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    The majority of Christians today are totally ignorant of the nature of evil spirits (demons), and many would prefer that they were not even mentioned. They choose to ignore this portion of God's ministry because they are fearful of things beyond their understanding. The result of this ignorance is that multitudes live in needless torment. One of the deadliest misrepresentations of the truth of God is that a Christian should not be concerned with thoughts that a demon could be their problem. This is taught within many churches and gives the devil a "field day" to bring fear, mental torment, jealousy, hatred, lust, pride, self-pity, addiction, gluttony and many other forms of bondage, oppression, and defilement.

    When we practice willful sin, Satan eventually sends one of his demons that is compatible with that particular sin to dwell within us. Then each time we give way to that sin that spirit takes over. Since their personalities mesh with those of their victims, it takes spiritual discernment to detect them. We must remember that demon spirits are "invisible beings" with wicked intelligence that seek bodies in which they can express themselves. These spirits are emissaries sent from Satan having personalities and characteristics that make up an intelligent being. They walk, hear, speak, see, obey, seek, think, know and dwell in the body to accomplish their evil purposes (Matthew 12:43-45, Mark 1:23-24,3:11). They are made subject to Christ and believers by the atonement, the name of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Each principal demon or "strongman" has a particular mission which we are able to recognize by its fruit or manifestation. We need to seek God and study His Word to find the truth about this controversial subject.


    One of Satan's clever devices is to cause division among Christians over just such a subject, for then he is allowed to work freely on both sides. One side refuses to believe that a Christian can have a demon, while the other side sees demons in everything. Both sides are extreme, but if we look to God's Word we can find balance. To answer the question, "Can a Christian have a demon?," we need to understand the two main causes of a Christian's problems.

    The first problem is what Paul calls the "flesh" in Romans 8:5-8, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

    The "flesh" is defined here as the "carnal mind" and it is spoken of as enmity with God. The carnal mind is in the soul of man. After a Christian experiences the "new birth," he is a new creature; however, he finds he still has the problem of walking in the flesh instead of the Spirit. His mind has not been renewed yet by the Word of God, so unless he reckons the "old man" dead when tempted, he fails God and gives in to his "flesh." To maintain a walk in the Spirit one must totally dedicate his life to God and continually choose the path of God. The "flesh" of man is under Satan's dominion as it is part of the old Adamic nature. The "flesh" and the "world" are under Satan's influence, so when we sin we have yielded to an attack by Satan in an indirect way. Romans 6:16, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves, servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness." The way to get rid of the devil in these instances is to submit to the Lord and resist Satan so that he will flee (James 4:7). We are to crucify the flesh and choose God's way in the situation. "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Galatians 5:24).


    The second cause of a Christian's inner problems is evil spirits or demons which Satan uses to fasten upon some aspect of the "flesh" that has not yet been overcome. These demons do not relinquish their hold unless compelled to do so. Some argue that a Christian cannot have a demon in him. They say he now has Christ in his spirit, and the Spirit of Christ and evil spirits cannot co-exist. Because of this erroneous teaching, many are bound by dark powers when they could be free. This is contrary to Scripture as also James is speaking to Christians when he admonishes them in James 4:5, "Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, the spirit that dwelleth in as lusteth to envy?" II Corinthians 7:1 states, "Having therefore these promises, dearly be-loved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

    The Holy Spirit certainly needs no cleansing, but man's soul or flesh has filth in it and many times filthy (unclean) spirits need to be cast out. Jesus talked about our bodies being houses. He made it plain that if, after cleaning, we were not continually filled with the Holy Spirit, a demon could return:

    "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation" (Matthew 12:43-45).

    By this Scripture it may be seen that a portion of the kingdom of Satan is a host of bodiless spirits. They seek to enter the bodies of mortals or beasts, and their work is greatly enhanced when hidden in the bodies of men. "And all the devils besought him, saying Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them" (Mark 5:12). Demons perform their evil deeds and their victims are blamed for them. Certainly people are responsible for the sin which allowed this demonic activity within, but they are driven past what they intended, as the evil personality takes over their actions.


