Apparent Demonic Groupings and Manifestations
By Chris Simpson
A search of the scriptures seems to reveal 12 demonic strongholds or “houses” that the enemy sends against mankind in an attempt to torment both them and the Father who loves them. The number “12″ in scripture is often associated with governmental order. It is not surprising that Satan would have 12 spiritual agents that he would send against mankind in an attempt to rule and dominate man. It is a clear counterfeit of God’s beneficent loving order and authority intended for mankind.
In the context of ministering to others, we’ve noticed that these 12 particular classes of evil spirits seem to manifest themselves in a person’s personality in very common and understandable ways. What follows is a listing of common manifestations associated with each spirit. In addition, we have compiled an exhaustive list of spirits often encountered when ministering deliverance and corresponding manifestations in one’s personality which often mark the presence of each spirit listed.
- The goal of this list is two-fold:
It serves as a tool for recognizing strongholds in your own life so that you can seek deliverance for yourself. Jesus wants to set you free. Since he has paid the price, why not choose to appropriate it in one’s own life?
- The goal of deliverance is to set you free so that Jesus can use you to set others free. captives free to set other captives free. Deliverance, and salvation, for that matter, is always a means to the end of spreading God’s kingdom. It was never intended to be self- focused. We are set free to set others free in the name of Jesus and by the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Hopefully, this list will help those who minister to recognize a spirit by it’s common manifestations.
Obviously, this is in not an attempt to create a formula to explain away the work of or the need for the Holy Spirit in all ministry. It should also be mentioned here that there appear in Jewish writings some specific “names” of other demons, as well. We have used this list to help people to search their own hearts in preparation for deliverance ministry and as a tool for ministering deliverance to those in need.
THE ORIGINAL LIST WITH SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES
SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS – Isaiah 61:3
Broken hearted, continual sadness, cruel, crying, death, defeatism, dejection, despair, despondency, discouragement, disgust, drivenness, escape, false burden, fatigue, gloom, gluttony, grief, guilt, heartache, heartbreak, hopelessness, hurt, hyperactivity, indifference, inner hurts, insomnia, laziness, lethargy, listlessness, loneliness, morbidity, mourning, negativity, passivity, pressure, rejection, restlessness, self-pity, sleepiness, sorrow, spirit, suicide, tiredness, torment, troubled spirit, weariness, wounded spirit.
SPIRIT OF JEALOUSY – Numbers 5:30
Accusations, anger, argumentative nature, backbiting, belittling, bickering, bitterness, blasphemy, causing divisions, coarse jesting, competition, contention, covetousness, criticism, cruelty, cursing, deception, destruction, discontent, disputes, dissatisfaction, distrust, dreamer, enmity, envy, factious, faultfinding, fighting, gossip, greed, hardness of heart, hatred, hurt, inability to cry, insecurity, judging, kleptomania, lying, malice, materialism, mocking, murder, quarreling, rage, railing accusations, restlessness, retaliation, revenge, sadism, self-centeredness, self-hatred, selfishness, spite, stealing, strife, suicide, suspicion, temper, unforgiveness, unworthiness, violence.
LYING SPIRIT – 1 Kings 22:22
Adultery, compassion, creating doctrines without using the word of God, crying, cursing, deceit, deception, depraved desires, divination, dreamer, drivenness, emotionalism, exaggeration, excessive talking, false accusations, false burdens, false prophecy, false spirituality, false teachers, fantasies, fear of authority, financial problems, flattery, fornication, homosexuality, hypocrisy, insinuations, lies, low self-image, (feel-ugly, worthless), lust, mental bondage, pornography, profanity, religious spirit, seeker of men’s approval, sexual perversions, sodomy, strong delusions, superstitions, uncleanness, vain imaginations, vanity.
