Signs Of Demonic Oppression

We know from Scripture that demonic activity is real and there should be no debate about that. As a Christian, I don’t beyond don’t believe believers can be possessed by demons. However, that does not mean you cannot experience demonic oppression. Many who are true believers in Jesus Christ have experience demonic oppression, and surprisingly some may have not been aware that is what they were experiencing. As we consider this topic , it is helpful to identify the signs of demonic oppression so we are able to fight back. I’m looking at this from the perspective of a Christian facing oppression because those who are true followers of Christ have a different way of dealing with this than those who are not.

What Is Demonic Oppression?

Before we identify the signs of demonic oppression, it makes sense to define exactly what it is. Demonic oppression is a spiritual attack from a demonic spirit which seeks to influence a person’s thoughts, emotions, and even their actions. Since a demon cannot possess a Christian to control them, then oppression is the next best option. Because of the way we are created as humans, these attacks will often begin in our mind because this is the central hub that dictates what we think about, how we feel, and ultimately what we do. The goal of demonic oppression is to keep a person trapped and bound. The desire is to paralyze the believer so they become I effective.

What Are Signs Of Demonic Oppression?

To understand the signs of demonic oppression you must understand the way Satan operates because he is their leader, and they follow his cues. One of the chalk In identifying this is many times the areas attack may not appear demonic at all.

For Example: the first time many years back I was at a concert at my church, I was singing and worshiping, and I said something and I heard the lead singer in the concert tell me, I was not worshipping God and that I should just leave. Then I heard the pastor of the church say “Ya you should just leave.” I was so angry that I walked out, I cried all the way home, by the time I pulled in my driveway I knew I couldn’t go back to “that church.” I was thinking what churches were near me that I could go to, and then I had convinced myself I wasn’t going to any church at all, that I would stop being a Christian. Satan in an hours time had me convinced that I hated my pastor and every one who went to my church, I was so upset I stayed inside my house for 4 days and I had not slept. The bad thing was I believed everything that happened was real. Satan and his demons are very tricky. All this time I kept asking God what I should do. I prayed for 4 days and then decided to go to a woman’s prayer meeting, and asked their advice. That next Sunday after church I talked to my pastor and his wife about being oppressed by a demon.

I’ve heard people tell stories of sensing an evils Spirit in a room or recognizing their presence. So I knew I had to pray about what happened to me, and really get to the bottom of what happened that night. Satan had me angry with God, hateful, and confused and afraid. And he had me thinking it was all God’s fault.

I was to address 3 signs of demonic oppression that are possible to overlook as attacks from the enemy:

1. Abnormal Fear

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring Lion looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

Satan loves to operate in the realm of fear and intimidation. These are two of his greatest weapons and can be indicators of demonic oppression. This does mean that if you’re afraid, you are experiencing demonic oppression because we all experience fear at some point in our lives. You can begin to suspect demonic oppression is a play when this fear escalates beyond what is normal or usual. Remember, the attacks are often in your thoughts, which work their way into your emotions and actions. A person who is under attack in this way shut themselves off from interactions with other people, this type of fear tends to look irrational, but to the person experiencing it, it feels very real. A person just experiencing fear may not be facing demonic oppression, but if it escalates, that is something that must be considered.

2. Inability To Rest Or Have Nightmares

One of the thing we must recognize in this spiritual battle that we face is Satan is often willing to play the long game. This means he had no problem extending an attack over a long period of time with the hopes of wearing you down. If you remember the story of Samson and Delilah, she was relentless in her pursuit of finding the source of his strength, and Samson eventually wore down. This sign of demonic oppression was to attack he ability to rest. This can be an attempt to attack your dreams or, again, to cause you great fear and worry that prohibits rest. The reason this works is because without rest we become fatigued, and when we are tired , we are vulnerable. If you have ever watched a boxing match, sometimes the strategy of the opponent is to make the other fighter work hard in the early rounds until all their strength and energy is gone. When this happens, this can ultimately take away their opponent’s Will to fight. If there is a prolonged inability to rest, a real extended period, then you must consider demonic oppression. This can be especially true if the inability to rest cannot be justified by any circumstances that are happening in a person’s life. Should these signs appear, it is time to consider that you may be under attack,

3. Prolonged Periods Of Uxplained Depression

As I said earlier, demonic oppression is often an attack that begins in the mind. I an not a licensed psychologist so I want to choose my words carefully, but there can be instances where depression can be a sign of demonic oppression. There are some people who have a clinical diagnosis of depression and have been treated successfully under a doctor’s care. However, in spiritual warfare, depression is one of the weapons of the enemy. Remember, the goal is to paralyze you and when depression sets in this can be a great paralyzer. However, this also calls for caution before you start diagnosing depression as a demonic attack. This may not be the first place to go if someone is depressed, but if it persists over a long period of time, with normal understanding of why it is happening, then it is something that you cannot rule out either.

How Do You Overcome Demonic Oppression?

Regardless of the form it comes in, we must understand how to overcome it. I am a firm believer that spiritual battles require spiritual weapons, and thankfully, God has given them to us. As you search through Scriptures, you will begin to see all God has provided so we can fight back against any type of demonic oppression. I will turn your attention to Scriptures that talk about the “Armor Of God,” the Power of God, the work of the Holy Spirit in you. As you begin to read these internalize them, you will begin to see that God has equipped you and you do not have to be overcome by demonic oppression. Let’s look atone scripture to encourage you:

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit that lives in you is greater than the sprit who lives in the world.

1 John 4:4

One thing you must realize is that if you are in Christ then the Holy Spirit lives in you. By this fact alone you now have dwelling inside you the Spirit of God which is greater than any demonic spirit that would try to oppress you. However, to fight back, you must know these things are true, which means you must take God’s Word and study it, and apply it to your life. As you begin to do this, you will begin to grow stronger and more confident in who you are in Christ, and this will give you what you need to fight back against demonic oppression.

Demonic oppression is real, and it isn’t something that should be taken lightly. I also know God is real, and He is greater than every thing and every thing in this world. Most importantly, when you are in Him then His authority is In you. Your responsibility is to take what He has given you and use it so that you can be victorious in every spiritual battle. Eve if a demonic spirit tries to attack you,God has equipped you so you can overcome.

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