The Enemy. Satan’s Army. The Commander in Chief. The Devil. The Devil is Real.

The 21st century view of the Devil is certainly not the Biblical description of this foe. The world today would have us believe the cartoon views of him as a red horned figure with a long forked tail carrying a pitchfork. Another view is that he does not exist but is just bad karma or a force that causes sin. I heard a preacher tell it this way. How do you explain that this non existent figure was kicked out of Heaven, appeared as a serpent in the Garden of Eden, and this non existent figure tempted Eve to eat of the fruit of good and evil; then this non existent figure spoke to the Lord Jesus Christ in the wilderness and this non existent figure offered Him his non existent kingdom if Christ would bow down to him. This non-existent figure can appear as an angel of light to deceive, and this non-existent one will be finally thrown into the Lake of Fire.

Even the modern Church has succumbed to his deception and many do not recognize him as existing. Most Church leaders and Pastors choose not to inform their congregations of his existence in their messages or Bible Studies. Don’t talk about demons; you will be labeled an extremist and the people will flee. I would dare to say that if one of the congregations suddenly had a demonic manifestation the Church would be emptied in five minutes and the victim trampled in the rush to the door.

The Christian Church as a whole is aiding and abetting Satan’s diabolical plans to “deceive even the elect if possible”. From pulpits comes no mention of the war that exists between the Child of God and the god of this world. Christians are not told that whether they like it or not they are automatically enlisted as soldiers when they choose Christ. Christians are not taught about the “wiles of the Devil” or giving “place to the Devil”. They are misinformed from Seminaries to Pulpits. They read about the Armor of God in Ephesians chapter 6 but are not taught how to use it or what each piece is for. The Armor is provided so that it may be put on to withstand “the fiery darts of the evil one”. Crippled and wounded Christians fill the pews each Sunday looking expectantly for help but there is none forth-coming. I see Churches being infiltrated by witches, the New Age, and mysticism. Division, strife and envy are tearing Churches apart but there is no discernment to root out the false doctrines or the workings of demons in their midst. There is no challenge from the leadership to those promoting or being used by them.

Jezebel has invaded the Churches in the guise of dominating women who manulipate their husbands and the leaders in the Church to be voted onto boards and other positions of leadership. Many households are spiritually led not by the God appointed head the man but by a Jezebelic substitute in the woman. All this of course is a plan of Satan to bring about a spiritual decline not only in the house of God but also in the godly household.

There must be a call to arms. Christians must be trained in warfare techniques; they must learn the tactics of the foe and how to overcome him and his army of wicked spirits. They are hell bent on destroying all that is godly, all that is pure, and all that is the Bride of Christ. E M Bounds has keen incite as he says “He {the Devil} is at the cradle of every baby, and he has much to do with shaping each persons character and determining his destiny.”

Shame on us for not dedicating our children to the Lord God and rebuking the Devil away from their lives daily. We surrender these precious ones to the manipulation of unseen forces because we lack knowledge of warfare. Then we wonder why they rebel later in life and turn from godly instruction saying it is old fashioned.

My Pastor, Nate Ange preached a sermon recently on Ancient Landmarks found in Proverbs 22: 28, 23: 10. Here in these passages unscrupulous neighbors would move property boundaries of their neighbors so as to increase the value of their property. These landmarks had been set and should not have been moved or altered. He applied this to the modern Church movement. The contempory Church movement is introducing a fluff and bubble gospel; a feel good service. Gradually the staunch founding members are being forced to yield the landmarks of a Godly Holy Spirit inspired service that was full of great Hymns and powerfully convicting sermons. The central theme of the Cross-, and the atoning blood of Christ led many a sinner home to the Lord Jesus Christ. Now one of the leaders of the new movement, Rick Warren states that these pillars of the Church are only good for one thing, Holding up progress and they should be forced to leave should they not comply with the new agenda, the Emerging Church.

This is a call to war! This is the time to be a “good soldier” of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Commander in Chief. He has won the War at the Cross of Calvary but we must do battle with the wicked one until the final day of his capture. This is a call to arms; enlist into boot camp where the tactics and strategies can be taught and explained. Learn well the lessons on the Armor and your weapons; know your enemy for he sure knows all about you. He knows your weak areas; he knows your strengths. It is time for you to “be strong in the Lord and the power of His Might”. And again “for our weapons of war are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down spiritual strongholds."

