Let's talk about what is and is not a spiritual attack and how we can know that we are under attack. When it comes to the issues of whether a situation is a mental illness or a spiritual attack, it can quickly turn very controversial for the child of God and cause confusion in Christian circles.
There are those who think that everything that happens in their lives, that they do not see as favorable, as being from Satan. However, while it is very true that not everything is demonic, and there are in fact chemical imbalances, that can and do cause legitimate mental disorders, it does not exclude the fact, that there is an invisible war raging all around us, and we need to be sober because the Devil like a roaring lion is seeking to devour us.
Today we will be entering into the extreme schools of thought regarding the differences between mental illnesses and spiritual attacks, so that we can find a balance, and a scriptural viewpoint into correctly identifying the operations of Satan.
First, let me restate for the record as a Ph.D. in Theology with a Medical doctor on staff and say clearly: All mental illnesses are not the result of demonic attacks. Nor does someone being mentally ill exclude them from demonic attacks. Furthermore, I strongly feel that professional psychological care from God fearing Christian professionals is vital, and in order when it comes to an individual who is struggling, whether it is against themselves, or an actual spiritual attack or both.
Also, while I do NOT like the use of medication as a fix all, professionally administered medication by highly trained and God called doctors, such as Dr.Barbara might be necessary when chemical imbalances occur in the brain. However, when traditional medicine and therapy are not the proper course of treatment and do not result in a cure, then it is highly likely these symptoms are pointing to demonic operations of the minion of the damned.
Let me list for you in this post today, the first seven of fourteen symptoms, that I feel can and will clarify, whether you are under a spiritual attack or not. I will be covering the other seven symptoms, in part two tomorrow, so be sure to come back. I will be drawing from a well known documented case, for our case study of someone under spiritual attack, the account of the demoniac of Gadara, in Mark Chapter 5.
The precedent that I am referring to is the account of Legion, the demoniac of Gadara in Mark Chapter 5. Picture as this man is in chains, in the bone yard, because of supernatural violent and erratic behavior. In Mark 5:1-15, is where we find the account, and let me warn, you that spiritual attacks are apparent.
Symptom 1: The Incapacity for a Normal Life (Mark 5:1-5)
It may be true that misery loves company, however, as we see with Legion when someone is truly under a bombardment of spiritual attacks they will certainly become unsuitable for some companionship of any rational kind.
When it comes to social interaction with the community, friends, and family any normalcy will go out the window. Often there will be an extreme and unusual desire for solitude which will ironically accompany an overwhelming and profound sense of loneliness in the victim.
This isolation will often set in like a hammer with no relief in sight. Someone under continuous spiritual attacks will usually become very passive with no apparent desire to change when seen through the eyes of those around them. However, they are locked up in themselves and miserable, desperately seeking rest, and finding none. Don't be deceived; nobody wants to live like that.
Symptom 2: Outburst of Violent & Extreme Behavior (Mark 5:4)
When someone is suffering from spiritual attacks, violence will often be evident, in the victim's life. Often this is misdiagnosed as a bi-polar syndrome. One moment the person will be laughing and joking and happy, and then on a dime, become agitated and angry. They will display an explosive, violent temper and extreme unrest. They are dangerous to themselves, and others around them when this is the case. How do I know? Simple, uncontrollable anger is always dangerous because a person can do in a moment, what they would never do in a hundred thousand years. Behaviors that control the individual under attack, and threaten the people who love him or her, will destroy the quality of life factors for the tormented and can lead them to commit suicide if there is no intervention.
Symptom 3: Personality Changes – Sometimes Misdiagnosed as Schizophrenia (Mark 5:9, 12)
Let me digress here to explain something that deals with the realm of dimensions. Demons are not in the 3rd dimension and therefore are not subject to space. What this means is that many demons can cohabit the same host. Multiple entities can and do exist in the most severe cases of demonic control and spiritual attacks whether you are talking about oppression, obsession or possession.
The case of the demoniac of Gadara, he had a “legion” 1000 + spirits within his being all struggling for dominance. All cases of multiple personalities are not demonic, but in many cases, demon activity is in fact involved. Rapid and unexplained changes in personality, whether extreme or mild, may be evidence of demonic activity and spiritual attack!! Stopping this from happening, and educating society about the reality of those who suffer from spiritual attacks, is what the Spiritual Attack Relief Foundation & Ministries is all about. If God has blessed you to do so, please consider helping us assist you, or the ones you love, and others. Please consider buying the bear a cup of C.O.F.F.E.E. and if possible make it recurring.
Symptom 4: Constant Tossing & Turning – Restlessness and Insomnia. The Inability to go Asleep or to Stay Asleep.
(Mark 5:5) In verse 5, we see the demoniac of Gadara crying in the tombs both night and day. Let me tell you, as one who has often been the subject of spiritual attacks. My professional assessment is this; that ain't NO fun. Legion could not sleep.
