12 Signs Of Spiritual Warfare

Is what you are experiencing spiritual warfare, or ‘just life?’

For many months I blithely walked around my favourite local park, enjoying the gardens, the scenery, and my time out, oblivious to any dangers that might be lurking in the shrubbery.

Then one day I read a newspaper article about a boy who had been bitten by a snake in the same park just a few days before, and had been taken to hospital.

We are Kiwis living in Australia. We don’t have snakes in New Zealand. We can walk in the bush in our ‘jandals’ without a care in the world.

On my next visit to the park, I was on high alert. Tense, and on edge, I watched the path and was alerted by every rustle in the bush. There seemed to be an awful lot of rustling! I did not enjoy the walk that day.

Sure enough, I soon settled down and was back to taking pleasure in my walks. However I took some basic precautions; not veering off the paths and ensuring that I had my mobile phone with me if I was walking alone.

Balance in Spiritual Warfare

In Luke 10:19-20, Jesus said,

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Like my response to snakes in the park, there are two errors that we can fall into with regard to spiritual warfare. One is to ignore it altogether (2 Cor 2:11) and at the other extreme, to make too much of it.

Balance requires us to always step back and discern whether what we are experiencing is spiritual warfare, or just something happening that is physical and emotional, or a combination of both.

Our goal in spiritual warfare is not to draw or pay attention to what the devil is doing. It is to focus on God and pay attention to what HE is doing—and not put up with less than His best.

12 Signs you may be Experiencing Spiritual Warfare

Here are some signs of a spiritual battle taking place. Being alert to these can help you weigh up whether or not a situation is being affected by spiritual warfare.

1. Changes for the worse (especially sudden or severe) in areas of health, finances, relationships

Important note: When we are sick or when bad things happen to us, it is not always the devil that causes it
·It may be just physical
·Sometimes it is just life
·Sometimes (e.g. financial or relationships) it is others’ or our own wrong choices.

2. Temptation to sin—beyond the normal

Temptation originates with our own weakness and ungodly desires (James 1:13-15) but the enemy can use situations and people around us, to apply extreme or sudden pressure on us in these areas.

3. Pattern of recurring negative events

Note that this can also be indicative of a curse in operation.

4. Atmosphere – of pressure or oppression

In Rom 14:17, the Apostle Paul tells us that the Kingdom of God consists of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. When we are robbed of these things, we need to pay attention. What happened?

5. Severe discouragement

We need to particularly pay attention when the first signs of discouragement strike. Discouragement or confusion should be like an orange flashing light, alerting us to the possibility that we are in a spiritual battle.

According to Rick Joyner, the progressive ‘sting of witchcraft’ is: discouragement, confusion, depression, loss of vision, disorientation, withdrawal and despair leading to defeat. These are the signs we need to pay attention to when on the alert for spiritual warfare in our personal lives and ministry [1]. One example of this in operation is Elijah’s response after he was threatened by Jezebel. (1 Kings 19)

6. Crippling condemnation

The conviction of the Holy Spirit is specific and brings conclusion through repentance, but condemnation is cloudy.

7. Intimidation and Fear (I Can’t)

This is especially so when the fear is pressuring you to stop moving in the direction of God’s revealed will for your life, or that of your family, ministry or church.

8. Confusion

The enemy thrives in confusion. We think it’s us. Everything gets hazy. Confusion is often an attack on our minds, but it can also be apparent in relationships where communication becomes distorted, perverted and misrepresented.

9. Anything that brings pressure to bear AGAINST God’s revealed will for your life

10. Pressure (beyond the normal) on important relationships

11. Battle in the mind – negative ‘tapes’ playing

Our mind (and that of others) becomes a central battleground (2 Cor 10:5), where the enemy tries to sow messages that are contrary to the word God has spoken to us or revealed in the Bible underscoring feelings such as failure, fear, condemnation, hurt, or even attack and accusation of others.

12. Distinct start time,

With spiritual warfare, there is usually a distinctive time of onset. If you have an ongoing history in one of the above areas, e.g. fear, relational or sin issues, it is probably not warfare. It may be personal ‘baggage’ that you need to deal with.

The Battle Won

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, [Christ] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Col 2:15)

The good news is that Jesus has won the battle for us on the cross. We can apply the authority He has given to us and enter into His victory.

In the next blog post I will begin exploring some ways to deal with spiritual warfare once you have discerned it taking place in your personal life, church or ministry.

If you have any ideas about other signs of spiritual warfare or personal experiences, we would love to hear your response in the comments section of this post.

Snakes Alive!

My first real-life encounter with a snake came later, in another park. The Hunk and I were exploring a trail when we came across a poisonous brown snake barring the way to our destination.

My intrepid husband crept closer to the snake doing his best Steve Irwin impression (‘Crikey! Isn’t it a beauty?)

I, on the other hand, dug my heels in and refused to progress any further, even when the snake veered off into the undergrowth. What if it was there again when we returned?

It seems that some things never change!

