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Signs of a Spiritual Attack: Fear and Anxiety

Fear is a natural emotion built into every human being. It indicates danger and helps people protect themselves. When a person is under a spiritual attack, fear moves beyond what is normal because it is something that can’t be understood or controlled. The person cannot see what is attacking them, they can only sense it, and that turns fear into terror. The person knows they are being attacked, but they can’t identify it. This kind of fear touches every aspect of the person. Meaning it isn’t just a physical reaction but one that also attacks the mind, spirit, and emotions. Once this progression takes place, it is difficult to escape it.

These are some of the symptoms that will help people identify this kind of attack from the enemy. The person will feel an evil presence around them all the time. And it causes a terrible nervousness that upsets the stomach and spreads throughout the whole body. It is a panicky feeling. The person is always looking around to see if someone is there, but there is no one. As the day goes on, the anxiety builds, but no matter how hard they try, they can’t stop it. An elevated heart rate and rapid breathing are both normal signs of anxiety and fear. But when it comes to a spiritual attack, there is little relief, if any at all. The person just cannot be calmed. Paranoia becomes their constant companion, their new way of life. Fearful thoughts flood the mind and get caught up in an endless loop. They can’t make sense of what is happening to them, so they will retreat deeper into themselves, shutting out the world and everyone in it.

A person cannot live in this state without it taking a toll on them. They will be weak and have little strength to fight. Out of exhaustion, they will accept their fate and do the best they can to get through the day. Some people will know in their hearts that only God can save them. But they will feel so desolate that they will believe God has abandoned them forever and they are alone. It is such a drastic life change, that they won’t know who they are anymore. Anxiety and confusion will dominate their days and terror their nights. These demonic attacks are vicious assaults on the human person. The only way to survive is to run to God. These souls need Jesus. The Mass, the sacraments, and Eucharistic Adoration will be their saving grace and provide them comfort and strength to get through their days. This is where they will find relief from their suffering, even though they won’t be able to pray much or feel Jesus close to them. But it is in this struggle that everything changes. It is how the person falls more and more in love with Jesus.

“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 can do nothing without God’s permission, and for those who love Him, “everything works for the good.” The devil attacks all people. There is no doubt about that. But sometimes, God allows certain people to be attacked more viciously by the demonic. As horrible as that is, it is sometimes what God deems necessary as part of that person’s journey toward Him. These attacks build strength, encourage hope, and instill a deep and lasting faith and trust in Christ. They make them holy, and that is always good.  The purpose of these articles is to give people a well-defined understanding of what happens during a spiritual attack. The information should not only bring hope and encouragement but also a newfound strength to do everything in your power to regain your life and fight to break free from the enemy.   

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

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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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