The Devil’s Beginnings.

We are not told of the Devil’s beginning but he was created pure and holy just as the rest of God’s angels. They were created to worship and serve Almighty God in the Heavenly Realm. Ezekiel 28: 12- 19 is a passage on the Tyrian King symbolizes Satan or Lucifer, as he was known in Heaven. We can see described his attributes and position before his fall.

In Verse 12.

a. He had the seal of perfection.

b. He was full of wisdom.

c. He was perfect in beauty.

In Verse 14.

a. He was the anointed Cherub.

b. He was on the Holy Mountain.

c. He walked back and forth on fiery stones.

BUT. Iniquity was found in him.

Verse 15B.

a. He became filled with violence.

b. Pride in his beauty.

c. Became corrupted in his wisdom.

d. Defiled his sanctuary with sin.

More details of his rebellion are found in Isaiah 14: 12-15.

a. Pride as to exalt himself above the angels of God. {stars of God}

b. Pride as a creature wanting to be like the Most High.

c. He was all “I will” not Thy Will.

The Result of his rebellion. Ezekiel 28: 16.

a. God said He would destroy him because he defiled the sanctuaries. His future pronounced in Isaiah 14: 15. He shall be brought down to Sheol { Hell}

b. He will be in the lowest depths of the Pit.

c. His fate sealed in Revelation 20: 10.

“And the Devil, who deceived them, was cast into the Lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and forever.”

Between now and then he is loose with his hosts of wickedness to harass, deceive, torment, lie to, and make captive of as many of God’s children as he possibly can. His aim is as it says “steal, kill and destroy”. He does not worry about the unsaved as he already has them in his grasp. It is those seeking a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, or those who already have that relationship that are his chief target. We must know his strategies, his strength, his abilities, and the structure of his armies to be capable of defeating him. No soldier will take on an enemy who has such power without an in-depth study of the opposition.

The Devil’s Names. Because the War is real, and so is the enemy I would like to reveal to you some of the names of the Devil.

Satan has many names. The father of lies means falsehood. He cannot tell the truth and nor can his demons. “There is no truth in him…he is a liar, and the father of it”. {John 8: 44} Jesus Christ called him the “prince of this world” no less than three times. {John 12: 31; 14: 30; 16: 11.} He is indeed of a high ranking in angels both good and evil for Michael the archangel of God would not rebuke him in himself but did so in the name of the Lord.

He is called “the prince of the power of the air”. Jessie Penn Lewis says more literally “ the prince of the aerial host, meaning wicked spiritual powers dwelling in the aerial heavens, for the satanic confederation has its seat in the atmospheric heaven- in the spaces above and around our world.” It is scary to think of his power over the elements. We see he can call down lightning as in Job to consume his flocks. We also see the Lord Jesus Christ “rebuking” the winds and the seas when He was awakened by fearful disciples. Surely Satan had whipped up a storm for the occasion.

"Prince of this world" is another title. “Now is the time for the judgment of this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out”. John 12: 31. Satan has his hands on the affairs of this world. He manipulates countries and governments to his advantage. This whole sphere we call earth is under darkness, oppression of an evil prince who wants revenge on God for his being sent out of Heaven and cast to earth for his rebellion. He is after you believer; you had better believe what I am saying to you or you may find yourself in bondage, in chains of darkness, put there by the angel of light, Satan. If you dismiss this, you are already in bondage.

Satan is called "the adversary" because he is a relentless foe. He is described in 1 Peter 5: 8 as a “roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. I find from my hunting days that the roar of a beast of prey is only sounded after the kill. Up until that point he is stalking silently not far away, looking for opportunities to move in for the kill. The roar sounds the victory but also as a warning to keep others away from the kill. Revelation 12: 10 describes Satan as the “accuser of the brethren”. Here before the Throne of God Satan points a finger at you who are living in sin or being tempted into sin. He will accuse believers with his lies to separate them not only from God but from each other also. He does this by using hatred, malice, envy, jealousy, you name it and he does it. Most believers see this as a personal attack from another believer instead of having eyes wide open to see through his lies. But here also is Christ interceding for us.

Ray Boltz has a powerful song called “One Drop of Blood”. In it the scales of justice are weighted down with the burden of sins and Satan is bringing accusations against the Christian before God. But as the song goes “just one drop of Blood fell to the scales” and the foe was vanquished. Praise our Lord Jesus Christ that the Father sees us through His Son’s atoning blood.

