“…[H]e gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. (Matthew 10:1 b)
“And [H]e said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe in [M]y [N]ame shall they cast out devils; they speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)
As I was taking my overnight prayer walk (and crime fighting, I’m Batman), I beheld (2) two shadows. The street light was just so that it gave me (2) two shadows. I thought of the valley of the shadow of death and of the devil and his puny lap dogs demons. As I continued to walk The (2) shadows became one. So I then, thought, That’s what it is like to cast out/off demonic oppression and possession. In other words, (playing with my double shadow) I said, “Get thee behind me, devil! as I was walking out of the double shadow and leaving a single shadow. I have a huge sanctified imagination.
However, in the real world there are no demons or devils. We simply make them up to cover for mental illness or our vices……………………………….
And if you believe that, I have a shack on the back (40) forty of Heaven for sale.
Of course,! there are demon and devils. The Bible is insistent on this matter. The devils were not misunderstood illnesses. The devil’s would, at times, tear up the body of the possessed person at it’s departing. Illness doesn’t do that. Human hating devils do.
I am not the person who sees a devil or demon behind every sin or bush, but I am a serious person that can logically deduce, that sometimes what humans do are not merely human devised actions. Although I believe in human depravity, sometimes a murder is not just a human murder. Before we get started, let me preface a bit. I know that sometimes one can lose credibility by speaking the truth, like saying that demons copulated with human women and procreated a hybrid of human and demon (fallen Angel). The hybrid offspring were giants and super-human. But when you say that this bloodline exists to this day, you will lose all credibility among “smart people.” But sometimes the truth is worth a loss of credibility among the “smarter people.” Preface finished. If you are a “smart person,” you may want to jump off now and continue to think of me as rational and intelligent. Those of you that believe what the Book Says and believe that the creation is bigger than man and that God is bigger than creation let us go forth.
There was a man a couple of summers ago that killed his mother. The reports said that this man was found sitting a top of his mother holding her cut out heart in his hand and giggling, when police arrived. This man didn’t run or fight, he simply giggled with his mother’s heart in his hand. This is of demonic origin, like it or not.
Richard Ramirez, “The Night Stalker” was a serial killer that did things that do not fit into any FBI profile, (of which I believe in). This man said he worshiped (s)atan and killed for him. I take him at his word. He’s not crazy. He’s not a monster. He’s a man that must have been willingly possessed by a demon.
There are psychologists that admit to demonic possession, again they may lose their credibility, but there are those that find no physical, mental, or emotional infirmities. As Sherlock Holmes says, “Once you have eliminated the impossibles, whatever remains, no matter how improbable it is, it must be the truth.” So once a person has gone through all manner of psychological tests and they are found to be sound, what is left? No matter how improbable it may be to our big thoughts and wise absolutes, it must be a demon.
The Scripture are replete with these entities. These demons are found in the Old Testament and the New. Other cultures (not that we need them) also speak of demonic entities. DEMONS ARE REAL.
Demons cannot possess Christ-ians. Why not? The answer is simplicity itself. What does the demon want? It wants to possess and control a person. But in the Christ-ian there is already a ruling entity called, the Holy Ghost/Spirit of God and Spirit of God’s Christ!!! The Christ-ian CANNOT be possessed!!! BUT,……. A Christi-ian can be Oppressed. O-pressed not P-ossessed. What is the difference? Possession speaks to the inside control of a person by a demon entity and Oppression speaks to the outside enticing and pushing down or pressing upon. A pop culture example from the (60’s) sixties is Wilma Flinstone whispering into the ear of a sleeping Fred, “You will be a tiger and you will get that raise….you will be a tiger and you will get that raise.” Fred wakes up and goes to his boss and like a roaring tiger, he demanded a raise. This is an example of demonic oppression. No offense to Mrs. Wilma Flinstone, she was a fine lady and she proved that men and women existed with dinosaurs….see creation, no evolution…What fun I have in my giant sanctified brain of fun!!!
Christ-ians cannot be possessed, but they can be oppressed. Whereas the lost person, the old creation still in Adam, has a vacuum from a dead spirit within. In this open and voided vacuum a demonic spirit can make a home. Paul said to Timothy that the devil can take a person and make them do his will anytime he wants to: ask Judas. Whereas the Holy Spirit inhabits the Christ-ian until the day of final redemption, the devils/demons will “walk to and fro” within and without lost and empty person per their will? “So, why isn’t everyone possessed all the time by demons”, asked the smart skeptic. To which the ‘dumb’ preacher responded, the restraining Hand of God, smart guy,” while thinking in his head, “stupid puny human ,” To which, methinks, God agrees.
The demons can pop in and out of the empty person, as they like. They can stay as long as they like, it is “at his will.”
What is the Christ-ian to do about this? First, you must be able to find the faith to believe this. An example: Two people are having a fine time together, then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, one is angry and seething over nothing. This could be a bi-polar mood swing, but these are known and recognizable. If a person has a history with this then Occam’s Razor says, illness. However, if there is no history, then whatever is left, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. No history of violence or mental illness and a person goes from nice and fun to mean and seething is possession for the lost and demonic oppression for the weak of faith (at that time), of the Christ-ian. So, as a Christ-ian, one should stop and discern….”is this me or has something oppressed me?” If it is the latter, You should, in faith, state the power of Christ over that thing, and in the powerful Name of Christ dispatch that foul thing.
If you see this quick change in another person, if they are a Christ-ian, stop and point out what is happening, and both of you dispatch that foul thing in the powerful Name of Christ. If you see this quick change in a lost person….excuse yourself, for a time and pray against that foul and vile thing. Readers, we, as Christ-ians, have the faith of Christ to pray against His/our enemies…Yes…Pray Against, not for.
To the smart people, in our second quotes text from above, it is said that no poison should harm a believer, right? (J. Witnesses call that a spurious verse and not to be believed, but they are like their father, the devil, all liars). In the hospital, I was hooked up to an automatic pain medicine dispenser. At the appropriate time I could press a button and the device would dispense the pain medicine, Dilaudin (sp?). .02 milligrams is usually given to cancer patients. One time I know of a doctor mis-prescribing a prescription for a patient. Instead of prescribing .02 milligrams, he prescribed 2.0 milligrams. The patient almost died. In my case, the dispenser dispensed the entire vial of this medicine/poison, (32 mg) Thirty-two milligrams into my system at once. I was a dead man, for sure. The nurses went crazy. However, Christ’s promise of the signs that should follow the believer was in force. The med/poison harmed me not.
If that is true and it is, then it is also true that we, as Christ-ians, have power over these demons that “kept not their first estate.” I am not calling upon Christ-ians to run around exorcising demons out of everyone who is having a bad day. I am simply stating that we, as Christ-ians, have been given the power, it is called faith and the Word of God, to dispatch oppressing and possessing demons. This gift is still in play. This faith/power is from our Lord, Master, and Saviour, if it is ever needed.
As to healing sickness, if it is according to God’s will, I believe the powerful prayers of God’s people are still at work today, for our God is still at work today, and we are His body.