The spirit of legalism might be one of the most damaging demons. While it’s true that many other demons can destroy lives, this spirit can fool someone into thinking they have a relationship with God when they really don’t. How frightening!
Legalism is when a person tries to earn their way to heaven instead of believing that the finished work of Jesus at the cross is enough to cover their sins. If we could somehow buy our way into heaven with our good works then Jesus would never have had to come. Did Jesus die in vain? Absolutely not!
Be very cautious when a Christian or anyone tries to give you a long list of rules you must obey in order to be saved. The only requirement for salvation is to believe in Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. Read more
I know what you’re thinking. “Poverty is a spirit?” To be honest, everything we see in the physical realm comes from the spiritual realm. There are blessings and curses that can be found in every society. One of those curses is poverty. For example, a neighborhood could be cursed or doomed for poverty. Same with a family tree. Lucky for us, God has provided us a way to combat curses with blessings.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who suffer from this spirit. Because of their constant shortages, people become fear-ladened and open the door for many other demons. It can lead to arguments, hopelessness, and depression. Wealthy people aren’t safe from this demon either.
There are many people who have a lot of money but are still controlled by the fear of losing their money. They may be inspired by this fear to withhold blessings from others and stop tithing.
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”
– 1 Timothy 6:17
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked. Read more
When people hear the word ‘perversion’ or ‘perverted’, they usually associate it with sexual sins. While this can be true, to pervert something actually means to twist or turn from a natural way of life. For example, satanism is a form of perversion of God’s truth (as well as all false religions and gods).
Yet, there’s another spirit that usually works with the spirit of perversion. That’s the spirit of whoredom. Whoredom creates the problem of idolatry. When both of these demons work together, the results can be disastrous.
The spirit of perversion is running rampant in today’s society. It’s in music, films, social media, and every other brainwashing tool you can think of. People have gotten so used to it that they don’t even notice the sin and perversion found in these forms of entertainment. Read more
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
– Isaiah 61:1-3 emphasis added
According to dbsalliance.com, depression affects 17.3 million American adults (7.1% of those aged 18 and above) a year and 1.9 million children (ages 3 – 17) have depression.
As someone who has suffered from depression myself, I can tell you this is no joke. Unfortunately, many people will never know that depression is caused by a demonic spirit. Therefore, they will have no choice but to fight it with worldly means. Don’t get me wrong, my counselor helped a bunch when I was depressed. However, it wasn’t until I became born again that I was able to kick depression to the curb. Read more
In my previous article, I went over 6 signs someone can be under demonic influence based on the demon-possessed man found in Mark chapter 5. However, there are many more signs of a demonic influence being present in someone’s life. That’s why I wanted to make a second part to that article to go over more symptoms you can use to identify an unclean spirit in someone’s life.
All scriptures are from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Sign #1: Addictive Behaviors
In today’s world, people are addicted to a wide array of things. Certainly, not all addictions indicate a demonic presence. Yet, there are many that do. People can be addicted to food, drugs, alcohol, lying, gambling, sex, fighting, arguments, and many more dangerous lifestyles.
A demon can easily convince someone that they need something or else they’ll lose their minds. It’s easy to constantly put thoughts and images into the mind of someone until they cave to the behavior. Destructive behaviors are an effective way to destroy someone’s life. Read more
There are many signs that someone may be under demonic influence. All of these signs that I will list could also be caused by other reasons as well. However, I want to take a look at the man in the scripture below. The man exhibited extreme behaviors and was chained up in a cemetery because of them. Let’s take a look at a few signs that could indicate someone is under demonic influence.
“Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.“
– Mark 5:1-5 Read more