Demonic Oppression: Is It Real?

Ten years ago, I never would have thought that I’d be writing this post.  I had never heard of demonic oppression, and I’m sure I would have been highly skeptical of it if I did. I guess a lot has happened since then!

I talk a lot on this blog about my life changing dramatically over the last few years, and much of that is due to being set free from demonic oppression.  I’ve never been sure how to explain all of this on my blog, since it can be a such a complex and sometimes controversial subject, but I finally took the time to write a few posts about it all to share with you what I have learned and experienced first-hand. 

I admit that I have been nervous to write a series like this, because I’m not sure how people will respond to it.  I have finally chosen to write about it all, though, because demonic oppression (along with lack of repentance) is a very real component to why many people are not experiencing the freedom that Christ died for us to have.

If I’m going to write a blog titled, “Walking In Freedom”, then I need to explain how I truly began to walk in freedom!

I pray that you will continue with me through this post and the next while I explain a lot about demonic oppression and deliverance.  When I speak about my life changing in countless ways, this subject is a huge reason why.

Despite the exaggerations and craziness that is sometimes portrayed by the world and media concerning it all (“The Exorcist”, for example), demonic oppression is very real.  My pastors did a message series on this subject a few months ago, and one of their statements has really stuck with me:

The worst kind of captive is a prisoner unaware.

First of all, demons are very real. This may sound like something I’m making up from a horror story, but demons are mentioned all throughout the bible.  If we don’t know that Christ died to set us free from them, will we ever seek deliverance?

I believe that this affects many more people in the church than is often recognized.  While it’s true that Christians cannot be possessed by the devil (since we are Christ’s possession), we are still able to be oppressed by demons.

It’s not only from the outside that satan can attack us – even as Christians.  There are many references in the bible of Jesus casting demons out of people. When we give our lives to Christ, we are not automatically delivered from all of the demons that have afflicted us.  Once we are saved, our spirits are renewed, but we still have our souls (mind, will and emotions) that need renewed.  When we give our lives to Christ and are born again, our souls are not instantly renewed. (Wouldn’t that be nice?!)  This is why we must learn who we are in Christ and work on renewing our minds.  This explains how we can have the Holy Spirit inside of us yet still have demons that need to go. (Please stick with me! :))

I’m not suggesting that we, as Christians, have demons controlling us.  God has given us free will, and the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. Demons do have the ability to oppress us, though.  We are all in a spiritual battle that we may not be able to see, but is very real.

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.

I know that this is a subject that many people are very suspicious of, depending on what your background is, and I understand that.  Even mentioning the word “demon” probably makes a lot of people uneasy.  It’s mentioned throughout the bible, though, which settles the matter for me.

I am hoping that you will stick with me in this post and the ones following, because this is not just something that I have learned in a book.  This is something that I have been studying for several years, but it is also something that I have personally experienced, so I know how real it is.  My life has changed in so many areas since using my authority in Christ to be set free.

What are some signs of demonic oppression or torment?

  • Strongholds (any thought pattern that controls our emotions and behavior)
  • Recurring nightmares
  • Feeling a constant compulsion to do something you know is a sin
  • Irrational fear, anxiety, anger
  • Irrational behavior
  • Constant feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt, suicidal thoughts
  • Frequent sickness – especially those “mystery” illnesses that doctors cannot find the origin for.
  • Sexual compulsions

Those are just a few examples of how demonic oppression/torment might be recognized in our lives.  The good news is, Jesus came to set us free!  It’s important to know that we don’t need to fear the devil if Jesus is our Savior.  Malachi 4:2-3 says, “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty.

When I first learned about demonic oppression years ago, I started thinking that everything was demonic.  That’s just not so.  It’s far more common than many people realize, though.  This is why I’m writing this post.

Many people are in bondage, and they don’t realize that they are being held down by demonic oppression.

How do people become oppressed by demons?  There are a few main ways that we let the enemy into our lives.

