Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spiritual Warfare: Mind Racing, Insomnia, Fatigue, etc

I have had a few people reach out to me for issues with the mind since I posted about negative thinking and trying to overcome that. Changing your thinking is going to be very hard for you to do and it’s a constant battle. However, things like insomnia, depression, erratic thinking are signs that you may be dealing with Spiritual Warfare. Especially, if you are gifted to reach people and make moves. An attack mentally, physically, or socially is designed to side track and veers you from focusing and reaching your goal and purpose. Spiritual Warfare is a topic that’s rarely spoken about. The church touches on it minimally, but not in it’s entirety. 

People are struggling with certain symptoms, and they sometimes think that the something is psychologically wrong. The mind is always going to be attacked if it is in direct connection with your calling/purpose. Often times, there are symptoms that may manifest itself in a physical form but really it’s spiritual.  Beginners in Christ often times deal with this and it is very hard for them to communicate these things to others. They are confused, afraid, and questioning themselves. They often say, “Is this really happening or is this a figment of my imagination?” I want to assure you that you are not crazy and you are dealing with Spiritual Warfare.

I have noticed during my profession as a therapist that some clients are diagnosed as having a mental illness, but really and truly they are encountering Spiritual Warfare. In addition, there are other individuals that are diagnosed with mental illnesses, but they seem to have sensitivity to the spirit realm. You have to be aware of these things because you have to combat it in the spirit realm. There is no way that you can combat spiritual things in a physical manner. This calls for spiritual help, because these are not things that the doctor can fix. The doctor is just going to look at you as if you’re a hypochondriac and clearly you know that you are not crazy.

These are some symptoms that you may be experiencing:

*Mind racing, can’t shut it down
*Constant thinking
*Negative thinking
*Fighting during sleep like you are ALWAYS in an action movie (he can’t get you while awake so he attacks you while your sleep). When you’re awake you’re too focused on daily living and the things of God.
*Illness that goes undiagnosed by a doctor (these ailments are spiritual and doctors can’t seem to find what the problem). They won’t - you’re talking to people and they don’t get what your symptoms are because they don’t align with anything medical.
*You feel smothered in your sleep and/or something weighing you down. You are trying to scream, yell, move and you’re unable to do so.
*You may hear something screaming or yelling in your ear (but no one is in the room with you)
*You may feel someone in the room with you or laying next to you (your spirit is disturbed but no one is in the room with you
*You may wake up with scratches and/or bruises on your body and your unaware where they came from

  If the enemy can make you sick and make you tired he can get to you. He takes your focus off God. You have to fight and you have to be ready to battle. Your battle is mental and spiritual. It’s a trick to keep you from propelling to the place that he has for you. He knows that you will be a beast if you go any further and reach your destination. YOU ARE A THREAT!

A few suggestions to combat sleeplessness:

1.   Write in a journal. Chronicle your experiences and end every entry with a positive declaration over the experience.
2.   Continually listen to music that uplifts you and keeps you sane
3.   Go to sleep with that music in your ear at night
4.   Go to sleep with the TV on someone ministering God’s word
5.   Read a book until you’re excessively sleepy.
6.   If you stay up ALL night and this doesn’t work you may want to ask your doctor about natural remedies to help you sleep. 

 (I have this song playing in my background while I sleep from my Pastor (Pastor Clint Brown-Life To Me

Overall I recommend that you:

3.READ SPIRITUAL WARFARE BOOKS. I recommend this book by Dr. Cindy Trimm entitled "The Rules of Engagement".
4.Find a trusted spiritual mentor or leader that can pray with and for you while you are working through this time.
5.Find a certified therapist that is also a believer. There are legitimate mental illnesses, conditions, and therapeutic remedies for problems. Many spiritual attacks and gates come open because of legitimate problems that are not addressed or dealt with. In addition, the person also believes in the power of God which will also fortify your work to be better and free. Go to sleep with that music in your ear at night.

4.   Go to sleep with the TV on someone ministering God’s word
5.   Read a book until you’re excessively sleepy.
6.   If you stay up ALL night and this doesn’t work you may want to ask your doctor about natural remedies to help you sleep. 

I received a wonderful gift in the mail from my BFF, and it has helped me tremendously. Please go to your nearest book store and purchase it. It will be a blessing to your spiritual walk and equip you with the mindset and tools to combat spiritual warfare. 

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)

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