4 Levels of Spiritual Warfare Against Demonic Spirits

In the realm of spiritual warfare against demonic spirits, I believe there are 4 basic levels in which an individual believer may have to face – depending on what you may be dealing with in your present set of circumstances and what you may have in your past background.

Having the specific knowledge on what each one of these 4 levels are all about can really help you in being able to plan and carry out the appropriate battle strategy in which to defeat demons should they ever move in for an attack on either you or any of your close loved ones.

But before I get into exactly what these four areas are, I want to give you some very basic verses from the Bible showing you the importance that God the Father is placing on that we realize the reality of demonic spirits in this world, and that we not be afraid to engage and cast them out of people when we do run across them in this life.

Here are 8 very powerful verses from the Bible, all showing us that we are not to be afraid of demons, and that we are to directly engage with them if we have to, operating under God’s authority and anointing to be able to do so.

  1. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe. In my name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)
  2. “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee … the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:14-18)
  3. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
  4. “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1)
  5. “And He called the twelve to Him, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits … And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6:7,13)
  6. “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Matthew 10:1)
  7. “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:6-8)
  8. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

If you will notice, every time Jesus gave His apostles the power and command to go out and walk with His anointing, He always told them to cast out demons as one of His specific commands – no exceptions!

So if Jesus was constantly casting out demons, always telling the apostles to cast out demons, and the apostles too were always casting out demons, then it should only be logical that the Church should continue to still cast out demons when needed.

It has been estimated by many Bible scholars that approximately 25% of the miracles Jesus had performed were Him casting demons out of people. Satan and his demons are not confined to the Bottomless Pit at this time. This event will not happen until Jesus returns back to us in His second coming. Until that event happens, Satan and his demons are still free to roam in the “air” seeking who they are going to try and devour next.

As Christians, we always have to remember that the devil and his demons are already defeated foes. Jesus has already defeated Satan at the cross when He was crucified.

What is now left is that all Christians have to realize that the victory is already ours.

We thus have to learn how to engage and defeat the devil and his demons when they do try to move in on a person or a situation – and sometimes this means a real live deliverance – because demons can attach themselves to people when they do move in for an attack.

And once they do, the only way to be able to drive them out is by the power of God!

Before I get into the four specific areas in which demons will try and come against people, especially Christians, there is one more big debate going on right now in the Body of Christ about how far demons can go with Christians. This debate is whether or not a demon can actually enter in on the inside of a Christian.

Many believe that once you are saved and become born again, that demons cannot enter in on the inside of you. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will literally come in and enter in on the inside of your human spirit at the moment of your conversion with Jesus. As a result of our bodies now becoming the temple of the Holy Spirit, they believe there is no way that a demon or a group of demons can enter in on the inside of your body.

At first glance, this does appear to be a very logical argument. However, what they are missing is the fact that the Bible tells us that we have three, distinct, separate parts to our being. We have a body, a soul, and a spirit. The Holy Spirit is living and dwelling in your human spirit, but He is not living up in your soul or body area.

If a Christian ends up committing a severe, door-opening sin and transgression against the Lord giving the demons full legal right to be able to directly attack him, then what the demons will try and do if they can get away with it is try and enter into that person’s body and soul. They will not be able to enter into the Christian’s spirit because the Holy Spirit is already living in there. But they will be able to enter into the body and soul of that person if the transgression has been deemed to be severe enough by the Lord.

Talk to any deliverance minister who does deliverances on a regular basis, and every single one of them will tell you that demons can enter in on the inside of a Christian, and that they then have to be cast out of them by way of an actual deliverance. In fact, they cannot cast the demons out of a person unless that person is a Christian to begin with, or unless that person is willing to become a Christian if they are not saved.

If an unsaved person has demons living and operating on the inside of them, they will have no spiritual authority to be able to cast the demons out of them. This kind of deliverance is only available for born-again Christians.

One of the things Christians can do to totally safeguard themselves from ever having a demon try to enter in on the inside of them is to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We have an article in the Bible Basics section of our site on exactly what this gift is all about and how to properly receive it.

What happens with this second experience is that the Holy Spirit will release from your spirit and come up and enter into your soul. Once the Holy Spirit is residing in both your spirit and soul areas, then the demons will not be able to enter into your soul since the Holy Spirit is now living in there as a result of having received this gift.

