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-
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 Oppressed– Job 1:14-17–14 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 Oppressed–Job 1:18-19–18 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 Oppressed–Job 4:13-14–13 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 Oppressed–Job 2:6-8–6 “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.
-1 John 2:13-