7 Signs You Are Dealing With a Spiritual Attack

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Every believer struggles at different times with spiritual attacks even though we don’t always recognize it as from the devil. We blame our circumstances, family, friends, and sometimes even God, for our troubles. Yet Satan is a master deceiver who instigates problems and disappears before anyone recognizes his influence.

The Bible instructs us in Ephesians 6:10 that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. If we recognize the signs of a spiritual attack, we won’t waste time blaming the wrong people—instead we focus on dealing with the devil and overcoming him. What are the 7 signs that you are dealing with a spiritual attack?

Sign #1) When you struggle with random thoughts that go against biblical teachings

If we haven’t learned to discipline our minds according to God’s word, our thoughts can wander to the wrong places. Yet even with discipline, it’s possible to find ourselves struggling with adverse thoughts. We must first recognize that sinful, evil thoughts don’t come from God and likely are planted by the evil one. Our responsibility is to deal with those thoughts promptly. One of the best scriptures to memorize and use against this attack is 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.

7 Signs You Are Dealing With a Spiritual Attack

Sign #2) When you struggle with overwhelming feelings of discouragement

We are often tossed to and fro through the waves of adversity. Many times we pray, fast, and study God’s word to find peace in the midst of it. Yet sometimes we have moments when we feel overwhelmingly discouraged and without the strength to keep going. In those times we must call out to God to provide the grace we need to move forward. It’s especially helpful to begin with thanking the Lord for His many blessings one by one as we make our way out of discouragement.

Sign #3) When you struggle in your relationships

Even when we strive to live at peace with everyone, we may have to deal with people who cause division, distraction, and disputing in our lives. These could be family members, coworkers, or even fellow believers. Most of the time, they don’t realize that they are being used by Satan to cause trouble. We overcome this struggle by praying for them and asking God for the wisdom to deal with them in a way that is pleasing to Him.

Sign #4) When you struggle with sleeping because of interruptions or nightmares

We are usually at our best when we are healthy and get rest at night. However Satan can cause us to be awaken with troubling dreams or interruptions throughout the evening. It’s best to seek out the Lord in prayer especially using the Psalms as a method to get you through. Psalm 3:5 “I will lay down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me” and Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” are especially helpful.

Sign #5) When you struggle with past temptations that you’ve overcome

Just when you thought you were over a past temptation—it comes back with a fierce determination to draw you back in. This tactic of our enemy is to make us forget our freedom from the power of sin. We must hold fast to our first love, Jesus Christ, and not make excuses for fading back into former ways of living. The Lord makes a way for us to escape if we are willing to trust Him according to 1 Corinthians 10:19.

Sign #6) When you struggle with worries, doubts, and fears every day

Worry, doubt, and fear are always available if we let them infiltrate our hearts and minds. We live in a fallen world where there’s an abundance of trouble to deal with. Yet our hearts and minds must stay completely focused on God’s word and His faithfulness in spite of the hardships we face. An everyday fear, worry, or doubt needs regular treatment of God’s word such as 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:4-8, and Matthew 21:21 for meditation and memorization.

Sign #7) When you struggle with praying regularly

There’s nothing Satan wants more than for the people of God to stop praying with regularity. Our prayers hinder his work in the world. Many times we underestimate the power of prayer and begin to neglect the fervency and consistency of it. We must never forget the amazing works of God in our lives through prayer. Our prayers are powerful and effective to bring down the walls of deceit and lies built by our enemy.

Knocked Down, but not Knocked Out

“Life is a hard fight, a struggle, a wrestling with the principle of evil, hand to hand, foot to foot. Every inch of the way is disputed.” (Florence Nightingale)

Many times we want out of the struggle. We want to give up and walk away—hoping to find a calmer, more peaceful life. Yet the kingdom struggle remains until Jesus comes back. We must fight on like worthy and faithful soldiers of Christ. We were created for this moment of struggle so that the Lord would be glorified as we tear down Satan’s kingdom winning over one person at a time. Fight on!

Related reading: The Sword of the Spirit

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Pastor Jerry Iamurri October 21, 2014 at 7:46 am

Thanks for the article, I think there might be a typo in the scripture reference for number 5. Did you mean 1 Corinthians 10:13 in stead of 10:19?


David Appiah April 16, 2021 at 10:27 pm

Thank you Pastor Jerry. I’m sure that was a typo.. God bless you for your input


Michelle October 22, 2014 at 5:02 am

Great article! Wish we didn’t have to scroll down and see Ellen Degenerate in the advertisement. Can you turn AdChoices off? They seem quite contrary to your blog’s purposes.


rini November 29, 2017 at 2:53 am

Hi… can i know what is the problem with you seeing ellen degeneres?


Kim Vanwinkle February 15, 2020 at 11:32 pm

Great article! I, unfortunately missed the Ellen oppurtunity….. love her!


Ben June 27, 2021 at 9:59 am

I will answer for them the problem with Helen is that she is a sodomite. An abomination. She is a satanist. The bible says to be in this world not of this world. We are to be a pilgrim, an alien of the world. So if you want to continworshipping your celebrity idols maybe you need to examine whether or not you are truly saved.


Marianne Aningat November 16, 2017 at 1:18 am

Very nice post!


Gerald Manning January 8, 2018 at 9:54 am



Jack Wellman January 8, 2018 at 11:26 am

What type of help do you need sir?


M shook February 4, 2018 at 3:27 pm

I have allowed my faith to. Fade and am under spiritual attack to the point of looking up ways to belittle all that is biblical and no longer even understand the Trinity. I believe the church is in it for money .I am sick at heart and I am disalousend. Please help me straighten out pray for me. Thank you


Jack Wellman February 4, 2018 at 3:40 pm

Hello M. Shook. Prayers for you, even as I write this, but not all churches are in it for the money. I am a pastor but work without a salary. Our church gives more than we take in to prisoners, a nursing home ministry and outreach to the homeless…so you may have had a bad church expereince, but don’t judge all churches being in it for the money…so, please call your pastor and tell him and ask your church to pray for you as we are commanded to do (James 5:14) as we need one another (Heb 10:24-25) and seek to do what Jesus commands us to do (Matt 25:34-39) as we do it to Him (Matt 25:40) or we do nothing for Him (Matt 25:41- and that’s not good (Matt 7:21-23). If you are really serious about seeking to be straightened out, humble yourself, seek godly counsel, and have the body of Christ, the church, pray for you as Jesus said the gates of hell will not stop the church’s existence.


Bruce January 23, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Thank you very much for waking all of us up is very deep.


Jack Wellman January 23, 2019 at 3:59 pm

THank you sir.


Sarah February 11, 2019 at 7:30 am

Help me in prayers am married for 5 years now but I don’t know what is wrong with my life I have a loving kind husband but my problem is mustabation even when I pray hard it attacks me still. What do I do please help me


David April 16, 2021 at 10:34 pm

I pray the Lord delivers you in Jesus’s name


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