to attempting to earn my salvation by my own works (and I fail every time). When God convicts me of this, I must repent and remember the gospel (Ephesians 2:8).
2) Examine yourself and see whether or not there are spiritual disciplines that have faltered. When my reading of God’s word decreases, I can see a drastic change in the way I perceive truth, and I start to believe the thoughts/lies that Satan throws at me: That I’m not good enough or that I will fail at anything I try to achieve. When I recognize this, I read/memorize scripture that trumps the lies I’ve started to believe in my head. A great passage to memorize is Ephesians 6:10-20, which tells us to put on the spiritual armor of God so we can stand against our enemy.
3) Entrust others with your heart. Share your struggles with someone you trust who will get on their knees for you and fight the battle with you; encouraging you and lifting you up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
4) Pray. I cannot be reminded enough how powerful and vital prayer is to our spiritual bodies. American author E.M. Bounds said this about prayer, “God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” Life is busy and I’m quite certain it will only get busier, but prayer must be a priority if I want to combat the enemy.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8