[1] Rick Joyner, The Surpassing Greatness Of His Power, 1996, Whitaker House:New Kensington

Related Posts:

Responding to Spiritual Warfare Pt 1: Identify the Enemy’s Strategy

Discernment of Spirits: Know Your Position and be Unafraid

How to Wage Spiritual Warfare: Specific Strategies You Can Use

Your Prophetic Word and Spiritual Warfare

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65 thoughts on “12 Signs Of Spiritual Warfare

  1. I stumbled onto this page looking for information about spiritual attacks, and found it very informative :) I am wondering specifically about a specific time of attack being perceived physically, during the time of attack, as a stomach ache type of feeling (although different from a normal stomachache, more like a very negative feeling of butterflies or nerves).
    I believe this has happened to me more than once and I’m trying to learn more. Any insights?
    Thank you, God bless :)

  2. Hi there,
    My thoughts are that feeling spiritual warfare as a discomfort in the stomach area is quite possible. Jesus said that rivers of living water would flow from our ‘innermost being,’ and the Greek word ‘koilia’ has a literal meaning including stomach: see http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/koilia.html

    So it is commonly believed (and those of us who have an intercessory gift have experienced) that there is something significant spiritually about that part of the body – perhaps it is the place our spirit resides.

    So I don’t have a problem with the possibility that you might feel a warning check or discomfort in that area when spiritual warfare is occurring. :-)

  3. very informative. i am going through a spiritual attack. my relations with my sisters are so bad. my finances are in disarray and frankly i am at a loss at how all this seems to be happening all at once.

    i will continue to pray

    God bless

  4. hello i stumbled across this website not to long ago(today) and the first comment about how the what specially time its around 3:00 am it happen more had a fair share of experience with attacks and pyshcially attack i suffered a back injury last year because a severe attack it can also be link to something you not be aware of, or a link to family,issues or any other thing i do encourage i learning more only resently because so much you and what my friend told to say it i remember something in a book about that saying in the name of jesus and my friend said is in the name of jesus go back to where you came from (hell) that where you discover as well where might come from :)
    hey also to elsa when get to a severe i know it so hard when get where do loss hope but that when learn from god that be there and get victory with going though and even that attack just know as well i got told at church but a pastor who does prophecy is that stuff is happening mean god at work how awesome is that.

  5. I stumbled on this website looking for symptoms of spiritual attack. I feel so tired during the day and night. I may want to wake up and pray but I would feel tired and sleepy but when I go back to bed, I don’t fall asleep. I’m really battling, my studies and career are suffering, I don’t know what else I can do. However, during the day I can pray fervently.

  6. At a family party, I experienced a vision? (for lack of a better word) of writhing snakes in a ball and I a sense of heaviness and unhealthiness. I felt an urging to leave this place and I did not stay long( about an hour.) There is co-dependence and addiction in my family.

    That was over a year ago and now it seems difficult to communicate or connect with them . We are not on the same page.

    I know the Lord appointed me a spiritual interscessor and warrior and He has been humbling me and developing my discernment.
    I would like to understand the snake significance to learn His guidance better. Thank you

  7. Hi Darlene, I encourage you to pray further about what the interpretation of your picture means. That it is a ball (circular) seems to reflect the co-dependence you mentioned, and the snakes could speak of spiritual bondage. That you are observing it, and feel disconnected is good in that you are free yourself from it.
    This could be the time to seek God about how He would have you minister His life to your family. Whilst being distanced spiritually from the bondage, you can still be an expression of God’s love and personal care for your family.

  8. Last night I was attacked again it was no question it happpened. Several demonic spirits attacked me in my dream.
    In the dream I was with friends from church and we stumbled on a worn down outdoor assembly area where major witch craft was taking place. I woke up after being accused she is confused a strange women said with balck dirty hands. I was still half asleep but started praying boldly even in the dream I prayed. I opened up my book of prayers to breakthroughs and contined to pray at that point I physically had a blister on my lip. Followed by the demonic dreams. This also happened last month same swallen lips and blister on upper lip that experience also had demonic dreams before it appeared. I’m still a young christian and would love spiritual advice if you could contact me it would be greatly appreciated.

  9. Hi, I am writing, because I am finally doing something about my life that seems to have been cursed. It has been going on most of my life, but over the last 10 years, it seems to have turned more directly to me in causing many physical problems. I feel the worst has been the last 5 years since my new wife and I came together. She is like an angel, and I feel this could be the cause for the attacks, as if some “thing” does not want me happy in life. There is just so much to tell that I can’t write it all here. I also feel like I am being “prevented” from seeking help. My mind and thoughts are clouded when I try to do anything positive for my life, but are clear whenever I think negatively about things.
    I am not particularly religious, and I am a bit of a skeptic, which has kept me from seeking help as well. I do have a strong belief in a higher power, or “GOD” so to speak, and I consider myself a Christian, as I believe in Christianity, I just don’t go to church.
    To make long story short, my residences I have lived in all my life have tend to be “haunted”, and now I believe it follows me. My wife is now convinced, and she does not believe in anything like this, or religions, spirits, etc.
    I just don;t know what to do. Our house is a Rectory to a church, and leads me to believe it could be a place where many spiritual battles has occurred with the priests that lived here prior since the earl 20th century? I am guessing, but I can’t discount the fact that I had experiences all my life as well. I have accepted the fact that I may have spirits following me, but it has effected not just me in this house. My wife has had many nightmares of terrifying things since she moved here, and never experienced them before in her life. She is from Russia, never watched scarey movies, never has negative thoughts, and is an absolute angel. Recently, her brother visited from Russia for 2 months. He has never been to America. While he was here, even the first night, he told us of horrible nightmares he had about eating people, and sick things. I mean really, really horrifying things. That was when we told him of my wife’s experiences also, which were similar. I have had night terrors many times in my life, but this is highly unusual for people that stay here to have them.
    Please help, I have no idea what to do, what to believe, where to go, how to go about this, or what I should do next. There is so much to the story and my life, I am just convinced lately that I have to do something about it. My life is spiraling down, and I have no control.