    Some children are born under a curse and have demons that cause their erratic behavior. Parents are in ignorance as to why some children beat their heads on the floor in rages, scream and yell uncontrollably, bite themselves, or have continual nightmares. Many children do have demons and need to be set free. There is an account of this in Mark 9:20-21, "And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child."

    Demons can attack with no sin involved on the victims' part as in the case of children. The sins of the fathers bring a curse, and there is a "chain of iniquity" that needs to be broken. "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20:5-6). Additional Scripture talking about the "chains of iniquity" is found in Jer. 32:18, "thou showest loving-kindness unto thousands, and recompensest the inquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them; the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name." Also Jer. 16:19 and Isaiah 14:20-22 show how we can inherit spiritual curses because of our father's or ancestor's evil deeds. Demons can also enter when the person's will is weakened and he is overpowered by the devil. This happens many times when a person goes through a terrible shock or experiences an incident that produces extreme fear. Accident victims who are knocked unconscious due to blows on the head often are subject to demon invasion. Addicts and alcoholics eventually have demons as the drugs and alcohol suppress their wills leaving them open for attack.

    Demons are invited in by persons who yield to sin continually. The demon personality is compatible with the particular sin the person is entertaining. If the Lord is not sought to set the person free, one demon will invite others and the person will be possessed, even as Mary Magdalene was with seven demons. "And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils" (Luke 8:2).

    Many people desire to be free, yet continue to find themselves in bondage. Recognizing the need for deliverance is the first step to freedom. Before coming to Christ, man takes all kinds of things into his heart and spirit and one of the first works of the Holy Spirit is to begin cleaning his "spiritual house."

    A beautiful "type" of this is the incident of Jesus cleansing the temple that had been defiled by those who were wicked.

    "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves" (Matthew 21:12-13).

    We are now the temple of God and when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, He begins the same process of "casting out" those things that offend Him. "And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (II Corinthians 6:16).


    The Lord is revealing the devices of Satan so that Christians can learn to battle the real enemy as he attacks their lives, instead of battling one another. The main thing we need to do is to take authority over Satan, casting him out of our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Satan is a robber and a thief, and he delights in destroying God's children. God wants us to grow up, stop acting like children by fighting with one another, and fight the real enemy, Satan. We need to lay down our lives for our mates and loved ones and be aggressive in prayer against the wiles of the enemy. He will flee when commanded to do so in the name of Jesus.​

    If the attack is from without, carried on by Satan's suggestions, temptations and influences, we still fight him the same way we would if he has gained access and entered the body with dominating control. We call on God with a humble heart and submit our entire lives to Him, and then aggressively resist the devil, commanding him to leave in the name of Jesus. We should speak this command out loud. We need to realize also there are certain conditions one must meet in order to gain permanent deliverance from demon bondage. We first must be a child of God to receive help. If you are not "born again," simply invite Jesus to come into your heart and save your soul. Accept God's Word that says He loves you and wants to give you abundant life. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). To receive this abundant life you must repent and turn from your sins and accept God's provision of the shed blood of Jesus Christ as the only way to cleanse you. Sin has separated you from God, and receiving Christ restores you to fellowship with Him and you become a part of the family of God. "But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God..." (John 1:12).


    After making a verbal confession of our faith in Jesus Christ (the only name that brings deliverance), we need to confess the sin that gave the devil access to our life. This is where we need to acknowledge any cult or occult involvement. Next, we should break Satan's legal right to our lives by renouncing each sin and its effect upon our lives as a lie of the devil, and then claim the truth of God's Word in that area. To be free from deception we must recognize Satan's lies and replace them with the truth. After these steps, we then can out loud command the demons to go in the name of Jesus. When oppression or possession is severe it is helpful to have other believers pray with you. The prayer of deliverance should be made only by "born again," Spirit-filled believers. In Acts 19:13-16, the unbelieving seven sons of Sceva experimented with deliverance and met with disastrous results. "Born again" believers have nothing to fear. Jesus overcame Satan for us. Casting out demons lodged in others is not risky but requires faith. Should you lack the faith and boldness to cast out demons, ask the Lord to lead you to the person or persons who can pray the prayer of faith and set people free.​

    We need to discuss here some guidelines for "casting out demons." The lack of teaching in this area has led people to devise many means by which they attempt deliverance. These methods are varied and include wrestling and holding people down during deliverance, carrying on conversations with demons to discern the names of the spirits (which is futile as Satan is a liar and wouldn't tell the truth anyway. Discerning of spirits is the gift given to aid in deliverance). Also calling out endless lists of demons, and many other methods which we shall not name here. These methods will work if done in the name of Jesus, however when they are carried to extremes the enemy wastes a lot of time and energy. These methods are usually not necessary, but God honors them many times because the practitioners are unsure of the proper procedures, and perhaps this is the only teaching to which they have been exposed. God sees their hearts and He knows they are trying to help people get free, so He delivers them in spite of the techniques.


