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Signs of a Spiritual Attack: Fear and Anxiety

Fear is a natural emotion that is built into every human being. It indicates danger and helps people protect themselves. But when a person is under a spiritual attack, fear moves beyond what is normal. For example, being afraid of a bee is nothing compared to being afraid of something you don’t understand and can’t control. A spiritual attack is very real, but at the same time, unidentifiable. You know you are being attacked, but you don’t know by what. You can’t see it, you can only feel it and that turns fear into terror. Once this progression takes place, it is difficult to escape it.

This kind of fear affects people physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I can explain this by giving you a picture of how fear and anxiety affected me when I was under an attack by the devil. Now, this is only a part of it, but it will help you identify whether or not you are being spiritually attacked in this way. The physical signs are the first indication that something is wrong. There is an unrelenting nervousness that upsets the stomach and eventually spreads throughout your whole body. It is a panicky feeling. A shaking within that you can’t control. You get more and more anxious throughout the day, and no matter what you do, you can’t stop it. An elevated heart rate and rapid breathing are both normal signs of anxiety and fear. But in a spiritual attack, there is little relief, if any at all. I sighed a lot, but nothing calmed me. I knew that there was something with me everywhere I went. I couldn’t see it, but I could feel it. Its presence was real. This is where the spiritual comes in. My mind was confused because I couldn’t see anything, but my spirit felt the presence of evil. I didn’t understand it at the time. All I knew was it wasn’t normal, but nothing was normal anymore. 

The longer the attacks went on, the more despondent I became. Paranoia was my constant companion, my new way of life. Fearful thoughts flooded my mind and got caught up in an endless loop. I tried to make sense of what was happening to me, but I couldn’t. And so I retreated deeper into myself, shutting out the world and everyone in it. I was so weak from the constant attacks that it was a miracle I could function at all. I just didn’t have the strength to fight it anymore. So I accepted my fate and did the best I could. I knew in my head that all I had was God. But my spirit was so desolate I believed Jesus was gone forever and I was all alone.    

My life changed so much I didn’t know who I was anymore. I was confused about why this was happening to me, and I didn’t know how to change it. There was a strong pull to go to Mass and adoration every day. I was attacked regularly during the Mass, but I went anyway. I needed Jesus. The Eucharist gave me some comfort and also the strength to get through my days. Adoration was my solace, even though I couldn’t feel Jesus. I couldn’t always pray though. Prayer was hard. Sometimes I didn’t have the mind to do it. Instead, I’d ask God what was wrong with me and beg Him to fix me. My condition did not change. But it was in the chapel and through the sacraments that Jesus began to heal me. The more time I spent with Jesus, the more my love for Him increased, and the stronger I became.

“The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God’s reign. Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and although his action may cause grave injuries – of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature- to each man and to society, the action is permitted by divine providence which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but “we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him.”

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This passage from the Catechism shows that the devil does nothing without God’s permission, and for those who love Him, everything works for the good. There is no doubt that the devil attacks all people. But sometimes God allows certain people to be attacked more directly and blatantly. I was viciously attacked by the devil and his demons. As horrible as that was, I know now that it was a necessary part of my journey toward God. The Lord has called me to use my experiences to help other people who are suffering from diabolical attacks. I think that is a part of why I had to go through these sufferings. The purpose of these articles is to give people a well-defined understanding of what happens during a spiritual attack; this wasn’t an option for me. I am grateful I can make it an option for other people. I know that these words will be a lifesaver for people who are afraid and wondering what is wrong with them. I believe this information will not only bring hope and encouragement but also a newfound strength to do everything in your power to regain your life and break free from the enemy.   Below is a prayer by Father Chad Ripperger from his book Deliverance Prayers. I pray these prayers every day to protect myself and my family. I highly recommend getting this book and praying the prayers daily no matter how you feel. I also urge you to find a priest who will pray deliverance prayers over you and help you through spiritual guidance.

Prayers For Troubled Souls

Oh Jesus our Savior, My Lord and my God, My God and my all,  with Thy sacrifice of the Cross You redeemed us and defeated the power of Satan. I beg Thee to deliver me from every evil presence and evil influence.

I ask Thee in Thy Name,

I ask Thee for the sake of Thy wounds,

I ask Thee for the sake of Thy Blood,

I ask Thee for the sake of Thy Cross,

I ask Thee through the intercession of Mary, Immaculate and sorrowful.

May the blood and water that flowed from Thy side wash over me to purify me, deliver, and heal me. Amen

O most High Queen of Heaven and of the Angels, we humbly beseech Thee, who receivest from God the power and the mission to crush Satan’s head: Command the heavenly host to pursue the demons in battle wherever they are, to rebuke their daring and to thrust them into the abyss. Amen

O Father, come and visit our home (shop, office, etc.) and protect us from the lures of the enemy; may Thy holy angels come to guard our peace, and may Thy blessing remain with us forever. In Christ our Lord. Amen

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to Thy Apostles, “In whatever home you enter, greet it, saying, ‘Peace be in this home’” let this same peace, we pray, abide in this place. We beseech Thee to sanctify it by the merits of our trusting prayer.