  10. Hi Paul, I am sorry to hear of the problems and spiritual opposition you have been experiencing.
    I urge you to revisit your faith in God – pray and cry out to Jesus. Seek help from a strong Christian church or ministry where there are people who can come alongside you and pray. No one has to put up with the attacks that you and your family have been experiencing, there is help, and there is a better way.
    I pray for you right now, that any confusion will clear and that you will have the strength to find the help that you need and be led to the right people.
    As Christians, we know there is victory in Jesus – there is a verse from the Bible in Colossians that speaks of His power over spiritual forces and what He has accomplished through the cross:
    ‘When you were dead in your sins… God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.’
    (Col 2:13-15)

  11. There are unpleant things I’d been dealing with lately myself; such
    as irrational phobia/anxiety. my nerves will begin to behave uncontrllably “out of the clear blue” and for no apparent reason. But among other afflictions, my relationship with my parents has seem
    to be rather harsh. I know it may sound somewhat silly for me to say that they’d been on my case and yelling at me in all, since it happens to about all kids. But I am strongly under the impression that this may be another attack, since, honestly, they will often fuss at, and me make me feel like I don’t think. Is it possible that I am being attacked in this manner.

  12. hi i am writeing looking for answers to what is going on in my house.first off i lost both my sons in a car wreck last may and thats when things started happening in my house.I have a tremendous roar in my house at all times i live alone and i seem to be the only one that can hear it the strange thing is that it follows me everywhere i go on top of that i have these small creatures that you cant see but can feel them crawl on my bed when im in it i wake up in the morning completely exhausted and drained ive captured pictures of these things and have learned not to fear them but i cant seem to get rid of them i pray all the time but nothing seems to help could these be paranormal i believe them to be demons im very confused on how to rid my life of them i am open to any suggestions.

  13. Hi Howard, I am so very sorry to hear of the difficulties you have been through and the loss of your sons, and also the strange spiritual things that are occurring.
    I do believe that we don’t need to put up with this kind of harrassment – as Christians we have authority to stop the demonic activity as we pray in Jesus’ Name.
    You don’t mention whether you are a Christian, but finding a good church where you can get some help in this area (if you haven’t already) may be a good idea. Enlisting help from people who understand spiritual authority who can come alongside you. Hope this helps.

  14. Hey im 17 and i have always been religious and prayed 2 months ago my bro left to go to the military and the night he left i had evil thoughts , images ,voices and i have never been a bad person in my life and its been 8 weeks and i dont know when the devil will flee i pray 6 times a day and pray with jesus and god to tell them to help and let the truth about who i am get me back to my happiness , i just want my life back and the lies and bullshit to go away i have been going above and beyond for people amd doing good works and i truth god and jesus that the will give me my life back . Any advice or past expirences ?

    • Hi Christian, I’m so sorry I missed your comment and am just catching up. It sounds as though you could benefit by knowing more about the Christian faith and what Jesus has done for you, and also having a Christian leader pray with you. If you do not have a church that you attend, look for a Christian church nearby that is of good reputation and believes in the power of God and prayer. I pray you find the peace that is yours in Jesus Christ.

  15. Good day
    Im a born again Christian and I live with my mother, Monday I came across something so disturbing early in the morning at 4:00…I saw footprints of an animal inside the living room and we don’t have pets or any of dog, we don’t even own a dog.I can’t stop thinking about this, is it an animal living inside our house and I know its not of God’s nature because its intruding.my mom at times hears sounds while we sleeping.

    urgently need help please reply.

  16. I praise our Lord and Saviour Jesus for this precise blog,I find it well iforming and quit enlightening.I am no more ignorent concerning spiritual warfare

  17. I am a part-time seminarian who works full time. I have been attending classes for two and a half years, and I am a third of the way through my degree. I have slowly hardened as I have attended school; I know what is happening, but I feel like I can’t stop it. My wife says I am not even the same man anymore, and she’s right. I am judgmental and cold, and I can’t live up to my own standards. I feel that the demonic realm would love nothing more than to see me give up on ministry. Am I making excuses for myself, or could this be true warfare against me?

