The Deliverance Files: If You Feel Like You Can’t Breathe

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The Deliverance Files #3: If You Feel Like You Can't Breathe | by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comIf you feel like you can’t breathe, but you don’t have a medical condition that would make you feel that way, I have great news for you today:

You can get rid of this feeling–because every single time I have seen it, it has been a demonic attack from the spirit of fear.

I used to experience this almost all the time. I felt like something very heavy was sitting on my chest and keeping me from breathing. I couldn’t take a deep breath, and sometimes I’d have panic attacks so badly that I’d gasp for even small breaths.

But God delivered me, and He will deliver you too. It’s not even hard.

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    If you feel like you can’t breathe, you can be free right now, today. I wrote the story about how God delivered me from fear here, so after you read this post, please go and read the story. Do what I did and you’ll get the same results. I have seen others get freedom the same way, over and over.

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    But first, here’s the background you need to know if you feel like you can’t breathe:

    1. Fear is a spirit. It is a demon. It’s not from God.

    2 Timothy 1:7 tells us:

    Start-quoteFor God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

    Fear is not a random emotion. It is caused by a spirit, and therefore you can get rid of it very easily.

    2. You do NOT, not, NOT, I repeat, NOT have to put up with any attacks from demons.

    Ever. Period. In the name of Jesus, they have to go. You have complete authority over them in Christ Jesus.

    So, when you tell them to leave in the name of Jesus, they have to leave.

    3. In warfare, you must always counteract the evil attack with the good and holy thing that is from GOD.

    Don’t just tell something evil to go and then not fill up with God in its place. Jesus tells us why in Matthew 12:43-45:

    Start-quoteWhen an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

    Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.

    Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

    The demon has to leave as soon as you tell it to.

    However, if you leave yourself empty, you open yourself up to that demon coming back, and bringing more evil spirits with it. So you must always ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit in the place where that thing had hold on you. Also, ask God to fill you up (and sometimes you have to fill yourself up) with the good and holy thing that is the opposite of the evil thing the enemy tried to attack you with.

    In this case, the opposite of fear is perfect love. First John 4:18 tells us:

    Start-quoteThere is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

    (You can also read my rant about how the opposite of fear is NOT faith, as so many Christians will try to tell you, here.) 🙂

    4. To make yourself immune to future attacks, soak in God’s love until you are transformed by it.

    Imagine a room that is dark because no one has turned the light on. Darkness is there, but as soon as you turn the light switch on, darkness leaves.


    Because LIGHT is a thing, a substance; but darkness is not. Darkness is simply the absence of light. Darkness has no authority.

    It doesn’t matter if “darkness” even somehow got a voice and begged to come back in. As long as the light is on, darkness can’t get back in. The light switch is in control, and there’s no room for anything else but light.

    Freedom from demonic attack works the same way.

    If you’re not filled with the light of God’s perfect love, then you’re susceptible to enemy attack. But if you fill up with God’s perfect love, then the enemy cannot get back in. PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR. Every time.

    So commanding the spirit of fear to leave, and soaking in God’s love, will help you in this moment. It will get that thing off your chest so you can breathe again. But don’t stop there! Make yourself completely immune to attacks from the spirit of fear by soaking deeply in God’s perfect love on an ongoing basis. As you do, you’ll become so transformed by God’s love for you that the enemy won’t be able to reach you anymore.

    You do NOT have to fight this battle for the rest of your life. Fill up with God’s perfect love, and you will be completely free.

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    Make sense? Trust me; it works. It worked for me, and I’ve seen it work for others, time and time again. God’s Word is true every time!

    So. To sum it up before you go get delivered from fear, know this: if you don’t have a medical condition that keeps you from breathing, then that thing sitting on your chest keeping you from breathing is most likely fear. (I’ve never seen it be anything else.) You can be free from fear today by filling up with Daddy God’s perfect love for you.

    Ready? Click here to read about how God delivered me from fear. Then tell that spirit of fear to go in Jesus’ name, soak in Daddy God’s perfect love, and keep on soaking in God’s love until you’re completely immune to fear!

    Does this message speak to you? Have you been attacked by fear? If so, please leave a comment below and tell me how you feel after you soak in God’s perfect love. Let’s encourage one another with our testimonies!


    1. Candy Godwin says:

      Jamie, my question is what if we know a demon is causing panic attacks or fear in a family member-can I “stand in” for them to pray the demon out and the Holy Spirit into that person. If the person is agreeable, or do they have to do it themselves? They are saved but Satan has a strong hold.