  1. Sexual contact outside the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.
  2. Unrepentant anger, fear, unforgiveness, strongholds, traumatic events, soul ties.
  3. Any involvement in the occult, idolatry.
  4. Generationally inherited

What do we do if we suspect demonic oppression in our lives?  Join me next week as I write about the topic of deliverance: Deliverance: Truth or Hoax?

I recommend any of Neil Anderson’s books for anyone who may want additional info. that goes beyond the scope of what I have explained in this post.  There is so much to this topic, and he does a great job at going into a lot of easily understood detail about it all.  He focuses on biblical aspects of healing, deliverance, bondage and many other subjects all relating to the freedom that Jesus died for us to have.  I am also open to any comments or questions that you may have!

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27 Responses to Demonic Oppression: Is It Real?

  1. Bernice says:

    Well done. The Neil Anderson books are used as the basis of the courses run by Freedom in Christ Ministries.

    Another good book is Demolishing Strongholds by David Devenish.

  2. A very good introduction to the topic of demonic oppression.

    In regard to Neil T. Anderson, I’m not a big fan. However, there are some useful things to be gleaned from his writing so I’d never dismiss them out of hand. My biggest issue with Neil is he blames EVERYTHING on demons. Some times it’s our own flesh we are contending with simply because we are human beings in a fallen world.

    I look forward to reading your series.

  3. Melissa says:

    I definitely believe in demons & demonic oppression, too. I look forward to reading your series. Glad to see you blogging again! :)

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  5. Karen says:

    Good job Amy. God has truly gifted you to do this. :)

  6. Candace says:

    Well written! I completely agree with what you said. Like you, I knew very little about demonic oppression until I was also delivered of Spirit of Rejection and Freemasonry at a spirit-filled church a few years ago. I have been passionate about deliverance ever since and have read a lot on the subject including Don Dickerman who my friend received deliverance from in TX. I’m currently reading “Prayers That Heal the Heart” by Mark Virkler which approaches deliverance through counseling and specific prayers. I now attend a small “inner-city” church where there is a lot of oppression–people are constantly sick, under strongholds, and spiritual blockage. I’ve tried talking to my Pastor, sending him info on deliverance w/scriptures, recommending books and giving him Neil Anderson’s book. It’s not that he doesn’t believe in demons but he disagreed that mental illness is caused by them and that prayer doesn’t always heal people if they don’t deal with the spiritual root of their illness. I’m praying he would see the need so I could start teaching on it at my church because as Hosea wrote, “people perish for lack of knowledge.” It’s hard for me to attend a church where leadership doesn’t believe as you do.

  7. Corin says:

    This post helped me a lot. My son who 13 I be-leave has demonic oppression. I found out when he was 3 that he was being abused by his biological father. I got full custody of him, but the damage was already done, when he was little he would tell me that the bad man used to draw markings on him and light candles in sit him in a circle. Now he says he does not remember, we have sought counseling for him, but was no help he refused to talk about it. He is on medication, but it only works for a few months, then on to the next dose or brand. He is getting worse he often tells me he hears the voices and they are getting stronger , they tell him bad things. Being a christian woman I often can feel and since the demonic when it comes to my son,he is a totally different boy and not my son. (yet he is) I pray all the time and will keep praying,my son says he be leaves in GOD but refuses to read the bible or anything about it. My heart hurts for him everyday. I search the web to try and get answers to how I can help him and to assure myself that I am not crazy that there are demons that DO attack us, and that maybe there is hope for my child and that we are not alone….

    • Anssi says:

      Thank you for sharing your problem. I want to pray that God delivers you and your son from demonic oppression in the name of Jesus and our God can be glorified.

    • carlen hagan says:

      keep praying . god is the answer. and prayer in numbers is great. seek out church if not going and have payer. read everyday scripture on deliverance and on being torments and protection from the enemy . read out loud every dy. god will deliver your son from being tormented. ask god to also renew his mind also. read scripture on rendw minds like jesus. god loves all his children . ye ask and ye shall be given. ye knock and ye shall open. god will help you and your son. believe and have faith in him.