  18. Hi Jeremy,
    In answer to your question, there will always be an aspect both of spiritual warfare and of personal responsibility.
    But what is most important right now, is for you to know that you are empowered to break free of where you have been. Holy Spirit is already at work in your life, awakening you to what is taking place in your spiritual condition, and alerting you to spiritual warfare.
    (These could well be signs of spiritual warfare… ‘feel like I can’t stop it’ and pressure to ‘give up on ministry’)
    If your desire is for change – and it sounds as though it is – I suggest making a move on two fronts…
    1. Spiritual warfare prayer, personally, you and your wife, and the help of others who believe in you and with you.
    2. Position for a fresh encounter with God. You mention the words ‘judgmental’ and ‘standards’ which indicates that your faith is being threatened by performance (this can be a religious spirit, but more often than not our soul’s craving to please God through reverting to works). So it’s important that you don’t respond with a to-do list of ‘good works’ :-) just a hunger to know Him.
    Especially a revelation of God as Father and His grace. I share something of my own journey in these articles and encourage you to reflect on this:

    (P.S. If you are still struggling, don’t feel condemned if you need extra help—prayer ministry, counseling, whatever it takes… go for it. God’s extraordinary grace, He uses others to help us break free.

  19. So about a year ago i was freed from certain sins. One being porn. But it was a struggle for only a short while many years a back and never again was it a struggle. However lately i feel the enemy trying hard to bring that particular struggle back up. And I will admit I fell back into it recently, but everytime i looked at porn ot felt as though it wasnt me and when i finally realised what was going on I stopped. Is this an attack?

    • Hi Suzie, it does sound like an attack – I mention in the article above that sudden or extreme pressure in the area of temptation can be a sign of spiritual warfare. The main thing is that you obtain the means to overcome it and find peace. If spiritual warfare (and the insight that it is a temptation that is external from you) is what gives you the breakthrough, that is great, praise God! If there is an ongoing struggle in an area like this I always recommend finding someone who is a ‘safe person’ i.e. who will journey with you with grace and without condemnation but who will keep you accountable and pray with you. May you continue in His freedom. :-)

  20. It is awesome. One afternoon I was hit by lightening, was not hurt. After two days, an old man was found sleeping in my bed next to me. Again two days later ayoung girl was sleeping next to me with some sports on her face. All these incidents I used the athourity that my father gave me (Jesus).

  21. Thank-you for this post. I read your blog before and liked it on facebook and decided to consult your website because of what I am going through. Sure enough, the most current blog post related to what I am experiencing…a feeling of defeat in a battle but not the war. I try to find a balance in the spiritual warfare that I am going through. I am newly Christian and how this came to be is reminiscent of horror movie. I discovered I was the “healer” in my generation from one of my bloodline’s heritage. It explained a lot of the supernatural experiences I’ve had my whole life and my curiosity with occult subjects. Through wanting to do what’s right and a sudden thirst for the Truth, I developed a relationship with Christ simultaneously while I was pursuing being a healer…because I was told this “gift” was Christ based. Yet, Christ made it known to me that what my family practiced was witchcraft hiding behind Christianity and was truly demonic driven. I kept on asking myself why I wanted to be a healer. Why? To be special? To have some kind of power that makes me special? To control things? It didn’t make sense because we are all special to Him. My coming to Christ was bittersweet and horrifying for I briefly tried using a spirit guide for maybe a week…which I quickly realized was a evil being who has been around in my family for decades. I broke all ties with Satan and threw out all books and related materials to occultism. Then, I could not sleep. I don’t know what my family did in the past but I felt as though Satan was attacking me because of breaking some kind of long pact with him. I nearly went insane but through the power of Christ I overcame. Christ saved me on the Cross and He saved me from my ancestry. The problem I am having now is I still have prophetic dreams and experience synchronicities and psychic moments. I told God He could take that away from me if it is wrong and yes, I do feel like it is a part of me because I have lived with it all my life but I do not want to see a “ghost” or demon again in my waking life. I DO NOT want any of these supernatural things that occur to be from anyone else but God. He knows that and I pray that He keeps me free from it. I know it relies on my faith and that, I assure you, is strong. I’ve just been so deceived, even as a child, and I do not want to forsake my Savior for even experiencing these things. And yes, I know right now, I am experiencing a different kind of warfare then the one I had when I came to Christ. I lost the love of my life to someone else…and I know he is demonically influenced even though I did not focus on that because like you said, find balance. Now I have a cracked rib. My work and my neighbor were robbed. This all happened in the last week. The messages I’ve received is that he will come back. He is someone who helped lead me to Christ and I feel like I can not let him drown in his alcoholism and lust but it’s his battle too. But everything rational points to that he is gone and I should move on. It would take a miracle for him to become sober and for him to come back. And yes, I believe in miracles but I don’t need one to believe in my Savior. I don’t want to feel this sorrow and I know everything is how it should be at this moment. Is this just the time to regroup and gain more insight from the Holy Spirit for I feel like I lost this battle and Satan is bringing these things around me to spite me and rub it in my face. He doesn’t win and he can’t have me so he takes away this person I love so much hoping it will make me return to my old ways. I don’t even know why I started to write this now except that I feel inclined to reach out to somebody who may more vividly understand what I have been through. God bless.