Pour Thy blessings on it and make it a place of peace. May salvation enter our abode as it entered the house of Zacheus, when Thou graced it with Thy presence. Entrust Thy angels to guard it and banish from it every evil power.  

Grant that all who live in it may please Thee with their good works, and so receive from Thee, when their time comes, the reward of Thy heavenly home. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

Please, O Lord our God, spare Thy creature(s) and deliver Thy servant(s) from every harm and every influence caused by the evil-eye and preserve him (her, them) from every evil thing; through the prayers of our all-blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary, of the luminous Archangels, and of all the saints. Amen – from The Euchologion.

If you want to read the previous articles in this series they are listed below.

Desolation, Doubt, Depression

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8 thoughts on “Signs of a Spiritual Attack: Fear and Anxiety

  • March 20, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Wendy, great article. I use prayer & God’s Word as a weapon to help me overcome evil spirits and attacks. I make the prayers personal by inserting me in those prayers. Psalms 23, Psalms 25, and Psalms 37 are excellent prayers to fight with, build our faith, and re-align our spirit with God’s Spirit. Anyone can open up a spiritual door, and it is up to that person to close that door. Specific, intentional prayer using God’s word will make the devil flee. I agree with you that he is not all powerful; he is a created being with limited ability. Being aware of our own power is more important than knowing his power. We are more than conquerers(Romans 8:37). Whatever spirit we bind on earth will be bound in heaven.(Matthew 18:18). We have the power through the Holy Spirit to cast out devils.(Mark 16:17-18). We are the bride of Christ, and as heirs we have power with Him.(Romans 8:17). Joint heir places us next to Jesus in power!! God Bless You!!

    • March 20, 2022 at 7:46 am

      You can also insert your name in Catholic deliverance prayers as well, I do it all the time, not only for myself but also for family members. People open doors to demons all the time without even knowing it. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that we live in a Godless world. Television, radio, music, the media, and just about everything are centered on worldliness. God is forgotten or ridiculed, and many people don’t practice religion at all. So how are children and young adults to know they are opening these doors? It is sad, but this is where the world is, it’s why everything is so crazy. If people returned to God, we’d see such a change in the world. We can pray for that.

  • May 23, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    I reread this tonight and it is very accurate. I called it a grip. It feels as though you are in the grip of something, under it’s control and praying is nearly impossible. As though you are under the control of something unholy, and shoved in a dark box with a bag over your head. You literally cannot find the way out, and resign yourself to ride it out. You can still function, although it’s auto pilot and you don’t always remember how you did it when it’s over. I’m thinking there are alot of people who have suffered this but have no idea that’s what it is. In researching, there’s many spells, etc. intended for revenge. That seems to be the common theme, paying people back for wrongdoing. I can’t imagine how much of this goes on in schools and the kids have no idea what’s up. With the onslaught of witchcraft in books, video games, movies, TV shows and magazines like Teen Vogue, it’s a minefield. Hopefully, parents will utilize your book for their kids who are out there in the world.

    • May 24, 2021 at 6:45 am

      I think it is true that many people do experience spiritual attacks and do not know it, and these people don’t have to be Christian they can be any religion or agnostic. the devil isn’t choosy. It took me a long time to come to e conclusion I was being attacked spiritually and to get the help I needed. It was a long journey. One thing I did not do is research spells and curses through the occult. I looked for Catholic resources so as to not open myself up to more curses or hexes. It was tempting though because I wanted to know what is happening and why, but delving into the occult world was not a good idea and I knew it.

      I think kids are inundated with the occult. They think it is cool. They literally have no idea the consequences of their actions. That is why parents have to pay attention to what their kids are involved in and be vocal about the dangers they will inevitably face if they get involved in pagan/occult practices. One mistake can take years to recover from if they even figure out it’s from those actions associated with the occult. I don’t think parents have a clue, and if they do discover their kids are practicing this stuff, do they know what to do about it? I don’t think so. I knew a family who never watched any tv, they were readers. Her son got a satanic spellbook at a local new age book store and was reading a spell in it. He was curious to see what would happen. His nose suddenly started to bleed profusely and he became very frightened and didn’t read anymore in the book. I am sure that was not the only consequence he had to deal with from that incident. I mean he opened the door to the devil and demons right there. Unless he closes it, the demons will be with him throughout his life. So yes, kids who are pulled into the occult will have problems to overcome that can only be dealt with through the Church.

  • March 17, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    This is the right website for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You understand a whole lot. It’s almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject that’s been discussed for years. Excellent stuff, just excellent!

    • March 18, 2021 at 6:20 am

      That is great to hear, thanks. My whole purpose is to help other people so they don’t feel so alone and that they will feel confident seeking help from the Church and Her priests.

  • March 2, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Thank God,he has shown me the way.


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