Primary Steps to Demonic Possession
Check Yourself. Don't Wreck Yourself
by Pastor John Hamel

People who cannot help themselves cannot help others.  

All across America and around the world, God’s ministers stand in pulpits teaching God’s children they should fear the devil.  Many are afraid to even speak Satan’s name.  More and more Christian leaders even deny Satan’s existence.  Others laugh and mock at Satan, leading their people into bondage.  

The less a Pastor accurately exposes Satan’s true nature, the more Satan is able to control that congregation.  

Christ’s disciples are in the Earth to set people free, not to cooperate with their bondage through ignorance. 

In this lesson we will look at some of the steps Satan takes people through in order to ultimately control and possess them.  Satan seldom possesses a person in one felled swoop. Human beings are smart, so he moves in a little bit at a time, knowing exactly to where he is taking them.

If you recognize any of these steps occurring in your life, immediately resist, rebuke and command Satan to loose you in those areas. (James 4:7)  He will do so.  

These steps are suggestive and not exhaustive. Although listed in the order in which they normally occur, Satan does not bind himself to a set formula for oppressing, obsessing or possessing human beings.  He is unpredictable and deliberately cruel.  He can use one or all of these steps to bind human beings.  


Regression means "to go backwards." 

Satan frequently hits individuals with low blows to send them backwards.  He will send someone to hurt you, offend you, lie to you or about you, etc., so you will stop serving God, working in the Church, Pastoring, leading worship, etc.  If Satan can get you to take even one step backwards, you are well on your way to his control. 

God built human beings to progress, not to regress.  He did not build human beings to quit on the plan of God or to hop from Church to Church being led by a spirit of offense. 

Others regress when they hit forty, fifty or sixty years of age and they begin to believe the lie that their mind is slipping.  They begin to believe and to confess, “I just had a senior moment” when they forget something.  The more one does that, the more they will go into bondage to Satan’s lies.  If your mind begins to slip it is because you let it, either through bad diet, bad medication, wrong talking, unbelief or fear. 

Paul said that in spite of the fact that the outward man perishes, the inward man is renewed day to day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)  

Your mind is not supposed to wrinkle like your body.  Your mind is to be renewed day by day on the Word of God no matter how old you are.  Some of the world’s greatest minds have been eighty, ninety and a hundred years old.  The path of the righteous is to grow brighter and brighter, not darker and darker. (Proverbs 4:18)  God expects you to produce until the day you die.  God’s perfect will is that you go out of this life with both barrels blazing.

The Christian must never allow the devil to convince them to go backwards because they have been hurt or disappointed.  They must never allow the devil to convince them that their mind is supposed to get weaker as they get older.  God's will is that the mind of the Believer gets stronger as they get older. 

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control." (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)

"But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart." (1 Corinthians 2:16 AMP)


Repression means “to squeeze, hold back or push down.”  

When one allow others to keep them from fulfilling God’s plan for their life, they are cooperating with Satan, not God.  Allowing others to force their ideas, opinions, sexuality, etc., upon you is to yield to Satan’s power.  When your parents, siblings, friends, even your Pastor, will not allow you to be what God wants you to be, it is time for you to start seeking God about the possibility of moving on.  God said you are not to place any false gods before Him.  

Yes, everyone is to submit to a Pastor, but only as that Pastor is submitting himself to the Word of God.  When a Pastor tries to tell you God’s will for you life, as opposed to encouraging you to discover it for yourself, it is time to break off that relationship.

"A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished [with suffering]." (Proverbs 27:12 AMP) 

Even Churches that do not allow singing, music, shouting, praising or spontaneous worship are submitting to a spirit of repression.  This does not mean that one should be free to interrupt a service at will.  It means one should be free to submit to the Spirit of God within without fear of retribution when the time is right.  God calls us to be faithful in Church attendance to get freer and freer, not to become repressed. 

Repression happens in homes where parents are sinful, selfish, immoral or abusive.  It happens when one sibling is allowed to selfishly dominate the whole nest.  Some employers have no authority in their own lives, so they repress employees with what little power they have on the job.  Some Christian leaders put lids on their people expressing themselves, not realizing they are submitting to a spirit of control and repression. This can easily lead to further demonic influence. 


Suppression is very close to repression.  It means “to keep from being known; to put down by force.”  

