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How to tell if Spiritual Deliverance is needed?

Some Common Symptoms of Demonic Activity
  • Uncontrollable Feelings:
    • Massive hatred or fear
    • Irrational guilt
  • Uncontrollable and Besetting Thoughts:
    • Blasphemous thoughts against preachers or the preaching
    • Horrific dreams that cause terror-stricken feeling
    • Homicidal thoughts
    • Acute low self-image
  • Abnormal Medical Problems:
    • Seizures
    • Pain, acute without reason to abdomen or head
    • Sudden chills or overwhelming heat in body
      • Sometimes called menopause
  • Cognizance Dilemmas
    • Loss of time, blackouts
    • Large drowsiness but not on any medicine around spiritual things
    • Demonstration of extraordinary talents suddenly
    • Voices that are not your own in your mind
  • Supernatural events such as vanishing of items and other bizarre things

Many other symptoms of Oppression:

    • Accident Prone
    • Persistent depression, oppression, and heaviness or sadness,
    • Negative conversation
    • Self-defeating destructive thoughts
    • Chronic illnesses
    • Inability to concentrate or focus
    • Quickly rejected and either recoil or attack projecting how you feel to others
    • Feel like you have a band around your head
    • Extreme fear, anxiety phobias
    • Abnormal, irrational loneliness
    • Violent, reckless behavior (thrill seeker)
    • Hear voices in your head
    • Irrational guilt and shame or feel unclean
    • Tormenting thoughts and images
    • Addictions that control you (gambling, drugs, alcohol, shopping, pornography, masturbation, lust fantasy lust, etc.)
    • Mental illness
    • Rejection, unworthiness, insecure feelings, shame, guilt, suicidal.  You feel like you are invisible to everyone even God
    • Self-cut, self-sabotage
    • Attacked by sexual demons at night, the incubus and succubus spirits
    • Constant confusion in thinking (sometimes difficulty in remembering things)
    • Horrible nightmares causing fear (often having demonic images)
    • Hatred and bitterness toward others for no justifiable reason
    • Irrational and uncontrollable anger and rage
    • Desire to do what is right (inability to carry it out)
    • Sudden personality and attitude changes (severe contrasts appears schizophrenic),
    • Eating obsessions such as bulimia, anorexia nervosa
    • Compulsive sexual sins (especially perversions)
    • Irrational laughter or crying
    • Negative reactions to the name and blood of Jesus Christ (verbally or through body language)
    • Vulgar language and actions
    • Loss of time (from minutes to hours) ending up someplace, and not knowing how you got there, regularly doing things of which there is no memory)
    • Extreme sleepiness around spiritual things such as reading the word, listening to a preacher, etc.
    • A demonstration of extraordinary abilities in occult (either ESP or Telekinesis)
    • Supernatural experiences, haunting, movement or disappearance of objects, and other strange manifestations
    • Pain (without justifiable explanation), especially in head and stomach),
    • Blackouts or loss of time,
    • Physical ailments alleviated by a command of spiritual authority (i.e., epileptic seizure, asthma attacks, various pains)
    • Sudden interference with bodily functions (temporary), buzzing in ears, inability to speak or hear, sudden severe headache, hypersensitivity in hearing or touch, sudden chills, or overwhelming heat in the body, numbness in arms or legs, temporary paralysis, etc.
    • Tremendous hostility or fear when encountering someone involved in deliverance work
    • A strong aversion toward scripture reading and prayer (especially one on one)
    • Irrational laughter or crying
    • Exhibitionist, you want to undress and show yourself
    • Extreme interest in paranormal, dark side
    • Extreme restlessness (especially in a spiritual environment)
    • Agitation for no known reason such as a feeling of wanting to break something or hurt someone
    • Have sexual desire with someone of the same sex
    • Disregard for physical appearance,
    • Disappearance of items and then items return
    • Long-term illnesses, diseases

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We believe that there are essentially Twelve Root Strongholds of Demonic Activity

1. The Spirit of Infirmity
The spirit of infirmity can affect believers and non-believers alike. The Bible cites an example of this in Luke 13:11 when Jesus was teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. The Scripture says that Jesus looked over and saw a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for 18 years, and was bowed down, and could not straighten her back up. This was a faithful churchgoing daughter of Abraham. She was at attendee of church services, probably sat on the front row. When Jesus saw her, he called her to come over to him and said to her, “woman, you are loosed from this infirmity.” And Jesus laid his hands upon her and immediately she was made straight and praised God! The spirit of infirmity can take many forms, including a wide range of physical ailments and chronic conditions. That said, manifestation of the Spirit of Infirmity, found in Luke 13:11, really needs no definition. Infirmity means to be made weak, and can manifest through any physical, mental, or emotional lack of wholeness. It can be any lingering disorders of the body, weakness or feebleness, cancer, female problems, fungus, fevers, allergies, sinus problems, blood pressure problems, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, untimely deaths in family, mental illnesses including gender confusion, and much more.

