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Friday, January 18, 2019

Demonology Basics

Demonology Basics
There are several different theories on the origin of demons and each can be debated. One thing that can be said for certain is that Demons are fallen angelic beings - but NOT Fallen Angels.
Although angels are spirit beings, they can transform into physical bodies and can appear physically as men to humans on earth. There are many references in scripture that support this fact (Gen 19:1; Daniel 10:5; Luke 1:11, etc ) and absolutely zero scriptural evidence supporting that demons have the same capability. Demons can manifest physically, even though physical attacks, leaving scratch marks and other physical evidence while having no physical bodies themselves. There are many scriptural references to demons being cast out of humans which dictate that they were inside human bodies at the time they are cast out. From the vast majority of scripture we can deduce that demons are invisible, bodiless, demonic spirits that seek out bodies to inhabit in order to torment humans or animals (see Matt. 12:43–45; Mark 5:11–13).
In addition to physical body transformation, angels can move between heavens. As mentioned above in the way of earthly visitations and in Daniel 10 we previously discussed principalities of the second heaven, between earth and God’s throne in the third heaven (see 2 Cor 12:1-4). In the second heaven (outer space) they do warfare against the angels of heaven and against man. In contrast, demons are relegated to earth and are here to torment mankind, up close and personal. In every instance of scripture regarding battling demons, they are always on earth and involve mankind. Think of them as demonic parasites to humankind.
My opinion is that demons are a kind of subspecies to angels that were originally created by God (Col 1:16) to serve Him in some capacity just as all angelic beings were. Demons are inferior to angels in that they lack the power, movement, physicality and capabilities of angels, but nonetheless present a great threat to man, both saved and unsaved. Demons are disembodied spirit beings - persons.
Characteristics of Demons
Demons have all the traits of normal human personality:
 Will (see Matt. 12:44; Mark 5:11–13)
 Emotion (see James 2:19)
 Knowledge (see Mark 1:23–24; Acts 19:15)
 Self-awareness (see Mark 5:9)
 Ability to speak (see Mark 1:24; 5:7–12; Acts 19:15) Anything that can speak is a person!
 Intellect and Memory (See Luke 11:24-26 and James 2:19)
Activities of Demons
 Entice (see James 1:14)
Demons entice or tempt people to do or think evil. Enticement usually comes in verbal form with the demon speaking to us through our thoughts. Again, anything that has a voice is a person!
 Torment/Harass (see 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:18)
Matthew 18:34, the parable of the unforgiving servant, says “And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors…” In this case, the unforgiving servant was delivered by God to demons for tormenting. Matthew 6:15 says very clearly, “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Today there are millions of self-professing Christians who have unforgiveness in their heart.
If you have any unforgiveness in your heart toward anybody, you are a totally legitimate target for demonization. Torment can take form in the physical, mental or spiritual.
 Deceive (see 1 Tim. 4:1–2)
Satan is the great deceiver and, since he isn’t omnipresent, his minions or demons are his tools. All forms of spiritual deception are demonic and demons will tempt you away from the truth and inject error in its place. False teachers and prophets are demonically deceived.
 Enslave (see Romans 8:15)
Demons enslave their host by driving them to continue in sin
 Drive/compel (see Luke 8:29)

Demons compel and cause compulsive behavior. Almost anything compulsive is liable to be demonic. If you combine compulsion with enslaving, you have addiction. The compulsion to do something coupled with being enslaved to it can be a powerful combination.
 Defile (see Titus 1:15)
Demons defile by making you feel dirty and unclean or unworthy of God’s love.
 Make sick (or apathetic) (see Matthew 9:20)
Besides dis-eases, there is a spirit of apathy that physically robs us of energy to do almost anything if it is centered around God. A Barna Group poll showed that 95% of self-professed Christians never crack a Bible between Sundays – if then.
 Kill (see John 10:10)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” When people are raised from the dead the spirit of death must be overcome. Death here isn’t just physical death but can be a state of death - In 2012 a woman was brought out of a 3-year coma when I cast out the spirit of death from her.
 Make restless / Not At Peace (see Daniel 2:1)
Restlessness or fidgetiness can sum up all of the other characteristics of being demonized. Demons try and disrupt peace in every aspect. This fight is sometimes directly focused in the areas of:
 Inner personal harmony
 Peace of mind
 Physical well-being
 Harmonious relationships with other people, especially those closest to us
 Dealing with external circumstances
Demonic Areas of Operation
 Emotions and Attitudes
 The Mind
 The Tongue
 Sex / Lust
 Addiction
 The Occult
 Participation in False Religions
 All Heresies
 Diseases
While most equate demonic infestation strictly to outright sin (although this can be the case) with implied shame attached to the afflicted, the most common demonic infestations involve emotional and psychological scars. These injuries, whether real or perceived, usually took place during the formative years, which can range from prenatal to mid-teens. The displayed attributes can range from anger, fear, hatred, misery, rejection, resentment, rebellion, loneliness, self-pity, doubt, jealousy, depression, anxiety, despair and even murder or suicide. These emotional scars can lead to sexual sin, addiction and turning to false religions (I.e. new age remedies) for a cure or release. If turned inward they can lead to disease. While many are set free at the time of salvation, many are not and it is the body’s responsibility and Christ-given authority (Mark 16:17-18) to treat the afflicted by casting out these injurious spirits rather than shunning or ignoring their victims. The answer as to why this doesn’t happen is plain ignorance and an unscriptural belief that Christians can’t be demonized (see Acts 8:9-25) While a believer can’t be possessed, they can still suffer from deep injuries that manifest in ungodly thoughts and actions.
There are millions of Christian believers tormented by experiences and memories from an early age that the enemy used to plant seeds of unworthiness, shame, guilt and self-destruction. If untreated, these can lead to a lack in fulfillment of experiencing God’s love and abundant life that He has for all believers. Demons have two main objectives assigned to them by Satan…first, to come between us and God and if they fail in this, their second objective is to keep us from leading fruitful lives and ministry. One of the most fulfilling, exciting and love-filled experiences one can have in ministry is seeing the power of Jesus at work through you in setting someone free from demonic torment. As the Lord instructed me during my first deliverance ministry experience, the aforementioned coma patient, “Step up and do it...I'm right here with you"

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