Demons are the smallest, lowest spirit beings in the spiritual world. They are believed to have originated when 1/3 rd of the angels fell with the rebellion of Lucifer who defied the authority of God prior to the creation of the universe, the world and what we know as earth. There are billions of them, but fortunately for mankind, 2/3rds of the angels remain and they are good, God’s unseen spiritual servants.
The first goal of demons is to rule humans by fear. That is the most common method. But if humans smarten up and see that demons are not in control of everything, then demons seek to have humans believe they don’t exist at all. The 1st is the belief of primitive societies; the second belief is found in civilized societies. Either way the demons appear to be either non-existent or harmless. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Demons have only one nature. This is helpful to us. For example, a lying demon will not steal and the whining demon will not be curse. The Bible is filled with these names, scattered about the pages – lust, strife, confusion, evil work, whining, depression, rebellion, religion, false humility, contempt, shame, guilt, jealousy, rage,blame, confusion, pride, presumption, greed, stubborn, controlling, and murder, hate, plus all the disease demons, I could go on, but I’ll leave a scripture list for later on.
Their common goal is to ruin the life of man, spoil our mental and physical health, foul up our decision-making, lure us into witchcraft or the occult, control our behavior and if at all possible keep us both out of salvation for this life and heaven in the next. And this is the purpose of the entire evil spirit kingdom.
God has mercifully kept us from seeing and dealing with these demons or we would be overwhelmed by them. He has, however, given us all power over them if we obey His rules. This means that people groups and individuals which are outside of the Kingdom of God are not equipped to handle them while Jews and Christians as Kingdom residents, are.
On the other hand, those who are taught and who believe in the powers given to God’s people can be, and in fact should be, in control. One group does have surprising power of the Satanic world – children. Their innocence is their power. Once children are taught about handling the devil they get to it quickly and easily. Adults, having been brain washed by culture, have a harder time.
The New Testament has a proven plan for dealing with the devil at all levels, and the Old Testament books describe how these spirit beings are to be warred against and conquered. It’s all there. That is why Jesus could say on the cross right before He died, “It is finished.” He has given us the tools for victorious living.
If it is all there for us, you are now asking, why we don’t have it? It takes commitment and effort. It requires that you (not someone else) change your attitude and rise up in opposition to men and programs that have different goals for the human race or for nations.
For example, Communists are told that demons do not exist because they claim here is no God, but then hordes of demons come in to fill the cultural void, Communism is a demon, atheism is a demon; unbelief has no power over reality.
Victorious living is based on holiness. “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” And holiness is the process of cleaning out the human soul (called in the Bible saving the soul) which is a process begun when a person accepts Christ as savior. That process of continuing cleansing marks the life of a true Christian. We go from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
God’s purpose for us to deal with sin and the demoniac is to create in us the reflection of Christ, in other words, glory. One of the great lies of Satan is that salvation is an event. Not so, it is a process, and the cleansing of demons is part of that process. But it must be done with two weapons – first the Word of God, second faith.
God resides in a person when he/she accepts Christ as savior. God in His mercy sees to it that we are not cleaned up all at once. We learn and grow precept upon precept, day after day, scripture after scripture, obedience after obedience, and challenge after challenge. He also gives us 70 years to finish that work with a master plan each of us as individuals.
But back to the nature of demons now that we know we can control them. They have only two parts, soul and spirit. Man has three parts spirit, soul and body. (Dictionaries which say man’s soul and spirit are the same are wrong. The Bible is the book which defines the nature of man, not Noah Webster.)
1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I’ve described those two parts to you already; the soul part is the defining part. The soul of a lying demon is lies. Then he has a spirit because he got that when he was originally created by God in heaven as part of the angelic kingdom. What he does not have is a body.
So, consider this – how does a lying spirit manage to function if all he has is a spirit and a soul? Easy. He needs a body. Yours, if possible. Someone else’s in any case. My guess is that lying spirits are the most common demons of all. After the spirit takes up residence in a body he is a complete, person – spirit, soul and body.
This is a most important truth. Some ministers say Christians cannot have demons because demons cannot invade a man’s spirit. This is half-true – demons do not need a spirit so of course they don’t invade man’s spirit. They already have one. So demons inhabit the physical body.
So how does the demon get in? This is a common scene. Mother tells child, do not eat any cookies. The child climbs up on stool and swipes a cookie. Mother asks (after she has seen the crumbs around his mouth) “Did you steal a cookie?”