When someone attempts to secretly force you to behave a certain way, not allowing you to express your own ideas of right and wrong, get away from them.  Even the most popular Preacher in the world is not to be submitted to if he suppresses his people.  Suppressors open the door to Satanic powers.  They are to be refused, rebuked and rejected.  The Bible says we are to go from the presence of a fool when they are not walking in knowledge. 

"Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips." (Proverbs 14:7 AMP)

The Pastor of a very large Church in Atlanta, Georgia, paid out millions of Gospel dollars to the families of young boys whom he had been suppressing with homosexuality.  Many of the Pastor's members fled to another Church nearby. They were told publicly from the pulpit by the Pastor to whom they fled for safety, "I don't want you here. That other Pastor is my friend. Go back to him. He loved you and now it's time for you to love him and forgive him. Don't come to this Church. We don't want you in this Church." 

Both of those Pastors are guilty of suppressing God's people. When a Pastor commits homosexual acts with the youth in his congregation, refusing to repent and be restored, he must not be submitted to.  When another Pastor tells people to go back to that homosexual Pastor because "He's my friend," he must not be submitted to either.  

The Bible calls both of these Pastors "fools" because they suppress people into sin with fear and ungodly counsel. These are the type of Pastors God promises to replace with real Pastors who govern according to the Word of God and the love of God. 

"Woe be unto the Pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the Pastors that feed My people; ye have scattered My flock and driven them away and have not visited them: Behold I will visit upon you the evil of your doings saith the Lord ... And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: And they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking saith the Lord." (Jeremiah 23:1-4)

When someone is suppressing you, pack your bags and head out.  God definitely has something better for you.

"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished." (Proverbs 22:3)  

If you stay where you are being suppressed, you are leaving yourself wide open to the devil and you will soon be taking the next step into demonic possession.


Medical science defines depression as "a mental state of altered mood characterized by feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement." 

When we allow others to suppress us into the sadness, despair and discouragement of depression, Satan can now confidently begin to take even bigger steps - giant steps.  As subtle and cunning as he can be, he takes bolder, more blatant steps with depressed people. 

Depression is a curse of the Law and Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the Law. (Galatians 3:13-14, 29) 

If you are living under a cloud, if you are sick on the inside, if your spirit is broken and crushed and you live with sadness, despair and discouragement, you are dealing with depression.  

Everyone deals with depression over the course of their lives, but if it comes and stays longer than a day or two, you are quite possibly dealing with demonic powers.  You need God’s help and you need it now.  You must rise up, open your mouth and begin to say repeatedly, “Depression, you go from me in Jesus’ Strong Name. I do not receive depression. The joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8;10)

If you do not readily begin to see results, you just need a little help. Contact the Pastor or a trusted spiritual friend and have them anoint you with oil, praying over you and commanding the spirit of depression to leave.

"Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him ... The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:14-16) 

Satan is on the constant prowl, looking to bring unnatural, extended depression to homes, schools, businesses, Churches, communities, individuals and relationships.  He wants Believers to stop building upward and to start falling downward.  When he can get them to do that, he can take control of the world. 

Depression can come from hundreds of sources.  

It can come through rejection, disappointment, financial pressure, loss of a loved one, divorce, family feuds, etc.  Whatever its source, rebuke it immediately with the words of your mouth.  God is not a God of depression.  

Religion and tradition demand long faces, sour attitudes, unbelief and depression. This is not the Spirit of God and does not originate from His Kingdom.  The Bible says the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:7)

The Bible says that it is a merry heart, not a heavy heart, that doeth good like a medicine. (Proverbs 17:22) 

Every problem has a solution no matter how impossible it may seem. 

"There has no temptation (test or trial) taken you but such as is common to man: But God is faithful, Who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (test or trial) make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)  

If you wrongly believe you have a problem God cannot solve, you have opened the door to a siege of depression.  Get into God’s Word.  Start praising Him.  Change the scenery and the people around you if that is the cause of your depression.  Get help if necessary.  God has someone to help you.  Ask Him for wisdom as to what you are to do and He will give it to you. (Proverbs 4:7; James 1:5-8)  

Long periods of staring off into space, staying in bed with the shades drawn or feeling a sadness so deep you cannot even cry is evidence of a spirit of depression.  

Tell the devil, “Loose me in Jesus’ Strong Name” before you find yourself going into step number five.


Demonic oppression is far, far greater than human depression.  This is where the devil will make major inroads into your life.  Satan grows bolder as you grow colder. 

