I have gotten emails from so many people asking about battling demons, are they possessed, how to stand up to this evil and many other questions.
It is weird; I have not felt what I am feeling since the time that The Lord asked us to return to the US.
What am I talking about is battling the demonic.
See, I have never had the desire to go into deliverance ministry. Yes, I know a lot about it and have studied it in the past at length. One does not do what I do and not have a strong grasp of this area.
But I am finding myself being pulled into this area more and more, much like when God pulled us back into the US.
This is an area where I do not feel fully suited and at times I think about “what might happen” and I have to say at times it scares the tar out of me.
But if God is calling me towards this area of the ministry, then I am submitting to Him. Just know that I am not jumping for joy, if you want to call it that. Deliverance and spiritual battle is hard core because you are on the front lines and you can literally have the pulp beaten out of you.
It is only through Jesus Christ and His protection that one is able to operate in this area.
Walking a balanced Christian walk and being mature is what is needed.
To be honest, I feel like Gideon in this calling. I want to stay in my comfy bible prophecy, world events and preparedness arena, not get my hands dirty and not put myself in harm’s way.
But when I get an email from someone and they describe what is going on, things just pop into my head and I reach out and try to help as best I am able.
Great thing is that 98% of the cases I have worked with have seen success or on the path to success.
Demons Are Winning & We Don’t Even Realize It
I look all over and I see so many people who know that something is wrong, but they cannot put their finger on it, they just know that “thinks are not right.”
Others know but they seem to be afraid or to embarrassed to reach out.
What am I talking about?
People are being plagued with the demonic, “demonized” or better yet, “infested” or having an infestation of demons.
This is why I say that demons are winning and people don’t even realize it.
This is also where I feel convicted and I need to right a possible wrong where I might have misled some of you.
In earlier articles I have said that a born again Christian cannot be “possessed.”
This is correct and I still stand by this. The thing is that the English language is very limiting. The word “possessed” seems to be a catch all phrase when it comes to the demonic.
I know that this seems to be splitting hairs, but I feel that it must be explained so that people, who are in fact demonically oppressed, infested, demonized, depressed & influenced do not just walk off and think everything is honky-dory.
Things are not honky-dory and this is why I want to try to clarify.
Here is a quick word study… Possession
Matthew 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils (G1139), and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
STRONGS # G1139
Middle voice from G1142; to be exercised by a daemon: – have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s).
Because our English language is so limiting, we tend to instantly jump to the conclusion of “being possessed” as something out of the movie “The Exorsist” and we should be levitating, heads spinning and spitting up green pea soup.
BUT… since this is NOT happening to us, we say “Oh, I guess I am not possessed then” and we go along our merry way.
To be “possessed” by a demon, one literally has to open ones inner soul and spirit up to said demon and basically submit their lives to the demon; much like when one becomes born-again.
The reality is that one becomes “demonized” not possessed. As stated before a more descriptive word is “Infested” or having an “Infestation” of demons.
But Ray, you keep saying that we as Christians can’t be possessed, so what are you saying?
ANALOGY – Our Holy of Holies Where The Holy Spirit Resides Within – Possesses Us
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
In reading this, it dawned on me and it became crystal clear how I can explain how Christians are affected by demons.
The Jewish temple is a holy place, much like we are holy when we become born again.
So the questions is this, how can the demonic have influence on us, invade us, infest us and still demonize us when we are holy?
This is where the Jewish temple can help with an analogy. The Temple had three main areas, The Outer Courtyard, the Inner Court yard and the Holy of Holies.
The manifest presence of God was only in the Holy of Holies, not in the Outer Court or the Inner Court.
In the same way with all of us, the Outer Court of the Temple represents our physical bodies, the Inner Court represents our soul, and the Holy of Holies represents our spirits.
Just as the manifest presence of God was only residing in the Holy of Holies, in the same way the Holy Spirit is only residing in our human spirits. Our holy of holies which is the innermost part of our beings is a ken to the Holy of Holies that was the innermost part of the Jewish Temple.
In using this Jewish Temple analogy, we can grasp the human-spiritual makeup with the Lord.
Just as Paul told us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 , we can see that our physical bodies are now His temple.
It is our physical bodies that now actually “house” our human spirits where the Holy Spirit now lives within.
The Jewish Outer Court was where just about anyone and everyone were allowed in to, men, women, gentiles, etc.
We know that the entire Temple compound was considered holy. But as one progressed further into the temple it became increasingly more holy.
King Herod had enclosed the “outer court” with colonnades and it was referred to as the Court of the Gentiles because the “gentiles” (non-Jews) were permitted to enter the Temple area.
This is the same area where Christ cleansed the temple from all the money changes. He created a “cat of nine-tails” and literally beat the money changers out of the holy temple, out of the “Outer Court.”
