People spiritually attacked by the devil through witchcraft, other means, or different forms of divination have to figure out how to get help, but they’re so sick that they don’t know how to do that. Their mental capacity has been affected so severely that they can’t process information as they used to. They need to regain that ability and confidence so they can seek help. They have changed so much that they don’t believe they will ever be the same again. To a certain extent, that is true, but if you think it is all bad, you would be wrong. Before I explain that, I need to start from the beginning. The following paragraph may sound familiar to those who have read some of my previous articles. But a short reminder of how the attacks affect people is necessary for this article.
Demons attack the mind with lies and accusations causing the afflicted person to doubt themselves and become discouraged. Guilt and shame are also a result of these attacks, which damages the person further. Demons will interrupt or completely prevent sleep, which affects thinking and emotions. The lack of sleep causes exhaustion making it difficult for the person to concentrate or make simple decisions. There can also be physical attacks or encounters and audio and visual disturbances. The physical attacks may include poking, shoving, scratching, feeling a heavy weight on the chest, and more. Visual disturbances for me were shadowy dark figures. I am sure there are more, but this is how I experienced them. The audio sounds were all kinds of things; demonic voices, banging, whispering, and so on. Demons play tricks on your mind. These experiences are terrifying and cause incredible stress on the person, which affects the way they see themselves. Fear, anxiety, and sadness are their constant companions, which leads them to isolate themselves from others. Until the person can find the strength to break free from these negative thoughts and emotions, they will not get better but continue to deteriorate and eventually fall into despair.
“They encompass me like water all the day; on all sides they close in upon me.Psalm 88:18
You can see then that there is a progression in the attacks. Once the demons are able to engulf the whole person, the attacks will be so severe that you won’t question something is wrong; you’ll know something is wrong. Healing is going to happen in stages. Since the mind is the first point of the attack and the control center of the whole body, you must start there. Regaining control of your mind will depend on how diligently you confront these obsessive thoughts. So what are obsessive thoughts? They are repetitious words or short phrases that assault the mind. They can happen continually, especially at the beginning of the attacks. But almost always, they occur during the Mass, in prayer, or when you are in adoration. These are sure signs you are experiencing demonic obsession.
“Therefore submit to God, resist the deviland He will take flight.”James 4:7
When your mind is under attack, it creates a lot of anxiety. You won’t be able to be still, pray, or be at peace. If you are at Mass, you’ll want it to be over. If you’re in adoration, you won’t be able to stay. You’ll try, but the urge to leave will be overwhelming. It is a nervousness that won’t stop no matter what you do. Sometimes the thoughts are loud, and sometimes they’re fainter. But either way, they distract you from prayer and keep you from achieving peace. They can last a day or several days. Just knowing this won’t make them stop. You have to do something for that to happen. You have to alter the way you respond to these mental attacks. Never speak directly to demons, it will make things much worse. It would be an open door inviting them in. But always submit your prayers and needs to God. Try not to let yourself fall into shame and guilt, but forcefully and consistently dismiss the thoughts. It won’t be easy because the more you reject them, the more the attacks will persist. Don’t give up. The devil won’t. If you remind yourself that he is trying to wear you down, it will give you a reason to resist him. The spiritual battle comes down to a state of mind. You have to get mad to get strong. Give everything to God and join your suffering with His. Ask the Blessed Mother to crush the Head of the serpent, and believe she will do that for you. Call on the angels, the saints, and the souls in purgatory to pray for you. These are all ways you take part in your healing. You have to choose to reject the negative, demeaning thoughts and move on with your day, even if they don’t leave right away.
Sometimes the anxiety caused by these mental attacks is so severe that they will need a priest to pray deliverance prayers (minor exorcism) over you. Some people will have difficulty with this. They are afraid to reveal their current state to anyone, especially a priest because they think they won’t believe them or that they are crazy. The sooner you overcome that line of thinking, the better for you. As powerful and necessary as these deliverance prayers are, the sacraments are everything. They give you grace and strength and draw you closer to Christ. Participate in the sacraments as often as you can. So this brings me back to my initial thought. Will you ever be the same again? The answer is no. You will never be the same again. You are being (or have been) tormented by the devil, and this changes you forever. As you heal, you may be more reserved and solitary. It is a kind of isolation, but not as profound as when the attacks were active. It is like you are in protection mode. You could become more cautious of people. I did. That isn’t a bad thing, but rather a grace that gives you an awareness of potential spiritual dangers. But I think the most valuable change is the love you now have for God. It is immense. It is a yearning that only increases. There is nothing and no one more important than that love you share. And this happens as a direct result of the attacks. Your suffering has led you to Jesus and this incredible love, and your life is now changed forever.
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