  22. Hi Helen, Thank you for your genuine concern for people and encouragement. I just wanted to share that I have been through stuff too – heavy weight on chest, hearing screaming at night in my head, feeling electrocuted upon waking, having something invisible walk up my bed, etc. And I wrote about this and what I learned on my blog. Please check it out if you want and let it be a resource to help others. It is so much harder to go through this kind of stuff without support from people who have been through it. This is why I share my story- to help others – and why I appreciate your ministry. You can find my story at sweetlybrokengirl.blogspot.com, in the ‘Child of Mine: Chapter 22: In Jesus’ Name’ post or a shorter version at myimpressionisticlife.blogspot.com in the ‘Supernatural Stuff and spiritual armor’ post. Thank you.

  23. Hi Heather, thanks so much! I just found the page you mentioned and was amazed to read that you experienced the ‘waking up to demonic screaming’ thing, exactly as I had one time! I have never come across that with anyone else before, so thank you.
    I think the hardest thing from those years was not having anyone to talk to about what was happening. Praise God, we do not need to journey alone.
    I am completely free of that harassment now and the occasional ‘skirmish’ is quickly dealt with. :-)
    (For anyone else interested, Heather’s blog post is here http://myimpressionisticlife.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/isi-16-supernatural-stuff-and-armor-of.html

  24. I absolutely agree that the hardest part is having no one to talk to, not only because I wanted the support and help but because it is such a powerful, faith-changing experience. And it is hard when no one wants to discuss it with you or believes you. Thank you for your support and for understanding, and for your bold ministry. God bless! (i also have only occasional ‘skirmishes’ now, usually when I share my experiences with others or try to open people’s eyes to the spiritual battle going on around us.)

  25. Great article!

    To all those under attack, I would suggest the book:
    Healing the Wounded Spirit by John and Paula Sandford.
    There are lots of examples in there of spiritual attacks and defense.

    As well, seek out a deliverance ministry with strong leaders, with gifts such as discernment.

    I call the group prayer, “gang warfare”. The nasty people sometimes do bad things as group, and so I expect it can take a group to counter the attack. It can be tough to do singlehandedly.

    In chess, it’s quite rare to win with a one piece attack; easiest when you have many strong pieces outnumbering the opponent’s king.


  26. I am Rev.Dr.Lalmawilien,Director,Ministry of Healing and Community care.In 2003 God spoke to me,lay your hand upon the sick and the sick will become well,and also have the authority upon the demonds. In 2006 God spoke to me again ‘Conguer the by my power ‘ From this year I entered in the spiritual warfare field.Many evil spirit posessed came to me they were delivered by the wonderful power of the Lord Jesus.Having many problems becouse of the black-megiciants they get well.See,may be a demon posessed,may be evil spirit possessed and also black-megic caught, they are well.When I call by the power of God who practised black-megic,or demons they appeared before me,even the possession also can see.We can talk to them in any language.I can send them out by the power of God.I realy interested in your ministry. Within a few years over 19 thousands has been delivered.Evil spirits,demonds in the form of different pictures may be inside the room,may be on bed possible to see when I call by the power of God.

    • Praise God for His delivering and healing power, Rev Dr Lalmawilien! Thank you for leaving your testimony here. :-)

  27. I am going threw alot of warefare in this time and season in my life. My fiance which was my best friend walked out on me ,he also back slid and went back to the the women thats not saved the women that done him wrong and put him in jail.I dont no who he is anymore he has changed but i am very he really has hurt me.

  28. I slept at my daughters house some nights back and had a rather horrible experience (which, incidentally, is how I found this site! and thankyou for the posts. I’m being richly blessed by them!). Anyway, I fell asleep very late and during my sleep felt like something was lying on me. Half awake I felt and saw the rug being lifted off me ( I’m sure this took place) and I felt a malevolent presence. I immediately commanded it to leave in Jesus name and quoted Gods word. I also said aloud Jesus! Jesus! and it was gone. I’ve been witnessing to family and various people and find the attacks are stronger and more frequent but that only makes me more determined to do the Lords will. Most important I put on Gods armour everyday. I forgot this morning and fell under verbal and emotional attack from a family member I’ve been praying for a long time. God bless you and thanks again for your wonderful posts!

  29. I think when we are young, growing up in the Lord, we do get robbed from time to time in spiritual warfare. Sometimes more than others. We don’t recognize it or we simply don’t know what to do about it. We might be ignorant to the, “weapons of our warfare”. However, when we become aware of our weapons and are still losing our battles, instead of being robbed we simply forfeit or concede victory, allowing the enemy to come in and do as he wishes. He no longer is the thief but rather an unwelcomed guest that we have yet to get up the courage to do anything about. Kick him out the house!

    Thank you so much for your insights. They are currently blessing me, helping me overcome my own personal and spiritual battles.

    • Ah, that’s such a great message right there, Spencer. Brilliant!
      You are an overcomer in Jesus, keep on going for it and growing in God!

  30. A year and a half ago I was walking in the Spirit, praying in the Spirit and growing in the Word with a fresh anointing and vigor. God was revealing things to me and showing me so much. I was realizing there was a major calling on my life and for once I wasn’t afraid. I was embracing it with bold submission to my Lord and Savior.

