Satan is a real spiritual being. Even though you cannot see him, it does not mean he does not exist. After all, can you see electricity? You cannot. But you can feel its effects. So, too, can you feel the “effects” of Satan if you toy with him — or if you allow him to toy with you on account of fear, ignorance, or if having been abused you do not stand up and use your spiritual weapons. This series of articles is designed to help you understand some of his strategies, so that you can be victorious over him.
The gain that we have over Satan, it is not in our own strength. We cannot fight Satan in our own strength, but must use spiritual weapons. They are called “the weapons of our warfare” in the Bible (2 Corinthians 10:4) and they include, among other things, faith. The faith required is one that is based on the truth of God’s Holy Word, the Bible. It is not self-centered faith, but God-centered. It is faith that comes as you study and get to know God through His word (the Bible), and as you fellowship with other believers and pray, and worship. Be a good Christian, and growwwwwww in your faith! Then, you shall be an overcomer! “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4) God has a great destiny in store for you, if you will seek to become an overcomer. Don’t shrink back. Be of good courage. Don’t look to the world around you, but look to Christ. It is He who will give you your victories.
On a certain day, after the Lord had spoken to me in a dream and revealed to me that Satan was on the prowl and wanting to attack me (see “When Satan Attacks, Part 1” at http://fcet.biblemessages.com/when-satan-attacks/), when as of yet I still did not know the problem, I went to church one Sunday morning. After the service had ended, I intended to talk with the pastor, so that I could pray with him (for he is a friend of mine). At that time, all of a sudden, I began to feel quite dizzy and unable to do anything at all. I did not recognize this as a spiritual attack, and previously (as I explained in my first article) I explained that a door had been opened for Satan to attack me through fear of not understanding why I had been dizzy before. Thus, I began to feel dizzy without cause — it was Satan attacking me but I did not know it, so God had to reveal it to me in a dream, which he did and which led to complete victory over these demonically-inspired symptoms.
At that time, I was not able to pray, and was driven home by the pastor, literally being helped out the door, being aided by both he and his wife, so weak did I feel. It was shortly afterwards that I saw the doctor, and blood tests were done, and the doctor said that everything was perfectly normal. Normal? How could it be? I went home and began to think about that dream. I realized then for the fist time that Satan was behind the dizziness, so I was much more prudent and lived with a heightened sense of awareness than I did before. Then, not long after that, suddenly one day, the dizziness was back — it presented itself to me in very stark fashion, as though someone just walked into the room. It was like turning on a light switch. Was this demonic? I said, “I command you Satan, in Jesus name, to go! Go now!” I pressed in for a short while (maybe thirty seconds) and lo-and-behold — the dizziness disappeared as quickly as it had come. The “light switch” was now off! So I said to myself, “Aha! This is it! This is Satan!” So I lived with a determination not to let Satan do that again!
The next Sunday, I was back at church. Once again, after the service was over, it was in my heart to share with the pastor — and I cannot exactly remember what I wanted to share with him about, but it was something of significance, and, as I was about to do that, suddenly, the dizziness was back quite strongly this time and I recognized that, once again, there was a spirit there trying to dissuade me. But these tricks were getting a bit old (don’t you think?). I had already been aware — because God had shown it to me in a dream — that Satan was attacking me and because I had already commanded a spirit to go earlier that week. Therefore, rather than dissuading me, I was actually encouraged by this attack, that Satan considered me worthy enough to attack, and not being ignorant, this time, prayed for about five or ten minutes. I could have commanded the spirit to go again, but this time I prayed in some other language, not English. The pastor and his wife were right there at that time, but did not know that a direct attack against me was on at that very moment. They just knew I wanted to immediately pray and I asked them to please bear with me, which they gladly did, for they are spiritual people who seek to follow Christ and desire to do His will. The attack was a strong “dose of opposition,” you might say. Because of what I had been through in the past week or so (see previous article and above), I knew it had to be spiritual, so this caused me to “up” my prayers significantly. Apparently, Satan did not want me talking and praying with the pastor!
How does one pray in a situation like that? One must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. When I prayed, the powerful presence left me, but it took five to ten minutes of praying. I was definitely being challenged. The effects of a spirit can be quite strong. The physical symptoms persisted during the prayer but it made me want to pray stronger, and more forcefully, which I did. Then, the presence left entirely. So we were completely free after that, and could go on discussing the word of God and spiritual matters for a good time after that, unhindered. That’s a different story than the week before in which I had to be helped out and driven home. Satan was against this encounter, obviously. God was leading. Some very good discussion ensued after that — discussion which seeks to build up and encourage. So we see that Satan’s attacks are not random, but carefully planned. It is as we see in the Scriptures (Luke 4:13). Satan will attack at opportune times – they are planned (he is not as good a planner as God is, but he will still do things intentionally).
What was originally meant for evil (Satan’s attack) was now turned around for the good. Satan had intended to dissuade me and prevent me from sharing and praying with the pastor. Satan did not want me praying with him, hence the attack the previous week, and the one on this occasion, as well. But what the enemy intended for evil, God desires to turn around for the good.
Joseph, speaking to his brothers who betrayed him said, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20) In this, we see that God desires to preserve life and save people, even through difficult circumstances — circumstances which may, in fact, involve Satan or evil. Yes, God can even use that to bring about His purposes, as He did in Joseph’s case (in which many lives indeed were saved).
What are some of the things that are happening in your own life that appear to be evil? How can God turn those things around for the good? In particular, if you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and desire to do His will, the enemy (Satan or one of his demons) may be trying to trip you up. God wants to take whatever the enemy is doing and turn that around for good in your life and in the life of others. Please allow Him to do that. Rise up in faith!
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:1-4)
(Stay tuned for part 3.)