    • Tammy says:

      I have prayed for you and your son. There is a book by Kay Arthur you might want to read. It has clear and sound Biblical instruction, and gives testimonies of similar cases (where victory/deliverance was gained). It is called “Lord, Is It Warfare” by Kay Arthur. You can find it on Amazon. May God watch over you, lead you and guide you. http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Warfare-Teach-Stand-Devotional/dp/1578564425

    • Thank you, everyone, for your encouraging words and prayers for Corin. I love seeing this! ~ Amy

    • Karen says:

      Corin,

      We are going through the same thing with my sister right now, who is in her 40’s, and this just recently became an issue with her. She’s severely oppressed, and we have been praying since 2009 for her. She gets better, then worse, has had demons talk through her and had face contortions and everything. The only thing I can tell you is to go to your pastor, get teh books by Neil Anderson, and follow the “Steps to Freedom in Christ”, but with a professional pastor or Christian counselor with you, so that you are not alone. Be praying for him constantly, as I’m sure you already are. The pastor that helped us, Mark Anderson, has dealt with this for over 20 years. He said he has to pray in every room of his house every morning and night, for protection, as he and his family get attacked quite often due to his helping so many people with their oppression. Pastor Anderson lives in Illinois, but if you would like to call him, let me know and I can give you his phone number. Maybe he can help.

      I recently e-mailed Dr. Neil Anderson’s website, Freedom in Christ Ministries, because he is very well-versed in this subject. We are at our wits end with my sister’s problem, and hoping that they can help too.

      God bless,
      Karen

    • brindy b says:

      I have been going thru the same thing, well my daughter and i, i have had a pastor to the house twice, after that didn’t work, i had a paranormal team to the house, still no effect on this demon, it’s getting stronger, while we get weaker, help please

    • Heidi says:

      I am so sorry to hear about your situation. Please contact me asap. I think I can help you and your son:).

    • Heidi says:

      Call me. 843.213.8915.

  8. stacy says:

    I am a christian and love God I had a exorcism two weeks ago there was two demons in me I have heard if you are a christian you can not have a demon.I have lots of witness that were in the church i didnt believe either i lost over a hour of time God protected me completly during the entire process a lot of preachers dont agree this was possiable again like you said read your bible just because someone is a pastor and tells you different read the Word of God

  9. brindy b says:

    I am currently dealing with demonic oppression with my teenage daughter who is epileptic. She started out drawing pics, i ignored them at first, then when i started getting woke up at 2,3,4 a.m every night i knew something was wrong. I’m spiritual, but not religious, because its hard for me to figure out which religion is right. However, my mother and sister are very religious, so we call a pastor, he comes and blesses me, my daughter, and our home, twice! My daughter was even baptized, after none of that worked, i called a paranormal team out, they did a cleansing and put a barrier around our house. Still not working. What started out as one demon has now turned into 4. I’m not sure what to do at this point, i want my daughter back, she’s just not in there any more, her pupils get big and little at times, which is a sign of manifestation, my life has been like a horror movie since February, help!

    • Amy says:

      I’m so sorry for what you and your daughter are going through. I wouldn’t contact any more paranormal teams, because that will cause additional spiritual warfare/demonic activity. You need someone who can take you through this step-by-step, and I would recommend Above and Beyond Counseling Ministries. They are well-trained licensed Christian Counselors who take people through deliverance. Their website is very helpful, also, if you want to browse through it. I will be praying for your daughter. Jesus is her Healer and Deliverer, and I will stand in faith for her to be set free from this.

  10. spenvic says:

    Nice one…I hope this will change my life now…

  11. Krystal says:

    Thank you for your post. I am too a spiritually oppressed and know how hard it can be to talk about to people (believers and nonbelievers). It is very real and expressed throughout the bible. I wanted to ask people to keep an open mind when talked about because it is not an easy thing to experience. Im still seeking help with thoughts, depression, anger, sleeplessness and yes demonic attacks at night. For people experiencing demonic oppression there can be a feeling of hopelessness, fear, confusion, anxiety, thoughts that wouldn’t be considered normal can become twisted to a demonically oppressed person and can lead to strong feelings of temptation and sin. I have also had horrific images come to mind. Extreme thoughts of suicide and self infliction as well. Nothing seems to help or take away the pain. I’m writing this to not scare people but to use this as an outlet. I have often felt alone throughout this. This message is for anyone who might be experiencing these things as I have.