    Then I met this man on the internet. He was a self professed man of God, a minister even, called by God to feed the hungry and minister to the homeless. We started talking and within weeks He had already moved to my home state. The very day he got here old temptations and habits (sins) began to attack me again and I had to fight a hard spiritual battle daily to once again win the battle against them. God alone helped deliver me from them but it seemed as soon I was delivered from one another jumped up to take its place.

    Red flags were everywhere but an argument in my mind began to occur. He had an answer for everything thing and even though it disturbed me on some deeper level, I couldn’t argue against him and in fact began to fill sorry and even responsible for him.

    We were married within two months and even on my wedding day a cloud of confusion encircled my head. Moments before I walked down the aisle I was weeping and praying to God to lead me and on whether or not I was doing the right thing.

    Within days of being married he began to change. I noticed the lies he shared on his ministry page on social media. I notice the harem like following he had. I noticed how he boasted about everything and how perfect he thought he was in his eyes and mind.

    He controlled everything and immediately began to tear away at me emotionally, mentally, spiritually, financially and in every other way. He began to attack me in a most horrible verbal manner and daily was taking spears at chunking them at my self confidence and self esteem. I wasn’t good enough for anything.

    Separation from my family and church came next and then not working himself began to take over and abuse my finances…. always through every attack throwing scripture at me. On days I was so broken and so distraught and once after he had been cursing me out for over an hour I threatened to leave. he than began to attack and tell me I wasn’t a true woman of God and how God had sent him 1200 miles to be his wife in ministry and how I was lacking faith etc. I ended up staying.

    During the course of a year, I soon became depressed, walking in a confused fog, scared, living in constant fear. I wasn’t reading the word like before, I wasn’t praying like before. I was seeking God constantly like before and then I wasn’t even going to church like before because he broke all ties with them and when I wanted to go somewhere else we didn’t have the gas.

    During the last month I cant even get rest at night. I wake up to him kicking at me, cursing me and calling me horrible names, lashing out even as he snores. He says its the demons attacking him.

    During the day when he threatens, attacks, and curses me he always says its my fault because I am opening doors to invite the demons in. Really? just by asking are we going to pray?

    He tries to dictate how long I can pray, what music we listen to, is I can sing, if I can cry, and corrects me each time I recite a verse in the bible.

    this past month, I have turned back to seeking God like never before and the confusion and cloudy fog was beginning to lift. Each attack I now calmly answer in love with a scripture which seems to anger him more than ever but praise God I am pleading the blood over myself daily and at night have moved to the spare room.

    I have no idea what is going on but for some reason I truly believe I am in spiritual warfare like never before and He is using God to do it all.

    Do you have any advice for me?

    • Hi Rose, I’m sorry to hear of the difficulties and trial you have been through. It is good to hear that you have been experiencing some breakthrough in the past month and of God’s grace empowering you! It seems to me that you need to find safe people to share your story with that can provide you with practical advice and help – this could be in the medical or legal profession, or counselors or pastors in a church… pray about this and ask God to make a way. And I pray that you will continue to have the mental, spiritual and emotional clarity and spiritual and physical protection to do what is necessary (Ps 91).

  31. Spiritual warefare is real and all Christians need to be vigilant and stand up firmly against all satanic attacks on their mind, relationship or business etc. but never give up and listen to rhe defeated enemy. The more one prays and repents the harder the satanic blockade becomes.
    My past and present real demonic attacks
    1. Stone from unknown direction and source bombarded my home for about one week. The maid stockpiled the pebbles and bigger boulders. I too witnessed the stone falling in front of my eyes.
    2 large piles of dirty material and dog excretion found on engine of my car whose hood was closed and parked in my home. I have taken photo of it.
    3 frequent and simultaneous mechanical problems on my 3 or 4 vehicles in a day.
    4 accident averted as the lord Jesus miraculously intervened. People such as mentally deranged and children directly running to the path of my moving vehicle
    4 bad dreams and unclean experiences specially on saturdaynights to discourage Sunday worship and church attendance
    May the lord be with all of us in Christ

  32. Hi Helen, God bless you richly. I thank God for leading me to your teachings.
    I experience spiritual warfare all the time. Witchcraft…all that. I can see, feel, and tell when the enemy is up to no good! Right now again, sum of the ppl in my rent office have been attacking me. I feel extreme evil pressure; like an evil force of hate. Idk. I can barely move, think, react. It’s a terrible feeling that makes me feel angry. I come into these attacks alot. Ppl with me or around me don’t feel them. I hate it when my family is around, or when these evil spirits come into my house and attack us this way. I pray, and pray. But I still feel the attacks. So, it’s been plenty of times when I would take my family and leave. Or leave the scene of the attack. In places like walmart, I would notice after, using the sword of the Spirit. That a person would walk by with a broken arm. And I would say, my strength was broken. I don’t understand all that I go thru n see. And sometimes it leaves me bitter. But I just give it to GOD. I know that He said He would never leave nor forsake me…