Oppression means “to weigh someone down with something they cannot carry.”  

Israel was oppressed by Egypt, beaten down and crushed with a load that was too big for them.  They needed help that only God could give.  Their oppression was not too big for God and neither is yours. 

God anointed Jesus to set oppressed people free. (Acts 10:38 ) 

Disease is Satanic oppression. (John 10:10)  Rise up and shake it off.  Fear causes oppression.  Shake it off.  If you worry about losing your mind, you will lose your mind.  If you worry about being rejected, you will be rejected. God has not given you a weak mind.  God does not want you to be rejected.  God has given you a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)  God has given you favor with those around you. (Psalm 5:12) 

Satan causes family and friends, including Christian friends, even strangers, to attack us to bring us into depression and oppression.  We must not yield to it.  We must turn it around by forgiving and praying for our oppressors, otherwise, Satan will gain advantage through unforgiveness. (Matthew 5:44; Mark 11:25; Luke 17:3-4) 

When Satan comes to weigh you down, lying to you and telling you that you are responsible for the destructive actions of family, friends or others within your community, you must resist him.  You are not entirely responsible for the actions of others.  

As a parent, you are responsible for the behavior of your young children. You have a responsibility to train them in the way they should go.  But when your children become adults, they make their own decisions for which you are not accountable.  Possibly you have done your best to raise good citizens and one of your children murdered someone.  That is not your fault.  

If everything a grown child does is the parent’s fault, then Adam’s rebellion was God’s fault because God was his Father, and we know that is not true.  

You are not built to carry your own burdens and you are forbidden to attempt to carry the burdens of others. 

"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully." (1 Peter 5:7 AMP)

"Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in every thing, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God's peace shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ." (Philippians 4:6-7 AMP)

Satan tries to tell some people that their misfortunes and even the misfortunes of others are punishment from God because they sinned.  That is not true.  God is not a punitive God.  Sometimes we cause things to happen to ourselves through the Laws of Sowing and Reaping but this does not mean that God is punishing us. (Galatians 6:7-8)  Even if you are responsible for something having gone wrong, God can bring good out of it through your repentance. (Genesis 50:20; 1 John 1:9)  Ask God to give you wisdom in a situation like that and He will. (James 1:5-8) He loves you as much as He loves Jesus. (John 17:23)


Obsession defined: "Compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety."

When something has gotten a hold of you and you cannot shake it, when you are so caught up with one thing that it is all you think about and talk about day and night, you are dealing with obsession.

Obsession can be good or bad, because there are two kinds of obsession.  There is positive obsession and negative obsession.

The positive kind of obsession is when Jesus gets a hold of you and you become obsessed with His Word and His plan and His purpose for your life.  You become obsessed with finding your place in His Body. You are now obsessed with the Spirit of God.  Human beings were created for this kind of obsession.  This type of positive obsession desires to see other people saved, set free and growing in knowledge of God’s will for their lives.

The negative kind of obsession is as defined above.  The negative kind of obsession is when the human personality is being progressively destroyed.  Satan obsesses people with jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness, deviant sex and any number of things that force people to perform compulsively and in an unreasonable manner.

All of the steps we have studied, regression, repression, suppression, depression and oppression can be shaken off somewhat easily by the Born-Again Believer by making right decisions and using the Name of Jesus.  

However, when it comes to demonic obsession, it is very possible that you will need the help of either a Minister of the Gospel or a layperson who is completely grounded in the Believer's authority. This is because Satan and demon powers have taken control of your mind and you are unable to exercise mastery over your free-will any longer. 

If you will lie even when it is greatly profitable for you to tell the truth, you need help. Most likely you are being oppressed and obsessed by a lying spirit. (1 Kings 22:22-23)  If moral sins have overwhelmed you to where you are blinded to what you are doing, you need help.  If you will do whatever is necessary to have your own way, or to even cover up known wrongdoing, you need outside help immediately.  If you have become so full of hatred for others that you believe everyone hates you as well, you need the kind of help that only Christ’s established Ministers can give. 

If you have submitted yourself to hypnosis, if you consult mediums and New Age channelers, if you are dependent upon daily horoscope, booze, unnatural sex, drugs, pornography, etc., you have stopped exercising mastery over your God-given free-will.  You have opened your soul up to Satan, becoming his slave and you need the type of deliverance that only Jesus can give.  You are in bondage to spirits of obsession.  

