My wife and I just got a new dog.

And there is every possibility that it is spiritually oppressed or possessed.


This is Charlie.

She’s a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever/Rottweiler cross.

Charlie is a big dog already, even though she is only seven months old.

I’d describe her as super energetic, and is always smiling in that way that dogs do.

And we got her as a rescue from an abusive farmer.


I can’t imagine what goes on in the mind and heart of someone that abuses anyone, animal or human.

To say that it is evil is to be polite and not upset people with sensitive demeanors.

Abusing animals and people is a sick, deplorable and demonic strike against God’s creatures, especially when it comes to people, the image bearers of God.

When I heard about Charlie and saw her face, something inside of me melted and wanted to see her brought into a loving and warm environment.

My wife and I picked her up and brought her home as soon as we could.

Once Charlie jumped into the back of our truck, I started praying.

There was every possibility that she was spiritually oppressed or possessed.

And I was not bringing that into my house.


I was raised Pentecostal as a kid, and in all the years I was in that church culture I never once prayed for an animal.

As I grew up, other churches in the area did, although it was more like ministers were blessing the animals than praying for them.

They would ask God for His blessing on the cow, that it would be a hearty animal and bring in a good return.

Or ask God to bless this sad, diabetic cat so that it wouldn’t suffer anymore.

Things like that.

At the time, I thought it was weird. Partly because my church didn’t do that, partly because it seemed really strange to do that for animals when they wouldn’t do that for people.

But as I prepared for Charlie’s arrival, I realized they may have been onto something good.

It is possible for animals to be oppressed or possessed by evil spiritual forces.

Our pets may require prayer or deliverance from Satan’s influence.

It may sound crazy or far fetched but not when you consider my experience and then look at what Scripture has to say.


I know a pastoral couple that had recently gone on a missions trip to deepest, darkest Africa.

As most people do they brought back trinkets and souvenirs from their trip for their family and friends.

It was soon after their return that the couple noticed that their son, who hadn’t gone with them, started having terrible nightmares.

The boy said that they weren’t nightmares. He’d have to be asleep for that to happen, he was still awake. And something was attacking him.

After scouring his bedroom for this attacker and finding nothing, the parents began thinking about what could have happened.

What could have caused their son’s nightmare-ish attack?

At first, they assumed that it must have been their son. He could have been dabbling in magic or using a Ouija board. But that wasn’t it. The boy hadn’t done anything like that while they were gone, and hadn’t started since their return.

Then it occurred to them.

This attack was not physical in nature, it was spiritual.

Since the awake nightmares were not happening before they left for Africa, it only made sense that it had been something that they had brought back with them.

Something that they unwittingly gave to their son was causing his sleepless nights.

Even at this realization, the couple was confused. They had only bought him a simple necklace from Africa, nothing more.

Surely that would not be what was bringing on the nightmares?

It was.

What they didn’t know was that the necklace was actually a part of a pagan worship practice. A demon was called upon to live in the necklace and “protect” the wearer.

But rather than protecting, the demon was terrorizing the wearer.


I share this story as an example of the subtle but genuine reality of demon oppression and possession in objects.

While the family name has been omitted and the some minor details changed, all of this is true. All of this is real.

The original gift was not a necklace, but the reality is that it could have been anything and a demonic force could have been attached to it.

It could have been a spear or a piece of pottery.

It could have been from Mexico or China.

It could have been anything from anywhere, and it is possible that it was being inhabited by a demon.

The point I’m trying to make is whenever we receive something of unknown origins, there is a possibility that Satan has his hands on it.

I’m not trying to scare people from buying souvenirs, but to help people realize that the spiritual forces are at work, and in places you may not have considered.

It could be in the small, mundane things like jewelry.

It could be in the big, grinning, 7 month old puppy you just picked up.


Animals are just as susceptible to being oppressed or possessed as a necklace, spear or piece of pottery are.

While we may not think of pets as possessions in the same way as we would these other things, like our XBox or iPod, they are.

And all our earthly possessions are fair game for possession and oppression by the enemy.


This thinking may be new or foreign to you, your particular denomination of Christianity, but it is true.

To strengthen my point, we turn to Scripture.


They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

Mark 5.1-13 NIV


In most readings of Mark 5, we focus on the miracle Jesus preforms, the exorcism of  the “Legion” of demons from the man into the pigs.

And rightly so.

People should not go through life being spiritually oppressed or possessed. Their comings and goings should not be dictated by a spirit of malice and death, but by the Spirit of Love and Life.

But what about the animals?


Their lives can be affected, influenced and even ended by the forces of evil.

If you were not aware, pigs are not suicidal by nature. They were not designed that way.

They are not lemmings of a larger sort. (Lemmings are not suicidal either, despite popular belief.)

But in this instance, satanic forces changed what was normal and made the pigs act out in a very peculiar way.


The same could be true for Charlie, for your dog or cat, for any pet of any shape or size.

It is entirely possible that the enemy is working inside of them.

What that would look like may very from animal to animal.

Spiritual oppression or possession could drive a social dog to be extremely withdrawn, or make an obedient animal extremely disobedient.

It could make a calm cat stare at the door and hiss for hours, or make a cuddly cat extremely violent towards their owner.

It could look like a cow running around the pasture, as if something was chasing it.

In truth, it could be anything, look like anything, which should drive a person to most definitely pray over their animal.

There may not be a sure fire way of knowing that they are possessed or oppressed.

Because there is no set pattern or action that the enemy and his minions use, our best course of action as pet owners is to pray.

(I am in no way saying that an animal that is not disciplined or trained is spiritually oppressed or possessed. The two are not mutually exclusive, although spiritual forces may contribute to an animal’s desire to thwart authority and discipline.)


We need to pray against the enemy and his forces.

Pray against the spirits and attitudes that may have been oppressed onto our pets.

Pray against the possession of our animals, that they will not be open or willing vessels of evil.


We need to ask God to intervene in this area of our lives.

Pray for God and His Spirit to cover our pets with a spirit of peace and calm.

Pray for God to fill our animals with the natural joy and excitement that He created all animals to have.


It is possible that our pets are being spiritually oppressed or possessed, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Our life with Charlie as our dog doesn’t have to be one that is filled with uncharacteristic violence towards us.

My first experience with a large pet doesn’t have to be one where the enemy is in control or trying to control her.

This adventure with an excited, smiling puppy has all the potential to be a wonderful one.

And that can be the same for you.

It is possible that our pets are being spiritually oppressed or possessed, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Take action and pray for your pet.




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