What Is Demonic Oppression? [Part 2]

Demonic forces trying to engulf you with depression

2 Later she gave birth to Cain’s brother Abel.

Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, while Cain was a tiller of the soil. 3 So in the course of time, Cain brought some of the fruit of the soil as an offering to the LORD, 4 while Abel brought the best portions of the firstborn of his flock.

And the LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but He had no regard for Cain and his offering. So Cain became very angry, and his countenance fell.

6 “Why are you angry,” said the LORD to Cain, “and why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you refuse to do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires you,b but you must master it.”

-Genesis 4:2-7, BSB

Cain was under extreme demonic oppression for a while before he lost his relationship with the true Living God, which is Satan’s goal for all God-fearing believers in Jesus Christ.

“And the LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering” Abel won God’s favor, not because his offering was better than his brother’s, but because Abel was walking in obedience with the LORD.

The phrase “looked with favor” in Hebrew is shaah which means to look at, to gaze at, or to regard. Strong’s number 8159

When we as Christians are pleasing to the LORD with our lives, He will look upon our sacrifices that we do for Him, with acceptance. God’s eyes are on those who are right and pleasing to Him.

“but He had no regard for Cain and his offering” God rejected Cain’s offering because his life was going in the wrong direction away from God. That was due to demonic oppression. The devil was working on Cain so that his offerings, things you do for Christ, will be rejected to make you get angry at God. We see this with Cain, who got angry which made his countenance fall, a depressed face.

“sin is crouching at your door” It is using animalistic characteristics to describe a demon who was oppressing Cain and had a strong desire to overcome him. The Scriptures always describe Satan and his fallen angels as beasts and poisonous animals.

All Christians without exception are or will go through demonic oppression. The degree of the oppression for an individual varies based on one’s faith.

The way to combat this attack is through the shield of faith [Ephesians 6]. Our trust in Jesus Christ will prevent us from falling into a deep depression. Depression robs your trust in Christ that He will make a way out for you. It will cause you to drift dangerously away from the hope that you have in Christ Jesus. The only way for a demon to defeat you is by taking your trust away from Jesus so that you would depend on your solution, which is not a true solution, from the One [Jesus Christ] who can give you a true inner-peace that surpasses all understanding.

After Jesus fasted for forty days and was hungry, Satan came and tempted Him to turn the stone into bread. Satan was trying to make Jesus trust in Himself instead of trusting in God the Father. That is what depression does to a believer. He will try to take your eyes away from the Lord and put them into your situation. The longer you take your eyes away from the Lord, the longer you will linger in your depression.