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Jesus drives out a demon or unclean spirit, fr...I wish to talk to you today about unclean spirits or what are often times referred to as “demons.”  Demons are in fact fallen angels that rebelled along with Lucifer previous to this present creation.  Lucifer, who is now known as Satan, is chief among these fallen spirits. These spirits hate us with a hatred that is so complete and malevolent that we, as humans, cannot begin to fathom it.  As an example, Hitler was but a small foretaste of what the demonic realm wants to do to the whole world given the chance. They do not simply wish to kill us but they want to treat us in the most inhumane ways possible and then damn our souls, along with theirs, for all eternity.

Demons are very real and influence each of us to various degrees every day.  Sometimes this influence is from without as they manifest through others around us.  Most of the time, though, the primary way these foul spirits interact with us is from within.  Though many people are not aware of this, many times demons have taken up residence within our bodies during our life time as we have yielded to sin.  Here is a truth,

“You get the spirit you yield yourself to”

Some erroneously believe that since they are filled with the Holy Spirit they cannot be indwelt by evil spirits.  However, being filled with the Holy Spirit is not an all or nothing proposition.  God can indwell you but you may not yield very much of yourself to Him.  For example, even though Israel “possessed” the land they still did not drive out all the evil nations as God commanded.  Likewise, God possesses as much of us as we allow Him to, but often times through pride or unwillingness we do not give Him everything.

Most, if not all, sickness is demonic in origin.  This is why when the demons leave so do the sicknesses.  Demons are attracted to weaknesses in our bodies and exploit these areas to bring about disease.  For instance, smoking weakens our bodies making way for opportunistic diseases such as cancer.  Cancers are just severe forms of this type of demonic possession that reveal themselves through sickness. Cancer even looks demonic. The life force that drives malignant diseases are foul and unclean spirits and often times, unless they are dealt with, natural medicine cannot overcome them.

Here I should point out that both good and bad people get sick and just because you become ill it does not mean you are somehow evil.  After all even small children fall prey to terrible illnesses.  Demons are malignant entities which kill without regard to good or bad people; they just want everyone to suffer.  My purpose is not to assign blame to anyone but rather to expose what is truly going on so that we may have another potent weapon to fight these enemies of our souls. While natural medicine is effective in treating illness there is a spiritual dimension to disease that needs to be recognized and addressed also. Many times the medical system addresses only the symptoms of disease while never truly dealing with the demonic roots which cause the illnesses in the first place.

Most, if not all, mental illness is also demonic in origin.  People sometimes are overcome by demonic possession to the point that their “true self” is actually submerged and the demon (s) take over.  Chemical imbalances and genetic defects that people inherit from their parents often times give opportunity for unclean spirits to vex those so afflicted.  Psychiatry deals mostly with fixing chemical imbalances or teaching people to resist these influences.  While sometimes these techniques are effective, dealing with the root causes of these problems through demonic deliverance is better.

In reality we deal with the demonic realm every day… it is just that it is hidden in these natural minded and accepted institutions and treatments.  One of the other major ways demons interact with us is through the media.  The emphasis on inappropriate sex and violence in every facet of mass media is driven by the demonic realm. Essentially what we see in movies, television, and hear in music is what the demons would like have take place in the real world, given the power to do so.  In fact, the demonic realm is well on its way to making our world reflect what they have been pushing through media outlets for decades.

We need to realize that demons are real and actively working against us in the world we live in.  After we become aware of their activities we must then learn how to deal with them.  When it comes to demons and their designs we have been given a weapon that is truly effective against them; the right to use the name of Jesus.  When we stand against these unclean spirits in the name of Jesus they have to obey that name and leave. When believers use His name it is as if Jesus Himself was speaking to them.  What actually happens is that, because our Father in heaven regards His son, God makes the demon leave when Jesus commands demons to do so.  When we are “in Him,” meaning standing in the place of Jesus using His name, God also forces the demons to obey our commands too.

To the degree we are walking with God and yielding to His Holy Spirit we have what we ask for in His Son’s name.  The Spirit of God in you is what makes them obey, but if that Holy Spirit is hardly allowed to manifest Himself, demons will not take you seriously. This is why prayer and fasting is useful when confronting the demonic realm. Also, demons come in various types and strengths and some are more difficult to deal with than others. If you have a particularly tough demon to deal with, often times you will need the assistance of a brother or sister with the gift of discernment and/or a ministry of demonic deliverance.

Do not assume that because you are a minister that you are somehow above demonic influence or even possession.  Many times, because you lead God’s people, you are a prime target of Satan’s evil emissaries.  Some of the most demonically influenced and even possessed people I have ever met have been “Christian leaders.”

One more word of comfort: being influenced or even possessed by demonic spirits does not make you evil.  You are afflicted and, though you do bear some responsibility for allowing these evil spirits to manifest through you, it is not totally your fault.  People dealing with those so afflicted should always bear this in mind when ministering.  Though a child might have been unwise for venturing to close to a dangerous dog you would never blame them while it is attacking them. The most you would do is beat back the dog, remove them from the danger zone, and caution them not to go so close again.

I pray that God will open our eyes so that we may become aware of what is happening around us.  We need to drive out every unclean spirit from among us and in us and also realize that those who manifest such evil spirits to us are under attack, just like we are, and would never be so unseemly if they were free to be themselves.