  33. Good day I stumbled on to this website after recent unexplained events occuring in the past weeks.
    It started with me picking up the good old book & studying attentively. I also intiated watching a series of DVD’s that exposes Satan’s plot thus via utilizing artists. Title “the Truth Behind Hip Hop”. I then took the liberty & shared with aloof friends of mine the information & how ungodly all these new hits are & even corresponded it with the scripture.
    My friends thus opened their eyes.
    Recently I’ve had countless sleepless nights due to noises in my room & also the sight of the curtains blowing. My emphysis, this happening dispite the windows being closed & wheather conditions being without even the slightest breeze. Eventually I fell alsp with the lights on but could feel a presence lingering in the room.
    I did inform my father about this & his opinion was that its most probably the enemy trying to scare me to prohibit me from sharing the knowledge.
    Last night as I took a walk to the shop, I had the fright of my life, & do not get scared easily. Whilst walking some one / something (big black shadow figure) came storming across the road towards me, @ this time it caught me off gaurd to react so I prepared myself for the impact, it then vanished right infront of me leaving me gasping for air. Was not sure was this the chemical reaction due to adrenalin being released that left me feeling numb. I was dumb struck as I could not declaire what has just happened. This is not a made up story, I myself am not a superstitious person and do believe in the father allmighty. I’ve been praying ever since.I do however still hear screetching sounds & noises in my room @ night & we do not have pets nor mice or rats in the house. Am I under spiritual attack ? Will this stop. It really tires me out as its messing with my sleep @ night.Please do inform me.

    • Hi Robbie, are you involved in a Bible-believing Church? I would recommend having someone pray with you, also praying yourself in Jesus’ Name. This is an opportunity to grow in your faith and understanding of your spiritual authority. These things have no right to harass you as a child ofGod.

  34. God bless you for the informative work you are doing.
    I have a situation which I am wondering if it could be due to spiritual attack or witchcraft. Please help me.
    I used to have a good job and a happy marriage. Everything fell apart when I lost the job. We moved into my in-laws house.As days, months and years went by without me getting a job, my beloved wife with the influence of her father kicked me out. Everyone has turned their backs against me, including friends and family. I am all alone.
    I cannot find a proper job. I tried to start a business and everything fell off along the way. Im back to where I started from and in debts. Nothing is working in my favor. I am desperate.
    I have been going to church for the past three years, and still no improvement in my life. I pray everyday.
    Could this situation be a curse or a lost spiritual battle? I will gladly accept your opinion and help. Please advise on how this situation can be turned around.
    Looking forward to your god-sent advise.
    God bless you.Thank you in Jesus Christ’s name.

    • Hi Boyce, I’m very sorry to hear of the trials you have been through. I can’t judge whether or not it is spiritual warfare from this distance. However a good way to approach it in several ways: 1. Pray about the spiritual warfare or possibility of a curse and get someone to pray with you. Build in the area of your faith and relationship with God. 2. At the same time, do what you can can to get equipped and empowered to move positively forward with a job and relationships. Don’t give up. God has a way ahead for you.

  35. I’m having a very difficult time in my life and have been since year 2011 and things seem to keep getting worse little by little. I lost the love of my life to a car accident in 2011 and let me tell you things just went downhill from there. After he was killed strange things/noises started happening I was not only heartbroken, feeling as though my soul was dead but I was becoming very frightened every night. I kind of thought OK maybe something is wrong with this house, I’ve since moved but it hasnt stopped, at nights while struggling to sleep I’ll hear what sounds like pots in the kitchen being banged (no one in there). There have been a few times it has sounded like someone was trying to break in I would hear noise at living room window and it would sound as though someone actually came in (feet hitting the floor) again no one there. I’ve woke up out of a dead sleep terrified to see giant black spiders coming at me, a dead looking woman coming through my bedroom window onto my bed just looking at me. I’ve woke before and seen what appeared to be a tall, black, slender man standing over me I’ve seen that more than once anytime I see anything like that I jump up flip the light on and nothing is EVER there. There have been times I’ve felt like my bed is shaking, I wake up in a pillow soaked in sweat.lastnight I seen a man by my closet door, this time I could not move, he faded but it felt as though something had pressure on my chest, it was hard to breathe but it eventually went away. After this stuff started happening, my personality changed. I do not want to leave my house, I don’t even want to leave my bedroom, I don’t go around family or friends anymore I’m a prisoner to my room. I’ve became extremely depressed, easily agitated just plain hateful. Recently I’ve found myself searching the internet for witch craft spells and photos of dead bodies, THAT IS NOT ME I am not into those types of things. I don’t know what is wrong with me I don’t know what to do. Please if you have any idea as to what could be happening. Please help me.

    • My heart goes out to you! I can’t imagine what it must be like to live this way!

      I’m no expert, but this sounds like spiritual attack to me. I am assuming you are a Christ-follower, since you are seeking advice on this site. First and foremost, ask for help in Jesus’ name. Prayer, no matter how difficult, is an essential tool. Second, I would ask someone with strong faith to bless your home, particularly your bedroom. These things need to know they aren’t welcome there. Your imprisonment will only continue until they are banished. It doesn’t have to be a priest, but holy water helps.

      Christ has full dominion over these things. Ask Him for help, and ask another person to cleanse your home. I will be praying for you!