A favorite pastime of Satan, gives him the name "the tempter. The Devil and his spirits are leading believers into sin. This of course takes them away from fellowship with their Savior. Sin is a barrier between man and God and grieves the Holy Spirit. Persistent sin deprives the believer of fellowship with God but can also open a doorway for evil spirits to enter and drive him further away. There he remains guilty until he repents and restores the relationship through the power of the shed blood of Christ. “The whole world lies in the grip of the evil one”. 1 John 5:19. There is no doubt that he has control of this earth as seen by the tempting of Christ in the wilderness in Matthew 4:1-7. Christ did not deny this when the Devil said to Him “to Thee I give all this authority” and also "I will give you all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth.” This whole sphere we call earth is under darkness, the oppression of an evil prince who wants revenge on God for his being sent out of Heaven for his rebellion. He is after you believer; you had better believe what I am saying to you or you may find yourself in bondage, and in chains of darkness, put there by the angel of light, Satan. 2 Corinthians 11: 14

What is an angel of light? Christ said He is the Light of the world; of course Satan cannot bring light because he is from darkness but he can make it appear that what he displays comes from the light. This is of course a counterfeit. It has to look like it came from God, feel like it came from Heaven and appear to have a godly effect upon the believer. No one would be so dumb to accept a counterfeit $3 bill would they? Yet with modern laser photocopying and special ink etc it is possible to fool even the most critical scrutiny with a counterfeit $100 bill. Only the expert can tell the difference.

Jessie Penn Lewis and Evan Roberts found that the angel of light was at work in the 1904 revival in Wales. The whole countryside was on fire; burning with Holy Spirit flames but there was another spirit there also inflaming believers with false signs and wonders. Jessie Penn Lewis says “For, almost without exception, in every land where revival has since broken forth, within a brief period of time the counterfeit stream has mingled with the true; and almost without exception, true and false have been accepted together, because of the workers being ignorant of the possibility of concurrent streams; or else have been rejected altogether by those who could not detect the one from the other; or it has been believed that there was no “true” at all, because the majority of believers fail to understand that there can be mixed workings of the {1}Divine and Satanic, {2} Divine and human, {3} Satanic and human, {4} soul and spirit, {5} soul and body, {6} body and spirit; the three latter in the way of feelings and consciousness, and the three former in the way of source and power.” Page 99-100 War on the Saints.

Matthew 24: 24 says

"For there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

1 Timothy 4: 1 says

,b>"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;"

2 Timothy 4: 3-4 says

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Satan is called deceiver and of course his first deception was in the Garden of Eden when Eve was induced to take of the fruit of the Tree of good and evil. Ever since that time the Devil and his deceitful deceiving demons have been at work in the world. Jesus warned about false prophets in Matthew 24: 11, and again in Matthew 24: 24. He warns of false Christ’s and prophets showing great signs and wonders to deceive even the elect if possible. Paul warns Timothy that the Holy Spirit revealed that there would be those who depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. 1 Timothy 4: 1. And again in 2 Timothy 4: 3-4 that a time will come {I believe it is now} that sound teaching will not be endured, and they will turn aside to fables having itching ears. This is all work of the Devil and his demons.

He is a "murderer and liar. John 8: 44. He comes to steal, kill and destroy like a thief. John 10: 10. In fact he is given special names in Greek and Hebrew in the Book of Revelation. The Hebrew is Abaddon and the Greek is ,i>Apollyon. Revelation 9: 11 says that he is a king over the abyss. Satan wants to remove every trace of what is holy and pure. If he cannot remove it entirely he will pollute it so that it is no longer attractive.

He is the god of this age and as such he blinds the eyes of unbelievers so that they cannot see the truth and the light of the Gospel. 2 Corinthians 4: 4. Christ is the Light of the World, Satan is the god of darkness when the light of God’s Word penetrated the lies of Satan and finds fertile ground Satan knows he is loosing a soul destined for Hell. The scales over the seekers eyes fall off and he is translated from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Colossians 1: 12, Acts 26: 18, 1 Peter 2: 9. We cannot move forward until we deal with the power of Satan. We need to recognize that even the Archangel Michael when contending about the body of Moses dared not take him on in his own power but said “The Lord rebuke you.” Jude 9. This is from the highest angel in God’s Army.

