Thursday, August 8, 2013

Devil Possession

Today in the dispensation of the grace of God, are people still being possessed by devils?

The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ Today we live in the dispensation of grace.  I assume that you are referring to the type of devil possession in the nation of Israel during the Lord’s earthly ministry (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and in Acts), when one of the miracles that was performed by the Lord and the apostles and disciples (to whom he delegated authority) was to cast out devils.

Mark 1:39
And he [Jesus] preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

Luke 9:1
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

This will also happen in the future, after this dispensation has ended.  Casting out devils will be part and parcel of God’s plan and purpose for the nation of Israel (Matt. 12:45).

Not all in Israel were possessed by devils during Christ’s earthly ministry; and by the way, no believer then or now can be possessed by devils.  If you are ‘in Christ’ (a member of the church the body of Christ) because you have trusted in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as payment for your sins and in him as your Saviour (1 Cor. 15:1, 3-4), no devil can possess you because God possesses you.  God the Spirit is in you.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

You have been given the Holy Ghost.

Romans 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

It is not possible for you to be possessed by devils. 

Colossians 1:13
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

But let’s talk about lost people.  First of all, every lost person is influenced by Satan and his angels.  That is who they worship.

Revelation 9:20
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

You are worshipping devils if you are not worshipping the God of the bible, and you can only do that through the Lord Jesus Christ as a believer today in the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 8:4-6
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.  For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

The lost are worshipping devils/fallen angels/evil spirits. 

1 Corinthians 10:20
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

But they don’t necessarily have to be possessed by them.  The only way a person can be possessed by a devil is by allowing it to come in and take them over.  Mankind still has free will.  You have to allow another power to possess you.  Even the stories about vampires [a type of devil/fallen angel] say that they cannot come into a house unless they are invited in.

We believers allow God the Spirit to come in and possess us.  We make that choice when we trust Christ.  When we, by our own volition, decide to trust Jesus Christ as our Saviour, one of the things that God does is to come live inside us by his Spirit.  That is our new life in Christ.

Romans 6:4
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism [by the Holy Spirit 1 Cor. 12:13] into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

But if people desire it, they can be possessed by devils [i.e., Shamans calling demons into their chests].  As we get closer and closer to the end of our dispensation of the grace of God (at the Rapture) when the Prophecy program will resume, the powers of darkness will become more prevalent. 

One of the things the powers of darkness can do is possess people.  There are YouTube videos that show two women in England running out into traffic and being hit by trucks and cars.  They are knocked down and then get up and run away.  I also saw a guy who was run over by a big roller that construction workers use smooth out pavement.  It rolled up to his neck and back and then he jumped up.  There was glass under him that broke, but his body didn’t break.

We also see a lot of black magic, magicians, witches, guys who can float in the air.  They are either possessed by devils or they are definitely being influenced by them.  All magic is evil. 

Exodus 7:11
Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.

You can’t see the possession, but you can see the results of it.  One of the things you can see is that people who are possessed by fallen angels have supernatural strength.

Mark 5:1-5
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.  And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

When we see things that are not humanly possible to do or to endure, when you see someone get hit on the expressway by an 18-wheeler and then get up and run away, it is certainly possible they are possessed by a devil.
Satan is the god of this world. 

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Satan and his fallen angels run this world. 

Colossians 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

The only people who they can’t have dominion over are believers in Christ.  But, you can be a believer today and work with Satan with doctrines of devils.

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

But every lost person is run by Satan and his angels, whether physically possessed by a devil or not.

Ephesians 2
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince [Satan] of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places [Satan and his fallen angels/devils to whom he has delegated authority].

So in a way you can say that every lost person is possessed by a devil because they are run by devils.

John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Neither the devils nor God the Spirit can just come in and take over a person.  They must be invited in by a person’s free will.  God limits what Satan can do with humanity.  Satan would like to kill every human being.  But Satan and his angels can have an effect on believers.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Satan will bring another gospel, another Jesus, another spirit – a spirit of law and not of grace.

Galatians 1:6-8
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Ephesians 5:6
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

The mindset of the course of this world is satanic; so in that sense the children of disobedience are possessed.  But there are people who want Satan to live in them and control them.  They worship him in the Church of Satan.

Devils do not want to be disembodied; they have an affinity towards the physical.

Matthew 12:43-45
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Matthew 8:31
So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

Every lost person is influenced by Satan.

John 13:2
And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

Another passage says:

Luke 22:3
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

Satan entered Judas, and he also put it into his heart to betray Jesus.  Could the thought have been put into his heart before he entered Judas?  Sure.  Satan can possess someone by a mindset, i.e., a thought process.

2 Timothy 2:26
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Satan can take believers captive.  Not in your physical body; but in your mind.

Genesis 6:5
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Romans 8:5
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Hopefully this helps!

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