Demons are real. They are ferocious and angry. They want to keep all the ground they’ve stolen. They want to keep people in darkness because they cannot stand in the light. They pull people every which way to lead them to sin or to make it appetizing to their soul.
Ignoring an enemy doesn’t make him go away. In fact, he’ll lay roots and entrench himself in the same place. When he is finally uncovered he will have many soldiers to fight back, many doorways in which he can enter, and many ways in which he can hurt you deeply.
There’s a real problem in the body of Christ. We are ignoring the fact that Satan is running rampant through the church majority. We have not identified him or his minions. We’re allowing him to demonize others. Christians are affected by demons too. Whether it’s considered possession or oppression is a moot point. Demons can work through Christians. Demons that aren’t dealt with will linger on in life indefinitely.
Every demon doesn’t just leave when you accept Christ. You have to apply His blood to every stronghold and sometimes there is a fight that you’ll ultimately win when you stand in Christ’s victory. You close every door you opened in your heart either knowingly or ignorantly. This involves having Holy Spirit reveal to you areas in your heart that have bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, strife, painful memories, trauma, and other places you’ve invited them through like witchcraft, occultism, idolatry and similar things.
Remember the 3 R’s. Recognize their presence (uncover). Renounce your involvement with them (receiving forgiveness through confessing to God). Reject them (cast out in the name of Jesus). It sounds easy but put in practice it can be challenging, especially for entrenched strongholds.
Demons don’t like being casted out. They will find every little nook and cranny they can crawl through or cling to to stay where they are. It’s helpful to have others you trust uphold you when going through it. Jesus ministered perfectly and yet demons would scream, yell, and manifest openly around Him. It is the same today. It’s important we use Jesus’ authority to bind their power and to release judgment upon them.
People long to be free but have no idea that their constant failings in the same area can be the work of demons in their life. As a church whole, we’ve taken the stance that to give any credit to Satan is to give him power. I’m under the supposition that Satan loves that. If we ignore him, he can do whatever he pleases and we’ll never say a thing to him.
Another deception is that if we give demons credit in a person’s life it takes responsibility away from their discipleship. They will blame a demon for every behavior. While this could be true, let’s be honest here, any teaching can be taken too far: that includes deliverance. Sometimes demons are the reason people aren’t able to be discipled effectively. We need to carefully listen to Holy Spirit and keep an open heart that demons can be the cause of many issues in a person’s life.
I want to illuminate a scripture to you.
Proverbs 6:30-31 (KJV) 30 do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 31 But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
I looked up the Hebrew word for despise and came up with one of its definitions: “hold as insignificant.” We should not be letting the, “thief,” get by. He should not be counted as insignificant. Satan wants to feed his appetite for destruction. But when he is found, he will restore sevenfold and shall give all the substance of his house to pay back. Satan is fine siphoning like a parasite in many lives. But once he is found, he will try to falsely claim you as his own. He doesn’t want to have to you pay you back for all the misery he caused you! Don’t keep letting him get away! Force him out and hold him accountable to pay you back in full!
Fight the good (victorious) fight of faith [1 Timothy 6:12].
The violent take it by force (authority) [Matthew 11:12].
Submit yourselves to God. Resist (set one’s self against, withstand, oppose) the devil and he will flee from you [James 4:7].
We don’t wrestle (a contest in which the victor holds the opponent down with his hand on their neck) with flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places [Ephesians 6:12].
2 Corinthians 10:4-6: Our weapons are not in the flesh. They are mighty in Christ to pull down strongholds. We cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive that doesn’t line up with Him. We must be prepared to revenge all disobedience (the demons and evil spirits) when you submit to God.
Demons are real. They can affect unbeliever and believer alike. They can truly keep a person in bondage if they remain hidden in the heart. Don’t let Satan get away with this injustice anymore! Stand your ground, take back the areas in your heart with the Word of God, and cast out the demons that get in your way!
“Father, help me see areas in my life that need deliverance. Holy Spirit search my heart for any seeds that aren’t of You. Give me the strength to deal with any demonic forces and strongholds in my life. I trust I already have the victory in You, Jesus. I thank You for more freedom in my life. Every name that is named shall bow down to the name of Jesus Christ. This includes every demon that’s ever existed. I thank You for loving me. I thank You for giving me the authority to help set others free. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
If this teaching touched you in any way then please share with another to reveal the truth to them. Many are living in darkness and don’t even know it! Shine the light of Christ through His truth. Blessings!