CAN A CHRISTIAN HAVE A DEMON? (pt 2) There are many Scriptures that deal with the word, de

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CAN A CHRISTIAN HAVE A DEMON? (pt 2) There are many Scriptures that deal with the word, demonized. In Matthew 4:23-25, we find regarding Christians and demons: "Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout all of Syria: and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them. And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan." Here the Scripture uses the word which, in the Greek, means demonized or controlled in areas by Satan. Matthew 8:16, "When 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." Again, these were under the power of demons. That's what it means to be demonized. What are demons? I personally feel that they are fallen angels that followed Satan after his rebellion toward God (Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28). Their goal throughout history has been (and always be) to seek residence in the physical. They are vile, evil, and filthy. In fact, it could best be said that they are the opposite of God, Christ and the angels. But best of all, the evil one and his fallen angels were defeated at Calvary by the life, death, resurrection and blood of Jesus Christ! Another example of demons controlling an individual is found in the O.T. in the Scriptures dealing with King Saul and David. Saul had working within his flesh the forces of evil. These demons could only be quelled and disarmed by David's soothing music. However, eventually Saul was demonized and brought to the place of trying to kill God's servant, David. Being totally influenced and captured by the spirits within him, he was finally driven to commit the "sin unto death." This happened when he endeavored to make contact with demons themselves. Saul sought counsel from anyone who could contact the dead for him. One was found for him, and he went in secret. His desire was to speak to the deceased prophet, Samuel. A witch is one with a familiar spirit (demon) who controls her life. For this rebellion against God, Saul lost his life the next day. (I Samuel 28:7-25: I Chronicles 10:13-14). Saul was an OT believer and a classic case of demonization. In fact, Saul experienced the three evidences of being a believer: (1) chastisement of God moving on his circumstances, (2) scourging of the physical (Hebrews 12:3-7), and (3) finally, death that always comes when a child of God keeps on rebelling against God (Proverbs 29:1). LET'S SELL THE HOUSE Another case of Christians having demons is in God's account of the New Testament Church in Jerusalem. The power of Christ's life had exploded into the lives of the believers - so much so that they had experienced the transformed life that is promised to everyone that is saved. They especially experienced the death-to-self concept. The basic nature of the Jew is to possess and have ownership; the nature of the Spirit-controlled person is to give of himself or of that which he owns. Such was the experience of these newly filled Christians. They became so like Christ that they sold what they possessed and brought the proceeds to the church to be given to those who had need. Now in that exciting, Spirit-charged atmosphere of revival, there was a couple whose names were Ananias and Sapphira. Having seen firsthand the power of God, they decided between themselves to sell their possessions and bring the money to the church for distribution. However, after the property was sold, Satan moved into their lives. They lost total faith in God in the matter of their giving. In essence, they decided to withhold a part of the money for themselves; yet when turning the money in, they represented themselves as having given all. The problem was that they not only lied to the congregation, but to God also. Ananias was the first to take his offering to the church. When he approached Peter with his gift, the Holy Spirit impressed Peter that this man was misrepresenting what he was doing. Peter's statement was, "Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land While it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God" (Acts 5:3-4). The Bible teaches that at that moment Ananias fell to the floor dead (Acts 5:5). Later his wife entered the room to bring her part of the offering. Peter asked her if she had sold the land for so much. She said, "Yes." Then Peter replied, "The young men who have just buried your husband are coming in the door at this moment." Sapphira at that moment died. They were an example of demonized Christians. They gave place and demons entered and took control, even to the point of Satan filling their hearts and lying against the Holy Spirit. Ananias and Sapphira were demonized Christians. Going further in this area, we find in Galatians 3:1-2: "Oh foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?" And in Galatians 4:3 we read, "Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world." The word, bewitched, is a translation from the Greek that means bringing evil on one by praise; evil eye; to charm or bewitch one. It also hints of those who are led away others into error by witchcraft. In another translation it speaks of a magician having hypnotized and cast an evil spell on them. The Scripture also teaches that their minds have been clouded. The Greek word, BASCAMIA, means bewitched, or another way to say it is demonized. These Christians had given place to demon forces in their lives. Looking further in I Timothy 4:1, we read, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils." Here is Biblical prophecy of Christians being seduced and demonized. Paul tells Timothy that in the latter times Christians shall depart from the faith, giving heed or taking in seducing spirits and doctrines of devils - so relevant is this in these end times! How easily seduced are Christians today (to partake in the emotional rather than the spiritual). Satan attacks today to destroy the line of revelation that comes from the Holy Spirit to the believer. Through carnality there is strife and contention constantly in Christendom. These are Satan's efforts to keep the kingdom of God decimated and powerless. The demons are constantly active in the lives or against the lives of Christians. For example, giving heed to seducing spirits means allowing them to come in. They take up residence in the physical and fight constantly to hold their prey (in this case the "body, the temple of God"). Dear Christian, how important it is for us to understand the working of Satan against our lives! We will be dealing later with the principle of the armour of God and the defense we have in the blood of Christ. However, we must never forget that the enemy we face is invisible and seeking to destroy us. We must learn and know with settled and absolute knowledge that the demons are defeated by the blood of Jesus and that we are more than conquerors. We have total victory in Jesus Christ! To appropriate this we must act the part. TO BE CONTINUED Ron Hossack SYSOP SOLID ROCK BBS (714) 785-9176

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