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We are in a season when many in the Body of Christ feel spiritually attacked from every side. These attacks are not just on spiritual or political views that we see in the media. They start in the thought-life. They penetrate the soul—the mind, will, and emotions—and flow outward, impacting habits and patterns, relationships, finances, health, jobs, and much more. They seem to be coming from every side and fill in every crevice of your life, making you feel overwhelmed.
Psalm 40:1-2 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”
- Out of the horrible pit
- Out of the miry clay
Do these words describe your life in this season?
But from this verse you also see the outcome… feet upon a rock and steps established.
If you feel spiritually attacked from every side…
- In your thought-life
- In your relationships
- In your finances
- In your health
There is hope. You might be in a season of wilderness, a season of being in the mire, but there will be a raising up. The purpose of the trial will be revealed.
To see the hope and anticipate the revelation, you must understand the war and know to lay hold of the right weapon—God’s Word and power.
A Spiritual War That Feels Overwhelming
Right now, the enemy is throwing out temptation after temptation. These temptations may be about lust, pride, selfishness, and greed, but more often than not, they are more subtle—the temptation to think contrary to what God says.
Do you find yourself thinking…
- “God doesn’t see what is happening in my life or in the world.”
- “God doesn’t understand the struggle I’m having with my spouse/kids/coworkers.”
- “God is not trustworthy; He doesn’t stand by His Word because these terrible attacks keep coming.”
- “I’ve done everything right, and yet I’m still walking through a wilderness season.”
This is the war. Feeling spiritually attacked from every side starts with a temptation to believe a lie from the enemy, a lie intended to deceive. A lie out to destroy relationships, finances, health, and more.
The temptation the enemy is using in the Body of Christ is to come into agreement with doubt, unbelief, and fear, thus getting frustrated, angry, and depressed. Simply put, doubt and unbelief are sins. When you come into agreement with these, you are moved by fear, not by faith.
Now, there is no condemnation in Christ. The above statement is to reveal what is not always easy to see.
Fear and frustration become the agents that create habits and patterns, thus giving the devil a foothold.
“‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil… Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
The war takes place in the wilderness. What does that mean?
It means that trials and tribulations come for the Word. You enter into a dry season, a wilderness season, and carry a backpack of promises and blessings. Then the enemy does everything he can to stop you to from getting to the living water, to abandon your backpack of promises.
Through this wilderness, you are most vulnerable because you are thirsty, and hungry. If he can get you to come into agreement with bitterness and anger, he’s got a foothold.
Rabbi Curt Landry says this…
“The Lord gave me a prophetic word, ‘I’m taking you into a wilderness. The wilderness is for your perfection. It is not for your starvation. It is not for you to be overcome and overwhelmed. It is to pass through, to get you to the oasis and meet with others who are also there.’”
In other words, the wilderness is not intended to dry you out. It prepares you to overcome and walk as a conqueror in the next season. It reveals more of the Father’s love as it leads you to the living water that fills you up.
So then, trade miry clay that seeps into the crevices of your mind for the living water that washes the mind and fills the soul.
Win the War | Get Free from Being Spiritually Attacked on Every Side
Humbly come before the Lord and acknowledge the battle. Acknowledge how you have come into agreement with the lie.
“Father God, in Yeshua’s name, I admit that I have come into agreement with lies and deception that come to steal, kill and destroy my joy and abundant life. I come out of agreement with the temptation of creating fleshly habits and patterns to rid the feeling of being overwhelmed. I cancel unbelief and fear and come to You. Temptation has no rights in my life because of the blood of Yeshua. I declare that trials and wilderness are to prepare me, not to snare me. I ask You to wash away the feeling of being overwhelmed, defeated, and anxious, in Yeshua’s name, amen!”
Is there anyone you need to forgive—others or yourself? Release forgiveness today because God forgave you.
“Father God, in the name of Yeshua, I release forgiveness to (person’s name). I release forgiveness because You forgive. Though this person may have hurt me (state the way you’ve been hurt), unforgiveness only traps my heart and soul. So then, I release forgiveness and declare Your blood breaks the chains that bind me, in Yeshua’s name, amen!”
Finally, praise God for what He will accomplish in and through you during this wilderness season as you are being spiritually attacked from every side. There is a purpose. He will finish what He starts.
“Father God, in the name of Yeshua, I come to You and praise You for Your wondrous and mighty works. Your Word says that You will finish what You start. You have started a good work in me. I will not magnify the attack but rather live by the truth that You must increase, and I must decrease. May Your glory be revealed, and You be made known by many, in Yeshua’s name, amen!”
Sit quietly for a moment and meditate on the truth. Read the verses below. Are there others the Lord has given you? Ask the Holy Spirit to write them on your heart…
- “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?”—Psalm 27:1
- “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”—Psalm 34:17-18
- “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”—Psalm 9:9-10
- “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”—James 1:2-4
- “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’”—Exodus 14:13-14
Many in the Body of Christ feel overwhelmed and spiritually attacked from every side in this season. Know that you are not alone. In fact, the Lord has a plan and a purpose during this wilderness season. Don’t be tempted to give into doubt, unbelief, and fear. He plans to reach down and draw you out of the mired muck with a gentle hand, placing you upon a rock and giving you a firm place to stand.