Have you ever felt as though you were under a spiritual attack?
I have. More than once. It happened several times immediately prior to overseas ministry trips. I’d be focused on preparing my teaching materials when a certain individual would call and levy accusations against me about something I’d said or done, sometimes years prior. Each conversation left me reeling.
After the second or third occurrence, I realized what was happening. I cried out to God for help, and He opened my eyes to several biblical promises that calmed my chaotic thoughts.
Psalm 91:14-15 is one example: “The LORD says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.’”
Each time this person’s words came to mind, I replaced them with Scripture. Peace prevailed when I focused on God’s promises.
Psalm 91:4 says, “His faithful promises are your armor and protection” (NLT). The ESV uses the words “shield” and “buckler” rather than “armor” and “protection.” The shield was typically
round and smaller than the rectangular buckler, but both served as effective weapons against the enemy’s arrows or swords. One theologian says the Hebrew word for buckler suggests something that wraps around a person for protective purposes, like a fortress.
Satan most often launches his attacks in our mind.
He’s bent on planting thoughts that breed discouragement, anger, shame, jealousy, unforgiveness, fear, and more. Our best defense is the Word of God. Filling our minds with His promises guards us from evil’s destructive forces.
If you’re feeling under attack, write Psalm 91:4-5 on a recipe card and post it where you’ll see it often. Memorize it for easy recall as often as needed. Remember—God made this promise to those who love Him and who trust in His name, and He always keeps His word.
Which of God’s promises helps you when you feel under attack?