Attacks

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?

R.E.A.C.T. !

16 thoughts on “Attacks

  1. Dear Mario, we will remember the acronym, R.E.A.C.T.!
    For 3 weeks I’ve been trying not to do the wrong kind of reacting! It has been HARD…
    Right now, hubby & I are battling 2 huge well known insurance companies, our own HOA and property management company, plus contractors who refuse to give an exact $$ amount on the project that has to be done. Yet since the 1st week of December we’ve been without regular hot water! And its COLD out there! A plumb leak (in our neighbors wall-not our wall) is the culprit but NONE of these aforementioned will be accountable, they ALL continue to act as though its “our” personal responsibility to repair it!! Thousands and thousands of dollars… they act as if its just not their problem but is our problem? Its a common wall and common pipe!
    The devil is a liar and a robber!
    I/we, will need to REMEMBER-ENFORCE-ABANDON-CONTINUE-and-TRAIN!

  2. Thank you Mario!

    On Mon, Jan 7, 2019, 12:18 AM Mario Murillo Ministries mariomurilloministries posted: “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” >

  3. Only getting up and praying as many hours as possible in the spirit and feeding on God’s word day and night gets me through the day.
    I also remember fasting.
    God is my strength !!!

  4. greater the threat,greater the battle,Jesus in the wilderness 40 days,who met him but satan personally.we are being pruned,transformed,i know the battles so well being more than 39 years ago i was in deep darkness in the occult,i am viewed as a traitor by the evil one.but our GOD uses everything ,nothing goes to waste to our good,the goal,being transformed into the image of our LORD JESUS,our life beyond the veil,the most holy place,living in the very presence of the LORD.your not alone,never,a SHEPHERD NEVER ABANDONS HIS SHEEP,BUT FIGHTS FOR HIS SHEEP,just like a little shepherd boy called David who later became the king of ISRAEL God,s sheep,David a mighty warrior,we have our KING DAVID,JESUS CHRIST OUR KING,your not alone,never,oh!!!! so much i can say because of what i am going through,but my life is HIS!!!!!not my own,love you all in the SPIRIT OF CHRIST:))lolwes

    1. Praise the Lord for all the people rising up to walk in the ways of the LOrd. Glory to God for the battle is not ours but His and it is won. There’s just something about that NAME, JESUS!!!!!!!!GLORY TO GOD!!!!!!!!

  5. This is an excellent post and I am passing it on and asking my readers to do the same. Thank you for this wonderful reminder!!! I know that this works; I call it though; “a well thought out response” to the enemies tactics….looking a little higher, going a little deeper….clinging to Christ and living from the place of new creation IN CHRIST; the NEW and LIVING way!!!

  6. This is a wonderful article I love reading whatever Mario writes. This is exactly what I have experienced over the last 10 years. After raising a family and thinking I had done the best I could my daughter tells me I did the worst anyone could do, changing all the memories I had into all lies until I didn’t even know who I was and she hasn’t spoken to me in 6 years. Therapy is what got her to all of it. My heart has been completely smashed. I will pray for her always but it is so hard to go on sometimes.I would never believe this could be my life. I must abandon it all and just keep my eyes on Jesus alone. I feel nothing as vicious as this could have happened to me. Thank you for the encouragement!

    1. Chloe, you are not alone! My youngest daughter hasn’t spoken to me in over a year. My other 2, barely. My son took his life in 2014, so I know how hard your struggle is! Keep your eyes focused on Jesus – the Author & Finisher of our faith! Remember Peter: [Matt 14:25] he was able to walk on the water as long as he kept his focus on Jesus. It was only when he took his eyes off the Lord & started looking around him at his circumstances, that he began to sink! [Phillipians 3:12-14] Keep pressing toward that prize! (And keep seeing your daughter as His! He loves her more than even you!) God Bless!

  7. Thank you Mario. Now I know why the mind fog and the unexplained tiredness and the pain that comes in like a flood. Praise the Lord for revelation. The enemy comes in like a flood but our LORD raises up a banner against him. Not by might nor by power but by MY SPIRIT says my LORD. I WILL STAND UPON MY WATCH AND WE WILL GROW STRONGER IN THE LORD. May our minds comprehend the dangers lerking everywhere. We will trust in our Lord and not be fearful but grow stronger , lifting up holy hands unto our Lord God who gives everything we have need of. God bless you and thank you for answering the call. Every Tuesday at noon to 1pm a number of commited women gather to pray at our church, since May. All glory to God for He is for us.”

  8. Thank you Mario for this Word. All who are Followers of Jesus and doing what HE has called us to do in the Kingdom are under attack one way or another. We must use the power of the Holy Spirit to become the overcomers that God has intended. A.T.T.A.C.T. and staying in the Word and drawing closer to Jesus is and should be our goal for 2019.

  9. Thank you, Pastor Mario! I needed this so badly. I’m not going to say which one, but one of the three fit me to a T. I could have written it myself to describe myself. I should have known it was an enemy attack! Thank you again, and thank you for R.E.A.C.T.

  10. 2019 had a difficult beginning. Hell attacked several people I know, and hit them hard! Discouragement seems to be the main satanic tool, while my wife was hit with sickness, and I was attacked spiritually. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him!” Isaiah 59:19. Be strong in the Lord, dear brothers and sisters. May God deliver you mightily out of all afflictions! Psalm 34:19.

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