      1. Candy, I do believe strongly in intercessory prayer. I believe you can pray for the Lord to deliver them and fill them with the Holy Spirit. But the person has to somehow also stop letting the demon in. So there is truth in both sides. I have heard of people completely delivered when they didn’t even know they were demonized–very possibly because someone was praying for them. But when I serve in deliverance counseling, it’s a process and the people have to choose to transform their minds, embrace truth, and reject the lies of the enemy.

        Either way, your prayers for that person will allow God to either deliver them outright or get them to a place where they ask for help and deliverance. So pray on, sister, pray on. 🙂

    2. Rebecca Jones says:

      Great post! I have seen fear in so many people,and I’ve seen them get worse. You can be delivered and you do have to refill that love. I have been attacked with bronchitis and had nights that I was just choking, when I caught my breathe I was repeating Isaiah 53, this morning the Holy Spirit said ” No More. ” , It’s gone. I’m interested in your reply to Candy, I have stood in with Communion, I believe you can help the family member, or cast out the spirit, but is up to them. Don’t make it worse or offer to take somebody’s demons, i have heard of people trying that and being in the mental ward.

    3. I have struggled with this since I was a little girl, I have never not felt fear. And as we are still in a hard transition of having moved overseas, being unemployed, and in medical treatment, there has been one thing after another to cause fear. And this week God keeps having this theme of “do not be afraid” pop up. I know I need to kick it for good!

    4. Rafael Somma says:

      Nice article. I sometimes feel like something is sitting on my chest and it makes it more difficult for me to breathe. But there’s a way to be delivered.

    5. Okay… curiosity got the better of me and I watched a u tube video of five demonic games never to play. As expected my mind magnified the evils and I was tossing with demonic images awake refusing to sleep knowing It was garanteed I was going to have a phisically painful dream. I was lying on my side when I felt an intense pain by my spine in my neck that was forcing me into sleep palaris. I heard the output adapter next to my bed make electrical noises. I refused to fall asleep and eventually didn’t. ..what’s funny is the demonic images r gone and the pain is only a memory. This isn’t the first time… I’ve been made to believe faith conquers fear and wondered why they seem to get worse a never ending circle… but I’ve felt phisical deliverance when I placed myself in God’s love I’ll definitely try it I mean I have nothing to lose and my whole life to gain.

      1. I am glad you are feeling better, friend, but I would definitely encourage you not to let the enemy have any space in your mind, even for the purpose of what some people term “education.” Doing so opens a door to the attacks of the enemy. May Papa God give us all wisdom in this area, and protect us.

    6. Antoine aimé says:

      Thank you very much sister.

    7. Hi Jamie,

      this post was VERY helpful.. Although my question is, after praying in the spirit with 3 other women that the pastor called down to fight demons from a young woman in church service that is when I began to feel the sensation that someone was holding me down and I was fighting for breath. I could not get words out to let someone know I was in distress and began to pray in the spirit over myself. Did the demons we prayed off her someone attach themselves to me for that period? Does this normally happen when interceding for someone?

    8. Rajamanikandan Manivasagam says:

      Hi, I have been possessed by many spirits and the one which suffocates my breath is also there. And it wants me be afraid. It also keeps me alone and doesn’t allow anybody to even talk with me. I belong to hindu religion and I live in India. Please let me know how to get delivered.

      1. That’s a great question, friend. In order to get free from those demons, you have to give your life to Jesus Christ and make Him the Boss of your life. Here’s what that means and how to do it:
        Read this first:

        Then read this:

        And then read this and speak to God from your heart like I talk about here, if you decide to give your life to Jesus:
        I am praying for you.

        1. Hi Jamie,
          I was under the attack of evil spirits at home, work that taking was my breath away. After reading your message and saying the prayers on your page and accepting Christ as my Savior, I feel so much better. Stress was weighing me down and causing me to have anxiety attacks. Thank You Lord for deliverance. Thank you Jamie.

    9. subihealth says:

      Hi, I have been possessed by many spirits and the one which suffocates my breath is also there. And it wants me be afraid. It also keeps me alone and doesn’t allow anybody to even talk with me. I belong to hindu religion and I live in India. Please let me know how to get delivered.

      1. Hello, you can’t get delivered unless you give your life to Jesus Christ and make Him the Master of your life. You have given your life over to demons by not accepting Him yet. You can read more here about what it means to give your life to Jesus Christ. He loves you very much and died on a cross to pay the price for your sin. Now He will forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life, deliverance, and healing if you will make Him your Lord and Savior.

