I developed this tool to help me when the enemy (Satan and his Ephesians 6:12 kingdom) attack.  The enemy targets our thoughts so I found it vitally important to change my thinking. Below are the steps I take to stop a spiritual attack once I realize what is happening.

It is necessary to be prepared so that you can emerge victoriously.  We do have an enemy and he is seeking to devour us, and to steal, kill and destroy us (John 10:10).

  • Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.  I Peter 5:8
  • And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.  2 Timothy 2:26
  • My people perish for lack of knowledge  Hosea 4:6 & Isaiah 5:13

5 Steps to stop a spiritual attack

  1. Recognize what is happening. 
    • We must think about what we are thinking about.
    • It is crucial to recognize that what is going on is not from God but from the dark kingdom.
      • Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.   2 Corinthians 10:5
      • Knowledge means to know, to understand, be aware of  (Strong’s G1097/G1108)
    • What thought are you having and who told you to have that thought?
  2.  Stop your current thought process
    • If you are not sure what is going on, it is okay to say “I have no idea what is going on but I trust God and this torment/thought is not from God.”
      • This shifts the focus from the problem to the solution
      • You have just taken control of your thoughts
    • Praise God
    • Quote scripture
    • Ask God for help. “Help me” is a very effective prayer.
  3. Assess your thoughts/situation 
    • Why am I feeling this way?
    • Why am I upset?
    • Am I afraid?
    • Do I feel accused? Am I accusing another?
    • Why do I feel the need to defend myself?
  4. Replace the negative thinking with Godly thinking which is found in the Word of God.  Here are some specific Scriptures examples  (Important to note that these are not feelings but spirits –
    1. Fear
      • 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
      • Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6 – 7
        • Careful – Strong’s G3309, anxious, to take thought
        • Through – Strong’s G1722, implies rest with motion, denotes a fixed place.
      • The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.  Psalm 27:1-2
    2. Bitterness  (Unforgiveness, Anger, Resentment, Retaliation, Rage/Anger, Hatred, Violence, Murder)
      • Let all bitterness, wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice:   and be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.  Ephesians 5:31-32
      • And one shall say to him, What are these wounds in your hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.  Zechariah 13:6
      • The mouth of a righteous man is a will of life:  but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.  Hatred stirs up strifes: but loves covers all sins.  Proverbs 10:11-12
    3. Accusation (includes feeling accused)
      • Important to remember that God is our defender.
      • There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after flesh, but after Spirit.  Romans 8:1
      • Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me:  You shall stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand shall save me.  Psalm 139:7
      • And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  Revelation 12:10
    4. Rejection (feel like you don’t belong)
      • For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you and expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11
      • For I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows right well.  Psalm 139:14  (All of Ps 139 is excellent)
      • To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved.  Ephesians 1:6
    5. Guilt
      • Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:1Justified – to declare innocent/guiltless/acquittedFor you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit Itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ…  Romans 8:15-17
      • And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I Thessalonians 5:23
    6. Loneliness  
      • God sets the solitary in families:  He brings out those which are bound with chains:  but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.  Psalm 68:6
      • And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, of father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  Matthew 19:29
    7. Overwhelmed
      • For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the mind of Christ.  I Corinthians 2:16
      • There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  Proverbs 14:12, 16:25
      • And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28
    8. Hopeless (feel like there is no way out of particular situation or that God does not hear you)
      • Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them:  for the Lord your God He it is that does go with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6
      • Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have:  for He has said , I will never leave you, nor forsake you.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man can do to me.  Hebrews 13:5-6
      • Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.  I Peter 5:7
      • Have not I commanded you?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed:  for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 4 as many times as necessary. 

You’ve got this because He’s got you!

Read More:

  1. What is Hope?
  2. You are NOT your diagnosis!
  3. Finding Hope In Spite of Rheumatoid ArthritisMy Journey
  4. How to be an Overcomer: 5 steps.

Contact me at Michelle@FindingHopeAcademy.com if you would like more resources.

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