” and he said, Hear thou therefore the [W]ord of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on [H]is [T]hrone, and all the [H]ost of [H]eaven standing by [H]im on [H]is [R]ight [H]and and on [H]is [L]eft. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ra-moth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And [H]e said, thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth and do so.” (1 Kings 22:19-22)
What we have as our text is a peek inside the Veil. We see that God governs the evil spirits as He does the Host of Angels. This episode reminds us of (s)atan coming before God and being given the power to test Job.
The exorcising of demons was an almost daily routine for the earth walking Christ. The apostles had their own bouts with demons. As did the reformers and the puritans, esp. John Wesley.
In today’s vernacular demon is equivalent to vices and or past transgressions that won’t stay down. Drug addiction is a demon, pornography is a demon, a difficult childhood is a demon, any habit is considered a demon. This is not what we are speaking of. We speak of the malevolent and the malicious demons that are part of (s)atan’s “pyramid scheme.”
These entities are not “As Seen On T.V.” These entities are like their father, very subtle. They strive to infiltrate the unhappy family. They work slowly and again subtley. They will work on the weakest in the family. Their goal is to turn family member against family member. Then when the family is divided the demon takes possession of one. The greatest defense from demon oppression is a Joyful Family in Christ.
Possession and oppression are different. A Christ-ian cannot be possessed but a Christ-ian can be oppressed and attacked outwardly, see Job. The Christ-ian cannot be possessed by a demon entity due to the already Present Holy Spirit, Who is quite jealous of His own. In other words we are already possessed by the Holy Spirit of Almighty God.
When an exorcism is needed it is not a holy man vs. a demon entity. A true exorcism is simply the Holy Spirit of Christ with His sovereign authority and Glory casting or expelling an entity that has been inhabiting and possessing a person.
An exorcism is not of man but of Prayer being answered before one’s very eyes.
With the Second Coming of Christ being nigh demonic activity will increase. It may well be that some of the ritualistic murders we hear about could be demon possessions. We read of one case where a son had killed his mother and cut her heart out. People that knew the mother and her son said they were a loving family. So how does this happen? Especially the cutting of the heart out his own mother’s chest. This would seem a possible candidate of possession.
Again, the very best defense is one’s Shield of Faith and a loving family.
Demon possession is not what we see on t.v. or in film. No they are far too subtle to be exposed that way. When a person is taken by the “devil at his will” one will notice personality shifts. The possessed will most likely become a loner type. The possessing demon is breaking the possessed down for full ownership of their life.
A full on possession will be identified by increased strength (Mark 5) and by a change in voice. They will speak of things that the person would not know or be familiar with. They do not speak ill of Christ as one would think as they “believe and tremble” at the very sounding of His Majesty’s Mighty Name.
An exorcist is not of some elite fraternity. No. Paul tells us that God has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings” Peter states that we are “Partakers of the Divine Nature.” With that being said, each Christ-ian who is intimate with God and has a great measure of Christ’s faith can state clearly and directly, ” In the Mighty Name of Christ Jesus you are charged, you are compelled, you are commanded to leave this person, this family, this home as the LORD rebukes thee”