    10. Hello
      My name is Tania,I am a new born again Christian.
      Please help me get deliverance from my fear of worshipping in church.Everytime I’m ready for intense worshipping I can not catch my breath,then I’m afraid and sit down.
      I’m always paranoid about my health,since I’ve lost my baby boy due to still birth
      I need deliverance please,pray for me!!!!

      1. Hi sweet Tania,
        Fear is a demon and it oppresses people who have not been made perfect in love yet. First John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” Very often, people who have been misused/mistreated by father figures in their lives struggle with fear, and it takes the healing of Father God walking them through healing from those father-type wounds in order to be made perfect in love. Does this resonate with you at all? (about the father-type wounds)

        1. Hi Jamie
          Yes it really does.
          My parents got divorced when I was 1year old,I’ve seen my father for the first time when I was 12years.
          I went living with him and his family when I was 16years,for 4years,I do not think we bonded as father and child,he reached out to me so many times,but I couldn’t really accept him,he died 3 years ago,I forgave him for everything,and hope he did to,but I know for sure that he loved me,and I loved him to.
          I fear so many things,my health, finance, people,etc
          I need God’s love to overflow me.

          1. I’m sorry those things happened that caused the difficulty. Glad you were able to reconcile in some ways. If you would ever like to take the e-class, please email me at jamie at There is a charge for it of $49, but it’s totally worth it and has seen so many people healed and free to receive love.

            Here’s also a free post that will help you about receiving love. It’s not about father wounds, but it will help a ton anyway! It’s my story about how God healed me from fear.

    11. What if you are able to breathe? It’s a shallow breath but you are able to take deeper breaths? There’s a heaviness in your chest and you feel/hear your heart beating stronger? But it doesn’t go away even after rebuking and filling it with Gods love? Sometimes it intensifies as I’m praying, almost giving me a “comforting” feeling.

      1. Hi Ab, I think I would need you to be more specific. I can’t tell from your description if you are saying this is a good thing or a bad thing. It sounds to me like a bad thing, sitting on your chest, but I’m not sure why that would give you a comforting feeling. So I am probably not understanding what you’re saying correctly?

    12. Amen I’m a new born again Christian and started to feel more of the gifts open up . I’m currently staying at my Nona’s a 3 nights in a row I been feeling heavy to breathe at night . She is a Sicilian Catholic and have many idols in the house ,also probably mold but last 3 days I just started to develop that heavy chest feeling , think maybe I’m picking up whT my Nona feels not sure

    13. Michelle Mejia says:

      Hi I’m dealing with one it started happening 3 days ago praying isn’t helping as much as I try to get rid of it the stronger it gets it burns my body when it’s near making me feel sick . I’m so sick if it it makes me want to kill Myself because I’m so tired of dealing with it . Can someone send me some powerful prayers that could work on it

    14. I am dealing with one now and its attacking the kids in my family I need immediate help it is getting out of hand can anyone recommend something . My life is not the same anymore .

    15. June Koech says:

      Hi Jamie, my name is June and I have had this fear for some months now. At home we usually take turns praying and when it gets to me, I sometimes don’t finish my prayer and end it as soon as I feel I can’t breathe. I wasn’t able to know what it was till I read what you went through. Today was my turn to pray and I did a lot better than before after casting the demon out. Thank you for your encouraging words, God bless you!
      I will also continue praying for Gods love and soak myself in His love.

    16. Amen to this powerful post in Jesus name keep up this wonderful work Jamie be blessed

    17. Me and my husband where watching revival deliverance on YouTube laying in bed last night. My chest started hurting and feeling very heavy and I started feeling short of breath. This morning my husband tells me that last night I put his hand on my chest and pressed down. He reluctantly told me that he could feel my chest plate moving like something was trying to come out he was freaked out. What was that?? All I know is my chest was hurting and really heavy but now I’m fine. Was that a demon or demons?? My marriage has been very toxic and I don’t feel like me anymore.

    18. Joseph Gandywest Agathe says:

      I do not have shortness of breath but I constantly hear noises in my ears to a certain point that sometimes I felt that my head are going to explode.I sometime feel bitter taste in my mouth.I sometimes feel bout of anger and restlessness.Pray for me to receive deliverance receive peace joy love and mercy of Jesus christ.Amen

    19. IRMA NORTJE says:

      AMEN Our Father Deliver us from the evil one. Thanku Jamie

    20. Pls I need healing from breathlessness

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