    • Amy says:

      I’m sorry for what you have been though, Krystal. I know all too well the crazy and scary thoughts that can go through your head. Satan tries so hard to make us (and everyone else) think it’s our own thoughts, when it’s Him all along. He has come to kill, steal and destroy. A website that has really been quite informational for me is the Above and Beyond Counseling Website. I would recommend checking it out. They have tons of info on there (concerning deliverance, demonic oppression, etc.) that I think might find helpful. Thank you for leaving a comment for others, so they know they are not alone! It’s not an easy subject to talk about, especially if you feel like you are alone in it all. I understand about writing to process things as well. I’m the same way! :) ~ Amy

  12. Allen says:

    Candace,
    Your friend received no deliverance from a man, but from The Lord.
    Pastors are often falsely exalted for “their” deeds. Remember, The Lord himself wouldn’t be called good teacher. All glory to the father.

  13. Heidi says:

    We are all fighting our own battles. Being a Christian is not easy. GOD will protect you always if you stay in his light and never stop believing. I have to heaven and back. Flat lined twice. I am open to hear any questions and try to give advice through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  14. Heidi says:

    Believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. My prayers are with all of you.

  15. Debora says:

    To the woman whose daughter she thinks is possessed: remember drug use changes the size of pupils . Meth and stimulants enlarge the pupil and heroin and opiates decrease the pupil size. Check her room in places like between the pages of a book or on the closet railing or any where that is completely unsuspect. Get familywhere app. on your phone. It may be a different situation than you think

  16. Dawn Perry says:

    Amy,
    I came across your site today while searching for insight re demonic oppression, specifically by fear. By the grace of God, it has been Holy Spirit revealed to me in the last 48 hours that I have been under the oppression of at least one spirit (fear) for as long as I can remember (I am 62), even as a very young child. I was frequently bullied (elementary through junior high school). I believe the mental/emotional trauma of those episodes may have initiated my spiritual problem. I became gripped by an almost paralyzing fear that seemed to make me incapable of defending myself against these attacks (whether verbal or physical). The presence of this fear, compounded subsequently by feelings of incompetence, worthlessness, purposelessness, insecurity and non-existent self-esteem continued into my adult life. To make my long story short, let me just say it wreaked havoc in my adult life and sabotaged my life at every turn. Although I graduated from college and law school (even passing the Bar), I felt I was a phoney, masquerading as a competent, intelligent, capable person and I lived in constant fear of beyond “found out”. I, along with my family and friends watched confused and mystified as I squandered my education and promise of a successful career to do clerical work, often as an office temp. I was living in a dense fog of confusion about why I was doing this with my life; my shame and disappointment with myself led me into a state of chronic depression, followed by the on-set of a chronic auto-immune illness called Polymyalgia. I have been a Christian for over twenty years and despite my fervent prayers for insight and release from whatever had kept me in this state of spectacular under-achievement in every area of my life, I could get no further than the recognition that fear was somehow at the heart of my problems. But to the faithful, God shows Himself faithful and today I am inexpressibly grateful that He has enabled me to finally put two-and-two together. When I came to this sudden realization, I became so angry at the enemy as I thought about all that has been stolen and subverted in my life; I am now determined to be freed COMPLETELY, so that my God-given gifts can be redeemed to God’s glory and so that I might be of help to others victimized by the enemy in this way. Thank you for shining and sharing the light Amy. I would appreciate any thoughts and comments you might have, and particularly would like to know if others have had an experience similar to my own. Blessings…..

    • Amy says:

      Hi Dawn! I love the revelations that the Holy Spirit gives! I just wanted you to know that I read your comment and will be responding via e-mail soon. :)

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