As is pointed out in the sermon included in this post, Christians shouldn’t be subject to spiritual possession – but they could bear the weight of spiritual oppression.
While some suffering will be part of our lives, we must realize that the enemy, the devil wants to steal our joy and rob us from communion with our God. We must know where our love, joy and peace comes from.
What should we do in those trying times?
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
– I Peter 5:6-11
Here is a great message from Pastor David Lankford that deals with trying times and spiritual oppression.
There is after all, a simple solution. It is not always easy for us, since we fill our lives with so many other things and distractions.
Paul describes the simplicity of devotion to Christ.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” – II Corinthians 11:3