I'd like to first start off on a positive note with one of my favorite stories in the New Testament:
"Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”
Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:17-29) What a victory over the enemy here! I just love it! It's amazing what our faith can do isn't it?
Now To The Subject At Hand:
The Following Are A Few Signs Of Demonic Oppression:
• Cognitive complications such as the inability to concentrate, fatigue, destructive thoughts, and even negativity may also be the work of real demons.
• Many individuals that are oppressed because of the evil curses of real demons will simply seem to float through life feeling as if there is no meaning, purpose or reason for their existence, the existence of others, and the existence of situations and events that transpire.
• Many individuals may find that they experience an abnormally high amount of anxiety that is considered to be highly irrational.
• When real demons are at work, it is common for the victim to experience an abnormally high amount of fear that is considered to be extremely irrational.
• Despite the fact that the sufferer may be surrounded by individuals that love and care for them, they may experience extreme bouts of loneliness.
• As with all evil curses, many that are being harassed by real demons may feel as if they lack self-control and may also act in odd behaviors that seem to indicate that they do not have any type of self-control.
• It is common for many to find themselves in a constant state of conflict – with both themselves as well
• Many may experience extreme emotional bouts. In some instances, they may feel angry, upset, sad, depressed, and suffer from other emotions for which there is no rational cause.
• It is common for a person suffering from evil curses like demonic oppression to feel an extreme amount of hate, lash out verbally, and even display signs of physical aggressiveness.
• Many suffer from many different types of physical ailments such as persistent and unexplained sicknesses and injuries.
The Following Are Few Signs Of Demonic Possession:
Mental torment: Fear, depression, irrational heaviness in the soul, hearing voices in the mind, hearing audible voices that nobody else hears, compulsive thoughts, insanity, mental illness, etc. Obsessive irrational worry is almost always a demon. People who are scared stiff over the unpardonable sin are in need of counseling and likely deliverance.
Emotional problems: Unable to get close to other people, sensing rejection for no reason, irrational emotional breakdowns, etc. Often more then just casting out demons is needed in this category, inner healing must also take place as well as tearing down strongholds.
Physical health problems: Arthritis, cancer, HIV, and a host of other illnesses are almost always caused by evil spirits. If it cannot be easily cured, then it's almost always a spirit that is causing it.
Occult powers or abilities: Anybody who can tell a fortune, lift an object through levitation, break a solid oak board with their hand, etc. using demonic powers needs a deliverance. Martial arts are known for using demonic powers to break boards, etc. Unnatural strength is a sign of demonic power, such as the man with the legion in the Bible.
Unnatural desires and feelings: Sexual attraction towards animals, unnatural sexual desires, unusually strong attractions towards somebody who is married, past lover, etc. can indicate soul ties and demonic bondage.
Experiencing the demonic: Most often (not always, but usually) when people are visited by demons, hearing them, seeing them, etc., they are in need of a deliverance.
Obsessions: Driving interests in the occult, demons, and creatures of the dark such as wolves, owls, etc. can indicate a demonic bondage. Obsession with death is almost a sure sign of demonic bondage.
Compulsive behavior: Compulsive behavior such as cutting is a Biblical symptom of demonic bondage.
The first goal of demons in my opinion is to prevent us from receiving God's love and having ever lasting life in Heaven with the Father. Their sneaky and attempt to persuade people to turn away from God. They do this through many forms of temptation, harassment, and also from distorting The Word Of God. Demons lie to us and work hard on our minds so that we are lying to ourselves and thinking awful things of our self worth and our ability to do things right. And pleasing to God. As a believers we are engaged in this warfare whether we desire to be or not. Sadly this is NOT a option friends. On occasion, it consumes our very life. The first realization we must recognize is that we are vulnerable. We are unable to defeat the adversary unless we put on the armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-12 tells us our defense. It must be followed. We can not waiver outside of God's Word. Demons just love to attack us when we are at our absolute lowest and going through bad hardship. They find that we are a easy target. We are much more weak and easier to take down. They are patient and will strike at the worst time.
To discern means "to discover, evaluate, and make a distinction between. The gift of discerning of spirits is of utmost importance when dealing with possession by demons. It permits him to discover, evaluate, and identify demons or evil spirits. It enables believers to immediately discern whether or not a person is affected by demon possession, obsession or oppression and it prevents deception by seducing or lying demons. With this gift believers can recognize the evil motives, tactics and practices of demons. Discernment is a gift the Lord bestowed upon me and I always wondered why me? I don't want any part of this scary, diabolical mess!
Discernment enables believers to determine the cause behind the conditions behind most situations like possession and oppression. I do believe that believers who do not have this can hone into it by fasting and lots of prayer to our Lord.
Satan has used a number of tools over the centuries to capture the naive. The Ouija Board has proven to be very productive in this method. According to the Dictionary of Mysticism the Ouija Board is "an instrument for communication with the spirits of the dead." The Ouija Board is an open door to the other side and anything demonic.. Disembodied spirits speak to the living through the medium of the Ouija Board. This information is believed to be truth from the other side and is not recognized for what it is: Lucifer's delusion to gain our allegiance.
Satan is the master of the mind and that's the first thing he and his demons attack, you're mind. They can manipulate thinking our thinking patters in many ways. Fear is not of God. Many people who have unhealthy fears need to know this. Don't let the enemy rob you of happiness and peace. No one has to be perfect and without sin in order to love Jesus Christ and follow his teachings. I'd be a liar if I even began to say I sin very little or I'm sin free. There's nothing in the bible that stipulates a sinner can't love and choose to worship God and move past mistakes and repent then move forward. That doesn't make someone a fraud. If one says otherwise, Christ died on the Cross Of Calvary for nothing then! Easter is all for nothing. I do feel people in leadership need to really pay more attention to their actions but no one is without sin or never makes mistakes or poor choices in life. Don't let this lie make you feel God won't love you or you are not allowed to worship and love him.
(John 15) "Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me. "I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. Those who do not remain in me are thrown out like a branch and dry up"
(John 14:1-3) is how I'd like to end this article:
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
Written By Jennifer L Auld