Satan is to be respected because no human being has such supernatural power without Christ. Even with the full power of the resurrected Christ it is wise to give him respect. I have been in deliverance ministry for 26 years and I still will not enter the battle against Satan and his forces without proper preparation and prayer. We must know by faith where we are in Christ. Ephesians 2: 20 says that Christ is seated beside the Father far above all principalities and powers and has put all things under His Feet. Ephesians 2: 6 says we are raised up together and sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

This is a positional place where we with the power of the Risen Christ can have authority over all the evil hosts of wickedness, even Satan. Our faith must stand the test, for Satan will try you out. This is why we are provided with the Armor of God. Without it we are no match for Satan.

The Structure of Satan’s Forces.

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.”

This passage of Scripture written by the Apostle Paul under inspiration from the Holy Spirit clearly shows a hierarchy in Satan’s Army. The first thing that stands out to me is the admonition that Christians need to make war against the invisible forces instead of fighting among each other. This is where spiritual discernment and the Fruit of the Spirit are sorely needed today. So many Christians have cannons aimed at brothers and sisters in the Lord instead of going to spiritual warfare against the Devil and his demons. This is of course comes from a lack of true Biblical teaching from our Seminaries and pulpits on the wiles of the Devil. No commander in the modern theatre of warfare would come against a foe until a careful study of the opposing enemy, his strengths, his positions, and his weaponry, and any weaknesses if any.

Jessie Penn Lewis says, “Yet in the face of this plain forecast of the peril in later times, we find the Church in almost entire ignorance of the workings of this army of evil spirits. The majority of believers too readily accept everything “supernatural” as of God” page 2 War on the Saints.

What are demons?

The term demon comes from the Greek "daimon." Demons are found in the New Testament as being able to possess people (Matt. 8:28-34; Mark 5: 1-4) and animals (Matt. 8:32). They are very strong (Mark 5:4). They are also called unclean spirits (Luke 8: 29), and have a heirarchy of rulership in their demonic realm (Matt. 12: 24-27}, and can have sacrifices offered to them (1 Cor. 10: 20}.Also, they will be judged in the future (Matt. 8:29). Demons are evil spirits that are opposed to God and God's people. They appear to be fallen angels: 2 Pet. 2:4 & Jude 6.

Demons are spiritual beings created by God who were once in Heaven worshipping the Lord God Almighty. Rebellion by Satan saw them thrown out of Heaven down to the to earth. They have no physical bodies and can travel at the speed to thought. They are full of a intellegence far superior to humans. They follow their master Satan with a blind obedience to carry out his vengeance against God’s creation of mankind. As there is no hope of redemption they use all their hatred and malice to entice and lead the human race to fall and rebell against the plan of redemption that saw God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ put aside His Glory which He had from the beginning and decend to this earth , in both Divine and human form to die on the Cross. Satan has his army arrayed with spiritual weapons called fiery darts. The orders go out from his headquarters through his commanders and their chain of command to even the lowest demon to continue to press us humans into defeat and complete surrender to his diabolical plan to take as many as possible to the fiery pit which is his destiny.

Principalities.

These princes are the first in line of authority below Satan himself. They control hosts of wicked spirits. They are in equal power to the Archangels of God. We see their power in the Old Testament account in Daniel 10. An angelic messenger was sent to deliver a message to Daniel, but it says in verse 10 that the Prince of Persia withstood him 21 days until the Archangel Michael arrived to do battle with this demonic prince. I believe that all countries have a demonic prince assigned over them so as to control governments and to use their deception to frame laws and ordinances against the population to bring them into bondage.

I see them particularly having set themselves through government and law makers to destroy the Christian testimony and teachings through the education system where Christian theology and morals were once introduced and taught to children. This country as well as many others was built upon Christian principles. The forefathers left England under persecution for their faith and arrived here to start a new colony for descendants. But as usual Satan sent along his followers also in the guise of Christians. When the War between England and the colonists finished and the Declaration of Independence was drafted, most of those who signed were masons. Even now to this day the majority of Presidents have been freemasons who whether they know it or not serve not God Almighty but the god of this world, Satan.

