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Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare

Are there demons in this world?  Yes.  Can true Christians be demon possessed?  No.  There is not one instance in the Bible where Jesus or his disciples cast demons out of true believers.  In fact Jesus tells us we have all power over demons.

"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."  Luke 10:19

How can something we have power over, turn around and possess us?  It can't.  However, there are examples in the Bible of people being demon possessed who may have been saved at one time, but who are now spiritually lost.  Judas, one of Jesus' own disciples is an example of this.  The Bible actually says the devil entered into him.

Luke 22:3  "Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve."

John 13:27  "As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him."

Judas is a prime example of someone who can appear to have it together spiritually, and can actually have severed their relationship with Christ and be involved in the evil forces of this world to the point of possession. 

A Christian who has a relationship with Christ, and has not denied Christ or turned to another gospel other than what God teaches us in His word, has the protection spoken of in Luke.  This doesn't mean true believers won't be attacked.  While we cannot be possessed by demons, we are still subject to the temptations of the flesh.

Peter had many problems that people who believe Christians can be demon possessed would say can only be resolved by having demons cast out of him.  However, Jesus told Peter that the devil desired to have the opportunity to "sift" him like wheat.  Then He prayed that Peter's faith in Jesus would not fail and that after he came through the temptation, he would have knowledge he could use to help others weather the temptations of the devil  (Luke 22:31,32).

The difference between Peter and Judas is that Jesus prayed for Peter, but He did not pray for Judas.  He only told Judas to be quick about what he had decided to do (betray Jesus).  Judas had crossed a line in the spirit realm that Peter hadn't crossed, which opened Judas to demon possession.

Christians whose faith is in Christ can be attacked, depressed, oppressed, and tempted, but if we resist the devil, he will flee from us.

James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

Jesus does not violate man's free will.  He is pictured in Revelation 3:20 as standing at the door, knocking, waiting for the door to be opened so He can come in.  If God, who is all-powerful, cannot violate man's will, demons certainly must honor man's will if they know what the Bible says and follow it.  The devil will try like crazy to open that door, but it is ultimately up to us whether we let Satan in or not.

People will often use personal experiences to substantiate claims that Christians can be possessed instead of using the Bible as the ultimate authority on the subject.  As a result, they try to cast out works of the flesh thinking they are demons.  Until we are given our new bodies and are living eternally with Christ, we will always have to contend with our sinful nature.  Through prayer and the help of the Holy Spirit we can persevere and overcome these attacks.  It is important to not become so demon conscious and so focused on warding off attacks that we forget about Jesus.  It is through Him that we have power over evil, so making Christ and his teachings the center of our lives will naturally give us strength.  It is when we fall away from our faith in Christ that we are in danger.

Saying you are a Christian does not necessarily mean you are saved.

Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven."

There are many people in this world who go to church every Sunday, tithe as they are supposed to, have the right friends, and are good at bragging about their righteousness and the works they perform in the name of the church.  Unfortunately, some of these same people can be heard saying things like, "I believe all paths lead to God.  It doesn't really matter if you believe in Christ or Buddha as long as you do good things".  They read the right Christian books, and read their Bible from time to time, but when it comes right down to it, they deny the saving grace of Christ, they do not believe what the Bible says, and they, willingly or not, encourage others to follow false prophets and religions.  These people open all kinds of doors for Satan.  They put out the welcome mat, make a pot of coffee, and tell the devil to come right on in.  It is these "Christians" who, like Judas, can be possessed by demons, who will be attacked relentlessly, and who desperately need to believe in the Bible and have a right relationship with Jesus Christ.  If only these people could see that God promises us power over the devil and his minions, they need only accept it and no longer turn their backs on it.  It is the believer's job to share this with them.

 

 



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