Defeating Dark Angels: Breaking Demonic Oppression in the Believer's Life
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There is strong biblical evidence that a Christian cannot be demon possessed. The question then arises regarding what influence/power a demon can have over a Christian. Many Bible teachers describe demonic influence on a Christian as “demonic oppression” to distinguish it from possession.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops made available in fall 2017 the first official English translation of the ritual book Exorcisms and Related Supplications. Although distribution was limited to prelates, other qualified individuals—such as exorcists, other clergy, or academic scholars—may obtain a copy with their bishop’s approval. So happy I read this . My oldest son has been dealing with this for years I didn’t know until this year Fr. Fortea says that “A crucifix, even if it has not been blessed, is particularly powerful. It torments the demons because it reminds them of their defeat by Jesus’ death on the Cross.” He says the same of religious images and relics.
Some people doubt the existence of the devil, believing that he is a human construct to explain the presence of evil. Others have perhaps an unhealthy interest in the demonic. The Church teaches that demons do indeed exist. What are demons, and who is Satan? Sacred Scripture describes Hell as a place of fire and torment, but even if -- and this is a hypothetical, conditional statement The truth is this: you can. And Father José Antonio Fortea, a world-renowned Roman Catholic exorcist and author of "Summa Daemoniaca," is here to show you how you can protect yourself from these invisible entities.
But you need to remember that it’s not your battle. Like a sheep surrounded by wolves, you are safest when you remain close to the Good Shepherd— Jesus. It’s when you get off on your own that you are at your most vulnerable.Renowned exorcist Fr Chad Ripperger states that “diabolical oppression can appear as inexplicable financial difficulties, such as the inability to obtain employment despite being highly qualified and applying for multiple jobs or being fired all of a sudden. Some might argue that Christ had authority over demons, which he specifically gave to his apostles (Matt 8:19), but other believers do not have that authority. However, in Scripture, others, outside of Jesus and the apostles, cast out demons. The seventy who followed Christ also cast out demons. In Luke 10:17, it says, “Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!” In Luke 10:19, Christ said to them: “Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you.” Also, Philip, one of the early deacons, cast out demons. Acts 8:6-8 says, During REM sleep, which is the period when a person typically dreams, the body's muscles are relaxed to the level of paralysis, presumably to prevent the sleeper from acting out his or her dreams, Blom said. But when sleep paralysis takes place, the person's mind wakes up — however, the person is still dreaming, and the body is still paralyzed.
Is the person who experiences demonic obsession or possession incapable of helping himself, of warding off the demon alone?Satan’s chief sin, it seems, was pride. He thought himself greater than God, more worthy to rule. And so it is something he is intimately familiar with, and is uniquely capable of working through. He has destroyed what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. Disarming the rulers and authorities, he has made a public disgrace of them, triumphing over them by the cross.