    The Biblical method for casting out demons would be to pray as the Holy Spirit directs. Usually this would be a prayer similar to this: "In the name of Jesus, I cast you unclean spirits out of this person." Should the Holy Spirit give you specific names of demons, these most generally would be for the benefit of the person who is receiving the deliverance as they may need to be aware of the nature of the demon that has held them in bondage, so as to resist him in the future (For instance, a demon of lust or anger). The most important thing is to listen to the Holy Spirit's direction regarding individual cases. Faith is the key to getting people free of demons. We must have faith when we pray that the demons will leave. If we believe they will leave instantly, then that will happen; if we believe we are in for a real battle, then we will end up fighting it out with the devil. Or we can even lose the battle if we don't stand firm in our faith and trust in Jesus. Some deliverance does require a prayer battle as little or no intercession as been previously done for the person bound.​

    Jesus' disciples had a problem with not being able to cast out a demon from a child because they lacked faith. When they asked Jesus why they couldn't do it, He answered in Mark 9:19, 23, 26, 28, and 29: "He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me....Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth....And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him...And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting." The message Jesus was trying to get across to his disciples was that their faith was not sufficient for the job, and that the way their faith would be increased was by fasting and praying. He didn't mean for them to go fast and pray to get the demons out. Jesus was immediately able to cast them out because He was always praying, and He stayed close to the Father, thereby having faith and power over the devil at all times.

    Jesus is our example. If we are not in close communion with the Father, how will we be able to hear His instructions when discerning and praying for deliverance? We need to fast and pray if we find our faith and closeness with God being attacked, then we will be able to exercise our faith when praying for others and see them set free in the name of Jesus.

    Excerpt from the book Exposing Satan's Devices
  2. This makes more sense to me


    Jesus is always our example.

    Thanks for posting this. It answers a lot of questions on this topic for me. I love to learn and this is a topic that has always troubled my heart since I attended a conference where demons were cast out. Also as a teenager I watched numerous television shows that suggested mental illness could be involved in this practice.

    This though is the best answer I feel I've found so Thank you.
  3. #3 Jesuslovesu, Jun 12, 2005
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2005
    Thank you so much for posting this ,for me it definately answered alot of questions I had. God Bless you!!

  4. Its true the enemy can attack if we willfully go our own way. When we walk in the flesh we are getting out from under that protection of the Most High and getting on the devil's territory. Many times we blame the enemy when he had nothing to do with it - it was our own lust, our own carnal nature we are yielding to.

    James 1:13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

    14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

    15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

    We need to walk in the Spirit and we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Many problems come because we bring it on ourselves. If we do not get victory over it ,then we can get bound so greatly that deliverance is needed . What ever area we are weak in we must seek the Lord diligently, read all the scriptures concerning it. and stand in faith. If we perservere we will overcome!! He always gives us the victory - dont give up! Do something about it before it gets out of hand.

