Under Spiritual Attack

Under Spiritual Attack by Karen Jurgens

Have you ever been under spiritual attack?

The last three months have been some of the hardest times I can remember. It began with weird harbingers like accidentally grinding up my pearl earring in the garbage disposal (don’t even ask). Next, I broke off a tooth biting into a pretzel. After a few more bizarre “accidents,” a thought crossed my mind. Might I be under a spiritual attack?

Yes, I was. But then the attack spread to other family members. The worst began on April 20th when my mother saw something black hanging in her side vision. That led to emergency surgery to repair a detached retina.

Everything should have been fine with a happily-ever-after ending…BUT. That small, three-letter conjunction changed our lives and spiraled us into a Kansas tornado lasting over three months.

The problem? A viral infection appeared in Mother’s eye a week after surgery. The prescribed eye drops didn’t seem to work, even after several weeks of applications.

To make matters worse, black streaks reappeared in Mother’s side vision, indicating a second retinal detachment. When her doctor planned to do a second surgery despite the worsening virus, I knew I had to find another doctor and a second opinion. Quickly. Thank God I did, or otherwise, she would have surely gone blind in that eye…BUT.

God led us to the right doctors who diagnosed her infection correctly and began treating it aggressively. After several weeks, her new surgeon was able to do major surgery. He had to remove fluid from the back of the eye cavity that was beginning to cave in and then reattach the retina. We held our breath and prayed.

The operation was a success, thank the Lord, and everything was back in place. We were rejoicing! God had come through again, and all Mother had to do was heal…BUT.

Without explanation or reason, she developed unbearable pain on that side of her head, like a severe migraine. I can’t express how frightening it was to care for an elderly person in that physical state. I felt completely helpless. As her eye swelled closed, she couldn’t eat, take her medication, or get out of bed. I had to get help.

Under Spiritual Attack by Karen Jurgens

So off we went to the ER at a local hospital. Not only did we go that day, but also the second day after. Her blood pressure was sky-high, as well as the pressure in her eye. After aggressively lowering her pressure, an ER doctor decided to treat her pain with opioids.

What a mistake.

Under Spiritual Attack by Karen Jurgens

As a person who has never taken drugs stronger than Tylenol, I had no idea of the effects she would experience. I assumed her pain would be eased and she would be able to sleep…BUT.

After arriving home from the ER, I seated her at the table for dinner, but she was only able to eat a few bites. Since she sat peacefully with her eyes closed, I decided to wash the dishes before helping her back to bed. Before I could finish, however, it became apparent that something was wrong.

She had lost consciousness and was having a petit mal seizure. She had experienced a few in the past, so I was familiar with the symptoms. I sat next to her, all the while talking and trying to get her to come back to consciousness. When thirty minutes had passed and she was no better, I prayed earnestly to Jesus for help. After another thirty minutes with no change, I didn’t know what to do.  There was no way I could carry her back to bed. Would I need to call an ambulance? I was desperate.

Suddenly her lips began to move. I listened carefully as she whispered, “I see Jesus.”

At first, I was elated! But the next second, fear gripped me—was Jesus coming to take her to heaven? Was she going to die? Oh no. Jesus couldn’t take her. Not yet. It wasn’t her time.

I sloughed off fear and clung to my faith that all would be well. Sensing that this was a holy spiritual encounter with the Lord, I asked, “Did Jesus speak to you?”

She could barely respond. “No. He touched my shoulder.”

Wow. A healing touch from Jesus. I could sense His very presence in the room as she grew quiet and peaceful, and her seizure ended. My knees hit the floor.

Right then I led us in a time of prayer and praise songs, thanking Jesus for touching her. I was awed to witness His glory, and tears flowed as I basked in His holy presence.

Soon Mother’s eyes opened, and she was able to walk back to bed with my help. She talked about Jesus, especially His face, describing Him as a young man in his thirties with brown hair, dark eyes, and a perfectly clipped goatee.

 

Under Spiritual Attack by Karen Jurgens

 

I imagine you’re wondering like I did, if she really had a vision of Jesus or if it was a hallucination.

I’m convinced she saw the Lord. I believe Jesus came and touched her that night because of her steady improvement after that encounter. Her migraine and the swelling of her eye dissipated within a few days and totally disappeared.

Today her eyesight is returning steadily each day, and we know it is being perfectly restored. Her eyes are focusing together—something that has surprised her doctor, who had predicted she would probably never see much out of it again. Her strength has returned and she is again active and enjoying her life.

BUT God!

What was the key for my mother? I believe several things played a part in her healing.

First, prayer and communion. My daughters and I anointed her with oil, took communion together, and prayed over her daily.

Second, speaking to the illness or affliction. We prayed Scripture over her circumstance, speaking to her eye and every cell to be healed and made whole in Jesus’s mighty Name.

Third, understanding spiritual warfare and how to pray against the attacks of the enemy, which is vital in these last days.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places ~ Ephesians 6:12 NKJV.

In Jesus’s Name, we bound up the ruler of darkness, Belial, another name for Satan or the Lord of Lies, and cast him into the pit.

What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? ~ 2 Corinthians 6:15 NIV.

Another factor is my mother’s personal life. She has lived a life of obedience, holiness, and humility and has always walked softly before the Lord. She especially has compassion for the poor and helpless, and she never passes a beggar on the street without rolling down the car window and giving money.

Psalm 41: 1-3 promises:

Blessed is he who considers the poor;
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

 The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And he will be blessed on the earth;
You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.

