SATAN takes advantage of what we go through in life to launch spiritual attacks.
Spiritual attacks happen when our wall of protection is breached according to Ecclesiastes 10:8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
When the snake, the old serpent or Satan bites and deposits his evil spirits in our lives, it is because he has found a hole in the wall, something in our lives, through our own making and even not, that give him a legal ground to attack us.
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What we go through in life may have opened a door for the enemy to come in.
1 Peter 5:8, Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
If the enemy can only launch his spiritual attacks when the wall of protection is breached and we are also told that he prowls around looking for whom he can devour it is then of great interest to know what breaks the wall as well as how to guard it against Satan so that we can become “un-devourable”!
Things that break our walls
Sin is one of the things that can cause the wall to break and allow Satan to easily launch his spiritual attacks against us.
When we sin, we give Satan a legal right to attack us.
Until sin is confessed and the demons Satan sent in are kicked out, an undesirable habit continues unabated, with the evil one seeking to preserve his evil dominance over that area at all costs.
To ward off spiritual attacks, we must constantly confess our sins before the Lord, purposely and actively walk in obedience and submission to deny Satan a legal ground or right to attack.
Satan also uses trauma to launch spiritual attacks.
Something we went through in life that caused fear, insecurity, rejection, abandonment can be a root of bitterness anger, resentment or hatred which are in themselves evil spirits.
Trauma breaks our walls and opens door ways for Satan to throw in tormenting spirits.
Some people are born with walls that are already broken while many others walk around without knowing that their walls are broken.
They continue to suffer cycles of spiritual attacks in silence as the devil oppresses and defeats them in a given area.
Inheritance is also a wall breaker.
Just as we inherit physical qualities from our ancestors, so do we the spiritual.
Doors of spiritual attacks can be opened in our lives through the bloodline, controversial things we get from our family backgrounds.
We may have inherited broken walls from our genealogy that if not dealt with, continue in cyclic family patterns of destruction and defeat through the generations.
If our ancestors worshipped other gods then there are curses, covenants, altars and hosts of evil spirits to deal with by coming to the knowledge of Christ, as Lord and Saviour and going through deliverance so we may walk in true victory.
Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Lack of self-control is another major door opener!
When we lack self-control in a given area, say, sex, greed, lying, addictions, anger and so on, we give the enemy a chance to launch vicious spiritual attacks against us. If we be sincere wit ourselves, we will reckon that there are areas which are still “work in progress” in our lives in terms of self-control.
The devil uses the area in which you lack self-control to build a stronghold by assigning a dominant spirit that will let in other spirits as they fortify their destructive stay.
Proverbs 25:28 says : Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
Lack of self-control opens you up to vicious spiritual attacks.
Ask the Holy spirit to reveal to you an area which you need to work on as you prayerfully ask and allow the fruit of self-control to manifest more powerfully.
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Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
When we lack self control in an area, we may find our selves doing things to cope as a coping mechanism or escape ( from the harsh reality the circumstance presents).
Later, we find ourselves caught up in these habits of escape, giving Satan high ground to launch an attack and build a stronghold.
Identifying spiritual attacks
To identify a spiritual attack, we will either need discernment or the physical observation of the destruction and manifestation of the demon behind the attack.
This is what we can physically see the evil spirit doing to the life of an individual or in a given territory.
It is important to identify the doorway a demonic spirit used to enter as this makes it easier to command it to leave.
Spiritual discernment is a gift we may not all have as members of the body of Christ but, when we as believers, pray for revelation and keenly begin to observe the dirty handiwork of an evil spirit, it is soon exposed.
We quickly begin to recognise its presence and the need for eviction through deliverance.
It is equally important to differentiate spiritual attacks from physical attacks.
Spiritual mapping is critical in this initial stage of identifying the nature of a spiritual attack.
It helps in identifying the doorways.
As you look back into your life from ages zero to five, the pre-school stage, childhood, teenage and adolescent experiences, adulthood… are there things that may have caused trauma, for example, an accident, defilement, divorce, domestic violence, rejection by parents or a loved one?
You want to take as much time as possible to unearth this background upto present.
What about personal involvement with idolatry or being taken to a medium, wearing charms and amulets?
The list of the things that break a person’s wall-sin, trauma, inheritance and lack of self control can be used to dig into this background.
Spiritual mapping helps to find out the root cause or source of the problem, frustration or oppression and the door that opened and how it opened for an attack.
A second way of identifying spiritual attacks is to take note of sudden changes in an individuals life( for the worse).
Sudden change in fortunes, class grades, performance in carreer- a once blossoming and thriving business or ministry suddenly taking a nose dive is an attack.
Or is it a sudden change in one’s health- an onset of chronic illness that refuses to go?
This is, in most cases, an indication of an evil attack.
A sudden an unexplained behaviour in a spouse leading to separation and divorce is often the result of a demonic spiritual attack instigated through witchcraft.
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Even, a sudden degradation of morals, onset of anarchy and lawlessness in a family, community or a nation is a spiritual attack from the pits of hell.
Sudden shifts or unexplainable changes in an individuals life for the worse is a giveaway of a broken wall and the inhabitation of destructive demons.
Feelings and bad dreams indicate spiritual attacks
A third way of identifying a demonic attack is to look for the feeling.
Demons report themselves.
They betray their presence by the way they make us feel!
The golden rule is to look for the feeling, for example, anger, embarrassment, rejection, loneliness, depression, suicidal thoughts.
Demonic spirits will take on the name of the activity or manifestation that they instigate.
For a case of trauma, the demon inhabiting that area would be exactly the same as the experience.
As you pray and listen to the Holy spirit, He will reveal to you the spirits that need to be kicked out so that you may be free to walk in victory.
The enemy will use bad dreams to launch spiritual attacks.
Take note of any bad dreams that you may have regularly.
The kind of bad dreams, nightmares, and recurring night visitations are indicative of key demon entry points, their presence and their strongholds.
When you wake up from a dream that makes you uncomfortable, cancel it in the name of Jesus Christ and declare that whatever the enemy wanted to achieve through it is nullified by blood of Jesus.
Satan wants to constantly pull us down.
Often our walk wit God is a struggle.
Philippians 3 :12, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” (NLT).
You may be probably be struggling with a stronghold, if you are victorious it is not necessarily a demon.
But behind every struggle there are spirits and in an extreme case where malevolent spirits are involved, you may need to seek urgent help through spiritual deliverance.