Help - Facing Major Spiritual Attack

Hello Everyone.

I’m here alone facing what I believe is a major spiritual attack. It is when I’m alone that I feel the enemy or my own flesh rises up to drag me back to my old self. The attack I am getting is of thoughts of lust. I suffered with a porn addiction for many years and have been able fight it very well since I came in surrender to Jesus, but there are times especially when I’m alone or sleeping that the thoughts come in my mind or in a lustful dream. Tonight it was a lustful dream that woke me up. Please pray for this to pass from me!

Love all of you brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!

Love Blaine

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@BMG
When I am facing an attack, I am learning to say something like the following:
“Lord I am fixing my thoughts on You. I need Your help. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me walk in freedom that is in Christ Jesus. “

Sometimes I say it several times throughout the day to refocus my attention on my Help. And sometimes several days but the enemy does leave me alone.

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 NKJV)

I’m praying for you. And welcome to the forum.

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Hello to you dear Blaine,

I reply to this as a lady because you included sisters in your farewell. I’m only speaking in general terms about all temptations and struggle with any kinds of addictions. It doesn’t really matter what they are, they are all issues of our fallen nature, this corrupted and fallen world, and we do all drag more or less of these issues with us into our Christian walk, often for quite a long time because renewing our minds and learning new habits takes a long time.

I honour your openness about this sensitive and often tabooed issue. Know that you’re not alone. This is a huge issue, of course in the world, but increasingly in the Church too. It’s just not talked about as much and dealt with by pastors as it should. They should teach about it and exhort the (mostly) brothers that it concerns. They should unite together and support one another to overcome, to help brothers grow and renew their minds and keep together, guarding one another. There is huge power in gathering together, living our lives together, being involved in the lives of one another. Not the kind of a life we usually live in this modern age where we hardly even know anything about the private lives of others. It shouldn’t be like that in the Church. Isolation is a big enemy. Isolated people also have far too much idle time, even if just mind time, allowing the mind to wander astray and having nobody to help it to refocus in the more fruitful thoughts. We more or less all suffer from this if left alone and isolated.

One thing that has helped me a lot in the past when I struggled with addictions, and while I was still in the early Christian journey, very broken, very immature and having a huge and dark baggage from my past still affecting my whole being in many ways, was to keep myself busy. And for this, choosing things, if not always just the Bible and studying it, then other things that glorify the Lord, that keep my thoughts occupied in the things of the Lord, even if just His amazing creation. It is to worship Him to marvel at His creation, to thank Him for all that He has made. Bird watching, feeding birds, photographing the nature, hiking in the nature, searching for different species of insects, photographing them and marveling at their phenomenal design, reading about them, reading and watching videos about the nature, and so on. I didn’t have the time to have so many unholy thoughts, or thoughts of the flesh, falling back into the past addictions, but instead I filled my mind with the stunning creation of our Lord and kept myself busy.

Slowly the intensity and the pull of those past things faded away as the Lord kept helping me grow in Him. This keeping myself busy was transitory and helped me past the hardest times.

And all that, taking it a day at a time. Each day with less unholy thoughts and desires is a victory. Each setback is just that, a setback, a bump in the road, as long as your heart is right; seeking the Lord, and even if a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise up again. Proverbs 24:16. We won’t be complete instantly, we won’t be complete at all during this life in the flesh. So be merciful to yourself also, know that many brethren struggle too, in various ways, it’s a constant battle all our lives. This flesh is rotten and nothing good lives in it, as Paul said.

We don’t have control over our dreams, and if we still have a lot of dreams that have to do with our past life without Christ, it’s just the spiritual immaturity of us (not in a negative way, by the way! People use the word immature in either negative or positive connotation, I use it in the positive, immature Christians are all who have just come to Christ, haven’t walked with Him for long and who still need to grow and mature, it’s normal! Nothing to be ashamed of!), and the need to mature and renew our minds, it’s nothing to worry too much about, it’ll get cleaned up and fades away by time.

But progress will take place, assuredly, even if slowly. It will get easier each day. The new nature will take shape, our minds will be renewed, it is the guaranteed, firmly promised work of the Lord in us and He will bring it to completion. And one day you look back and find it astonishing how far along you’ve come and you will praise the Lord for that. It is His work in us.

