What Is Demonic Oppression?

demonic oppression
Demonic oppression is the feeling of being consumed by something pure evil

Demonic Oppression

Oppression is not the same as possession. Why? Possession signifies that you are no longer in control of your behavior and movements of your body.


Mark 9:17-18, 22
17 Out of the crowd, one man answered Him, “Teacher, I brought my son to You. He has a spirit that makes him unable to speak. 18 Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.”
22 “And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

Oppression means to be 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.

1 Samuel 16:14
Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and an evil spirit sent from the LORD began to torment him

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.

2 Corinthians 12:7
especially because of the extraordinary revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself.

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- 

Job 1:8-12
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.” 9 Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Haven’t You placed a hedge around him, his household, and everything 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 everything he owns, and he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 “Very well,” the LORD told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, you must not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.

1. Financially OppressedJob 1:14-1714 a messenger came to Job and reported: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing nearby, 15 the Sabeans swooped down and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!” 16 He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “A lightning storm struck from heaven. It burned up the sheep and the servants and devoured them, and I alone have escaped to tell you!” 17 That messenger was still speaking when yet another came and reported: “The Chaldeans formed three bands, made a raid on the camels, and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

2. Emotionally OppressedJob 1:18-1918 He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house. 19 Suddenly a powerful wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people so that they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

3. Mentally OppressedJob 4:13-1413 Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night, when deep sleep descends on men, 14 fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shake.

4. Physically OppressedJob 2:6-86 “Very well,” the LORD told Satan, “he is in your power; only spare his life.” 7 So Satan left the LORD’s presence and infected Job with terrible boils from the sole of his foot to the top of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself while 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 the 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.

-John 16:33-

-1 John 2:13-


15 thoughts on “What Is Demonic Oppression?

  1. Ay, so, I have dealt with trauma and painful feelings for a very long time; it even formed into depression and anxiety last year with given circumstances that made it worse. C-PTSD even knocks at my emotional and physical door when it gets triggered, because of the pain and trauma. When it comes to having mental illness issues such as these, it definitely can open up the door to being more easily exposed to demonic oppression; something that I’ve experienced, these last few days especially in fact. Thank you for posting this wonderful post on your blog, it’s incredibly important to not let yourself be exposed in the spiritual battlefield; running without armor and yet you fight, trying to flail your weapons at the enemy but you aren’t protected. I have this bad habit of running from my pain and distracting myself with other things and not going to the one I need most; God. But, in this dire time of restless pain, I have now come to realize that I need to stop running from the only one who can help me; therefore I am building up my armor through scripture and needed prayer with the Lord. Earthly escapes are nice for a time, but it’s also something that Satan and his demons can use to distract us from our creator when the pain hurts the most. So, once again thank you very much for the great post.

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  2. Thank you for your comment, Beanie. I appreciate you taking the time to express yourself and what’s happening in your life. God is the only one that can help us. There is no one else we can go to for help. God bless you.


  3. My mind aimlessly wanders through buried memories of the past; oh, the sweet melancholy of it all as things that hit home wander day and night like a nomad but always knows where to go, for I am their forever host of mental anguish. I am bound to this pain as “it” and I have made a one-sided pact, for “it” has a mind of its own that seeks to destroy my very happiness with the melancholic note of forgotten memories that lingers on the tip of my tongue like a deadly poison. I thought I killed my pain by placing “it” in its casket, but the truth remains that it’s still very much alive and beating. Its heart is as black as night, that’s what the pain feels like; insufferably suffocating as I scream for it go away.. “It” inhabits the attic of my mind, creeping its way down in to the rooms of my mental house; rooms where no one should ever go inside.. But, one thing remains out of everything that seems to be crumbling away at the seams; faith.. Oh Lord, I need you more than ever, this pain wants to take me over to the very reaches of my beating soul. You are the only one that can help me; You are the only one that can save me from this agony; You are the only one that can fix these broken wings of mine and make me fly again..
    I wrote this poem this evening as I was distraught by some certain memories and feelings of those memories that wandered into my mind that I thought I had buried; painful memories of a mentor that I trusted in a dark time of mine, but she left me without saying a word or even goodbye as my trust with her became broken as I had basically been feeding out of her hand in a time where I had no friends, not even in the church seemingly accept for the Lord. Last Tuesday something triggered those feelings again but they were seemingly buried again until today where they took hold as my mind wandered and the pain greatly hit. My mind went back to this post of yours as I thought I should share it as it could possibly help Christians like me that struggle with pain and battle mental illness because of the pain. Even through the hardest times, the Lord prevails, for He is the only one anyone can truly rely on.

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  4. Focusing on having a stronger relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ will make those feelings go away. When we don’t pray or read His Word, Jesus feels sad because our faith is fed by His Word. We must be in Christ and when we desire Christ even more, we won’t get hurt as easily from others. I would like to encourage you to dig deeper into God’s Word. Get to know the Lord, He is the one who will uphold you through your time of difficulty. No one else can take His place of comfort.

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  5. I definitely agree, I have been getting better at it as of late, but it still needs some work. I’ve been feeling better lately because of it, but last night was just sucky because those memories really hurt.

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  6. I suppose that’s why my issues were so bad, until now, which they still are bad but I’m getting some relief. The other morning I woke up long before I wanted to get up with terrible anxiety, I prayed for comfort and relief and it lessened where I could rest in bed for a bit longer. Twenty minutes later I got anxiety again, and so I prayed again, but then I got this urge and thought in my head that I should and must read my Bible right then and there, and so that’s what I did. I got more relief afterwards.

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