Not all insomnia is a spiritual attack. Sometimes the reason you cannot sleep is that you eat one too many chili dogs. Insomnia can be a sign of a physical problem, a sign of a spiritual problem, or the fact you didn't do somebody right, and you are kicking your rear end. It could just be that you lack faith in God taking care of you. Let go and Let….awe, just go to sleep already.
According to the Word of God, God has gifted His children with the pleasure of sleep (Psalm 127:2). So when you cannot sleep when you are tired night after night, and there is no actual medical reason or condition for this disturbance and lack of rest, the devil's damned may very well be tormenting you. Bind the Devil in the name of Jesus and sleep now, it is enough. Don't forget: Jesus said He would give you rest, sweet rest. You can rest in Jesus!
Pull your chair up real close and let me show you the fog of war. In Psalm 3, There is a picture of what it is like to be in warfare. David's enemies are hounding him. In verse 3, he tells the Lord, (he is actually reminding himself of this reality), “You are a shield for me.”
In verses 5 and 6, David cried, “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” Then in another place, Psalm 4:8, “I will both lie down in peace and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Sleep is not only sweet my friend; but it is also God's gift to all who have faith in God and like a child, trust in Him.
Symptom 5: A Terrible Inner Anguish that Something is Desperately Wrong! (Mark 5:5)
This Gadarene Demoniac is having severe and tormenting spiritual attacks in his mind and heart. He is going through a type of Baptism of Fire on multiple and various levels of extreme anxieties. This kind of torment is always a clear and present reality in those who are afflicted by demons and are suffering spiritual attacks.
While it is true that grief and anguish are normal emotions for us all. And, Jesus was called a Man of Sorrow (Capitalized because this is a Messianic Name) and acquainted with grief. Persistent, unresolved and unrelenting pain that will not leave even after traditional medications, therapies, counseling, encouragement, and prayer is demonic and if this is a reality for you, you are under spiritual attack and assault.
Symptom 6: Self-inflicted Injuries and Suicide – Extreme Suffering that Seemingly Must be Relieved (Mark 5:5)
The Holy Spirit of God is all over me. I can feel my very scalp tightening in the grip of the quickening as I am speaking these words. God wants you to understand that suicide is not the unpardonable sin. Many soldiers have sacrificed their lives for their friends; as a matter of fact, no greater love has any man than this. God wants me to remind you that Sampson committed suicide and destroyed more enemies of God in his death than in the whole of his life.
However, with the demoniac of Gadara, we see this demonic man cutting himself. When someone is a cutter, the pain, and the bleeding relieves the soulish torment of the mind, the will, and the emotions. Thanks be unto God who restoreth the soul as the sweet psalmist said in Psalms 23:4.
In Mark 9:14-29, there is the account of the man whose boy was both deaf and mute. Why? A demon did it: “Wherever it [the evil spirit] seizes him, it throws him down … Often he [the demon] has thrown him [the boy] both into the fire and into the water to destroy him” (vv. 18, 22). Jesus cast out the vile, filthy thing, this demon, (yes they are unclean): “The spirit cried out, convulsed him [the boy] greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, but Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose” (vv. 26-27). Demons will try to kill you when forced to leave and can cause people to hurt themselves. These nasty creatures of the flies even incite suicide in those who suffers from this level of spiritual attacks.
Symptom 7: Unexplained Illness(es) with no Apparent Medical Rhyme or Reason
Often you will find an expression in Medical Sciences as to something being idiopathic. What that ten dollar word means is they don't know the reason. It goes against histrionics and causes. When medical testing produces no ailment, nothing amiss, no physical cause for an illness, then it only stands to reason, to turn to the mind and spirit for answers. We are cast then on one of four conclusions; medical science has not discovered the reason, they are lying, it is in their head, or it is simply spiritual assault, a campaign of spiritual attacks.
Sometimes you are sick because you think you are sick, and the illnesses are psychological, and proper counseling can result in relief. Other times it is spiritual, and your battle is with demons! Simply stated my friend, you are under a spiritual attack!
A Scriptural example of a spiritual attack is in Luke 13:11-16, here a woman afflicted by a “spirit of infirmity” notice it is a spirit (v. 11). Jesus called her “a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound” (v. 16).
While it is Obvious, she was a child of God and faithful to her synagogue every Sabbath, with a desire to know more and more about the Lord Jesus, Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, thou art loosed from thy infirmity.' And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God” (vv. 12-13).
While not every time the light turns red and you are in a hurry it is a demon, don't be stupid. There are many physical illnesses which demons cause. These demons are a class of demons known as “spirits of infirmity.”
Thank you for attending to, ” Spiritual Attack – Demonic Operations and Symptoms”
-Dr. Scott (aka Teddy Bear)