One thing I have noticed through deliverance is that demons are not always active, instead I like to refer to them as “Sleeper Demons”. They prefer to stay hidden and operate in the darkness. In fact, if you are unaware of them they seem to mostly “leave you alone”. However, if for instance, a person decides to really start serving the Lord, and get involved in actively ministering to others, then demons that have been hidden will activate and rise up and begin to resist. I have seen this so many times that it makes sense to write about it so that those involved in spiritual warfare are armed and prepared for this assault.
Examples I have witnessed
Religious Spirits will rise up in people when spiritual warfare is presented in any way. These sleeper demons will keep the person bound with unreasonable fears of losing salvation. One young woman I know will become very aggressive if you speak about casting out demons, healing the sick or any other miracles. Even though the word of God clearly says that those that believe would do these things.
“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;Mark 16:17
This woman who I will call Diane will become very judgemental and I can see the demon rise up in her, even though most of the time she is a very kind woman and deeply loves the Lord. However, with that said she has made it a mission in life to ” seek out false prophets”. This is so extreme that she will not even attend church or allow her family to either. In the past this family was hurt in church, with wounded feelings that deeply affected them. It is a common way that demons enter people, through painful experiences that are not healed.
Diane’s background: Her mother who was from Iran, died of cancer when she was 11 years old. Her mother had converted to Christianity but would still follow Allah. On her death bed, she had put a picture of Jesus. The young Diane’s heart broke and she struggled I believe with the uncertainty of her mother’s salvation. Fear of loss of salvation is a common way these demons torment. And at the core of demonic attacks are always and I say always again hidden in a broken heart.
Religious spirits, like many other types of demons, have relatives or similar demons in their groupings. This is a basic list of demons that you might find in somebody who has a religious spirit: Please keep in mind that just because someone may show some of the signs below in their personality, this does NOT mean they necessarily have religious spirits. A person that is ministering in deliverance must pray for discernment. With that said here are some common groupings of these demons.
- religious pride
- error (doctrinal falsehood)
- false holiness
- salvation by works
- fear of losing salvation
- fear of God
I have observed these sleeper demons surface when a person comes to the Lord and begins serving God. A person can even have repented of the sins that brought these very aggressive persistent demons in. However, until they are cast out and you take a very aggressive stand against them they will surface often in dreams. The dreams will be sexual and very disturbing to the child of God and you will feel unclean and unworthy following these attacks. The attacks are always systematic, meaning they seem to come at regular intervals.
These spirits can attack a Christian over and over until they are aggressively prayed against. You may need to fast and pray for extended periods of time. Do not give up, God will give you the victory. An excellent prayer that I have used and given to people who are struggling with the dream demons can be found here.
I believe that the reason these particular evil spirits continue to harass may be found in this scripture. It seems that sexual sins, even sexual sins against the body carry a heavy penalty, as they are committed against the body itself.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Amplified Bible (AMP)
18 Run away from sexual immorality [in any form, whether thought or behavior, whether visual or written]. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the one who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? 20 You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.
Now concerning these sleeper demons, they will also continue to harass a person who was sexually violated through rape, molestation etc. So a person that was sinned against becomes a habitat for these unclean spirits. These individuals need deep inner healing and then have the unclean demons cast out. However, there are also incubus/ succubus demons that will “visit” a person. This is a topic for another teaching.
An example of this sleeper demon is evident in this woman we are currently ministering to. I will call her Diana for privacy purposes. Diana is a wonderful woman of God. She is deeply committed to God and she is a strong intercessory prayer warrior. She had been involved in an abusive relationship that lasted decades, she was exposed to this persons vile behavior and it deeply wounded her. Now the relationship has been long over, and the person she was involved with is now dead. However as a result of this trauma, she developed “an issue of blood”. She is standing on faith for complete healing, and I am standing with her. I believe that more inner healing is required for her complete healing. But God is able to restore us completely no matter what we have been through. Always remember that. However, with that said also remember that the enemy of your soul will try to keep you bound. These sleeper demons will become very active when you start confronting them. Here is a list of some groupings of these evil spirits, as it is necessary to discern how they operate to completely clean house.
- Exposed Yourself
- Incestual Sex
- Fantasies of Lust
- Lustful Masturbation
- Demonic Being Sexually Assaulted You
- Premarital Sex
- Sexual Abuse
- Prostitution or Sex for Money
- Sex with an Animal
- Frigidity With Spouse
These are only two examples, but these are the ones that I have seen often. I will share more on these in future blogs, but I hope that this gives you a little insight on these demons, and how they operate in the life of a believer. We have ministered to many people and have encountered these demons. From what I’ve witnessed these two types of spirits are extremely tenacious and hide. They will always rise up however and expose their intentions, which of course is to steal, kill and destroy. However we as Christians have the victory through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No weapon formed against us can prosper, we overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of our testimony.
Your sister in Christ,