There are many demonic spirits, but in this post, we’re going to talk about 12 of the most common ones. These can usually be found at the foundation of all demonic activity.
As a Christian, you cannot be possessed or fully ruled by an enemy. However, you can be harassed, oppressed, and beat down by failing to cast out these spirits. All they need is a little bit of access to set up a stronghold in your mind to reign from.
A stronghold is formed by a wrong pattern of thinking by the believer. After a stronghold is formed, it can be used by an unclean spirit to influence a believer’s actions, habits, and lifestyle. This is why it’s incredibly important to be able to recognize these spirits and tear down these strongholds.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
– Philippians 4:8
Core Demonic Spirits
The Lying Spirit
“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.”
– 1 John 4:6
In John 8:44, the devil is referred to as the father of lies. Therefore, all lies come from him. The Holy Spirit is known as the spirit of truth. There is no in-between. If you’re operating in lies and deceit, you’re working for the benefit of the kingdom of darkness. There are many other branches that grow out of this spirit such as legalism, the occult, compromise, flattery, and unbelief.
Legalism is caused by lies that try to convince people that the finished work at the cross wasn’t enough to cover their sins. The occult is formed from false religions. The enemy uses compromise to persuade believers to sin against God. This spirit is extremely divisive and seeks to put people against one another.
The most important thing we can do to combat this spirit is to study the Word of God and meditate on His Word. The lies of Satan lose all power against the truth of God’s Word.
The Spirit Of Pride
“Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
– Proverbs 16:18-19
Pride is one of the worst demonic spirits. It’s what made Lucifer turn into Satan. He become overly confident in his beauty and decided he wanted to be like God. He thought he knew better than God and could run the universe better.
This spirit can be found in many people today. It produces a lot of ungodly behavior such as arrogance, criticism, prejudice, egotism, and gossip. All of these things come from a core foundation that tells the individual they are better than others.
However, God warns us that pride comes before destruction. Entire nations have been destroyed because of a spirit of pride. In James 4:1, the Bible tells us that conflicts and quarrels come from our own selfish desires within us. Therefore, if humans could learn to operate in a spirit of humility and prefer others over themselves, entire wars could be avoided.
The key to overcoming this spirit is to be humble. Understand that you can do nothing apart from God and without Him, you would be nothing. It’s His breath within you that keeps you alive. Live to glorify Him and love your fellow man.
Spirit Of Fear
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7
I’ve encountered a demon of fear face to face and I know how powerful this spirit is. God was gracious and shared a revelation to me about this spirit. Fear usually presents itself as a friend in order to gain access. It persuades the individual that it’s protecting them or keeping them safe from something. For example, a fear of change can disguise itself as wanting to keep someone safe from the unknown.
However, fear can also manifest as its true self. It causes torment and intense fright. It keeps people paralyzed so they won’t reach their full potential in life. Other symptoms of this spirit include worry, tension, and any kind of phobia.
The Spirit Of Heaviness Or Depression
“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 61:3
The spirit of depression is no joke. I’ve written an entire blog post about it. I have a deep understanding of the destructive power of this demon because I’ve been badly affected by it before Jesus saved me.
This demonic spirit can cause hopelessness, suicidal thoughts and attempts, grief, and depression.
Spirit Of Infirmity
“And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.”
– Luke 13:11
A person with this spirit will experience a variety of medical issues. For example, it can cause syndromes without any evident causes. Also, bodily disorders, allergies, and identity crisis are just a few ways this spirit can manifest.
If you’re constantly having medical issues that a doctor cannot resolve, you may be under attack from this spirit.
Related: Areas Of The Body That Demons Attack
The Spirit Of The Antichrist
“By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus 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.“
– 1 John 4:2-3
The antichrist spirit is one of the worst demonic spirits. My reason for saying that is because this spirit’s number one goal is to attack and destroy Christ and His people. The spirit of the antichrist can be found in many modern churches. It causes division by using deception and lying about the Word of God. Also, it steals the Word before it can have any true effect of the believer.
This demon may use legalism to undermine the work of the cross. Therefore, it can keep a faithful church go-er from ever knowing who Christ really is and finding salvation in Him.
However, the antichrist spirit doesn’t only exist in the church. It’s working all throughout the world to keep people from believing in the one true God. It exists in all false religions and works relentlessly to have God be hidden from society. Here are just a few ways this spirit is at work in the United States:
- Remove prayer from schools.
- Take the father out of the home.
- Call Christianity a religion of hate while protecting the religion of Islam.
- Push horoscopes and other forms of divination.
- Destroy the nuclear family.
- Work to confuse the identity of children.
- Use drugs to diminish the minds of the people.
- Use television and social media to distract and brainwash people.
The list goes on and on. That’s why I say this spirit is one of the most dangerous. It will use all the other demonic spirits if it needs to in order to make sure people do not find about God and who He is. The main mission of this spirit is to keep humans from coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ as savior.
