These are the most vicious attacks I have ever heard of. And they are not just happening to weak Christians—they are happening to well-known leaders. I get prayer requests. They are the most gut-wrenching I have ever read. It would not surprise me if you are locked in the battle of your life. The times we live in are terrible enough but this is an added attack.
The flood of reports of these attacks put me on red alert. I dove into intercession—searched the Word of God—reviewed the darkest moments of my life. I tried to excavate treasure from my own victories in Christ.
I asked the God to help me understand the new vicious attacks and a formula from the Bible to fight back. Slowly, the evil purpose unfolded. We are dealing with an evil snake in a frenzy because his time is short. The attacks seemed to fit into three categories that match the way serpents attack in the natural. Here are the 3 most blatant attacks right now.
1.The serpent’s bite. You feel poisoned and gradually losing control of your body and mind. Fearful images flood your mind. You reel under a cloud of confusion. You are exhausted. The least demand of your day can drain you. You may find yourself crying and unable to explain your emotions. You are gripped with paralyzing feelings of dread and sense disaster is just around the corner.
2.The serpent’s squeeze. This attack came out of nowhere and changed your life in an instant. You feel like you are suffocating. You want to scream but your voice is trapped within you. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.
The goal of this attack is panic. The enemy wants you to do something rash. The devil wants you to abandon your place in God. He wants to deceive you into allowing permanent damage.
3. The serpent’s claws: This attack tears people apart. For silly reasons, people take offense. Disagreements escalate and kill relationships. Marriages are breaking up over trivial matters. Churches are splitting over stupid issues. Children are turning on their parents without warning. Lifelong friends turn into worst enemies bent on each other’s destruction.
Here are a few words about what you must do about these attacks.
The Holy Spirit kept saying, “Learn how to react to your attack.” Jesus made it very clear to me that even though I cannot choose what attacks I will face—I can choose the result.
My victory was tied to my reaction. I know that sounds simplistic but reaction is the key. It kept coming over and over…react, react, and react. Then it turned into REACT, REACT, and REACT! Finally, it was R.E.A.C.T. An acronym for 5 life changing words: REMEMBER—ENFORCE—ABANDON—CONTINUE—TRAIN. Take these steps to stop these vicious new attacks and launch an effective counterattack!
Remember! You must remember the amazing victories of your past and how you won those battles. You must remember how God delivered you in the past. Psalm 20: 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Nehemiah 4:14 says “remember the awesomeness of God and fight…”
You must remember what God has prepared for your future. Romans 8:18 “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.” All you want to do now is to get relief from the raging storm. Satan wants you to forget two things: your legacy and your destiny.
Enforce! Things are not what they seem. Satan is the master of disguise. Our enemy kills through special effects. Bending reality is his stock and trade. The goal of his smoke and mirrors is to get you to accept disaster. He cannot kill you—but he can use panic to get you to harm yourself. Reject the panic and enforce the panic on him.
Abandon! In every attack there is something you must abandon, something that you are holding onto that is actually holding onto you. You may want something bad to happen to someone else. You may be clinging to a destructive relationship. Forgive your enemy; cut of the parasites, lighten your load so that you can attack with speed and clarity. Someone or something is no longer supposed to be in your life. T.D. Jakes said, “Their part of the story is over, let them go.”
Continue! You are under attack because you did something that Satan wanted stopped. Continue to do what he does not want you to do. Your victory is tied to your intention to do more than you did before. Look at Peter. He was beaten for the healing of the man at the gate beautiful and ordered not to preach about Jesus. What was his reaction? To pray for boldness to preach and for more miracles! Acts 4:29,30 Lord behold their threats and grant unto your servants that with all boldness we may preach Your word while You stretch out your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done in the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Train: 2 Corinthians 2: 11 “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Paul is saying that what he learned from past attacks made him wiser against new attacks. Learn from this and train for future attacks. General Patton said, “no amount of courage will avail against an educated bullet. ” He was talking about the urgency of training. We must become an educated bullet! Ask yourself, what did I learn from the attack? What pitfalls am I going to avoid next time? What weakness in me does the enemy use to get in and disrupt my life? What will I do now to keep friendships strong, my body healthy, my children safe, my marriage loving and my money secure against future assaults?