Panic attacks are one of the devil’s most disturbing strategies to devour God’s people.
I have experienced two panic attacks in my life. They were so terribly overwhelming. The circumstances surrounding both of them were similar. I was in extremely stressful life situations. The enemy knew exactly how to use fear to overwhelm me in order to make paralyze me from moving forward.
The enemy used amplified lies to overcome me and I felt like I was in a prison that could not be escaped from. It was like my mind knew they weren’t true but my heart was in such fear logic would not work to extinguish the fiery darts.
The lies in both of my panic attacks were essentially the same. “There is no escape from this. Nothing will ever change. There is no hope for you.”
You see the devil waited for the ripe situation in my life to unload a dump truck of lies on me. It was a truck load of fear that felt very real.
1 Peter 5:8 ‘Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’
The enemy devoured me with His lies. For a few hours anyway. I cried out to the Lord and He saved me. It was a little different path to deliverance each time but the truth of the Lord poked through my very dark storm and my logical mind returned to keep me from falling back into the storm.
The other day a friend was in a terrible panic attack and I used the things that I had learned from my own to help her out of her storm. I want to share them with you – so it might help you if the enemy tries to overwhelm you in a prison of fear.
ASK FOR PRAYER SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS IMMEDIATELY
Don’t do it alone. Don’t let shame keep you from asking. Ask others for prayer support!
TAKE AUTHORITY OVER FEAR AND INSANITY
Remember even though it feels very real – it is not! You have authority over ALL of the works of the devil. Take authority over fear! And take authority over insanity! They do not have a right to attack you. “
In the name of Jesus I take authority over the spirit of fear and the spirit of insanity. I plead the blood of Jesus over myself and I command you to go to the feet of Jesus!”
WORSHIP THE LORD
When you worship the Lord you tie the hands of the devil. He HATES worship. You poke the devil in the eye when you worship the Lord in the midst of an attack. Use the weapon of worship until the attack passes.
FIND THE ROOT OF THE LIE
There is always a root lie that the devil use in a panic attack. With me, the lie was there is no hope. It came from a traumatic event in my childhood that made me feel powerless. With my friend, the lie was that there was too much to do and she was incapable of doing it so she felt like she was in a prison and there was no way out. After some prayer, we found that the root of her lie came from a teacher in elementary school who told her she would never amount to anything and that she was incapable of learning.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the root of the lie that the enemy is using. Make sure the enemy doesn’t trip you up by making you cut off a branch. The goal is to get to the root and pull out the lie.
My friend kept saying, “It’s my fault. I’m the one who tells myself I’m not good enough.” But I knew that wasn’t true. Someone had to plant that lie in her. Her parents were loving and caring people – so I knew it wouldn’t have come from them. We just kept praying until we had peace when the Holy Spirit showed her that it was her fourth grade teacher and she could hear the lie coming from her.
Once you find the root lie – use the following emotional healing tool to pull it out:
He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.
1) When you find the lie - renounce the lie out loud: I renounce the lie that ________.
For example: “I renounce the lie that You Father God are cold and distant.”
2) Then ask: Father God what is Your truth? (Be still and listen quietly for the still small voice of the Lord.)
3) When you hear the truth from the Holy Spirit - Declare the truth out loud.
For example: I declare the truth that You love me and want to hold me like a father holds his child.
4) RECORD this conversation on paper so you can go back and review it later. After getting a revelation of the truth we MUST go back and begin renewing our minds with this new truth!
This kind of praying loosens the enemy away from you – so it is important to seal up any kind of prayers.
PS. If panic attacks are generational use this tool to break off the generational sins of fear and insanity!