      J. of Michigan

    • Hi Lisa, I’m sorry to hear of the troubles you have been experiencing. Do you have a church or understanding Christian leader who can help and pray for you? We are not meant to battle these things alone.
      I believe prayer ministry would be helpful.
      You can check on the ‘spiritual warfare’ and ‘discernment’ categories on this blog, too as there are articles that can help you. For example, this one: http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2014/11/11/discernment-9-ways-to-banish-fear-of-evil/

  36. I am 51, have always believed in God. But I never read nor spoke about the Bible. Things went horribly wrong for me, by my own doing. I struggle everyday. I have been praying long and hard, talking to God on my way to work. I have noticed that the intensity of my prayers have become frequent My head is clear I hear nor see anything but a bright light durning prayer. My thoughts are not wondering, I’m focused . I feel a lot of the load I was carrying has been somewhat relieved. But what I feel
    Is I have gave God my heart and soul through prayer. And he has taught me not to carry it, or in the long term I will be no good to anyone not even myself

    • Hi Alissa, it sounds as though your prayers and cries to God are drawing you back into relationship with Him.
      I encourage you to find a church and group of people who love Jesus and where you can belong and grow even more.
      Know that He loves you, no matter what has taken place in the past His plans for you are good.

  37. Dear Helen, I recently went through a prayer program, and have since observed certain physiological experiences I can’t comprehend. It’s about to do with the fact that, I wake up from sleep with lots of electric pulses running through me. Sometimes, I need to rest for 10 – 15 minutes for it to subside. In the office, it picks up around mid-day and lasts for about an hour or 2. Beyond all this, I tend to have 3 to 4 dreams, sometimes 6 before waking up. Is all this normal, is it spiritual attack? What is really happening to me? I urgently need your feedback please. Even as I send this note, those electrical pulses are picking up.

    • Hi Chris, with any manifestations, check the fruit (outcome) and what is happening as a result, and also if you can sense what is happening in the atmosphere. If you are associating it with God’s Presence, it could be the Holy Spirit. The best thing to do is to find someone close at hand, a church leader for example, who can pray with you.

  38. I can’t tell if this is spiritual warfare, a deep depressive despair, or a combination of the two.
    I’m going through some really difficult times and I can’t tell if this terrible heartache I feel is a spritual attack to cause me to despair or if I really am “legitimately” depressed. A relationship to a man I thought I’d marry ended about a year ago and I’ve been struggling to forget him and banish this heartache, which literally feels so heavy in my chest and it’s not because of any actual heart problems. This heavy achy feeling is accompanied by feelings of utter despair for my future, not just because of losing this guy but because of my employment (lack of decent paying and enjoyable) prospects and financial state, which has never been stable because I just don’t and never have made enough to save or have any decent quality of life.

    I’m just really tired of it. Every year, I keep thinking the next year will be better so I keep hanging in there, hoping that God will come through but I feel like my prayers are being heard, but ignored by God. It’s becoming to the point where just putting one foot in front of the other and taking it day by day as people advise, just isn’t gonna sustain me anymore.

    The emotional pain I feel in my heart and chest despite prayers and begging to God to lift it refuses to budge and I am thinking of turning to alcohol to numb the pain since no amount of Bible reading and crying out to God and sharing my pain with others is relieving this pain. Antidepressants caused me so many side effects years ago when I first tried it that I could not live with the side effects so I stopped.

    It has been an ongoing battle and I am really losing hope. I used to be more hopeful when I was younger despite being very depressed but I am just weary now. My dreams of the kind of life I want looks like it’s never going to come true and by the time it does, it will be too late because of my age.

    So how do I know if I am under spirtual attack or if I am truly going through a true depression and unresolved grief?

    • Hi Sophie, I’m so sorry to hear of what you have gone through. It is a very good question – the reality is, we are triune beings (body, soul and spirit – 1 Thess 5:23) and depression can have an impact and cause in each of these areas.
      The way to tell whether it is spiritual warfare is – does waging spiritual warfare make a difference? This could include receiving prayer ministry (info here http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2012/09/11/prayer-ministry-ideas-and-guidelines/ or having someone pray with you, or your own personal praise/warfare prayer. Does it make a difference or even shift it for a period?
      Also sometimes we need to treat our souls and bodies as well. I have experienced the unresolved grief for 3 years a long time ago, counseling didn’t seem to shift it, but an encounter with God, His Presence and His joy healed my soul and set me free. (I mention that here http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2013/05/28/shekinah-why-seek-the-presence-we-already-have/
      Another time I came through burnout and depression, spending special time with God in one of my spiritual pathways helped bring me back to life. http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2010/07/05/how-to-discover-your-spiritual-pathway/
      Sophie, I pray that you are encouraged and uplifted, that you experience the sweet Presence of God, His breath, and know that this will pass. Keep persevering and resist the temptation with the alcohol. May you discover the keys to the new life your Heavenly Father has for you.

  39. I had a very good learning on your enliven blog on discernment. It took me 10 years looking back where it’s all exhausting physically, mentally and emotionally. Because, of the wrong choice and options I made. Now, it made me realized that the heat of the battle made me hunger for the Almighty and took me to a place where Christ can make me safe from now on. May your wisdom be a grace to life’s surprises.

    • Hello Cher, I’m glad the blog has been a blessing to you. May you continue to glory in the safety of the shelter of His wings (Psalm 91)