I was once involved in a deliverance of a person who had a demon called Lefra, Lord High Prince and Lord High Priest of Divination, fifth in charge to Satan. He was a powerful supernatural foe and it took many hours of prayer and intercession to cast him out. He also had three other Princes directing hundreds of other demons there also. This was an extreme case something like the madman of Gadarene in whom resided many thousands of demons in Mark chapter 5: 1-20.

“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, 3Who 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. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”

The description of some of the effects of this possession can be seen as follows.

a. Could not live among other humans.

b. Could not be bound. Broke chains and shackles.

c. Could not be tamed. Cried out day and night.

d. Lived in the mountains and tombs.

e. Cried out and cut himself with sharp stones.

Notice that the demon Legion {for we are many, a legion could be up to 6,100 soldiers and 726 horsemen} spoke through the man and recognized the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan was powerful in this demoniac, but the Lord Jesus Christ is all powerful as He pointed out in Matthew 26:53 He could pray to the Father and have twelve legions of warrior angels at His side. The demons knew that they were defeated without question and they asked to be sent into a herd of pigs {2,000}, not to the abyss. When the pigs were possessed by the demons they were in torment and ran over a cliff into the sea.

This account in Mark Chapter 5 shows to what extent the Devil will go to keep enslaved just one victim. Having 6,100 demons is a drop in the bucket when he has myriads at his disposal. But all it takes is the power of Christ to set the captive free. Praise the Lord.

Notice that after the man was delivered he was found sitting at the feet of Jesus, dressed and in his right mind. What a testimony he had. He wanted to be with Jesus but was told to go and testify of the miracle and the compassion of Almighty God. So did George the man who had Lefra the High Prince and High Priest of Divination. It was a miracle for him also to be restored into his right mind and he had a powerful testimony to the deliverance and freedom in Jesus Christ.

The Powers in the demonic rank.

These demonic angels are more numerous than princes and spread out into many lower regions in the aril kingdom. We could equate the powers as heads of nations and Kings and Queens of countries where as the powers would be like our President, or the Prime Minister of England. They hold considerable power to govern the populace of that country and its political and judicial system. It is these powers that implant new directions in the laws to erode the Christian influence and delete Gods Word and prayer out of schools and as we have seen recently introduce “Hate Crime Leglistration” that will prevent the Christian Church from speaking out against such groups as the homosexuals and abortionists.

The Rulers of Darkness.

This is the next lower rank of demons. These are equivalant to the rank of Lieutenants in the army of Satan. They are very numerous and control the next level of the hosts of wickedness. The rulers direct the lower troops against the population of this world. There will often be a ruler in charge of a person who has been involved in Witchcraft or Satanism. Any occult activity opens doorways for these rulers to enter with their other hosts of evil. Spirits that have been in the generations for long periods of time are called Familiar spirits. These spirits are passed on as each generation gives birth to their children. It is a continual progression gaining momentum the further these rulers are passed down the line of descendants. Spiritual wickedness or wicked spirits.

This is the lowest order of demons. They are the laborers sent to deceive, tempt, torment and terrorize their victims into the trap that Satan has set. They are usually called by the name of their work. We can see instances of their work in scripture.

Familiar spirit. Leviticus 20: 27; 1 Samuel 28: 7.

Sorrowful spirit. 1 Samuel 1: 15.

Spirit of divination. Acts 16: 16.

Spirit of jealousy. Numbers 5: 14.

Lying spirit. Proverbs 16: 18.

Perverse spirit. Isaiah 19: 14.

Spirit of pride. Proverbs 16: 18.

Spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61: 3.

Spirit of deep sleep. Isaiah 29: 10.

Spirit of slumber. Romans 11: 8.

Spirit of whoredoms. Hosea 5: 4.

Spirit of Egypt{also known as spirit of the world} Isaiah 19: 3, 1 John 2: 15-16.

Seducing spirit. Mark 9: 17-29.

Spirit of lust. James 4: 5.

Spirits of deafness and dumbness. Mark 9: 25.

Spirit of death and suicide. Tried to kill the boy in Mark 9: 25.

Mute spirit. Matthew 9: 32.

Spirit of epileptic. Matthew 17: 15, 18.

Spirit of infirmity. Luke 13: 11.

Spirit of bondage. Romans 8: 15.

Spirit of fear. 2 Timothy 1: 7.

Spirit of antichrist. 1 John 4: 3.

Spirit of error. 1 John 4: 6.

