DEMONS AND HOW TO COMBAT THEM

 

So many people in our society today do not believe that people are attacked by what is called demons.

 

Jesus spent one third of His time casting out demons or evil spirits. The word demon is not in the Bible, they are usually called devil spirits.

 

This may be a correct statement because devil spirits are the one third of the angels that followed Lucifer out of heaven, when God cast him out to the earth. There was war in heaven when Lucifer tried to take over reign from God. He had been very close to God in heaven. We know from the book of Job that he had access to speaking with Father God.

God and the 2/3 of the angels who remained in heaven under Michael and Gabriel defeated Lucifer (Satan) and cast him to the earth with 1/3 of the angels who were under him. These fallen angels are the ones we speak of as demons today.  When Lucifer was cast out of heaven to the earth, his next appearance was in the garden of Eden. He was in the form of a serpent. Adam and Eve had been given dominion of the earth by God when he created them. When they disobeyed God by listening to the serpent (Satan), they gave over dominion of the earth to Satan.

 

The main purpose of Jesus taking on the form of man and living on this earth (other than purchasing our salvation for all who would believe) was to defeat  Satan and take dominion of the earth back from Satan. All believers in Jesus Christ truly have been given dominion over Satan. He is not the ruler of the earth. Jesus took the earth back for all who would dare to believe. .The only people Satan rules over are the people who have not accepted Jesus as their Saviour.

 

When Jesus gave his body on the cross for the sin of the earth, He defeated Satan. This is proven when He (Jesus) descended into hell and preached and brought out all who believed in Him.  

 

Angels are ministering spirits as we read in Hebrews 1:13 “ But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”  Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”  You see, all of the angels that remained under the control of God minister good to the Christians. The angels that followed Lucifer, still minister, but they take their orders from Lucifer and their ministering is evil in nature. We read the fate of these angels that followed Lucifer (the devil or Satan) In Jude 6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of that great day.”

 

When Jesus cast out these devil spirits (fallen angels) out of someone possessed of devil spirits, look what the spirits would say to Jesus. Matthew 8:29 “ And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”

 

The above Scripture tells us so much about who these devil spirits are and where they came from. It is obvious they recognized Jesus as the Son of God because they had been previously in heaven with Him. It also tells us they will be cast with the devil into the lake of fire at the judgment day. Remember, they followed Lucifer, the devil, when he was cast out of heaven.

 

Jesus has power over everything and everyone in this earth. We see this in operation in Matthew 8:16” When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:” We see in the next verse that Jesus could manifest His power through His disciples. They would be operating in His power working through them.  Matthew 10:1 “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and disease.”

 

In His own words Jesus tells the disciples to cast out devils. Matthew 10:7 “And as ye go preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

 

One of the most profound times of casting out devil spirits is when Jesus cast the devil spirits into the hogs. Mark 5:1 “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes”  Mark 5:2 “And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,”  Mark 5:3

” Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:”  Mark 5:4 “Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.”  Mark 5:5 “And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.” Mark 5:6 “But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,”  Mark 5:7 “ And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.”  In the next verse we see why he said this, Jesus cast the devil spirits out. Mark 5:8 “ For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.”  Mark 5:9 “And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.”

 

Let us stop here and notice a few things that Jesus did and said to this man. This man was so violent that no human could help him. The devil spirits within him would have destroyed anyone who tried to help him. These devil spirits knew they were no match for Jesus. They are subject to any command He might give them. A legion can be up to 2000. When Jesus cast them out they had to go. They did not want to go to the place of torment, however. We will see in the next verse that they want to stay in this country they are in. Mark 5:10 “And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.”  Mark 5:11 “And there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.”  Mark 5:12 “ And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.”  Stop and notice that if an evil spirit is cast out of a person and there is no other person present for them to enter into, they will go into an animal.  Mark 5:13 “And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about 2000;) and were choked in the sea.”

 

This is a vivid description of how badly these unclean spirits torment even the swine. Just think how bad it was for this man to be tormented by these evil spirits. We must take note also, that the evil spirits could only go where Jesus allowed them to go.

 

There is a major difference in Jesus casting out evil spirits and the power that we have to cast them out. He did it in His own right. When we minister in that area we must do it in the power of the name of Jesus.

 

The seven sons of Sceva found out right quick that they were no match for the evil spirits when they tried to cast the spirits out of a man. Acts 19:13 “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.”  Notice here that these Jews did not believe in Jesus for themselves. They were not using the power and blood of Jesus to cast out these devil spirits. These spirits are not afraid of the sons of Sceva. They will not obey them. Acts 19:14 “ And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.” Acts 19:15 “And the evil spirits answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”  In the following Scripture we see how dangerous it is to come against these evil spirits without the power of Jesus name and His shed blood working through you.  Acts19:16  “And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded.”

 

My first experience of trying to cast out an evil spirit out of a young (small of stature) girl was shocking, as well. I had pled the blood of Jesus over me and spoke in the name of Jesus so the evil spirit could not harm me. The shocking thing for me was a very deep voice of a man screamed curses at me from another corner of the room as he came out of her. He had to come out because I spoke in the name of Jesus and in the power of His blood. I have since learned that you must tell those evil spirits to go to the bottom of the sea, so they will not enter anyone else.

 

One thing we must be careful of is to never cast out a devil spirit when there are non believers present. That evil spirit will seek someone else to enter into when it is cast out.