I am praying for you. May the Lord have mercy on you and may He bring to completion the work that He has started in you. Fear not and trust in Him with all our heart! We love you here at the forum!

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As we don’t have the ability to FORGET our pasts…once saved, God does. He doesn’t want you to continue suffering from that guilt but rather strive to be pleasing in His sight.

While each day, each hour, each minute and each second must now be accounted for, regret and repentance brings us closer to Him. Perfection will never be attained in this human form…it can’t. But once in heaven our perfection will mirror His.

Take heart Blaine…He understands your humanity because He created it!

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Blaine- you are not alone in this fight- and that’s exactly what it is… it’s a real fight to mortify the flesh. Sexual lust is one of the strongest pulls we have. And it can be overcome- but you must consider it to be the fight of your life, because it is .
I have struggled in the past with what my responsibility is versus " just giving it to God" because I knew I couldn’t overcome something I was fighting. Through His Word I eventually realized that God requires us to fight temptation, and He will give the victory.

Let me recommend the best resource I have ever read on how to fight and overcome sin…it has helped me tremendously:

And don’t let the enemy trick you into thinking that it’s a hopeless struggle or that yiou are alone. Not only do you have people who will pray for you -you also have Jesus who will plead your case before the Father…and…“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
" And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 john 2:1.)

I will pray for you…
“I praise and thank you Lord, for leading me in the fight of my life- to kill the natural man and bring him under submission to Your holiness; and to mortify my fleshly lusts so that I do not fall into sin. I desperately need Your Spirit’s continual work to sanctify me lest I fail in my weakness. Remind me that it is up to me to fight this battle, while remembering that Your Spirit will transform me, and shape me into the image of Christ; and let me never forget that my sins and unrighteousness caused the death of Your Son.”

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Ruth- great advice especially the reality that we can’t control our dreams… the enemy will lay whatever guilt he can on us.

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Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers! I am blessed to have such understanding and caring people in the body of Christ, that stand here in prayer together, for those in need. I’m not sure if anyone read my message during the night as I felt the burning desire in my heart, but I did feel like the temptation subsided tremendously at some point and I was able to fight it off. I just feel so guilty on the day that I do give in. It helps to know that I am not alone in this struggle. I became addicted when I accidentally clicked on a link in my early teens. I would say this has been about a 15 year addiction, that has been for the most part overcome. I can only say that God has rescued me from the life that had me in bondage.

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BMG,

While regret leads to repentance, guilt keeps condemning what has already been forgiven. It eats away at your conscience, heart, mind and soul.

Once saved AND forgiven guilt is a lie of the devil in order to stifle your growth in HIM.

IF you continue condemning yourself you’ve NOT allowed Jesus’ sacrifice to cover you with His blood but will actually remain a prisoner of your own making.

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Praying for you. :pray: :pray: :pray:

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BLAINE read 1st JOHN 1;9 practice this daily or more - our prayers are with you -1st John 1 :9 please - MARANAHTA

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Hey there Blaine,
You have got some wonderful people giving you some excellent advice! Bravo to you for your courage in asking for prayer! Addiction is a hard master but you are on the path to overcome. In fact, in your Father’s eyes, you already have. Lean into that.

I can’t really add much to what’s been said except a piece of advice credited to the Reformer, Martin Luther. He said, “You can’t keep a bird from flying over your head. But you can keep it from making its nest in your hair.” Dreams and thoughts that come to you unbidden are temptations and your Father has made provision for you to overcome.

    No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.     
    And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what 
    you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide 
    an escape, so that you can stand up under it.
                              1 Corinthians 10:13

May God bless you and keep you Blaine.
May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
Shalom Brother
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Father in Heaven,
Thank You for loving us and providing a way for us to escape our temptations. Thank You for being our strength and our protection. In You we put our trust.

Thank You for Blaine and his good fight Father. Please bless him with all he needs to do Your will. Surround him with true Believers and keep him in Your Word. Please protect Blaine Father and let him feel Your strong arms holding him as Your Holy Spirit guides and fortifies him. We thank You for this! In the Name of Your only begotten Son Yeshua, our beloved Kinsman-Redeemer, amen.

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Blaine- just checking in with you to see how you are… will keep praying for you

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Hey there Blaine @BMG,
You’ve been in my mind too. I pray you’re doing well.

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