FAMILIAR SPIRIT – Leviticus 19:21, 20:6, 20:27, Deuteronomy 18:11, 1 Samuel 28:3
Astrology, automatic handwriting, black magic, Buddhism, certain kinds of rock music, channeling, charmer, charms (good luck) Christian Science, clairvoyance Confucianism, conjuring, consulting of the dead, cults, disobedience, divination , divination, diviner, doctrinal error, dreamer, drugs, e.s.p., enchanter, false prophecies, fear of God, fear of Hell, fear of lost salvation, fetishes, formalism, fortune telling, hallucinations, handwriting analysis, Hinduism, horoscopes, hypnosis, incantation, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, lawlessness, legalism, levitation, Masonry, medium, mind reader, Mormonism, muttering, necromancy, new age philosophies and involvement, obsession, occultism, ouija board, palmistry, passive mind, peeping & muttering, pendulum, rebellion, religiosity, ritualism, Rosicrucianism, Satanism, sÃ©ance, seduction, self-will, Shintoism, soothsayer, sorcery, spirit guides, spiritism, stubbornness, Taoism, tarot cards, Theosophy, Unitarianism, Unity Church, Universalism, unscriptural deliverance, warlock, water witching, white magic, witchcraft, yoga.
PERVERSE SPIRIT – Isaiah 19:14
Abortion, atheism, child abuse, chronic worrier, contentious, cranky, doctrinal error, (twists the word), evil actions, exposure, false teachers, fantasy lust, filthy minded, foolishness, frigidity, harlotry, hate, incest, lesbianism, lovers of self, lust, pedophilia, pornography, sexual deviation, sexual perversion, sodomy, stubbornness, wounded spirit.
SPIRIT OF PRIDE/HAUGHTINESS – Proverbs 16:18
Affectation, agitation, anger, argumentative, arrogant, boastful, bragging, competitiveness, contentious, controlling, criticism, dictatorial, domineering, egocentric, egotism, frustration, gossip, haughtiness, “holier-than-thou” attitudes, idleness, impatience, insolence, intellectualism, intolerance, irritability, lofty looks, mockers, obstinacy, overbearing, perfectionism, play acting, pretension, pride, pride of education, rationalism, rejection of God, resentment, scornful, self-centeredness, self-deception, self-delusion, self- importance, selfishness, self-righteousness, smug attitude, sophistication, stiff-necked, stubbornness, superiority, theatrics, vanity, wrath.
SPIRIT OF WHOREDOM – Lev. 19:29 & 20:5, Num. 25:1, Hosea 1:2
Adultery, chronic dissatisfaction, emotional dissatisfaction, exhibitionism, exposure, fantasies (lust), fornication, frigidity, harlotry, homosexuality, idolatry, incest.
Love of (lust for): body (sexual), money, the world, position, authority, social standing.
Lust (all kinds), masturbation, pornography, prostitution, seduction, sensualist, sexual, sodomy, transvestites, uncontrollable sexual desires, unfaithfulness, weakness, worldliness.
SPIRIT OF INFIRMITY – Luke 13:11
Allergies, arthritis, asthma, bent body/spine, bleeding, cancer, chronic diseases, colds, diseases, disorders, epilepsy, feebleness, fungus infections, hallucinations, hay fever, heart attack, impotent, infections, insanity, lameness, lingering physical trauma, lingering spirit, madness, mania, mental illness, oppression, paralysis, paranoia, physical disorder, retardation, schizophrenia, senility, sinusitis, spirit of death, torment, virus, weakness, wounded spirit.
DEAF AND DUMB SPIRIT – Mark 9:25
Accidents, accidents by burning, accidents by drowning, blindness, convulsions, crying, deafness, destruction, dumbness, ear problems, emotionlessness, epilepsy, eye diseases, fear of fire, fear of water, foaming at the mouth, gnashing of teeth, infections (chronic), inner ear problems, insanity, lunatic behavior, madness, motionless, pining away, schizophrenia, seizures, sensing `the approach of death’, stupors, suicide, tearing, uncontrolled convulsions, wallowing.
SPIRIT OF FEAR – 2 Tim 1:7
Fear of any of the following:
accusation, authority, condemnation, closed-in places, confrontation, correction, danger, dark, death, disapproval, failure, God, heights, judgment, man, pain, persecution, poverty, rejection, reproof, water.