Sometimes someone in the family has a weakness in that area. The evil spirit seeks another body to dwell in. It is important to tell the evil spirit not to enter anyone else when you cast it out.

 

Even a Christian can be oppressed by a devil spirit, but they cannot be possessed of  a devil spirit. The Light of Jesus takes up residence in the body of a Christian. Light does away with darkness. The Light of Jesus is present in every true believer of Jesus. Christ the Saviour of the world.

 

Some times we see someone we believe to be a Christian who is possessed. This person is not where they need to be with Jesus. If they are, they would be filled with Light not darkness.

 

If you were to list all the good things in this life, you would be speaking of the good things associated with Jesus. He is the greatest positive in the universe. If you were to seek an opposite of each of these good things, these bad things would be associated with the devil and his evil spirits. To look at this more closely, we would see that hate is the absence of good. All of these evil things are the absence of good. It is interesting to me that the word “idol” means “ nothings”.

 

The demons (devil spirits) are out to win your soul for the devil. Remember, these devil spirits cannot enter you without your permission. When you take drugs are drink alcohol you lose control of your will. It is much easier for them to enter you at those times. If one enters you, then it allows others to follow.

 

A person who has just been delivered of evil devil spirits, must fill the void left in him with the Word of God to keep these evil spirits from coming back. It is important to make sure the person delivered gives their life to Jesus or else 7 worse spirits will come back and torment that person. You have to have the Light of Jesus inside you to keep the evil spirits out.  The following Scriptures (in Jesus’ own words) explain what I am saying very well. Matthew 12:43 “ When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.” Matthew 12:44 “ 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.”  Matthew 12:45 “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.”

 

We see instruction is the following Scriptures how to keep the devil spirits out of our lives. We read these instructions In Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”  Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Ephesians 6:17 “ And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” 

 

It is very apparent to me that there is a battle going on between the desires of the flesh and the spirit of man. We must see to it that our spirit rules the flesh.

 

If we watch bad movies or play demonic games, we open ourselves up to devil spirits.

In our society today, it is not unusual for people to study the religions of the world. That, too, can open us up to devil spirits. Once when I was praying for someone to be delivered from evil spirits, I asked the devil spirit to name itself. To my surprise, the devil spirit screamed out para-psychology. And threw up all over the floor. I looked it up in the dictionary and it means  (a science concerned with investigation by experimental means of events that are not accounted for by natural law) one of the things investigated was mental telepathy another was clairvoyance, and another was psychokinesis. These things are opposed to Christianity. It was also interesting to me that this was taught in some colleges. This leaves no doubt, in my mind,  that the study of anything or anyone in opposition to Christianity could cause possession by  a devil spirit.

 

We have been told by many people that the person must be present to be delivered from these devil spirits. Let us look at an example from the Bible itself and see if this is actually true.  Matthew 15:21 “Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts ofTyre and Sidon.” Matthew 15:22 “ And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord,  thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”  Matthew 15:23 “ But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.”  Matthew 15:24 “ But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:25 “Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.”  Matthew 15:26 “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”  Matthew 15:27 “And she said, Truth Lord:

Yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.”  Matthew 15:28

“Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”

 

Jesus honors great faith, no matter who that faith is operating in. It shows us, also, that we can pray for others, never doubting, and God will deliver them, not because of their faith, but because of ours. Time and space mean nothing to God. He is not limited in what He can do. He will do things like this for us, if we only believe.

 

Jesus never refused anyone to come unto Him. I have always said, Come to Jesus and He will help you clean up your act. We do not have to get rid of sin in our life before we accept Him as our Saviour. He cleans us up when we repent of those things. A very good example of a completely changed life is Mary Magdalene. Luke 16:9 “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”

 

One of the best examples of Jesus forgiving and cleansing someone of their sins is found in the following Scriptures. Luke 7:44 “ And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman?  I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she has washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.”  Luke 7:45 “Thou gavest me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.”  Luke 7:46 “My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  Luke 7:47 “ Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”

 

There are so many examples of people in the Old Testament and in the New Testament who were at some time in their life controlled by these devil spirits. One of the most interesting to me is when Saul had the Spirit of God removed from him and he became controlled by an evil spirit. Saul had gone to the witch of Endor and was depending on evil power rather than the Spirit of God. 1 Samuel 16: 14 “ But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.” If we read on in the next few verses that the only way Saul could feel any peace was when David played and sang. In verse 18, we see that the Lord is with David. Saul did not seek deliverance from the torment of this evil spirit, but was calmed when he felt the presence of God when David played.

 

I will not belabor on this, but give some very powerful Scriptures showing that Jesus empowers believers to cast these devil spirits out. All who truly believe in Jesus Christ are not under the control of the devil (Satan). Matthew 10:1 “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” There is something we must remember in this. Every time we minister in this capacity,  we must draw our power to do this from the name of Jesus. It is the name of Jesus and the power of His shed blood that defeats Satan. The most powerful mention of this is in Jesus’ own Words in John 14:12 “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

John 14:13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  John 14:14 “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

The power is in the name of Jesus.

 

I will close this teaching for now by saying once again that Jesus took dominion back from Satan when He shed His blood on the cross. That dominion is given to all who would dare to believe in Jesus. Christians, it is our duty to rule over this earth that Jesus bought for us. We must be good stewards of what God has provided for us.

 

Christians, be strong in His might. Philippians 2:10 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

Philippians 2:11 “And every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

This should be our confession every day. Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

 







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