This is why after a Christian gets delivered from demons, a deliverance minister will try and get the person to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit – to help safeguard and prevent the demons from ever being able to get back in on the inside of that person ever again.

This debate has been going on for a long time in the Body of Christ and will obviously never be resolved anytime in the near future. The only thing that I can personally tell you is that I have come across quite a few Christians who have had demons literally dwelling on the inside of them and they all had to have the demons cast out of them by way of an actual deliverance.

At the end of this article, I will give you a list of the best books ever written on the subject of deliverance and engaging with demons. Each one of these books have been written by very creditable, anointed men and women of God who have learned much in this area of spiritual warfare. And what you will find out very quickly when reading from each one of them is that they have all found out in the real battlefields of life where this kind of activity does exist, that Christians can draw demons on the inside of them if the demons have the appropriate legal rights to be able to enter in.

As I get into the four specific areas where demons can directly attack a Christian, you will see me break this down into two very basic areas. If demons come in for an attack, they will either try and attack you from an outside position, which means they are attacking you from the “air.” When they are attacking you from an outside position, they are not on the inside of your body or soul. These attacks are coming at you from the outside of your being.

The other position that demons can attack you is from the inside position, which means they are attacking you from the inside of your body. And if they are on the inside of your body being able to attack you from this inside position, then something has happened that has given them the legal right to be able to enter in on the inside of you.

Your job will then be to find out what their legal right is so that you can get it properly broken before God the Father. Once you have properly broken all of their legal rights before God the Father, then you can turn around and command them to now leave you in the name of Jesus.

But whether you are dealing with demons attacking you from an outside position or from an inside position – the rules are still the same.

Find out what their legal rights are, properly break those legal rights before God the Father, and then turn around and verbally cast all of them out in the name of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As much as I hate to say this, there is a real war game going on between God and the devil for all of our souls. And in this war game are real, live, demonic spirits who will come after people, especially Christians – and they will try to get away with inflicting as much death, terror, destruction, and oppression as they possibly can.

This is why the Bible is telling us that we are to resist the devil – that we are to cast out demons when and where needed – and that we are to become good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

We are to be as bold as lions, and we are to learn how to walk in the anointing of God so that we can properly use the power and authority that God has already given to each one of us through His Holy Spirit.

The Bible makes it very clear as to what kind of big picture we all have to deal with. Each Christian thus has to make up their own personal mind as to how they will deal with this big picture and the war games that are really going on behind the scenes between God and the devil.

The apostle Paul could not have said it any better when he said that our real battle in this life is not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers, which are demons and demon powers.

You can either learn how to rise up and walk with the anointing and power of God in your life so as to be able to do battle against your enemies, whether they be demons or other evil people – or you can choose to hide your head in the sand and let demons and other evil people keep tearing you and your family to pieces.

We have another article in the “Spiritual Warfare” section of our site titled, “Battle Verses of the Bible.” In this article, I give you 100 of the best battle verses from the Bible showing you that God the Father is a “Man of War,” that He does have a war side to His personality, and that He will not hesitate to go into battle for you and your close loved ones if you are willing to stand up and fight your enemies as a true soldier of Jesus Christ.

But before God can go into battle for you, you will first have to be willing to march onto that battlefield and face your enemy head on like David did with Goliath. The choice is yours.

In the “Testimonies” section of our site, we have several powerful testimonies from people who were taught how to directly engage with their enemies, and in several of these cases, their enemies were demonic spirits.

These people were all getting torn apart with what these demons were able to get away with – and this was all occurring because they did not know how to directly engage with them and how to drive them off them and their current situation.

Once we showed them how to go on the offensive and directly engage with these demons, every single one of them received complete and total deliverance – and in most of the cases, deliverance came within 24-48 hours. This is how powerful a thing it really is if you can learn how to go on the offensive against your enemies by operating under the authority, power, and guidance of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

Now onto the first 2 different areas you may have to face when dealing with any type of direct attacks from demonic spirits.

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  1. Gary - September 26, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I cannot understand why there is such an emphasis on the deliverance of believers. Do you consider on this site dealing with demons in the non believer, which is after all the emphasis of the Bible?