Agitation, anxiety, apprehension, cannot call upon God, compromise, confusion, daydreaming, distrust, doubt, doubting assurance of salvation, dread, embarrassment, escape, excessively sensitive, excitement, faithlessness, fantasy, forgetfulness, fright, headaches, heart attacks, hypochondria, hysteria, inadequacy, indecision, indifference, ineptness, inferiority complex, insanity, insomnia, jealousy, judging, lack of trust, lack of trust, loneliness, low self-esteem, low self-esteem, migraines, nightmares, overly careful, paranoia, passivity, phobias, playacting, pouting, pretension, procrastination, reclusiveness, resentment, roving, salvation, schizophrenia, self-aware, self-rejection, self-reward, shyness, sickness, skepticism, sleepiness, sleeplessness, sophistication, spiritual blindness, stress, suspicion, tension, terror, theatrics, timidity, torment, trembling, unbelief, unduly cautious, unreality, unworthiness, worry.
SPIRIT OF BONDAGE – Romans 8:15
Addictions to: alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, drugs, food (anorexia, bulimia, etc.), medications (above and beyond prescribed use), nicotine.
Accusation, anguish of spirit, bitterness, brokenhearted, bruised spirit, compulsive behavior, condemnation, control, coveting wealth in order to hoard it, criticism, dominance, dominated by others (soul ties), doubting salvation, drivenness, embarrassment, false burden, false compassion, false guilt, false responsibility, faultfinding, fear of death, fears, feeling “lost”, frustration, gluttony, hyperactivity, idleness, inability to break free, judging , nervousness, no assurance of salvation, oppression, possessiveness, pressure, resentment, restlessness, self condemnation, self-accusation, self-hatred, self-pity, self-reward (overeating, etc.), shame, spiritual blindness, superiority, unrighteousness, unworthiness.
ANTICHRIST SPIRIT – 1 John 4:3
Acting against: God, Christ, Christ’s testimony, His teaching, the doctrine of Christ, the miracles of God, the word.
Attacks the saints, attempts to rationalize Christ, blasphemes, deceit, denies the blood, denies the deity of Christ, denies the humanity/divinity of Christ, denies the work of the Holy Spirit, displays open unbelief, harasses the saints, Humanism, lawlessness, legalism, Masonry, opposes the fellowship of Christ, opposes the ministry, persecutes the body, self- exalting, stirs up strife between the saints, worldliness.
THE EXPANDED LIST
|Addictions / Dependencies
Addiction to sugar
Downers / Uppers
Preoccupied with food
Reliance upon prescription drugs
Video games (demonic)
Hateful / spiteful
Spoiled little boy / girl syndrome
Violent outbursts / temper
Won’t admit wrong
Against Christ and His teaching
Always learning but never coming to the knowledge of the Truth
Ashamed of Christ
Attempts to take Christ’s place
Bitterness towards God
Critical towards God
Degrades Holy Spirit
Denies blood atonement
Denies deity of Christ
Desire to scream out in Gospel meetings
Difficulty to stay awake when the Word is preached
Disappointed with God
(miracles, His Word, etc.)
Disinterested in spiritual things
Displays open unbelief
Disturbs saint’s fellowship
Do not love the Truth
Doctrinal error (twists Word)
Don’t like the way God made you
Don’t think God loves you
Easily distracted from spiritual things
Explains away miracles of God
Feeling like God desires to punish you
Feeling like God doesn’t want the best for you
Feeling like you must earn God’s approval
Feeling that the commandments are burdensome
Form of godliness but deny power
Harasses the saints
Hardened to the Truth
Hater of God
Have exchanged the Truth of God for a lie
Impiety or irreverent
Inability to praise God
Inability to trust God
Inability to understand Word of God
Inattentiveness when Word is preached or taught
Indifference or resistance to Word of God
Leave God out of your thinking
Love has waxed cold
Neglectful of assembling to worship
Nothing to look forward to
Opposes doctrine of Christ
Opposes humanity of Christ
Opposes the bible
Persecutes the saints
Rationalizes the Word
Religiosity (but far from true religion)
(fanaticism and extremism)
Robbing God of the tithe
Stirs strife between believers
Take God’s name in vain
Unable to see or hear spiritually
Uncomfortable in Gospel meetings
Unforgiveness towards God
You base your salvation on your own worthiness
You believe that you are unacceptable to God
You blame God for what the devil has caused
Fears and Anxieties
Infirmities / Diseases / Sicknesses
Blaming others for your problems
Listen to gossip
Other’s actions are never good enough
Comparing self to self-imposed standards
Feel guilty if you express your true feelings
Feelings of condemnation
Inability to express true feelings
Suppress true feelings
Stealing / Greed
Various Other Areas
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