5 Ways of Fighting a Spiritual Attack

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When I feel uneasy or afraid I like to play some of my favorite worship songs. One in particular is Holy Spirit. The song just fills the atmosphere and makes the room more peaceful. Also singing the songs out loud are great. Here are  a few of my favorites:

Holy Spirit- Kari Jobe ft. Cody Carnes

At the Cross- Chris Tomlin

Anchor- Hillsong

There is Power- Lincoln Brewster

Overcome- Jeremy Camp

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Quoting scripture out loud to the enemy is always going to give you victory. If Jesus quoted scripture to the devil when he was tempted, shouldn’t we? But in order to quote scripture you have to know it. Have a verse to meditate on and memorize everyday. That way you can bring it up at a moments notice when the enemy tries to attack you with his lies. Here are a couple of scriptures that I love to say out loud when I feel attacked:

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 56:3-4

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!”

Psalm 91:1-2

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 8:18

 

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I use to feel like I had to keep things to myself. I didn’t want others to worry and I thought I could work it out between me and God alone. Not to say you can’t, but there is a mighty power associated with coming together in prayer.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18:19-20

When I came to my family about what I was going through they prayed over me and it made the biggest difference in my life. A change happened that I couldn’t seem to make on my own. If you can’t go to your family then find a trusted friend or mentor and ask them to pray with you. When you pray with someone over a dark area in your life, by bringing someone else in you are actually shedding light into that dark place. That person can now hold you accountable and help you in the future with their prayers.

Therefore, confess your sin to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:16

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I can’t say enough just how important this is. The Holy Spirit was sent to abide with us forever. Jesus even said that it was better for him to leave so that the Holy Spirit could come. (John 16:7) He can relinquish power and help you in your Christian walk. He is a friend and comforter in times of trouble. Here are some verses on praying in the spirit:

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

1 Corinthians 14:14-15

For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:2

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Matthew 26:41

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There is power in the name of Jesus. Especially during a spiritual attack. I know this because of my own experience. If you want to read more on my testimony and how saying His name saved me during an attack then click Here, or find the article titled, Power in the Name of Jesus.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

Proverbs 18:10

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5 Verses on Anger

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1. The wise are not easily angered.

People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

Proverbs 14:29

2. Anger produces unrighteousness. 

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.

James 1:19-20

3. Harsh words stir up anger.

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1

4. Do not associate with a hot-tempered person.

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

Proverbs 22:24-25

5. Do not go to sleep angry, giving the devil a foothold over you. 

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Ephesians 4:26

Comparison

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“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

James 3:14

There are two kinds of wisdom. The wisdom that is earthy/demonic, and the wisdom that is from heaven. Envy is the root of all comparison. What this verse is saying is where you find envy and comparison you find every evil practice. Think about it. We all fall short in this area in some department. Whether you are comparing your job, relationship, material things, or even spiritual maturity. Comparison produces a resentment and rejection in us that God never intended for us to have. The worst kind of comparison is when you start becoming envious of other believer’s gifts given to them by God. Sometime it’s hard not to ask and wonder why that person can pray so eloquently. Why can they sing and worship so beautifully? Why another can witness so effectively and not me? Why does your friend hear from God so clearly but yet it’s so difficult for you? When we compare and think God has blessed someone else more than us we are developing a resentment towards God that is orchestrated by the enemy. It opens the door for Satan, and allows him to work you against God. If you continue reading on to James 3:17 it says:

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

As the body of Christ we were meant to need each other and work together. If we all equally had the same gifts, then we wouldn’t need each other and would become prideful. Give thanks to God for what He has blessed you with and break off every chain of comparison that you’ve harbored in the past. Seek wisdom from above and ask Him who generously gives to those who ask and believe. Your gift that God so uniquely and specifically gave you is needed in His Kingdom that only you can accomplish. Don’t waste it!

 

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Alone Time with God

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“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”

Mark 1:35

We crave to hear God’s voice but our often disappointed when he doesn’t speak the way we want to hear Him. A relationship can’t grow if you don’t make time for it. When we make it a habit to commune with God regularly, worship, and read His Word then you will begin to hear His voice more clearly. God knows what is coming next in our lives. Wouldn’t it be great to know what’s coming as well? He prepares us for what we will face. We can know in advance the schemes of the enemy. When we know what is coming we can better prepare ourselves on how on how to fight the attacks that usually hit unexpectedly. Troubles come with this life and there is no escaping every trouble that comes, but we can change how we respond to it. Make it a habit to commune with Jesus each morning before the day starts. Listen to the little nudges in your spirit and always write it down. Write down verses you feel He is speaking to you. Later you will find He provided you with the encouragement and weapons you needed to face your day. When you make your relationship with Jesus a priority, and spend alone time with Him every day it will only confirm in time that you are in fact hearing God’s voice in ways you’ve never heard before.

 

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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

This is a direct outline of Ravi’s Youtube video. Ravi Zacharias has a way with his words in explaining God’s supreme love and why there is suffering. If you want to know more on the subject I recommend his book: Why Suffering? He gives an intellectual and knowledgeable explanation to the questions many of us have. Believers and non-believers. 

The supreme ethic that God has given to us is the ethic of love. It is the peak of all emotional and intellectual alinement. This thing we call love, which places value upon the other person. And is something to be protected.

You cannot have love without weaving in the freedom of the will. If you are compelled by some machine to do a certain decision, you can never love. You can comply, but you will never be choosing to express that sentiment and the reality of love.

If love is a supreme ethic and freedom is indispensable to love, and God’s supreme goal for you and for me is that we will love him with all of our hearts and love our neighbors, for him to violate our free will would be to violate that which is a necessary component so that love can flourish and love can be expressed.

If you are asking for God to always stop the trigger, why not God stop everything else? Every time you hold a cup of boiling water he turns it to frozen water. Next time you are about to cross the street and you’re going to be hit, he pulls your leg back.

What you’re asking for is a different entity than humanity. As wonderful as it may seem that in stopping that you think he is protecting you from that which is destructive, the greatest denial for which you are asking for is the freedom of your will, to be able to choose and love God with all your heart and all your soul.

You’ve got love as a supreme ethic and the freedom of the will to choose that love all of the other contingencies come in and can become explained why it is possible to either choose or to reject so that love an ultimately reign supreme.

If you want compliance and some kind of mechanical response your question itself will self destruct. You’re asking the question because you are free to ask it.  And you are free to ask it because you are free to love. And when you love Him in-spite of all that you see around you , you are trusting him for having the supreme wisdom and the knowledge to ultimately bring a pattern out of it all.

We think for example we know so much.

This story was once told of a man who lost his horse and ran away, and when the horse an away the neighbor came over and said, you know bad luck isn’t it? Your horse is gone. He said what do I know about these things. Few days later the horse came back with 20 other wild horses and the neighbor came back and said amazing it’s it? It’s not bad luck its good luck. You’ve got 20 more. The man says what do I know about these things. His young son is going and taming one of the young horses. That young horse kicks him and breaks his leg. The neighbor comes and says terrible isn’t it? You’re son’s leg is broken bad luck these horses came. The father says what do I know about good luck and bad luck? Few days go by and a bunch of thugs are coming looking for recruits to join their gang. They’re looking for all the bodily able young men. And they are about to pick this young man but find out his leg is broken and they say we don’t want him, we are going to move on to the next house. The man comes and says good luck isn’t it that your son’s leg was broken?

In one little series of episodes we don’t know what lies ahead. Why don’t you wait til you stand before God face to face and you will find out that there were reasons he didn’t stop that trigger so that you will see the heinousness of evil and see the majesty of love and good.