There are several signs of being under spiritual attack but here are seven signs that may help you know that you are.
1. Feelings of Worthlessness
Some the most frequent causes of spiritual attacks come when you have overcome a major sin, you have had a time of great success, and you are consistently sharing the gospel. The Enemy hates all of these things. That’s when you might experience feelings of worthlessness. That you are unworthy to be saved, you might question your salvation, you might think of yourself as a hypocrite and since you are such a sinner the Devil or his demons might influence you to think “Who do you think you are? How can you share the gospel with someone when you’re such a wretch? I love this saying; “When the Devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future (Rev 20:10).
2. Times of Prayerlessness
Again, when we feel overly guilty with sin, we must learn to confess it immediately. Don’t let unconfessed sin linger because the longer you put off prayer, the harder it is to do. When we experience times of prayerlessness, we are taking away our greatest source of power and that is God. It seems that when I try to pray the phone rings, someone knocks at the door, the washing machine decides to do its dance and all kinds of things come into my mind which are anything but godly. That’s likely the Devil. The only time that Satan really fears is when we are praying in Jesus’ name and pleading the blood of Christ. Prayer is not easy…it’s hard work. Yes, for some it seems to come easy, but when you are under spiritual attack, that is the last thing that you feel like doing. We only make progress in our spiritual life when we are moving forward on our knees. Sometimes it’s really hard to do so start of by giving thanks to God and reading over Scriptures of His awesome attributes. That may discourage the Enemy from trying to interfere with your prayers and stop Him from putting thoughts into your mind.
3. Feelings of Condemnation
This is close to the first sign of feeling worthless but this one is different. We might feel that we are not a Christian because we see how far we fall short of God’s holiness. This is where we need to be in the Word of God and start by reading Romans 8. This chapter is so encouraging and may be my favorite chapter in the entire Bible. Romans 8:37-39 says “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Now does that sound like a condemned man writing? No. Don’t believe your feelings….believe what God’s Word says.
4. Famine of the Word
This might be the hardest thing to do when you are under spiritual attack but it is the best possible thing you can do along with prayer because we know that there is real, living, active power in the Word of God, so why not unleash it? At the very time that you feel that you least want to read the Bible, that is the exact time that you need it the most. Tap the power of God. Stay in the Word. Make a daily Bible reading plan and stick to it. It’s a great weapon to use in spiritual warfare.
5. Family Conflict
The enemy has been seeking to destroy the nuclear family, which is a family with a father, mother, and child, since the Garden of Eden. Today, that type of family has become the minority, and Satan must love it. To destroy the family is to chip away at society, bringing it ever closer to destruction. That may be why the very first commandment given for mankind in relation to mankind is the command to honor your father and mother. That command comes with a promise of living longer on the earth (Ex 20:12). That’s not a guarantee, but if God says it will go better for you by honoring your parents, there’s no doubt it will bring blessings or curses, depending upon how the parents are treated. When family conflict comes, pray and put on the armor of God (Eph 6), and don’t let the Devil incite you to anger and not honor your parents.
6.Overwhelmed by Life
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Did being tired and hungry add to the situation? For me, that’s when I can react in the worst way and probably give room for the Devil. I know it can hinder our prayer life if we feel like giving up. When you’ve lost the will to go on, it’s very difficult to pray, but that’s the very time you need it the most, because you might be under spiritual attack. The Enemy wants us to give up, and he wants to rob our joy, but don’t let him. Go to Jesus and unload every burden and every weight and take His yoke upon you. The Christian faith is not a one-horse act. We need Christ and His strength (Phil 4:13). Do you feel despair? Do you feel like giving up? Fall on your knees and pray, because it could be the Enemy.
7. Back to the Old Life
A very serious sign of spiritual attack is when you’ve just given up on the Christian faith and fallen back into your old lifestyle and habits. You start seeing your old friends you used to party with. You start enjoying the pleasures of sin, and in the meantime, Satan is laughing his lungs out. Even if you’re still attending church, falling back into these old ways is asking for trouble, because the Devil’s got you just where he wants you.
Don’t let Satan the liar trick you and tell you, you are worthless, or condemned. Don’t let life lead you to despair and giving up. Don’t stop praying. And don’t fall back into the life you came out of. God will discipline every child He loves. God is for you and not against you and won’t forsake you, even if you do for a time. Brothers and sisters, the battle is real and the enemy’s invisible. It’s time to armor up (Eh 6).