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What Is Demonic Oppression?
Demonic oppression is the feeling of being consumed by something pure evil
Oppression is not the same as possession. Why? Possession signifies that you are no longer in control of the behavior and movements of your body.
17 Someone in the crowd replied, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable.”...22 “It often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” -Mark 9:17-18, 22 BSB
Oppression means being assaulted heavily with extreme physical, mental, financial, and emotional problems with no sense of hope. Those are the devices that demons use to destroy your faith in Christ Jesus and render you as a Christian spiritually useless for the kingdom of God.
Below are a few examples of demonic oppression then I will go into more detail.
After the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, a spirit of distress from the LORD began to torment him. -1 Samuel 16:14 BSB
The Hebrew word for "torment" is Baath which means to fall upon, startle, terrify. Strongs# 1204
In King Saul’s case, he was being tormented by fear.
or because of these surpassingly great revelations. So to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. -2 Corinthians 12:7 BSB
The word “thorn” in Greek gives the meaning of being afflicted physically which connects with the word torment which is found in the same verse, giving a meaning of being struck with a fist. Paul’s demonic oppression was by means of physical pain.
King Saul was being tormented mentally, going mad, and Paul was being tormented physically so we see that oppression can be both in the mind and the body.
There is one person who literally was demonically oppressed by Satan himself. Satan oppressed Job with ALL of the categories mentioned at the beginning of this post. Job was hit head-on with all of Satan’s storms of destruction with every intent to completely wipe out his faith in God.
Let’s take a closer look at Job’s demonic oppression which will reveal Satan’s tactics
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one on earth like him, a man who is blameless and upright, who fears God and shuns evil.” 9 Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not placed a hedge on every side around him and his household and all that he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out Your hand and strike all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 “Very well,” said the LORD to Satan. “Everything he has is in your hands, but you must not lay a hand on the man himself.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. -Job 1:8-12 BSB
1. Financially Oppressed: Job 1:14-17 BSB–a messenger came and reported to Job: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 the Sabeans swooped down and took them away. They put the servants to the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!” 16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and reported: “The fire of God fell from heaven. It burned and consumed the sheep and the servants, and I alone have escaped to tell you!” 17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and reported: “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels, and took them away. They put the servants to the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
2. Emotionally Oppressed: Job 1:18-19 BSB–While he was still speaking, another messenger came and reported: “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
3. Mentally Oppressed: Job 4:13-14 BSB–In disquieting visions in the night, when deep sleep falls on men, 14 fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shudder.
4. Physically Oppressed: Job 2:6-8 BSB–“Very well,” said the LORD to Satan. “He is in your hands, but you must spare his life.” 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and infected Job with terrible boils from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. 8 And Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself as he sat among the ashes.
Every Christian WILL get oppressed by demons for the sole purpose of destroying your faith. When you feel a heavy burden of fear and worry, know that you are being demonically oppressed.
Note: Not all sickness or any other type of bodily pain means that you are being demonically oppressed. Only when that pain of any kind results in you doubting God’s love towards you, this would constitute demonic oppression. Demons may not cause illness or physical pain, but they will take advantage of it and will try to make you abandon God.
Christians should never worry about losing faith because Jesus promised that the same way He overcame the world so shall we, for His Spirit lives inside of us.
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” -John 16:33 BSB
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. -1 John 2:13 BSB