Dealing with Demons | Finding Liberty in Christ

Introduction, and What are demons

The first thing we need to say straight up is Jesus is kind, the bible says God is love. The fruits of the spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23 love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. This is who God is he is kind, he is love, he gives peace, and he gives joy, he is gentle and he is self controlled. The bible does not portray God as wrath, anger, or hate, or unforgiveness. Because of this you can be assured that God is for your freedom, and blessing.

But we are talking about demonic oppression/posession etc, how does it happen and how can you get free.

Demons affect the senses, usually the mind, you may hear voices, see faces, etc or have visions that are immoral or suggestive.

There are three primary ways that you will encounter a demon, a) when you are in  willfull disobedient sin b) when you are trying your best to do God’s will and are opposed, c) you are weak and have small faith

Sin and access to demons

We will discuss point (a) first. First we must say you are saved by grace, grace means that if you sin you will be forgiven, it does not mean you can sin wilfully on a habitual basis and get away with it. Demons have a right to your life if you have wilful rebellious sin. Wilful sin is deliberately showing disrespect for God’s commands. Sin can be sexual immorality, hurtful behaviours, thefts, lies, greed etc, anything country to God’s word. You may have done these things before, and not had a problem, but in order to beat demons, and make it to heaven, you need to be perfect before the written word of God. You can not break God’s commands and beat demons.

Sin Leads to Punishment

I will show from scripture that sin leads to punishment, and often demons. You may not get a demon the first time you sin, even the second, if you are not aware you are sinning you may be fine. But as soon as you know you are doing the wrong thing and don’t try to change you are in for trouble.

Luke 12:47-48 The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few

Note when you know you are in sin, you must try to change, i.e. get ready, you must aim to eliminate all sin. God will try to change you using love first, but if you won’t respond to his word  you will eventually be handed over to Satan temporarily for punishment. This punishment ends when you choose to stop sinning. We will use the following three scriptures to hilight this point.

1Corinthians 5:5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:27 - 32 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world

Job 36:5-12 “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any …And if they are bound in chains and caught in the cords of affliction, then he declares to them their work and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly. He opens their ears to instruction and commands that they return from iniquity. If they listen and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness. But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

So why do we get handed over to Satan for wilful sin? The reason is if we feel uncomfortable we are forced to change our life style. When satan attacks us we feel so bad we want change, the sickness, or mental illness that we receive is so bad we want it gone, so we look for answers in God. This change in life delivers us from the punishment of hell, “our spirit is saved”, we are “judged by the Lord” so that “we may not be condemned along with the world”.

Hebrew 12: 9 - Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

Do we have pride, it can give access to demons

If we have the sin of pride, or lack of reliance upon God, we may be subject to demonic attack. Even a really God fearing Christian can have this sin. Paul had a problem with pride, he was receiving so much revelation from God that he was beginning to exult himself. God allowed a demon to temporarily attach its self to him to remind him to rely upon God’s power not his own righteousness. This weakness caused Paul to cry out to God, to re-rely upon God. Gods power can only be displayed when we realise we need God.

2 Corinthians 12: 7 - 9 And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch. Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness

Are you confused, not sure if you are sinning?

But some times we are not sure if we are sinning. For this you need a good and balanced view of God’s word. We must come back to grace, grace is the fact that God loves you and will not condemn you for weakness. If you find you just can’t do something, God will not condemn you. You may have a fear of witnessing, God will not judge you for it. He will help you to overcome fear with time. Feeling guilty for not doing enough is false guilt. You don’t have to do things to please God, God already loves you. Demons will often try to say they have a right to your life using false guilt, making you feel bad about not being perfect. Have you fallen under pressure, God will forgive you. But if you know what you are doing is wrong and purposefully still do it it is sin.

James 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

To finalise this topic we will return to what Grace is, the bible says in Galatians 5:13-14

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

Romans 4:12-13 Because the law worketh wrath:for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed

What these verses shows is that Grace is free, in Christ there is no law against us. That sounds fairly contradictory to the fact that the bible talks so much about sin, but it is not really. God is not a minister of sin he does not want us to sin, and shows us what sin is. But grace enables us to live with out guilt. However grace is also empowerment to change. Through God’s free gift of salvation we gain access to the gifts and abilities of the Spirit of God. One of these gifts is a changed heart a heart that desires to do God’s will, a heart that becomes aware of God. It is this awareness of God that causes us to change our life style, because we know to fear/respect God, we also know that God’s way is best for us. But we are never saved by sinless perfection, we are saved by the blood of Jesus.

Romans 6: 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means.

Romans 3:5  But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? ( I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world? But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not do evil that good may come? —as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just

The above verse is quite clear, God’s wrath is still there if we push God away, if we sin the same as a sinner in the world both of us will be judged. If you don’t want judgment stop sinning.

Tested but not sinning

For part (b) we will show briefly the story of Job. You can be doing every thing right and still be tested by demons.

Job 1:6-12 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand

So we see from scripture misfortune can happen to you to test your allegiance to God. Will you still love God and do good when everything goes wrong, or are you only in it for the blessing.

Sometimes you may be attacked by a demon when you are ministering, or witnessing, or even just in general life. But by claiming the forgiveness of the cross, attempting to remaining sinless and humble it will eventually leave.

Proverbs 26: 2 a curse that is causeless does not alight

Could I just be physically sick? The answer is yes.

A note of physical sickness and demons, some times a demon may see you are physically sick, and will try to convince you that you are possessed. I was once on medication and it was causing facial movements, every time I had a facial movement a demon would at the same time attack me and say I was possessed. Me not knowing it was the medication causing the problem actually thought I was possessed by a demon. Yet I went to the doctor, told them about the facial movements, and they realised it was medication related. They changed the medication and the facial movements stopped. The demon was also forced to leave because it could no longer use this lie.

What I would say to you form this experience for the sake of your health is if you feel you are possessed but are having bodily/physical symptoms go firstly to your general practitioner, or specialist, and get your physical symptom checked out. Movements in your body can often be related to stroke, blood flow problems, medication, dammage to the brain etc. As a rule if you wish to have prayer from us for deliverance we recommend you first see a medical doctor about any physical symptoms, this is to protect your health.

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