  2. Marcia Mdluli - July 21, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I’m truly not thinking straight. the more I pray is the more I get attacked, I even hate sleeping because most of the attacks are when I’m asleep..
    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but I need help.

    I don’t even know which prayers to pray anymore I’m just so down casted..
    please help me

    • JoJo - September 8, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Marcia, I don’t doubt that it’s not happening. I personally have had the same thing happening to me. Keep praying, and if you haven’t I think you should fast. You’re being attacked because your praying, but when you fast and pray the enemy has no choice but to leave.You’re not doing anything wrong, you’re probably doing everything right, the enemy sees it and wants you to give up. Stay strong, and I’ll be praying for your strength.

    • Callie Roberts - October 28, 2018 at 11:46 am

      You have to have faith in your own authority. Jesus died for Y O U! And should do it again if it meant saving only you. Resist the devil submit to God and he will flee. The devil is a pansy and a coward when it comes to God. You must believe in your own authority and in Jesus’s blood and plead it on your behalf and all that will go away in JESUS MIGHTY NAME. When you are having trouble sleep ing declare Psalm 4:8, plead the blood and loose warring angles on your behalf and in your dreams shout JESUS and it will go away.

    • Ieasa - October 31, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      I am living the same ….attacks no matter what….specially at night but also anytime….it is devilitating….even after praying for me at churches altar call…
      The enemy reappears like saying… still here ,,,didnt work…..
      But I have faith that if God freed others…he will free us….he knows our dier heart plea…..Pleas walk through it…we will be free….keep me posited

    • Eliot - November 18, 2018 at 10:27 am

      You need to pray before you go to bed and ask to be sealed with the precious blood of Christ in your subconscious, consciousness, unconscious, ask that your dreams be sealed the bed the room, the house,,,,, ask the Holy spirit to guide you through the prayer. NEVER GIVE UP, FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT, GOD IS FAITHFUL.

  3. Michelle Bieniek - April 13, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I am not sure if you still respond to the messages after so many years but I found your website as so much of this make sense. I messed with witchcraft as well as some other things and now I am being attacked from the inside and out. The pain is unbelievable as I can feel them moving in me. I was baptized a few months in the Christian faith after being a Catholic most of my life. I have been through deliverance 5 times already and I feel that it’s not going away. If I go through your prayers with my full heart would I need to do this through deliverance, or can you please help me. This is so bad that the attacks happen all day and as soon as I lay down?
    Please let me know what I would need to do to get help?
    God Bless!

    • Thomas D. - June 3, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      Prayer when you’re walking through the dark valley…
      When it comes to deep trials and stress, Grace can provide escape from fear and anxiety. Our biggest asset is Prayer. Get into a quiet meditative state prayer supplication and thanksgiving. Go to God, We can’t fix it ourselves. But. Remember, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9). This following verse is paramount to your situation “I reveal Myself to those who love Me—those whose spiritual receivers are tuned to My frequency, they receive My Word and obey it.”

  4. Choua - March 7, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I want to thank our God, our Lord Jesus, and our Holy Spirit for leading me to this website. I am so blessed that I found your articles: 4 Levels of Spiritual Warfare Against Demonic Spirits and Blood Of Jesus. I have been praying for miracles this year and the Holy Spirit has led me to two battles (pray and fasting). The first one I repented to my husband which took 5 days of accidental fasting and mourning to get that breakthrough. On the morning of the breakthrough, the Holy Spirit whisper, “Confess your sins to your husband.” I did and heart leaped and I felt all my sins melt away. Your article: 4 Levels of Spiritual Warfare Against Demonic Spirits and Blood Of Jesus helped me to hear the Holy Spirit to guide me to repent of all the sins of my family! As I was fasting and praying using the Blood of Jesus, I was in so much agonies for 6 days. Each morning I dreamed. The 6th dream was of a Jewish man inside my house opening my front door to receive a kosher sandwich and I knew the angel God send is now in my home protecting my family. This morning on the 7th day I dreamed of feasting in the house of our Priest at church and I prayed for repentance for the sins of all my family members, my ancestors and pleading the Blood of Jesus for each one of them, canceling and drowning all the legal rights of the enemies and breaking all generational curses. I give thanks to my God, my Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I repent to my husband again because of what I was fighting inside he does not understand. Praise and glory to God for your ministry! Thank you so much! A new day is upon my family and your website was an instrument the Holy Spirit uses to help me understand what I had to do. God bless your website forever in Jesus’s name. Amen

    • David - May 22, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      Praise God everything is going to work out for the good (HIS GLORY) continue to believe God is in CONTROL; I feel lead to share this in God’s Word MARK 11:24
      Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray believe you RECIEVE them, and you will HAVE them.