No, of course not, says the child. A quick punishment ensues. The mouth was used to lie, but more importantly, now the child sees that a lie will bring about punishment and he fears that. So we have lying and fear both in the same person. It is very common. Where someone refuses to believe the truth, both the lie and the fear are there.
The job of the parent is to let the child know that while lying, stealing cookies and being afraid are not right, mother still loves the child, but the behavior MUST GO. The longer a person learns to live with his ability to deceive the more ingrained it becomes in his nature. People overcome by fear will lie the most. If they get away with it year after year and decade after decade, it becomes their nature.
You want to know how to get rid of this demonic routine. You and God can do something about it, but you have no power to relieve another person of their demons unless they want to!!!
I can’t emphasize this enough. The power to change is always solely resident in the individual believer. That is why we find drunks in the gutter after years of addictions; there are people even in old age holding on to hate, unforgiveness, and resentment without letting go. It eventually leads to sickness and then of course all men die.
Can you still die and go to heaven if you have demons? In most cases, yes. Demons have no power to send you to hell. Your decisions govern that. Their job is to make your life as miserable as possible and if they can and to see that you choose hell on your own. God gives everyone free will! Everyone.
Someone will also tell you Christians cannot be possessed by a demon. This is another dodge on the truth. Possession is complete. If you are buying a car, you can say you possess a car. But what if the car is missing a hob cap, or a radio, or an ash tray, or even the backseat. You can still drive it and it is still yours, but it is not a whole car.
This is what happens to people. The demons take over some small portion of a man and his personality is impaired. He is not possessed by demons, but a demon has some of him under its control. If you go into a psychiatric ward you will see people are completely possessed; but in daily life, most often no. The demon can have one part of your life but not the whole you. This is why alcoholics are told never to drink again; porn addicts are told never to get near a computer for anything but work. That evil spirit will take over until the individual learns to walk in holiness.
Considering how many demons there are, why isn’t everyone possessed? Simply because God’s grace rules the world for the time being and the demons are completely under the law,. Demons cannot do willy-nilly what they want. They can only act if there is sin.
That is, they have no access to you or anyone else without the commission of a sin. When the devil inspected Jesus, he found nothing in him. That is to say, he found no sin whereby the devil could attack him.
Committing a sin opens the door for the enemy to enter and take over. Most demons enter through the eyes or through the brain, through a thought. That is why video games and movies are so dangerous. Demons can also enter through music, or physical or sexual abuse. And Jesus protects the innocence of the young because they are under the authority of adults. Small children because of their innocence are protected until the age of accountability, somewhere around 9 to 12 years of age.
We all are born with a sin nature, but sin nature is not the same as committing a sin. We all have the ability to sin; but only the commission of a sin gives ground for the enemy. Watchman Nee has an excellent book on this topic, showing the clear difference between Sin and sins.
That is why the devil has no many enticements around us to encourage us to sin. One hour with a soap opera and the empty mind can take in an adultery demon without ever knowing better.
Job said, “I made a covenant with my eyes.” He made a deal that he would not look at evil. Television makes this quite impossible.
Demons come in different sizes, some have limited power, others are very powerful and can exercise great power. The Bible identifies themselves as
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Let’s take one prince and analyze one group – a controlling demon. They govern large groups of people as well as individuals and frequently families. A controlling demon can control through fear. We see this clearly in employment, putting up with evil just because “I need this job,” or through fear if loss of friendship or relationships. There is control by addictions – alcohol, drugs, porn, debt – a major controller. There is control by brute force which is the pattern of war, control by Law, which is what we see in Islam these days – the controlling demons tell their followers that God told them to do evil and they follow.
Jezebel is a controlling spirit who silences all criticism and verbal opposition n and is presently controlling America, especially through the media, but also in private life. It is known these days as go-along-get along, in previous generations people would say, “if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.” Jezebel is also “political correctness.” Jezebel is the demon that said “healing doesn’t exist for the church anymore,” or “the Holy Spirit Baptism and speaking in tongues is from the devil.”
Another lie from Jezebel is that members of only one church go to heaven, or small lies like “you have to be baptized to be saved.” She removes good ministers and replaces them with compromisers, removes good congress people and replaces them with wimps, etc.
Jezebel not only stops truth; she invents lies to keep people in her control. And while we are at it – the demon may have a female name but the spirit itself is as much in males as females, maybe even more so because men control power in most societies. She stirs up gossip against believers and keeps people in turmoil.
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