By David Scott / Religious Demonologist
Demonic Influence is one of many abilities that a demon has, as well as one of its most potent ones. In this article I will be addressing what demonic influence is, why it happens, how to combat it, and how a person can go about preventing it.
*This article is meant to be read as if the person having possible demonic issues has already sought out the proper medical help and has been found to have no mental illnesses of any kind by their doctors. If the person has already seen their general Doctor and a Psychologist, and given a clean bill of health, then it is very possible that a demon is causing the problems if the person continues to have any. However, if the person has not attempted to seek out any medical help from their Doctor, especially a Psychologist, that MUST be done. The person MUST do this first so as to rule out any possible mental health issues as mentioned above that he/she may have that they were not aware of, or may be developing. It is NEVER the job or role of anyone but a licensed Psychologist to try and determine or diagnose whether or not someone has a mental health disorder.
Once the person has been checked out by their Doctors, and given a clean bill of health, a spiritual solution should be looked into. It should also be noted however that a person can have mental health issues as well as a demonic problem. This is because the demon is feeding on the mental illness of the person. This too can be determined and dealt with if the people helping know what to do, and the person continues to see the proper Doctors for continued help.*
When dealing with demonic influence, it will usually continue until the demon has been expelled from the person’s home and life. The best and easiest way to recognize whether or not it is demonic influence is the thought itself and how it makes the person feel.
For example, the person may have a thought or idea that pops into their head that makes the person think; “My God! What am I thinking this for?!” If they do, it is most likely demonic. It needs to be made clear that this will not usually happen until the demon has already established itself and taken a firm hold in the home and or person’s life, and the oppression stage has already begun. It also needs to be made very clear that demonic influence, at times, can also cause the person to carry out certain actions against their self or others. Those actions are called demonization. It is very important to always remember that demonization is an action and not an idea or thought. Of course the idea or thought that is projected into the person’s head is what will cause that action. It can be difficult for people to know the differences between influence and demonization. There is another easy way to tell whether or not someone is suffering from influence or demonization, and that is how the client reacts to these attacks. If the client reports having thoughts that are like someone telling them terrible, scary, and controlling things then it’s influence. When the client receives thoughts from the demon that tells them to do things to them-self or someone else and the client does it but can’t stop it; that is demonization. When a person suffers from influence they usually know it because they are aware of it as it happens, as well as afterwards.
When a person is suffering from influence they can also fight it if they are strong enough to do so mentally. When the person is suffering from demonization it’s like a nightmare that they can’t wake up from, and they remember everything that they did. Demonization is not to be confused with Possession as no one ever remembers what they did, or what happened while they are possessed; to the person it’s missing time thus they can’t remember anything.
When it comes to demonic influence, it can happen to anyone, including Christians. Usually, when a person suffers from demonic influence it is at a time when they are especially weak mentally, emotionally, or they have let their guard down. Letting their guard down usually falls into the category of a known demonic haunt and the person simply allowed their self to develop a false sense of security because activity in the home had ceased for a period of time, or declined a great deal. This is usually a ploy by the demon so as to be able to strike hard against the person when they do let down their guard. When this happens, the demon will usually attack the person in some manner to weaken them even more, thus influence will usually occur so as to weaken the person even quicker by attacking their mind.
Even though the influence is a projected thought into the person’s mind, it is also still considered an attack based on the fact that it will cause the person to question their own sanity, especially when they are already experiencing activity in their home that usually no one else is experiencing. When a person is going through a demonic haunt or persecution, they are constantly experiencing activity of all kinds; activity that can and will break the person down slowly over a period of time if the situation isn’t dealt with in a timely manner or properly. Once the person has come close to their breaking point, the influence will usually begin to increase even more. As I stated earlier, this usually takes place during the oppression stage. It is important to know that even though Christians can be attacked too, it won’t be as bad or last as long as it would on a non-Christian.
Furthermore, if the person is a Christian then they will usually know how to prevent attacks altogether. The most important thing for a person to remember that is suffering from demonic influence is to not allow yourself to feel guilty about it. As soon as a person allows their self to feel that guilt, or any other type of negative emotion brought on by the influence, they will in turn be feeding the demon, thus making it stronger. There are however many ways to deal with demonic influence, which I have written below.
First, the person must remember that the thought or idea is not really their own, but the demon projecting the thought or idea into the person’s mind.
Second, and as I have already stated above, the person must not allow their self to feel guilt or any other negative emotion that is or may be brought on by the projected thought or idea.
Third, the person can rebuke the influence in the name of Jesus Christ until it stops.
The sooner a person does this, the quicker they can deal with it properly and successfully.
Finally, the person can have fellowship with Christians by going to Church on a regular basis to worship and gain strength through other Christians; they can also have regular prayer meetings in their home or attend them at a fellow Christian’s home or at Church. The best way to deal with demonic influence is to give your life to Christ thereby becoming a Christian. When someone becomes a Christian, they learn to do all of these things on a regular basis.
This EVP was captured during an EVP session when David was explaining something to an investigator. In it you’ll hear the demon whisper “That’s crazy” just before the investigator does, and right after David answers a question.
(It needs to be noted that David and the investigator were the only two people in the room when this happened.)
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