For the past 3 or so weeks, I have been under a spiritual attack. I have been wrestling with multiple things such as; faith, rejection, and discouragement. There were times were I was winning but then there were times that the enemy had the best of me. As the weeks went by it seemed like the counterpunch from the enemy had knocked me out so hard that I had lost everything.
I was so discouraged that I was losing my faith, hope and belief. I didn’t want to hear, another prophetic word because I thought it didn’t apply to me. I didn’t want to hear, another revelation because God had forgotten about me. I felt as though that, God had lead me into this new place and had abandoned me. All of these thoughts and negative words were in my ear.
This week, I had a dream and although the dream was very fuzzy and I don’t remember what it was about, I do remember hearing something my mom said. She told me three times, right after each other to be faithful. I woke up confused. I knew I was in spiritual warfare but I couldn’t connect the dots.
The past two days I have been crying out to God because I have never experienced such a level of hate and evil in the spirit realm. I started to say things like; God I have no faith, God I want to retreat, I want to go back to the way things were before. I was completely hopeless at this point.
I went outside to my car yesterday and the holy spirit began to speak to me about breaking word curses. When I first heard what the holy spirit said, I was a little confused. The holy spirit stated to me again, “Break the word curses by releasing blessings.”
Towards the end of my day yesterday, I got a Facebook notification from an Apostle that went live. I said, “God, I don’t want to hear another prophetic word.” I looked away from my phone and before I knew it, I said, “But maybe there is a word from God for me on there.” I watched the video and sure enough, the Apostle was speaking directly to me.
This morning I was discussing what was happening with my father and God used him to help identify what happening in the spirit realm. Great deliverance came today. As my day went on, I heard the holy spirit say, “Counterattack the counterpunch.”
There are 3 things the Lord began to deal with me about. The 1st one is, discouragement. Discouragement is a mighty attack and during my time, I have faced a tremendous amount of discouragement.
Discourage means; “to deprive of courage, hope, confidence, dishearten, dispirit, to dissuade, to obstruct by opposition or difficulty, to hinder, to express or make clear disapproval of or to frown upon.”
What makes discouragement so powerful is the fact that it targets your passion. It’s a mighty missile that if struck, it has the ability to paralyze and leave its target in a place of despair. Discouragement, affects your sight. How can a discouraged person see correctly if their sight is obstructed with negativity? Discouragement releases mental torment. Discouragement causes blockages and back-ups so that the rivers of living waters won’t pour out of your spirit.
The 2nd and 3rd attack is anxiety and fear. Both anxiety and fear are interrelated with each other but have some differences.
Anxiety means; “distress or uneasiness or mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune, earnest but tense desire; eagerness, a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of a mental disorder.”
Fear means; “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid; a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling, concern or anxiety; solicitude; something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension, anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur. “
Anxiety and fear will keep you from moving forward. They will cause you to worry and doubt. When a person is in a state of anxiety or fear sometimes the thought of quitting, giving up and isolation becomes their state of mind.
I remember reading,”Spiritual Attack” by Ryan LeStrange and he said, “Every time there is a spiritual advance there will be a spiritual attack.” It wasn’t until I had finished talking to my father about what was happening that my dream and what the Lord had spoken to me about word curses made sense.
The Lord began to speak to me and told me to counterattack the enemies counterpunch.
Counterattack means; an attack in response to an attack; to make a counterattack (against)
Counterpunch means; a punch thrown in return for one received. throw a counterpunch
Our spiritual advance, our destiny, our calling and grace threatens the enemy and his camp. So he counterpunches us by sending discouragement, fear and anxiety. We’ve been taking the blows and even punching back but the Lord is saying, “Stop counterpunching, it’s time to counterattack.” A punch will only do so much damage. A punch will knock you down for a while but you can regroup after a few minutes. However, a counterattack, disassembles the enemy camps. A counterattack is violent and release hail stones and the fire of God. A counterattack consumes the enemy. A counterattack is what the bible means when God spoke and told Joshua to utterly destroy the enemy. A counterattack is vicious and it has no mercy.
As you and I go forward, keep in mind to counterattack and watch the Lord fight your battles. No longer will you or I respond or react by tolerating or counterpunching the enemy. We are going to counterattack and continue to advance in our God given grace.