  5. Andrew - November 28, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I had a mind veiling demon for over 20 years while i carried the Holy Spirit. (Never back to church in that time) I was under mind destroying oppression inside and out. God had gifted me with strong spiritual discernment too, which included seeing human character (instantly), seeing error, sin, and the Holy Spirit in others. I was fleeing constantly from an unseen enemy thinking it was on the physical realm. I was tormented and crushed. I thought everyone one could see into me as i could see into them. It was mind warping until Jesus lead me to understanding what i was seeing.

    Many in the church don’t understand true discernment gifting and what can be seen. I can discern that too from their face without a word from them.

    I had a small cluster of 4 or 5 others. I delivered myself in Jesus name once i could see Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirits love for me.

    Jesus gave me a vision of an external entity latched into my mind while I was crying out for release from my suffering
    When it released my symptoms of oppression , anxiety, emotional assaults against my regenerate heart stopped.

    My heart and mind are no longer warring.

    Praise God! I am at peace. God will never leave or forsake you.

  6. c foster - October 23, 2017 at 7:01 am

    all my life i been in this war from the day i was born I knew GOD and by his will i walked and i was able to stand and there was many battles but about 3 year ago i started feeling that GOD had lift me and for some reason i had to walk along for while and then ever thing that could go wrong went wrong from i have people riding up and down my street ever time i go out or come home, i lost my job for no reason again dade county bus operator i am in the union and they did nothing but lie to me i am not fired they don’t have a reason to but i haven worked in about two years. no lawyer will take the case ever one i contact it falls on death ears.i am followed by police my family none will go to church or read the bible ever bill i get is double i always have had good heath now .i feel like something trying to break me.i always felt GOD in my body in the air in everything i been baptist ed about 3 times in my life.i have few friends the church i have been going to for about 40 years but if i dont show up for weeks they seem to not notice. GOD said don’t be amazed,

  7. Chris Morrison - September 9, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I have an issue that baffles me in my life. Anytime I am about to succeed in anything Wether business, finance or other success. It gets distabilized at the last moment. So I filled with disappointments and hurt. This has led me into a lot of debts. And I work really hard to raise funds to upset those debts. But each promising efforts gets terminated at the last minute and the circle continues and same as the pressure of repaying the debts . I believe there are demon attacking my finances and progress. What shall I do.?

  8. barbiee - May 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I get these episodes off and on where I am laying down all of a sudden I can’t move i try to yell for help but what comes out is like a low growl not even comprehendable. It seems to last a long time but not sure if it really does. I see shadowy things . Am I going crazy I know the lords prayer but when I try to speak it or say the lords name I am unable to completly in this state. I think of these times as spiritual warfare on me am I wrong? Plz someone help me maybe with an idea or ect. Ty and God bless

    • Janet - June 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      I don’t know if it is a spiritual attack or not but I can tell you that is very common. So common that there is a medical term for it. I cant think of exact name but you can google “sleep paralysis” and find information. I have experienced this before. The same thing happened to me. I tried to say the name of Jesus and couldn’t speak. It was like my mind was awake but my body was still asleep. It happened a few more times. It went away when I relaxed and said in my mind “Lord Jesus, I trust you no matter what happens to me physically. I am redeemed”. I was able to fall asleep within a few seconds. That was almost 15 years ago. Recently it happened once but it wasnt nearly as scary. I brushed it off and fell but asleep confident that it would pass. God is in control. Like I said, I don’t know if it is warfare or not but I won’t doubt it. I’ve noticed that a lot of believers have similar experiences to one another. The one reason that I believe it could be a spiritual attack is that following those incidents, I was attacked with doubt and fear. No matter what it is, you have to trust the Lord Jesus Christ. The enemy will attack your faith. I hope this has helped you in anyway.