Luke 13:11


11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way [a]raise herself up.

Jesus’ Treatment of Disease was Part of His Redemptive Plan of Freedom

Jesus healed sick people. This was one of His major forms of ministry. He dealt with many organic causes of illness: individuals affected by madness, birth defects, and infections. The blind, the deaf, the lame, and other sufferers approached Him for help.

In the Hebrew culture of the day, most believed that illness was the direct consequence of sin, resulting in punishment (John 9:1-3).

2. The Spirit of Fear

2 Tim, 1:7


7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Symptoms of a spirit of fear operating in your life include:
Tense, tight muscles, especially neck, shoulders or jaw, headaches, heartburn, hyperacidity, indigestion, dry mouth, lump in throat, chronic fatigue, exhaustion, low energy, trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, anxious, nervous, depressed, do not enjoy life, no enthusiasm, disillusioned, emotionally drained, mentally strained, personally devalued, broken spirit, impatient, overly demanding, moody, fearful or scared, nervous, fidgeting – can’t keep still, feel panicky, cry easily, emotions on the surface, cynical, pessimistic, negative, sarcastic, can’t turn off certain stressful thoughts of feelings, feel overwhelmed, overtaxed, overloaded, over committed, no sense of humor, don’t laugh much anymore, feel driven by must do, should do, and other perfectionist or approval-seeking self-talk, feel out of control, can’t think clearly, reduced creativity, dependency on drugs or chemicals, avoid people, withdrawn, nervous behavior (e.g. bite nails, pace, fidget, can’t keep still), always in a hurry, pressed for time, take tranquilizers to relax, overreact or under react to stressful situations, do self-defeating, non-confronting things to forget my stress (e.g. shopping spree, eating binges, etc.), am addicted to work (e.g. always working late or bringing work to home), try to be superhuman, scramble (like craving to have it all, do it all, be it all), overly competitive or hard-driven, even in non-competitive situations, must fill every moment with achievement-oriented behavior, set unrealistic and often unnecessary deadlines. Other examples include phobias. fright, torment, inferiority, inadequacy, worry, critical spirit, tension, performance, and fear of anything.

Philippians 4:6-8


6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
3. The Spirit of Python, also called the Spirit of Divination
One of the named spirits in the Bible, the python spirit is a coiling spirit that works to squeeze out the breath of life (the Holy Spirit) and cut off your lifeline to God (prayer and the Word of God). To accomplish its deadly agenda, this spirit will remind you of wounds from your past, surround you with ungodly influences that tempt you to compromise the Word of God, or just barrage you with circumstances that knock the wind out of you, including choking you. Symptoms of a python attack may include weariness, coughing, choking, breathless, weakness, a loss of passion to worship, read the Bible, and pray, feeling pressured, overwhelmed, helpless and even hopeless. The severity of those symptoms depends on how long this enemy has been coiling itself around you and how much pressure it has applied. Involvement in witchcraft of any sort including going to a reader, using a Ouija board, or Tarot Cards can call this spirit into your life. Rebellion, witchcraft, occult practices, and black arts flow from this spirit. Curses follow involvement with these practices.

Acts 16:16-18

(NKJV) Paul and Silas Imprisoned
16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”
18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly [a]annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

1 Samuel 15:23


23 For rebellion is as the sin of [a]witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”
4. The Spirit of Sexual Immorality called harlotry or whoredoms
This insidious spirit is often passed as a chain with the victim often becoming the perpetrator later. It can come from childhood exposure to sex, whether it is from molestation, exposure to pornography from family or friends, or through a generational curse. This spirit hides its agenda to mock God through perverted sexuality in terms like feminism, tolerance, homosexuality, marriage equality, bestiality and more. But it’s all a ploy to mock God. Liberated sexuality is how it hides perversion. This spirit includes sex as part of its religious practice as it honors satan. It is sex that defiles individuals that were made in the image of God, and it is meant to mock their creator. Lust, adultery, pornography, rape, incest, pride, and love of the world are characteristics of this demon. Sexual addiction is also a result of this perverted spirit.

Hosea 4:12

12 My people consult their [lifeless] wooden idol, and their [diviner’s] wand gives them oracles. For a spirit of prostitution has led them astray [morally and spiritually], And they have played the prostitute, withdrawing themselves from their God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20


19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body [a]and in your spirit, which are God’s.
5. The Enslaving Spirit
The Enslaving Spirit is an addictive spirit. This spirit often accompanies the spirit of fear (Rom. 8:15) and is often rooted in rejection. It is as widespread in the body of believers as it is in the world at large. Those who struggle with addictions often feel separated from true love. Love satisfies but lust is never satisfied. Addictions of all sorts, bulimia, anorexia, wrong relationships, sex, codependency, and other obsessive disorders are worsened by this demon.

