I don’t tend to give much attention to Satan or his skulking demons. I therefore don’t think in terms of spiritual oppression where they try to turn me away from God or his will.
The reason is simple: I’m the only one responsible for listening to those whispers and giving in to any dark thoughts. I can’t say under any circumstance, “the Devil made me do it.”
That said, it’s important to at least acknowledge those evil influences so we can better recognize them for what they are. If we don’t, how can we hope to fight them?
God even said we must test the spirits (see 1 John 4:1-6).
I’m attending a study on the book, “The Knowledge of the Holy” by A.W. Tozer. The facilitator brought up how whenever we decide to dive into scripture and work toward strengthening our relationship with God, Satan tries to distract us and force us to quit. We must then be sure to put on the armor of God every day to protect us against that spiritual oppression.
Looking at it that way, I believe I may be under such oppression. I’ve been apathetic, anxious and distracted for the last few months, and I haven’t been able to figure out why, let alone shake it.
I’ve also let it all distract me to the point I haven’t put on God’s armor which is the only way to fight it.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.“ ~ Ephesians 6:11