Here are 4 promises from the Bible that you can lean on during spiritual attacks.
Greater Is He Who Is Within You
First John 4:4 is an awesome promise, as it says, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Who is this “them” that we have overcome, which John is writing about? It comes just before 1 John 4:4, where John wrote, “This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world” (1 John 4:3). He (the enemy) is now in the world, but John promises He Who is in you–that is, the Spirit of God–is greater than he (the Antichrist and every wicked spirit) that is in the world.
God Is Greater Than Our Hearts
Once again I turn to the Apostle John to help those who are going through spiritual attacks, as he writes, “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:20). Sometimes the enemy will try to make you feel condemned or hopelessly lost and whisper in your ear “you can’t possibly be a real Christian.” That is not from God. That is from the enemy. If our hearts condemn us, we need to know that God is greater than our hearts–that is, He is more reliable than our feelings. The Spirit convicts us of sin and drives us to our knees, but the enemy makes us want to feel we’re phony Christians and can’t possibly be saved. Don’t believe it for one second because God is “greater than our hearts” or our feelings.
No Weapon Forged Against You Can Prevail
Isaiah was writing this to Israel, but surely the same principle applies to the believer in Christ, so you could claim this promise for yourself: “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you” (Isa. 54:17a). There is no weapon that the enemy can forge against you that will prevail against you, for God is for you and will never leave you (Rom. 8:31) or forsake you (Heb. 13:5b). Sorry, Satan, no one can pluck us out of the Father’s or Jesus’ hands (John 10:28-29), and that no one means you and your demons!
Paul commands us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). This includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the readiness of the Gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:14-17). In this way, God promises, “You may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Eph. 6:13b).
God does not leave us helpless or hopeless but victorious in Christ. We have God on our side, and that is enough because Jesus triumphed over the enemy at the cross. We are not fighting for victory; we are fighting from victory.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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