About Demonic Activity - Page 1
Some Ways Demons Oppress People
See if you relate to any of the following ways that demons oppress us, working hard to destroy us and our lives.
- Afflict. To inflict something hard to endure
- Harass. To annoy or disturb persistently, to wear out by frequent attacks
- Influence. To exercise indirect power over in order to sway or affect
- Oppress. To lower in spirit or mood
- Torment. To cause severe suffering of body or mind
- Torture. To punish or coerce by inflicting excruciating pain
- Worry. To disturb one or destroy one’s peace of mind by repeated or persistent torment
- Wrong. To inflict injury on another without justification
The question arises whether or not demons know our thoughts. The answer seems to be that if the demons are “inside” a person that they can, but they cannot if they are on the “outside.” However, demons do plant thoughts in our minds, so they often know what we are thinking because they have planted the thought! They also study us to know our weaknesses, so they try to predict and influence our behavior.
The first goal of demons is to prevent us from receiving salvation. If that fails, they work at preventing Christian maturity. They try to shut us down and make us ineffective. Their chief strategy is to try to get people to turn away from God. They do this through many forms of temptation, harassment, and also from challenging God and His Word. Demons lie to us and work hard to have us lie to ourselves.
Another form of harassment is accusation and criticism. Demons will interject condemning thoughts into the minds of believers. They particularly like to stir up the past with thoughts of, “You really should have...” or “If only you had done...differently.” Demons are on a “seek and destroy” mission. They work together and strategize. They take advantage of our weaknesses and they love times when people are either physically and/or emotionally weak or vulnerable. They attempt to affect all areas of a person: body, soul, and spirit. They don’t’ play fair.
- Body. Appetites (lust, overeating, binging and purging, starvation, etc.), addictions (drugs, alcohol, sex, television, internet, pornography, etc.), illness (cancer, asthma, epilepsy, etc.), sleeplessness, sleepiness, nervousness, pain, etc.
- Soul/Mind. Tormenting thoughts (condemning thoughts, confusion, suicidal thoughts, self-mutilation thoughts, thoughts of self-hate, etc.), forgetfulness, blocked memory, blocked understanding of God’s Word, etc.
- Soul/Will. Weak will – a will that has no follow-through, passive.
- Soul/Emotions. Exaggerated emotional states: fear, anxiety, anger, panic, shame, rejection, grief that is over-extended or out of proportion, hopelessness, helplessness etc.
- Spirit. Attempted prevention of salvation, spiritual lethargy, doubt of salvation experience, unbelief – can affect, harass, prevent maturing, etc.
Demons sometimes target people for special attacks; particularly those who are serious about serving God and who are advancing the kingdom of God. Demons target people, also, where there has been occult involvement and/or dedications in the past generations, or where the person himself has been involved in occult. There are some very specific “open doors” by which demons frequently gain entrance into a person’s life.
Common open doors include:
- Inherited Curses
- Sins of the Flesh
- Emotional Trauma
- Passive/Trance State of Mind
- Occult Involvement
The sins of the flesh are the door that we most frequently open. This is particularly true if the sin is repeated and becomes a pattern or lifestyle of indulging the flesh.
Recognizing Demonic Influence
The following influences are extreme conditions which may indicated demonic oppression.
- Incapacity for normal living. Inability to feel joy; agitation/ restlessness during Christian services; yo-yoing from one extreme emotion to another.
- Extreme bondage to sin. Unable to stop the sin even when trying very hard.
- Deception about normal personality. “This is just how I am. This is my personality.”
- Abnormal emotions. Exaggerated, intense, out of control, consuming emotions.
- Breakdown of marriage and family
- Tragedy and accident proneness
- Financial insufficiency. Especially when the income is adequate
- Inner anguish. Suicide thoughts
- Restlessness and/or insomnia
- Abnormal sex life. Demanding too much or too little, having the opposite desires from one’s spouse.
- Trances. “spacing out,” blanking out.
- Violence, super-human strength
- Demonic torment
- Self-inflicted injury. Self mutilation, i.e. cutting oneself
- Functional sickness. Having illness come at times that prevent Christian growth or fulfilling responsibilities
- Unidentified foul odors
- Rapidly changing personality. Note: There are other causes for this as well.