One of the more problematic questions that has dogged mankind for centuries is why does a benevolent and gracious God allow people He created to be attacked and subjected to the wiles of hostile spiritual forces; when in His providence and sovereignty could so easily prevent them from happening in the first place.
While many have attempted to answer this question with endless conjecture to no fruitful conclusion; what is certain is that God created people with not only the potential for free will; but with the capacity to exercise that free will.
Therefore, in exercising our free will we make choices and decisions with grave spiritual implications at the expense and sometimes complete compromise of the righteousness of God that is in Christ Jesus; hence become vulnerable and prone to spiritual attacks.
The very fact the Gospel is full of stories of individuals who have had their lives turned upside down with unmitigated consequences, plagued and ravished by spiritual entities and forces beyond human control is never in doubt; that it can happen in today’s world is doubtful within some sections of Christendom let alone the world as a whole.
However, it is clear on the account of the Gospel that many of the assumed suppositions ranging from redundancy of spiritual forces to them no longer in existence is more of a reflection of the ignorance which pervades modern theology and scholarship subtly blended with a hint of fear of what to do; when it comes to the activities of the spirit world.
The fact of the matter is the Gospel accounts and Scripture does not draw the conclusion that spiritual forces will become inactive or redundant with the passage of time; but concedes that wickedness will increase with the passage of time. The increase in wickedness correlates mankind’s desire to live independent of God and His Word in this world.
This unfettered desire to be independent of God in every conceivable stratum of society reflected in permissive cultures around the world has created vast spiritual vacuum in its wake; which is being gradually filled with manufactured and artificial concept of religion without any moral boundaries. This artificial basis provides the perfect breeding grounds for Satan and his cohorts to normalise ethical, moral and spiritual decadence, making the population and the world at large conducive for spiritual attack of any description.
On that front, the activities of hostile spiritual forces have increased in measure exponentially disproportionate to the excesses of human wickedness and inventions. To illustrate the point consider someone who by biblical definition is demon possessed, and under the influence commits murder only to claim diminished responsibility or plea of insanity in their defence. The defence will argue that the defendant could not have knowingly murdered someone because he or she was completely unaware of actually committing the crime. Since the defendant was not in control, then someone or something must have been in control.
The fact that man is inherently a spirit being with a soul indwelling a body makes it more likely that at least on the spirit level; the body is vulnerable and prone to spiritual attacks, invasion or provocation by hostile spiritual forces.
Spiritual attack therefore may be defined as the intangible assault on a person resulting in ungodly heightened consciousness of the spirit realms of darkness. This in turn opens the flood gates for the victim of such an assault to experience the palpable effects of the works of these hostile spiritual forces.
Their works can be anything ranging from innocuous migraine to oppression and full scale demonic possession.
From the biblical perspective; evidently spiritual attack is the direct consequence of a person not living within the righteousness of God that is in Christ Jesus. So when you are experiencing spiritual attacks, you need to undergo a thorough deep soul searching with the aim of identifying the probable and most likely cause of your vulnerability to demonic interference. Demonic interference with a person is the underlined symptom of a much bigger problem to do with living according to the sinful nature at various degrees.