  5. John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
  6. Excellent verse Gloria. A good verse to remember to help us build up the real fear of GOD that GOD Himself referred to many many times. GOD does not expect us to fear Him in an insane, trembling (physically) way. He is warning us (because He loves us as we all know) to fear His judgment and not partake in sin which equals death = hell (and GOD created hell specifically for satan and his lil ol demonic pals).
  7. Guess I am an example of some one who was possed. I know one was jessebell. It took 48 hours because we didn't have faith all the time. Objects also had holds on me such as Marlyn manson and nirvana cd's. Every time I saw them while they were casting out the demonds one by one threw the almighty name Of Jesus Christ I screamed. It's like the Holy Spirit made the demon show what it was using to hold me in bondage.
    I can remeber the biggest burden was lifted when I repented a sin I had kept secret for years. The truth does set you free. Jesus is the truth the light and the only way!!!
  8. Amen Alicia, truth always sets us free, always
  9. Hey, back to that reply about repenting. did you guys know that being in the stage of being upset if really really bad? I mean, you're letting yourself to sin, being angry, upset, wanting revenge. Forgiveness is a big thing, after all, Jesus gave you the free gift of life, we just gotta accept it and use it with others. Well i cant continue as much as i want, God bless you all, laters
  10. #10 HistoryMaker, Aug 29, 2005
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2005
    Talking about sinning there Princess, and being upset. Jesus tells us that we can be angry, but sin not. Check out the part in the bible where He was in the tabernacle, and there were a bunch of people selling things. He didn't sin in His anger. He set things straight, telling them that it was His Father's house, not for a den of thieves.

    He also tells us that we need to forgive each other before the sun goes down. DC Talk wrote a song about that "Just between you and me I've got somethin' to say Wanna get it straight Before the sun goes down Just between you and me
    Confession needs to be made Recompense is my way to freedom now Just between you and me I've got something to say."

    Bottom line...... forgive. Don't hold bitterness in. That makes way to a lot of spiritual baggage, that we don't need. A friend's dad did that for years, and now he's paying. He's going through a severe depression, he's manic-depressive. He's also got a borderline personality disorder. One big mess. And he's got a problem submitting to God. Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind to one another, tender hearted forgiving one another. Just as in Christ Jesus, God forgave you."

    It seems to me that my post are quite

  11. demons drive false religion and wars over differences and division

    idolatry is demonstrated by the things that you do that separate you from GOD
  12. Demons? ...
  13. Have you not heard of demons sister? please re read the thread and any questions you may have I will try and answer but .. I am unsure of what you are trying to say right now.

    Love in Christ
  14. .

    I used to think that there was a demon giving me serious depression.I still don't know if there really was though?
  15. #15 Tonyb, Mar 3, 2007
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2007
    ...the Spirit of prophecy...

    Sometimes having a medical check can up find the cause of depression, it might be something in your body is not working as it should.

    One thing's for sure depression is usually brought on by loss of something, physical or emotional, real or imagined. Have you asked the Lord to reveal what caused the depression?

    It might be a demon it might not be, the trick is to find out all the reasons in the Bible why you shouldn't be depressed, and just speak then out. What you believe in your heart and speak with your mouth will soon chase the devil off. Your confession of faith becomes as it were a sword that is welded by the Holy Spirit on your behalf and the devil and demons are not going to stay around long enough to get the point. See Ephesians 6:17. & Romans 10:10-12.

    It's a good policy to confess what the word says about yourself anyway as it is the Spirit of prophecy the testimony of Jesus. Revelation 19:10.


    PS have i jumped the gun, was the depression something in your distant past?
  16. #16 Dreamer, Mar 3, 2007
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2007
    No, you're post isn't long, in fact, it's perfect to me. Chad, great thread on demons. :love:

    Historymaker, you have said a lot with few words here. Very important. Unforgiveness is a big keeper of bondage for many Christians, including me. I really want to be free completely of unforgiveness. God led me to this thread today, even though it's originally almost 2 years old.

    Thanks again, Chad.
  17. Thank you Chad for this post! What a blessings!

    It's so true what you have said.

    Satan is always waiting for us to back-slide, in any way, shape, or from. He is continually tempting us, and trying to make us fall. Nothing would make him happier. Once we have slipped, or fallen, then satan puts his foot on the door. It is important that we are quick to repent for our sins.

    Revelations 2:5
    Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

    Revelations 2:16
    Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

    That is why it is important that we imitate Christ everyday.

    Thank you for the post again brother.

  18. Do you realize that once the Father puts an hedge around a child of His these demons (as you call them) not longer have an ability to penetrate.
  19. That is true, but what else is true? We are sinners who mess up. Some mess up far enough that they may be oppressed or even possessed in rarer cases. Its sad but true. But...

    1 John 4:4
    You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

    I see amen to the above verse!
  20. Many times depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain with no known contributing outside factors - no person or event or situation to blame it on.


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