Spirit of disobedience. Ephesians 2: 2.

The above list may be named differently in other translations I have used the King James Version.

Some of the most respected Christian writers have presented us with keen insights into behavior that may reveal an evil spirit at work in a believer. I know at once many would bring up the question whether a truly born again believer can have in the residence where the Holy Spirit dwells another spirit of the opposition. I would recommend the book "Demon Possession and the Christian" by C Fred Dickason as a definitive work on this subject.

I can give many instances that I have dealt with evil spirits in believers in my 26 years of ministry. In fact I will not deal with spirits in an unbeliever. Two well renowned authors who had written books in opposition to the idea that a believer can be invaded by a demon, had to rethink their position when believing family members had to be delivered from evil spirits. They were Dr. Ed Murphy and Dr. Merrill Unger.

This statement following may truly shock you, but I believe that the Apostle Paul was given a demon to keep him humble. In the passage in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9 Paul states that a “messenger of Satan” was put IN him to buffet him lest he be exalted above measure. Messengers in the Bible are angels either from God or from Satan. Paul’s was the latter. Paul even pleaded with the Lord three times for it to be removed, but God said no. Most theologians would like to think Paul has bad eyesight or another infirmity, which he may have had, but I believe what he said as literal truth. A great book on this subject is “What Demons can do to Saints” by Merrill Unger.

Another passage that plainly reveals that a believer can be invaded is 2 Corinthians 11: 3-4. “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, 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.”

Here Paul is speaking to the carnal Corinthian Church. Clearly he is talking to Christians so that this can happen to believers. WE see today as the Body of Christ becomes more liberal ,i>“seducing spirits and doctrines of demons” are eroding the key doctrines that have existed from the teachings of Christ, the Apostles and the early Church Fathers. 80% of Americans say they are Christian but only 6% believe that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave. This is another gospel. By referring to “another spirit” he means a spirit similar to the Holy Spirit in essence but from the opposite side. In other words this spirit was a demon that invaded these carnal Corinthians.

Kurt Koch is recognized as possibly the greatest demonologist of this era. He dealt with hundreds of cases of demon possession and kept meticulous notes on each. His books are a wealth of knowledge on the Occult. He was also a psychologist and offers these indicators on possible demon subjection based on Luke 8: 26-39.

. Another personality seems resident.

• Unusual strength.

• Inner conflict.

• Resistance/opposition to the things of God.

• Clairvoyance.

• Ability to speak with voices not one’s own.

• Transference of demons to people or animal.

Another modern writer, Ernest B. Rockstad, lists a somewhat larger catalog of symptoms:

• Incapacity for normal living.

• Violence and superhuman strength.

• Personality and behavior problems.

• Restlessness and insomnia.

• Terrible inner anguish.

• Self-inflicted injury.

• Functional illness.

• Reliance on prescription drugs.

• Abnormal sex life.

• Defeat and failure in the Christian life.

• Obsessive thinking.

• Unbreakable habits.

• Nameless fears.

Rockstad was a pioneer in the testing of spirits according to 1 John 4: 1-6. I have several recordings of deliverance sessions that he performed. He was probably the first minister to believe that the supernatural gift of tongues should be tested. He indicates that he only found a few inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the majority were demonic. He is now with Christ in Glory. Mark Bubeck’s two books “The Adversary” and “Overcoming the Adversary” are soundly based on the word of God. His list of symptoms follows:

. A compulsive desire to curse God.

• A revulsion against the Bible.

• Compulsive suicidal or murderous thoughts.

• Deep feelings of bitterness and hatred.

• Compulsive desires to tear other people down.

• Terrifying feelings of guilt and worthlessness.

• Physical symptoms which have no medical basis.

• Deep depression and despondence.

• Terrifying seizures of panic and abnormal fears.

• Dreams and nightmares of a horrific recurring nature.

• Sudden surges of violent rage and uncontrollable anger.

• Terrifying doubt of one’s salvation.

Conrad Murrell’s list of demonization symptoms is similar, thought at some points it could be condensed. It includes:

• Unnatural fear.

• Deep depression.

• Confusion of the mind.

• Restlessness.

• Obscenities and profanities.

• Inexplicable sleepiness.

• Uncontrollable and unreasonable rage.

• Sudden suicidal and murderous urges.

• Schizophrenia.

• Recurring headaches.