    • Janet - July 1, 2017 at 8:25 am

      I wrote a comment yesterday but it hasn’t appeared yet. Another take is the the enemy can take a normal sleep disorder like sleep paralysis and use it to scare you. Like I said in previous comment, there were fifteen years in between sleep paralysis episode. All during times of stress. I even told my doctor and he said that he had them too. A majority of people will experience it in their lifetime. Basically, I want to give you a message of peace because God loves you. Don’t be scared by some of the things in this website. Yes spiritual warfare is real, sometimes the enemy takes things you read and hear and twists it around to scare you. The devil can even take scripture and twist it to scare you. If you are proned to anxiety he will use that too. The devil has robbed me of a lot of years of me not walking close to God because he had me believing that God did not love me or that I was going to hell. He uses the same tactic on everyone. May Christ fill you with His peace.

  9. Leser - May 19, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Please help me with my uncle.. He has been attack from some expected source..the doctors can’t find nothing no problem with his sickness or attacks..sometimes wen he get attack it throws him down..bad falls..bruises and cuts..shakes..trembles..now the attacks is affecting his heart..the family has done everything Dr.wise..we believe that something someone has done something to him because he is a hard working man and the women jus fell in love with him..there have been a lot of jealousy towards him..can you help me please..we believe now the attacks is getting so bad he will not have much time to live..

  10. tom Hlav. - May 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    You must first ask G-d for this Gift to Cast out demons.In addition, You must also prepare and equip to battle. You must prepare the body to Fasting and praying. You must also test and try the spirits: is it a demonic, god’s angels and/or human Spirit. You need to ask the Spirit to CONFESS .That Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua) came to the earth in the flesh. G-d is spirit so you must worship & praise G-d in Spirit.Music (Praise & Worship) is a Spiritual weapon. Money for G-d’s Ministries is a Spiritual weapon. (you are to love G-d more than money). Prayer and Fasting is a Spiritual Weapon.Word of G-d is spiritual weapon.(Memorizing verses and to guote to the demons are a weapon). It does two things. I reminds G-d of His promise and it will strength your memorized of scriptures. Shalom… Peace be within you. May G-d shine His face upon you and smile at you.

  11. Spirit Fire - December 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I stopped reading when you wrote that a demon could enter into a “soul”. Demons can only touch the mind and the body, they cannot touch the soul because the soul is God’s direct housing, receptacle. Christ shed His blood and ransom that no demon can touch the Soul, it is completely off limits to demons. So what the demons do instead, is work their way into the mind, which in turn can reach the body.

    • Kyle - December 11, 2016 at 1:21 am

      AMEN!… scripture speaks about bondage, and chains, not anything about “entering into” the soul. As well folks misunderstand the meaning of what a yoke of evil is…they confuse it with a yolk. Unfortunately this author has been lead by the doctrine of man…

    • Dianeg - July 10, 2017 at 4:39 am

      the soul is the thoughts, emotions and free will. The holy Spirit dwells in the inner man, our Spirit.

    • Vickie - January 6, 2018 at 8:58 am

      The soul is our mind, will, and emotions. Our spirit is where the Holy Spirit lives, this is the part of the body that is off limits.

      • Moses Mwangi - September 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

        I couldn’t agree with you more. The part of us that got born again is our Spirit. The soul is where the enemy wages war is the soul. “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11. The Spirit man is perfect. As we are told.. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. We are born again in Spirit (the part that God interracts with us. What we need is to bring our souls and bodies into subjection to the spirit.

        • Dishon Mbilo - October 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

          …and the Soul is made up of :-
          1). The MIND
          2). EMOTIONS
          3). The WILL.

    • Hezel - October 11, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      The soul consists of the mind, will and emotions. So yes a demon can enter into your soul. Point of correction, soul is not God’s direct housing but the Spirit is or the Heart. God is Spirit and therefore dwells in a man’s spirit. Not soul. If you are born again, a demon cannot enter your spirit because the Spirit of God already dwells in you but it can mess with your soul, which is your mind, will and emotions.

  12. Lola - September 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Hello. I began studying spiritual warfare several years and I believe that God was preparing met had begun in my personal life with someone who I know had manifestations of jezebel spirit (Narcissism). I finally left this person when God gave me all the signs to leave this emotionally destructive relationship. I found your site through a link provided by a young, Christian woman who experienced this same relationship.

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