Like the money changers who “infested” the Outer Court area (which is considered holy), demons are able to “infest our bodies, our “Outer Court.”
Do the money changers “own / possess” the Outer Court?
No, they inhabited it, but did not “own or possess” the Outer Court. That is why Christ was able to drive out the infestation of money changers (demons).
Because HE (Jesus Christ) is the owner of the Holy Temple. He was the only one that had the true authority to cleanse the area. The money changers listened and obeyed Christ and left the Outer Court area.
Again, this is an analogy to help explain how Demons can in fact “demonize” us / Infest / oppress / influence / depress us and I felt that it was necessary to explain this.
I don’t want people to think that just because they are a Christian that demons will not attack them.
Wrong, if anything Christians are being hammered by the demonic and many of us battle our demons daily.
How Do We As Christians Become “Demonized / Infested” By The Demonic?
This is the question that is at the top of many people’s list in all the emails that I have gotten.
How do we become “demonized / infested”?
Simple, in many cases we allow it. We give up our “legal rights” and allow the demon in.
To expand a bit further we give the demon “legal rights” to come in and demonize and infest us, our lives and our family’s lives.
At least that is how the demons see it, and they are very legalistic lot as well.
What are these so called “legal rights”?
- The Occult
- Direct Willful Sin
- Inheritance – Generational
- Fears and Phobias
- Ungodly Soul Ties
- False Religions
- Cursed Objects
- Cursed Buildings
Before Christ died on the cross, demons did have limited “legal rights.” We learn of this by reading Job. But because Christ died, was buried and rose on the third day, those limited rights that demons once had are now gone. Christ took those keys away and now demons no longer have any legal rights and they know it too.
But because they are very legalistically minded, cunning and are liars, they like to play that “legal” game with people and because many people lack of knowledge and freedom in Christ, we let them.
Outside Our Control
I know that some of you are saying that some of these areas are outside our personal control and you are correct. But the demon does not see it that way.
For example, a cursed / haunted building. It may be cursed / haunted due to a prior owner.
In my DVD “Demons – Days of Noah and The Demonic Wars” Christina Peck tells her story about her demonically haunted home which the demons would actually manifest themselves before her and Josh.
It is a pretty amazing story.
If you do not have my DVD, contact me and I can provide you details on how to get it.
Now in this case, the demon did not care about Josh & Christina, in the demon’s mind they had a “legal right” to the home based on the prior owner, not Josh and Christina. It was the demon’s home and Josh and Christina were there just so that they could torment them.
This is how demons think. They have taken up shop / “infested” an area, object or family lineage and they then believe they have legal rights to that person, place or thing.
But the hard facts are that demons do NOT have “legal rights” they just take them because we gladly give them over out of our own lack of knowledge.
In the case of Josh and Christina, they did not know what to do because they were still fairly new Christians, at least Josh was, and this was something that they were not fully taught in church.
Their best solution was to move out and that thank God that worked. Interestingly enough, the current owners contacted them and they have the same demonic problems.
Can born-again Christians be possessed? No, but they can be oppressed / depressed / influenced / infested and demonized.
The reason that they cannot be “possessed” is that the Holy Spirit resides inside each and every one of our own personal “holy of holies.”
BUT… demons can try to gain access to our “Outer Court” areas in our lives and they believe that they can do that via their “legal rights” to enter and conduct their form of business, much like the money lenders did in the outer courts of the temple.
It is Jesus Christ who is the only authority that these demons have over them. They MUST submit to the name of Jesus Christ. It is His shed blood that set us free from these false “legal rights” and the demons know this and must submit to this.
It is our lack of knowledge in this area due to the days we are living in and the lack of proper teaching from pastors, preachers and teachers out there. This is a topic that 20% (and growing) of the church does not believe in. Many believe that Satan and his minions are all just fairy tales.
When we have a demonic infestation taking place in our lives we need to stop and realize what is truly going on.
It isn’t a stroke of bad luck or God being mad at us, it is demons taking a false “legal right” that they “think” they have based on the things we have done in our lives, opening up doors for them to come in and demonize and torment us.
What the church strongly needs is deliverance from this evil. But to do that, we need to admit that there truly is an evil and that we need delivering.
I find it interesting that God is pulling me in this direction on top of the other areas I preach and teach on. I find it also interesting that I have taught on “The Servant Warrior” for the past several years. Much of that teaching can be applied in the physical, but amazingly enough, it can also be applied in the spiritual and our battle against the demonic.
We are living in the last days of the last days and I totally believe that God is raising up spiritual warriors. They are greatly needed because so many people are being afflicted by the enemy and they don’t realize what is happening or why. Those who do, they know that they need help, but they do not know where to turn.
If you are someone who has questions or thinks they need help, contact me. I have been helping a number of people and through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and through His authority we are seeing success in helping people be delivered of these demonic infestations. (Click to Site)