How to Stand Against a Spiritual Attack


Why do bad things happen to good people?
What happens when I become disappointed with God?
How can I be free from fear?
What is the ‘spirit of death’ and how do I stand against it
What is the armour of God and how do I wear it?


In December 1941, Japan launched a massive air attack on the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. Without a declaration of war the Japanese destroyed the naval and military base inflicting terrible destruction and loss of life. The attack has gone down as one of the most infamous acts in military history. Even though the two nations were not at war, American intelligence had warned that the Japanese were preparing something sinister. Tragically, it was either ignored or acted on too late.

When it comes to spiritual warfare good intelligence is vital and acting upon it even more so. Our adversary the devil is merciless. He will speak peace yet plan to attack.

The devil’s number one priority in a person’s life is to stop them loving God with all their heart, mind and soul. He will do everything he can to stop followers of Jesus from becoming fruitful and effective.

This book is primarily about defensive spiritual warfare because we need to know how to stand in God before we go storming the powers of darkness. Sadly, there are multitudes of Christians who are casualties of spiritual conflict because even though they sang the songs of battle and quoted the scriptures of warfare they did not know how to stand against a spiritual attack. Many have left the battlefield beaten up and bloodied never to return. Then there are others who are totally ignorant of spiritual warfare who need to wake up and “smell the conflict.” Don’t make the mistake of thinking “defensive” and “standing” means being inactive or negative. On the contrary – it means positioning ourselves to win great victories. The devil’s power is real but limited and cannot even be compared to God who is almighty. He is an enemy we have to face but not fear.

At the cross Jesus won a total irrevocable victory over the devil and all the powers of hell. The apostle Paul tells us that Christ, “having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross,” Colossians 2:15. The apostle John puts it like this, “They overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” You can prove this. The next time the devil comes against you, submit to God, stand and resist him in Jesus’ name and he will flee from you, James 4:7. “If God is for us who can be against us?”

This book will help you recognise the source and strategy of spiritual attacks against you as a Christian and even more importantly how to stand against and overcome them to live a victorious life in Christ. Questions that Christians ask again and again such as Why do bad things happen to good people? What happens if I become disappointed with God? How can I be free from fear? What is the armour of God and how do I wear it? are clearly explained in an easy to understand yet soundly bible based manner.

Drawing on his years of experience in the ministry David Holdaway’s relaxed style yet deep insight is a must for every Christian’s reading, whether new believers or those looking for a fresh understanding of questions that come up in everyday life. This book is practical and perceptive, humorous and honest – it will make you sit up and take notice and give you the tools to deepen and defend your life and those of your loves ones around you and to take back ground that the enemy has stolen from you that you may not even realise!