The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
You will sustain him on his sickbed (NASB).

How amazing that God graciously performed these promises in Psalm 41 over Mother’s life.

Did you know the enemy attacks God’s anointed ones, especially when something glorious is just around the corner? Whenever you’re under attack, rejoice!

Under Spiritual Attack by Karen Jurgens

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance and let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing ~ James 1:2-4 NASB.

AND

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed ~ 1 Peter 2:24 NASB.

Do you have a physical illness or affliction that you’re asking the Lord to heal? He is no respecter of persons. Jesus is waiting for you to ask and tells us:

 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” ~ Matthew 7:7 NKJV.

Be encouraged in your suffering. There is an end because we have a merciful, loving heavenly Father.

We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful ~ James 5:11 NASB.

Are you experiencing a spiritual attack of the enemy? I would be honored to pray for you. If you fill in the comment box with your request, I will agree with you for your healing.

Abundant love and blessings!

Under Spiritual Attack by Karen Jurgens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Under Spiritual Attack

  1. Thank you for sharing this journey. Your family has been in my prayers as you’ve shared updates with the Heart”wings” sisters.

    I think the Spirit led me to read this post because I have been wondering lately if I am under spiritual attack. My grandfather has had many health issues, the latest of which seems to be the onset of a cognitive decline that has been difficult to cope with—particularly for my mother and grandmother. Also, I’ve had a series of car and home repair issues. This cluster of challenges feels like specific adversity, not just everyday stress. I’ve experienced similar adversity in the past, most notably during the times I prepared to go on short term mission trips. There are no mission trips in my immediate future now, but I have been working on writing goals. In any case, I would appreciate your prayers on this season.

    Thank you, and I apologize for the long response.

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    • I’m so happy that you opened your heart, Chloe, and humbled that you have been in prayer for us. Thank you! You have a part of this victory too, so I rejoice that you have been directly tied in with this blessed miracle. Without your fervent prayers, I don’t believe we would have had the victory! BUT God works through our prayers for one another. Thank you again!

      As for what you’re describing, I too have had many other incidents in a row that were very unusual. I even wrecked my car pulling into the garage, of all things, and I’ve always been an excellent judge of distance. Additionally, I have read of many others going through the same barrage of bullets of illnesses and/or accidents that are out of the ordinary. So yes, I believe that Christians are under attack in these days more than ever before. As we near the end of the age, the Rapture, and Christ’s second coming, the enemy’s power has grown stronger. But the power of the Holy Spirit also grows stronger and is always victorious over Satan. In these days, the Lord pours out a new and stronger anointing over His saints, so we don’t need fear the enemy, no matter what he throws at us. We always walk in victory through Christ.

      The key is prayer. Put on your spiritual armor daily by praying Ephesians 6:10-18. Bind up the plans of the evil one and cast them out of your life. Satan has no legal power over believers. Plead the blood of the Lamb over yourself and your family and against the enemy. Sing praise songs to the Lord because the enemy flees at praises to God and the blood of Jesus. Find scriptures that speak to your situation and pray those over your life, just like Psalm 41 fit my mother’s.

      I will certainly pray for your season of writing and for your family as they care for your grandfather. May the Lord restore his mind to full capacity and strengthen your grandmother and mother as they share the burden for his care. May the Lord give you boldness to share the gospel and courage to fight the good fight of faith. Prayers of blessing over your life, dear Chloe. Thanks for responding. 🙏🏻🌸

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      • Thank you for the prayer and wise counsel. The issue of adversity for the Church at large has been on my mind more also, that’s definitely something I should focus more prayers on I think.

        Peace be with you

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    • Thank you, dear Margaret. It’s such a blessing to see you here today. Yes, the Lord is always teaching me through the testimony of others. He does come through for all of us, in His perfect timing.

      Praying blessings over your family and thankful for your swift answers of provision. God is so good! Love and hugs XO

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  2. Karen, you inspire me and encourage me with your love for God. Even with all the spiritual attacks, you continue to show His love in all you say and do. Thank you for sharing His love with others. Praying for your Mother and for you and your whole family, too. Blessings and hugs.

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    • Thank you, dear Mimi. You are also a great inspiration to me! Thanks for your love and prayers—they are cherished.

      As for spiritual attacks, I’m learning to expect and recognize them early. I also realize that our enemy is described as a roaring lion that is toothless. He may make a lot of noise to instill fear because that’s all he can do. He controls us through fear if we allow it. I’ve learned one thing—to stand up in the power of God and walk in faith, not fear. God is more powerful than the enemy.

      Sending love and prayers back to you and your family. XO

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    • Aww, I’m so glad her testimony touched you. Jesus is so wonderful. I’ve been torn away from worldly endeavors temporarily, but this journey into God’s miraculous power has been beyond amazing. And I’ve been honored with a front row seat! Lol. Blessings to you, sweet friend. 🌸😘

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  3. Thank you for this post! Beautifully written. I just saw Nana this morning and she said she’s feeling better than ever (she was well enough to clean the house…which is a really good sign for her!) and that her vision was getting better in her eye today. It is truly a miracle, and I get to witness it firsthand. It has been a really hard season for our whole family (and continues to be for some of us), but I see God working through it all as we cling to Him. I do believe great things are right around the corner!

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    • Thanks, beautiful Cait. Yes, she’s one amazing lady. And our God is one amazing God, our miracle worker. Praising Him today for His mercy and love. Have a blessed day! XOXO

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