It doesn’t care if people acknowledge that Jesus Christ existed- as long as they don’t come to know Him as the begotten and anointed One of God who came to defeat sin. Beware of this spirit and learn to recognize it!
The Spirit Of Slumber
“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.“
– Romans 11:8
The enemy can cause people to become overwhelmed with a spirit of sleepiness. Did you notice that energy drinks and coffee are a rapidly growing industry? That’s no coincidence. Of course, there are people out there who decide to withhold sleep from themselves, but there are others who simply cannot get enough sleep.
They are so tired, yet they toss and turn all night long and wake up exhausted. People struggle with insomnia and it steals the gift of sleep that God has given to them.
On the other side of this coin exists people who get more than enough sleep and still feel tired. The amount of sleep you get does not deter this spirit. It will make you feel tired no matter what you try in the physical realm because this is a spiritual affliction.
This spirit produces constant and chronic fatigue, procrastination, idleness, and self-pity.
An Enslaving Spirit
“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, Father.”
– Romans 8:15
Addiction, compulsion, and obsessive disorders are a strong indication of demonic influence. The Lord Jesus did not save us so we can be held in captivity by today’s world. Instead, He came to set us free. Therefore, anything that holds and binds someone into certain thinking or lifestyles is demonic.
There are a lot of signs that someone can show if under this spirit, such as eating disorders, dependency, an attraction of bad relationships, and any kind of addiction. Jesus can indeed set us free from any one of these afflictions.
The Spirit Of Python (Divination)
“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. 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.” And this she did for many days.“
– Acts 16:16-18
Divination always uses a demonic spirit for its powers. These ‘powers’ include witchcraft, magic, horoscopes, fortune-telling, occult practices, tarot cards, and are always caused by rebellion. These things are an abomination to the Lord and He curses those who practice such things.
The word divination comes from the Greek word ‘Puthon’. Puthon comes from Greek mythology. It was the name of the Pythian serpent or dragon, who lived in Pytho, at the foot of mount Parnassus. It guarded the oracle of Delphi and was slain by Apollo. Later, the word was applied to soothsayers (someone who does fortune-telling) or diviners who were inspired by Apollo.
I find it interesting that divination is compared to a python. The python wraps its body around its prey and squeezes it with immense pressure. It used to be believed that the python kills the prey by suffocation. However, new research suggests that it actually cuts off the blood supply. Coincidence?
Jesus is our blood supply. The spirit of divination cuts off the supply of the blood of Jesus, leads its prey astray, and holds them captive. Stay away from the occult by all means!
Spirit Of Sexual Immorality
“My people ask counsel from their wooden idols,
And their staff informs them.
For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray,
And they have played the harlot against their God.“
– Hosea 4:12
The spirit of sexual immorality has many disastrous side effects. Our enemies can gain tremendous ground by using this spirit and making many people fall prey to it. We’ve seen this unclean spirit show up time and time again in the Old Testament. For example, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were completely disintegrated because of their wicked sexual sins and desires.
“Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.” So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.“
– Genesis 19:4-8
We see clearly in this story that all the men in the village desired to have sexual relations with the angels. The mob was so bad that Lot offered them his two virgin daughters. However, the men did not want the girls.
God destroyed these cities, but the spirit that infected those people is still active today. This demonic spirit is responsible for every type of sexual sin such as incest, lust, pornography, adultery, pedophilia, rape, sexual addiction, orgies, homosexuality, and all the consequences that follow these actions.
Marriages and families can be completely destroyed by sexual sins. It’s no wonder the enemy loves to use this tactic- if you destroy the family then you can destroy society!
Sexual sins are highly glorified in the media today. Protect your mind and heart by abstaining from these types of ‘entertainment’.
Spirit Of Jealousy
“…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—”
– Numbers 5:14
Jealousy is a horrible thing and can destroy relationships. Symptoms of this spirit include anger, insecurity, divorce, demonic competition, harshness, and suspicion. If you’ve ever witnessed or been in a relationship with a person who suffers from jealousy, then you know that it’s impossible to have peace.
This spirit is easily defeated by knowing who you are in Christ and understanding that His Will and plan is perfect for your life.
The Spirit Of Perversion
“The Lord has mingled a perverse spirit in her midst;
And they have caused Egypt to err in all her work,
As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.“
– Isaiah 19:14
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).
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.
I’ve written a whole blog post about the spirit of perversion so if you want to read more about this spirit, click here.
Although there are many demonic spirits, a lot of demonic activity stem from twelve core spirits:
- The lying spirit
- The spirit of the antichrist
- An enslaving spirit
- Sexual Immorality
To combat these demonic spirits, you must know who you are in Christ and read and study the Bible. The enemy cannot stay if you use the Word of God against Him.
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