What to do When You are Under Spiritual Attack

Last updated on May 14th, 2023 at 10:48 pm

It would seem to me that most people don’t have a framework for dealing with a spiritual attack. I have found that in the body of Christ, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to dealing with something demonic. Discerning of spirits is one of the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians, but understanding the daily working of that gift and understanding the works of the enemy is important for all believers.

What to do when you are under spiritual attack?

Your breakthrough will come by walking through these three core Christian truths—identity, fear and covenants. The Holy Spirit will help you to gain authority in learning who you really are. You will then identify fear in your life and remove it. Finally, you will break off bad covenants, ties and curses breaking footholds that the enemy might have. You will then replace those with Godly covenants.

This article will not be an exhaustive study on the subject but rather a fundamental starting point. It is also not something that is simply completed but rather it is a constantly evolving roadmap for self-awareness and spiritual authority. The authority we need to overcome the attack.
The prevailing thought in Christian circles is that we are near the “end times”.

What do we do?

How do we position ourselves?

In preparation, it seems that God is asking each of us to address three key areas:

  • identity
  • fear
  • covenants.

Who are you?

The primary weapon of the enemy of our souls is untruth – lies, deceptions, insinuations, accusations – all are assaults intended to prevent us from knowing who we are because who we are is immensely powerful! If you can be kept from understanding, believing, and operating in your true identity, the enemy has won the hardest part of his battle…and we have lost ours.

“You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.” – John 8:32

Here’s a template to help establish, and then declare, our identity – in our own minds as much as for others. Who am I? Prayerfully answer:

“I am a son/daughter of the King, anointed and appointed to _______________,For the purpose of ______________.”

What you put in the blanks must apply beyond any particular circumstance. Here are some questions to ponder to help refine your answers:

  1. What role(s) in others’ lives has God often used you for?
  2. What role(s) have you especially enjoyed playing?
  3. Have the outcomes frequently been positive?
  4. Have there often been one or two fundamental reasons for your being involved in that role?
  5. Broadly speaking, what outcome or result are you hoping for?

What are You Afraid of?

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

Fear immobilizes. You may be confident of who you are and for what purpose but if you’re too frightened to take the action God is calling you to, the Kingdom and its people are missing out.

The enemy will do everything he can to cause you to turn away from your identity. If he can make you afraid, if he can make you believe that he has the power to take that which God has given you to steward, he can stop you from following the path that God has laid before you.

Everything we have is God’s. It has been given to us to steward for our time here on earth. Relationships, finances, land, possessions, even our very lives, everything must be consecrated so that there is no foothold that the enemy might have.

To eradicate fear from your life you must be willing to confront the root of your anxiety. At the heart of most fear is a lack of faith that God can protect and care for you. Your Father is a good, good Father, all the time!

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you to give you a hope and a future. “Jeremiah 29:11.

If we really believed this, we would be much bolder and less fearful. We must grab hold of the truth that we are, in fact, sons and daughters of the King most high. He is our protector, our provider, our strength and shield.

We need to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the roots of our fears. Then we need to courage to act upon what the Spirit tells us. Our Father has assigned angels to protect and watch over us! Angels!!
Find fear and defeat it!

How are my covenants?

We must be men and women of our word. We must keep the covenants that we have made, especially those with God, but also those with each other.

It is easy in this age to brush off commitments and break agreements. We can so easily justify doing these things. Time pressure, limited resources, conflicting schedules and a myriad of other things can easily sway us to believe that we can release ourselves from those things and people that we have given our word to. This is exactly what the enemy wants us to do. This is especially true with those covenants that we’ve made with God. Keeping those, above all else, is paramount to us walking into our destiny.

Simply, we must keep our covenants.

Equally, we must forgive those who break their covenants with us. We must keep short accounts. As you have undoubtedly heard many times when we forgive we are released from the snare that the enemy has set for us.

There is endless opportunity for betrayal and disappointment but it cannot become an anchor that weighs us down in our pursuit of all that the Lord has assigned for us. Forgive, bless and be released into the Father’s perfect plan for you.

Know your identity! Get rid of fear in your life! Keep your covenants and forgive those who break their covenants with you!

Without doing these three things you put yourself in a position of danger as you move forward with Kingdom activities. Once you have done those three things you can walk in confidence, knowing that the enemy has no foothold to hinder the pursuit of your Jeremiah 29:11 destiny.

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Lucas is a former worship pastor and Hillsong College graduate (2005). He has spoken at churches, conferences and worship events and loves inspiring people to be more than just a Sunday service-goer. He founded 15 Degrees NE and is one of our leading authors.

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