Can a Christian have a demon? What if it's the other way around? Can a demon influence a Christian? The Bible gives us several examples of God’s people and demons. King Saul (I Samuel 9-13). Saul was a true worshiper of Yahweh. He was anointed, and overpowered by the Holy Spirit on several occasions, even prophesying at 1 point. Yet 3 different times an evil spirit entered Saul causing his whole personality to change. 👀 David was called in to play the harp to soothe Saul's personality which was being controlled by a demon. Next, there is the case of a woman, a daughter of Abraham (Luke 13:10-17), who was bowed over because of an evil spirit. The New Testament describes other devout Jews, God’s own people, who were afflicted with demons (Mark 1:21-28; 39). Jesus sent out his disciples to Israelite towns (God's chosen people) with power over unclean spirits, to cast them out (Matthew 10:1, 5-6). Then there was the case of Christians Ananias and Sapphira whom Satan had filled their heart to lie to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:1-10). 😲 Paul warns of giving place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). Clearly God’s own people can be significantly “demonized” without being owned by the devil. 👌 Another thing to consider is the “tri-unity” of man who has a spirit, and a soul, and a body. Paul speaks a blessing over the saints at Thessalonica saying, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23). 🙌 Paul also tells us that the word of God is a living and powerful two-edged sword “piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Evidently God is able to distinguish between the complex areas of what is spirit, what is soul, and what is body. I Corinthians 6:17 tells us that “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” This would make sense as we consider that God is Spirit (John 4:24). It is the spirit of man that is described as being “born again” in John 3:5-6. The soul is generally understood to be the personality aspect of man. It consists of the mind, will, and emotions. These areas are to be brought under the control of the Holy Spirit: “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). It seems unreasonable to consider that anyone could be “one spirit with the Lord” and also “one spirit with demons”. Yet it is possible that even as the flesh still influences the lives of Christians through the mind, will, and emotions so demons are still at work here as well. Many “Christians” whom I have seen delivered from demonization genuinely loved the Lord but found themselves almost powerless to overcome an addiction, mindset, or other areas of their lives. Reoccurring sins, mood swings, addictions, depression, fear, etc. seemed to come upon them like a dark fog. At such times it seemed that “something” or “someone” evil was at work inside of them. And usually after a deliverance they found themselves feeling “free” and more able to bring these areas of their lives under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Were they “demon possessed”? No. They were still owned by the Lord. Were they “demonized”, i.e. tormented by demons? I believe so. Of course, this is also the case when physical ailments are caused by demonic assault. Understanding the Biblical distinction between spirit, soul, and body helps to explain the controversial issue of whether a Christian can be under the influence of demons. Christians can genuinely be “demonized”, and it is very serious business that we don't deny them access to scriptural deliverance, or destroy their faith by suggesting that they are not Christians. 🤗 To see people as weird or strange when needing deliverance alienates them from the very help they need. 😮 Casting out demons was a normal part of New Testament ministry. This ministry brought rejoicing rather than condemnation (Luke 10:17). The Church needs to be awakened again to the nature of spiritual conflict and to work the works of Christ who said that “these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons...“ (Mark 16:17). 👌 Deliverance is not intended to be a cure all. Even after deliverance, people are required to walk in fellowship with Holy Spirit or else the situation can become worse (Matthew 12:43-45). Yet it was part of the ministry of Jesus and the early church to set people free to serve and follow God. As I see it, deliverance is primarily for Christians. 👌 Think about it: who are the ones who have the greatest qualification for deliverance anyway...the ones who want to follow God, or the unbeliever who does not? 🤷‍♂️ Do we then argue over when they can be delivered, before or after we lead them to Christ? 🤷‍♂️ When we understand the conflict, may we be a vehicle of God’s liberating power to those who are genuinely looking for freedom from the powers of hell. 🙌

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