(please note yesterday’s post on Angels has been updated to be more accurate and now includes more Bible verses)
From the beginning of time the human race has had a fascination with demons…. the lore, the legends and the occult….
…. and it’s still going on TODAY….. most “modern” people may not bow down to images…. or sacrifice animals to the devil…. but they all seem to love movies dealing with hauntings, zombies and demon posession….. and what about the video games featuring characters with “superpowers” battling for “good” and “evil” ?…. the appearance of these graphical characters are taken right out of “occultic” books depicting demons.
The imagery used in music videos …. “Umbrella” and “Disturbia” by Rihanna…. “Alejandro” by Lady Gaga…… either designed to fuel this fascination with the macabre and demonology/posession OR representing posession of the singers themselves.
But whether you believe they are posessed or not, one need look no further than the stage antics and performance to see that the LEWD and CRUDE behavior could not possibly please God.
Humans either fear or embrace demons….. but true Christians need not fear them, we have the precious Holy Spirit manifesting in our lives the Power of God…. our bodies are temples of the Most High….. nothing evil can ever hurt us, except by permission of God, to test us and strengthen our character or deepen our Faith…. and God is always protecting us even in times of testing…. Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5
You will hardly find anything about demons in the Old Testament but in the Gospels, Jesus cast them out of people.
The Bible does not tell us about them… because there is really no need to study them… we are instead to focus on God…. who is presented as our ultimate all-sufficiency…
People seek to use the power of demons to gain knowledge, power and money to get ahead in life…. to get an “advantage” over the rest of mankind… when they should be seeking the Lord instead and asking of Him the questions… why else would anyone want to know about demons ?…. occultism is an abomination to God, because it represents man’s effort to gain “knowledge” apart from Him… it is consorting with the “enemy”.
Leviticus 17:7 and Deuteronomy 32:17… make it abundantly clear that sacrifices to idols are in fact sacrifices to demons…..
The Gospels tell us of demons causing sickness and disability in humans….. as well as irrational (mental) behavior (madness)…. but the Word also makes a distinction, because sickness, disability and madness also have natural causes also.
Demons can enter both people and animals and control their behavior (Mark 5:2 – 5, Mark 5:11 -13)
They earnestly seek embodiment (Matthew 12:43 – 45)
They can pass from one person to another through sex…… and homosexual demons are of a more powerful variety, they manifest sullen and violent behavior (the person can seem to be the nicest of people… but once the demon manifests (gains control), they have violent temper tantrums, nasty attitudes, spiteful, malicious behaviors).
Demons know Jesus Christ is Most High God and they know their fate is eternal torment…. they do their best to make sure that their host victim never gets “born again” or comes in contact with true believers (who can discern them)… they may enjoy spiritually-dead “religion” and false piety (asceticism) but this ultimately degenerates into uncleanness and blasphemy… they are sexually debased… they control their host victim through fear and through pain and sickness (as they can manifest all manner of symptoms in the host body)
All unbelievers are open to demonic influence (2 Timothy 2:26, Ephesians 2:2)… but long term posession usually takes place under the following conditions:
1. When a person is not actively controlling their own body (like under the influence of drugs or alcohol)…. or “opening their mind” in trances, hypnosis or meditation
2. Illicit sex…. fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism
3. Occultic practices…. ghost hunting, paranormal investigating, ritual chanting and incantation.
4. Inheritance… passed on from parents i.e. “family” demons
5. Childhood trauma
Demons can be cast out by born-again believers acting in the Name of Jesus Christ and through the Power of the Holy Spirit…. or they can be removed by God Himself (in the absence of a human instrument)….. but unless the “delivered” person receives the Holy Spirit through surrender to the Lordship of Christ, the demons can come back at a later date (Matthew 12:43 – 45), therefore what is the point of delivering people who dont want to love God and follow Jesus ??
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, Thank you for your protection from evil and we ask that we might be a blessing to others…. fill us with your Holy Spirit and enable us to bear fruit as we abide in Jesus… please have mercy on our island and forgive our sin…. as the people go out to “play” in the streets tomorrow, convict the ones that should not be there… let them see it for what it is… and may they be ASHAMED of their behavior and not return to it next year…. we ask now for mercy on our island home, in Jesus name. Amen.
NOTICE OF EXPLANATION: for our foreign readers… tomorrow is Crop Over Festival on my island of Barbados…. a public holiday filled with drunkenness, revelings, lasciviousness, lusts and carousings (1 Peter 4:3)….. as most of the population parades in the street half-naked… perhaps this is why I felt led of the Holy Spirit to write on this topic at this time. How far our nation has fallen from the Godly fear of our ancestors…. now they worship materialism, money and pleasure…. and not God… but even so, there is a GODLY REMNANT on this island who will not take part… and who will be praying for them and for our island…. that their wickedness may be forgiven them.