• Physical symptoms without apparent cause.

• Urges for alcohol, tobacco, drugs, pornography, violence and bloodshed.

• Inexplicable rebellion.

• Sexual perversion.

• Aversion to marital sex.

• Clairvoyance.

• Uncontrollable urges.

Another well-respected Christian researcher on Biblical Demonology, Merrill Unger once believed that a Christian could not be invaded by demons. He had to review his stand when a relative who was born-again had to be delivered from demons. He makes a pertinent statement in his book. “ What demons can do to Saints.”

“ …many Christians, however, do not wage a successful battle against the enemy. Instead they parley or compromise with evil. They fellowship with the darkness or unite with error. They yield to the old Adamic nature and through carnality and sin open the door to evil spirits to affect their thinking and their conduct.” pp 48.

I would like to add here that there are varying degrees of attack from the enemy on the believer. I believe that all true Christians are under attack; it’s just that some are more prone to assault. There is a law that for every forward action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The every thought of a Christian advancing towards sanctification without opposition is a fallacy. Satan will not allow the believer to strive for holiness without a battle. Regarding lukewarm Christians; he already has such a hold on them that they make no spiritual progress unless there is divine intervention through warfare and intercession before the Throne of God.

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Prayer is not the preparation for battle. IT IS THE BATTLE.”

Demonic oppression.

This is where the forces of evil begin injecting their poisonous thoughts into the believer’s ear. The mind is always the battlefield. We are to “take every thought captive and every high thing that exalts itself against God”. 2 Corinthians 10: 5. Should one of these darts slip into the mind it could make way for further entrance by subtle whispers? If let prosper this whisper can become a roar so as to subjugate the believer and prevent him from hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit. The oppression can be of such force and tenacity as to render him powerless unless his victory in Christ Jesus is applied. One should never allow thoughts to wander, or the mind to become blank for this is fertile grounds for further invasion by the enemy.

Demonic obsession.

Obsession is defined as a constant delving into the area of involvement. This usually starts with a little flirting with the occult. Like playing with an Ouija board or going to a fortuneteller. Many do not realize that the forces empowering these are occultic. They open up a doorway for demonic beings to enter their mind. Once in the mind it is more easily manipulated and extra power is exerted to draw the person deeper into his obsession. The spirits gives thoughts so subtly that the person really believes they are his own. If direct intervention is not sought and deliverance brought then the next step could be possession. If a Christian is not having victory over a particular sin, then it is a real possibility that this sin is controlled by an evil spirit.

Demonic possession.

Do I believe that a true believer can be possessed? No, I do not because the spirit is the Throne room for the Holy Spirit. I do believe and have seen hundreds of demons living inside a believer. They inhabit any area that has not been crucified to Christ. Any area that is still in the dark where the Light of Christ has not fallen is a residence for evil spirits. I mentioned before the deliverance of George who had the Prince Lefra and 20 legions of demons inhabiting him. Demons have no flesh and bone, so space is not an issue; the madman of Gardene had six thousand demons or more living in him. George was not possessed, but he was highly contaminated by demons. We could have never brought deliverance to without his spirit being the dwelling place of the Trinity. The promise in John 14: 23.

“Jesus answered and said unto him. “if anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

Once again a contentious doctrine may raise controversy. Can a believer become so contaminated with demons from persistent sinful habits that he no longer has the Holy Spirit in residence? I believe so. I point to scripture in Hebrews 6: 4-6.

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."

“How much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, the Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10: 29-31.

These verses are but some speaking of a believer’s fall from grace through persistent sin. Clearly they do not have the Holy Spirit in their spirit but another spirit. Another verse that speaks of carnality as being an abomination to our Lord God is Revelation 3: 15-16.

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”

These words are very chilling and should bring to quick repentance any backslider reading this. The Father rejects no one unless the Son rejects him or her first. They have rejected the Son and therefore the Holy Spirit. We all must fight the good fight against Satan and his demonic hordes. We have been inducted into the Army of the Lord Jesus Christ; victory is on our side but we must continue in our victorious walk unless we give the Devil an advantage and surrender ground to him.

There is a wonderful promise in Romans 8: 37- 39.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” After reading this article you may have questions about the work of the Devil in your own life or you may need to confess some sin area before the Lord Jesus Christ. For any councelling please contact. leighandlinda@warriors4thelamb.com