It is possible for a human being to be Born Again and even filled with the Holy Spirit and still be in bondage to obsessing spirits.


Possession defined: "To enter into and to control firmly. The act of taking someone or something into control; a domination by someone such as an evil spirit, a passion or an idea."

Demonic possession is when one is under absolute jurisdiction of Satan or his subservient demons.  When one is possessed they are occupied, dominated, controlled and ruled by unnatural outside forces in their spirit, their soul and their body.

When one is possessed, evil spirits have entered into them and control them firmly.  

The Apostle Paul said that all unsaved human beings are under Satanic possession to one degree or another. 

"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan) the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation (manner of life) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." (Ephesians 2:2-3)  

Many unsaved people are much more severely possessed than others.  

Personally, I believe that Christians can submit themselves to any of these primary steps included in this study with the exception of step number seven, demonic possession.  

According to what the Holy Spirit revealed to the Apostle Paul, when a human being is Born-Again they are supernaturally translated out of the Kingdom of Satan into the Kingdom of God. 

"Giving thanks unto the Father ... Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:12-14)  

The Born-Again human being is not only translated from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light but their spirit becomes one with the Spirit of God.  In other words, the prince of the power of the air has been cast out of their human spirit and they have become positively possessed by the Spirit of God.

"But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him... Do you not know that your body is the Temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own." (1 Corinthians 6:17-19 Amplified Bible)

The Born-Again Christian is supernaturally translated into the Kingdom of Light, supernaturally and positively possessed by the Spirit of God, becoming a New Creation in Christ and the Righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21)  

They are now possessed by the Spirit of God within and cannot at the same time be possessed of Satan. 

If you are not Born-Again, but you believe that you or even a loved one is being controlled in thought, word or deed by demon powers possessing you or them, there is hope for you in Jesus. 

“As they went out, behold they brought to Jesus a dumb man possessed with a devil.  And when Jesus cast the devil out, the dumb man spoke and the multitudes marveled saying, It was never so seen in Israel.” (Mark 9:32-33)

Not all dumbness, deafness, blindness, insanity or sickness is caused by demons, but much of it is, particularly when one does not belong to God’s family through Jesus Christ.  

If you feel you are possessed with evil spirits causing you to do things against your will, Jesus wants to help you to get your free-will back.  

Find a Church in your area that believes in the reality of Satan and demon powers.  Find a Pentecostal, Charismatic or Full Gospel Pastor or Believer who understands their authority in Christ.  Ask them to pray for you.  Ask them to cast the possessing spirit out of you.  Jesus said all who believe can cast out evil spirits. (Mark 16:15-20) 

Many deny that people in America need this kind of help, insisting that evil spirits are only in underdeveloped nations of the world.  I heard one Minister say, “There are no evil spirits in America.”  I thought to myself, “Is there anywhere in the Bible that says demon barriers have been built around the United States to where demons cannot enter?”  Of course not. Satan was calling this man's bluff.

America has as many demon problems as any country in the world, if not more.  To deny that Americans need this type of help is to deny God’s Word.  It is to deny reality and to take step number one, regression.  You are going backwards when you allow Satan to convince you that neither he nor his demons come to America, especially the American Church.  

To believe there are no demons in America or even that there are no demons at all is to actually do Satan a great favor.  He is calling your bluff and he thinks you are too dumb to realize it.


Jesus said, "Except a man be born again he cannot see (enter) the Kingdom of God." (John 3:3) 

Do not let the term "Born-Again" confuse you.  It simply means the following.  

The first time you were born, you entered into the natural world through the natural door of your Mother's womb. The second time you are born, or Born-Again, you enter into the Kingdom of God through the supernatural door of Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus referred to Himself as "The Door." (John 10:7,9)

One can never be free of any demonic harassment or interference until they are first Born-Again by making Christ their Lord and Savior. This is the only way to be delivered from the Kingdom of Darkness and to be delivered into the Kingdom of God. 

It is a very simple thing to do. 

The Bible says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

Do it right now.  

Simply say, “Jesus, You’re my one and only choice. I ask You to save me.  Satan, I reject your oppression, obsession and possession. I confess Christ as my Lord and Savior.  From here on in I'm walking with Jesus. 

"God, that makes You my Father now. Therefore, if I need further help, I ask You to direct me to it, as any good Father would do, in Jesus' Strong Name.  

Be Blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel

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