Romans 8:15


15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba,[a] Father.”

1 Timothy 6:10


10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
6. The Spirit of Pride
The Spirit of Pride also called Leviathan is often accompanied by the Rebellion Spirit (Prov. 16:18-19). This spirit often manifests itself in looking down on others, believing you are better than another class of people, prejudice, self-righteousness, inability to take counsel to heart, or listen to others when they try to help, feeling you know more than others, arrogance, being constantly critical, lewdness, show-off behavior, gossiping about others and talking behind the backs of others. Scorn and mockery manifest from this wicked spirit.

Proverbs 16:18-19


18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before [a]a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the [b]spoil with the proud.
7. The Spirit of Perversion

Isaiah. 19:14


14 The Lord has mingled a spirit of perverseness, error, and confusion within her; [her leaders] have caused Egypt to stagger in all her doings, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.

According to Romans 1:18-32 we see how disobedience can and will lead to a spirit of perversion taking over. The spirit of perversion can be manifested in many ways such as sexual perversions, child abuse, pornography, incest, having a filthy mind, chronic worrying, walking in foolishness, twisting the word of God, evil actions, abortion, having a broken spirit, doctrinal error, and atheism. Homosexuality, sexual perversion, and abnormal activities are incited by this spirit.

Romans 1:18-32


God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who [a]suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because what may be know of God is [b]manifest [c]in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and [d]Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like [e]corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their [f]women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the [g]men, leaving the natural use of the [h]woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, [i]sexual immorality, wickedness, [j]covetousness, [k]maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 [l]undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, [m]unforgiving, unmerciful;
32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

8. The Spirit of Antichrist

1 John 4:3 (NKJV) This demon takes glory away from Christ, denying His Deity, claiming equal status. It often denies the existence of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, instead attributing them to tricks, magic, illusion, or delusion. It is often at work to divide church bodies along doctrinal lines. It opposes; harasses; persecutes and is a source of division among ministries.

John 4:2-3


2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
3 and every spirit that does not confess [a]that Jesus [b]Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
9. The Spirit of Depression or Heaviness


Proverbs 12:25


25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.

John 16:33


33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] The major source of entry for this spirit is prolonged, unresolved, bitterness. This spirit darkens the countenance; it causes hearts to be down cast. It dims bright vision. It brings a heavy, oppressive feeling. It quenches faith. It can be like a cloud, hanging over a place. It causes isolation and steals love. Depression, abnormal grief, despair, hopelessness, self-pity, loneliness, un-confessed sin & suicidal thoughts flow from this malevolent demon.

Ephesians 6:12-18


12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [a]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…
10. The Lying Spirit
One of satan’s favorite tools.

1 John 4:6


6 We [who teach God’s word] are from God [energized by the Holy Spirit], and whoever knows God [through personal experience] listens to us [and has a deeper understanding of Him]. Whoever is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know [without any doubt] the spirit of truth [motivated by God] and the spirit of error [motivated by Satan].
This spirit often gains entry by self-deception. Beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, subterfuge, unbelief, compromise, intellectualism, cults, flattery, and legalism flow from this divisive spirit.
11. The Spirit of Jealousy, a relationship-destroying spirit.

Jealousy, anger, rage, cruelty, suspicion, unnatural competition, insecurity, divorce, and division are the result of allowing this spirit in.

Numbers 5:14


14 …If the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife, who has defiled herself; or if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife, although she has not defiled herself…
12. The Spirit of Stupor or Slumber.

Constant fatigue, passivity, feeling like a wallflower and self-pity describe this demon.  When allowed to control, this spirit blocks success and brings weariness of life.

Romans 11:8


8 Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.”
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7 Ways to Recognize a Lying Spirit:

1. A lying spirit cannot understand the truth.

John 8:43-45


43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
2. A Lying Spirit denies the deity of Jesus Christ (that He is God).

1 John 2:22


2 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
3. A Lying Spirit stands with a majority opinion (many times).

2 Chronicles 18:21


21 So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him and also prevail; go out and do so.’
4. A Lying Spirit practices unrighteousness.

1 John 3:7-8


7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
5. A Lying Spirit doesn’t listen to believers.

John 4:5-6


5 They are of the world. Therefore, they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
6. A Lying Spirit speaks words that fail to come to pass.

2 Chronicles 18:27


27 But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Take heed, all you people!”
7. A Lying Spirit entices men to destruction.

2 Chronicles 18:19-21


19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab king of Israel to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner.
20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’
21 So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him and also prevail; go out and do so.’

1 John 4:6


6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

(b) (Remember, this was because of Ahab’s many sins and disobedience to the Lord).