Over the last few weeks there has been a real stirring in my heart. I have witnessed so many individuals that are going through so many issues!
Now let me church that up a bit. I am seeing so many people under attack. You may not realize it, but just under the surface of our lives is a very real and complex battle going on! If you find yourself searching for answers; or you asked yourself why do I feel this way? Why am I so tired, irritated, or questioning everything?
You are under an attack and you need to realize it. Then go on the offense with the weapons of warfare that believers have been given! I shared with our church about these attacks and how to deal with them. I have posted a portion of the message for you. You need to know you are not alone and that through the power of prayer, you will remain victorious.
Question. What is a spiritual attack and for what purpose are you under this attack?
A spiritual attack is a series of incidents or events that has been coordinated by the enemy of your soul. It’s purpose is to derail you from your destiny, to abort you from the promises that God has given to you. The attack has been brought to shipwreck your faith, to destroy your marriage, and to ultimately get you to give up on God.
So often people don’t realize that they are under an attack.
Here are just eight, no doubt that there are more, symptoms if you will of whether or not you are under a spiritual attack.
Click the link below for the eight symptoms…
So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?”
3 And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”
4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!”
5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”
And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
When the Israelites were brought out from Egypt, the first enemies they faced were not external but internal. Their struggle was the war within—the battle that is waged in every human heart. The difficulties they encountered at Marah, in the Desert of Sin, and at Massah and Meribah were not caused by their outward circumstances, primarily, but by their own disbelief and discontent. They did not trust God to provide, and as a result they were divided and discouraged. Then suddenly and unexpectedly they were attacked from the outside by an enemy:
Here is the attack, In Exodus 17:8
8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
They were headed for the Land of Promise, Amalek ambushed those in the back of the pack. And that’s still the tactic of the flesh. That is, when a person is no longer front and center, no longer fully engaged like he once was, Amalek is sure to strike. Whenever we say, “I’ve been on this journey a long time. I’ve gone to tons of Bible studies. I’ve been to countless prayer meetings. I’ve had my share of Communion”—that is when the flesh rises up, when the flesh takes control, when Amalek launches an ambush. Front and center, fully engaged is the best place, the safest place, the only place to be.
That’s why I told you the signs, the symptoms, of a spiritual attack. When your flesh begins to grow weary of the things of God. You’re exhausted and starting to lag behind, you start becoming disconnected from the body. Watch out Amalek is trying to snuff you out. That would be a good time to head to the front of the pack, get involved, get connected and don’t stop praying.
Now everyone who comes to faith in Christ is free from the powers of death and Hell. However, the enemies of Christ have not yet surrendered; so on our journey to our destiny we continue to be ambushed by Satan. We are engaged in a constant spiritual struggle to resist temptation and continue the work of Christ and his gospel. The attacks we face are often sudden, but unlike the wars of the Old Testament, they are spiritual, not physical. The Scripture says that “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” Ephesians 6:12.
The War is raging all around us. More importantly this war is actually being waged inside of us. It is the fight for the inner man, to drop his guard so that the flesh of the man can be in charge, and fail without a fight.
First Joshua carefully selected Israel’s bravest warriors, and then he went down into the valley to fight. And he fought with real weapons, for the Scripture says, “Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword” (v. 13). It was necessary for Israel to fight; God required the proper use of means. However, the victory did not depend merely on Joshua and his weapons. Rather, it depended on prayer: “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning” (v. 11).
The lifting up of hands speaks of prayer (1 Timothy 2:8). As long as Moses reached out to the Lord on the mountain of intercession, there was victory below in the valley of interaction.