Satan isn’t creative, but he is predictable. He operates from a playbook of strategies, which he launches systematically on person after person. But don’t mistake predictability for stupidity: He’s certainly cunning and knows just when to attack. Many of his plays are set in motion—not when we’re alert and strong—but when our defenses are down. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the most popular questions I receive regarding spiritual warfare relates to how to combat torment in the night—persistent nightmares, sexual dreams or even the presence of hovering figures.Nighttime Attacks in ScriptureSatan’s work under the cloak of the night isn’t without biblical precedent. To be certain, it’s what led to the near-destruction of Job. Allow me to elaborate. Job was considered by God to be “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1). But unbeknownst to Job, a wager was made in the heavens, instigated by Satan. The devil argued that if God’s blessings were removed, Job wouldn’t maintain his righteousness. And God allowed the test.Many of Satan’s plays are set in motion when our defenses are down.

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