Evil Spirits And You

I’ve seen a lot of site traffic arriving here after doing a search for “evil spirits.” I’ve received more than a few e-mails asking about spirits and posession and things like exorcism and other ritualistic methods that claim to deal with them.

Let me put it at plainly as I can, to believers and non-believers alike:

Only the power and authority Jesus Christ will move an unclean spirit, in accordance with God’s will.

If Christ is not Lord of your life, redeemer of your soul, pardon for your sins and justification to Almighty God; then you have bigger problems on your plate than whether or not you think your dead old Aunt Gertrude is haunting the china cabinet.

That sounds rather frightening, and it should. Chances are, if you’re searching for online tips about spirits, you’re most likely frightened enough as it stands. You don’t understand what’s going on (if anything at all,) or how it occurs or what you’re supposed to do about it. Rational thought would argue against the idea of ghosts. You’re a pretty good person. Why all this trouble? Was it karma? Were you bad in a past life? Are you cursed?

You or your well-meaning friends may think this is simply another case of a Bible-thumping Jesus wheezer using fear to push an archaic and twisted theology on you during a moment of weakness. That’s also not true.

However, you *do* have concerns, you *do* have an interest in what the Scriptures say regarding spirits. This topic relates directly to you, because we are all scheduled to meet the same fate. Questions of the afterlife, of consciousness, of sin and righteousness and judgment, all of these must necessarily be discussed. If that leads you to examine your own standing in light of God’s words, that fear is not to be discounted.

As King David wrote: “Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” (Ps. 111: 10Ps. 111: 10
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10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. a good...: or, good success his commandments: Heb. them  

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So – with a goal not to frighten, but rather to encourage those relying upon the Lord – let’s examine some common topics and questions in light of what the Sciptures reveal when it comes to spirits, ghosts, and the heavenly hosts.

First, let’s define what it is we’re speaking about here.

Is a spirit a ghost, the leftover conscious remnants of the dead who have failed to “move on?”

Is a spirit some strange energy force that’s ignorant of our existence?

Is a spirit an angel? A demon? Sent by God? Plague of Satan?

A note before we start:

We won’t discuss various philosophies such as Nihilism or Eastern Mysticism, mainly because most of those philosophies don’t adhere to a conscious afterlife, which puts them outside the realm of argument when discussing the idea of a sentient non-corporal entity. I mention this in passing only to show that there are flaws in the rational / non-Scriptural / worldview argument, which exist aside and apart from our own examination in light of the Bible.

Ghosts:
For our discussion, we’ll label the souls of the deceased as “ghosts.” What happens to us after we die?

The Bible answers us quite plainly.

“O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.
They are now dead, they live no more; those departed spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin; you wiped out all memory of them.” – Isaiah 26:13-14Isaiah 26:13-14
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13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. 14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.  

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“…Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,” -Hebrews 9:27Hebrews 9:27
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27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  

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Those who are found righteous in the sight of the LORD receive an eternal lodging:

“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out.” – Rev. 3:12Rev. 3:12
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12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  

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Those who are found unworthy in the sight of the LORD will be judged by their works, and receive their eternal lodging as well:

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away;
and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;
and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:
and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Rev 20:11-15Rev 20:11-15
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11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. hell: or, the grave 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

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“As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
-Matthew 13:40-43Matthew 13:40-43
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40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; things...: or, scandals 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.  

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So we see that the departed spirits of men face a judgment.

Those found in Christ enter his presence immediately upon death, and do not leave it.

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” – 2 Cor 5:82 Cor 5:8
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8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  

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“But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose is not what I want.
For I am in a strait between the two; having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better” – Phillippians 1:22-23

“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out.” – Rev. 3:12Rev. 3:12
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12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  

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Those outside of Christ face confinement in Hell until the Final Judgment, and cannot leave it.

“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:
the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” – Luke 16:22-23Luke 16:22-23
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22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  

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“And Death and Hell delivered up the dead which were in them:
and they were judged every man according to their works.” – Rev 20:13Rev 20:13
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13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. hell: or, the grave  

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Hell is a jail where the violators are held until they face trial. (For a more detailed explanation, see “Ge Hinnom: God’s Garbage Dump” from our study “Gehenna And You.” )

Therefore, if there’s some spirit that’s putting in an appearance, it’s not the ghost of a dead man.

Those departed spirits do not rise.” (Isaiah 26:14Isaiah 26:14
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14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.  

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Ghosts are out. How about Spirits?

Spirits:

Spirits are a whole other kettle of fish. They are not men, nor the ghosts of men, as we have seen.

The Bible already declares the fate of both the righteous and the sinner.

Only One has returned from the dead to give report, and He will come again.

So then, spirits are another class entirely.

The Hebrew word for “spirit” is “ruach” (Strong’s 07307) which can mean “breath,” “wind,” “life” “unsubstantiality” and a host of other words. It was the Ruach of Elohim that hovered over the waters in Genesis. It’s was God’s Ruach that “shall not always strive with man” and caused God to shorten men’s years to 120. God’s Ruach assuaged the waters of the Flood and blew the Red Sea in two during the Exodus.

When we get to Judges, we see a particular phrase: Ruach YHVH, “the Spirit of the LORD,” to differentiate between God’s spirit and evil spirits that the LORD sent to afflict kings like Abimelech in Judges 9:23Judges 9:23
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23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:  

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But the truly interesting part of Judges 9:23Judges 9:23
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23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:  

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and 1 Samuel 16 )and quite a few other places) is the source:

God sent an evil spirit…” Judges 9:23Judges 9:23
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23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:  

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“… an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him” 1 Sa 16:141 Sa 16:14
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14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. troubled: or, terrified  

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I will …be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets… ” 2 Chron 18:212 Chron 18:21
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21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.  

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Here’s the short version.
God is not suprised by anything. There’s not a single event that God has not foreseen, planned, ordered or called into being. It’s not like He’s sitting up there on his throne, munching away on manna crackers and some angelic messenger runs up and goes “Lord! Lord! Baath-Taan the Vile is causing esophogeal reflux in your child Bettie Lou!” and the Lord goes “Really? Well, now, how did that happen?”

Remember, in Job, Satan had to ask God’s permission to even consider afflicting Job (Job 1:12Job 1:12
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12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. power: Heb. hand  

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.) Satan complained that God’s hedge was around Job, (Job 1:10Job 1:10
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10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. substance: or, cattle  

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,) that Job was untouchable. You might be picturing some magic
invisible force field around your house or tent, but recognize the truth:

God is the sovereign authority to whom every knee shall bow. The demons must follow His orders, they appear at His command (again, Job 1:6Job 1:6
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6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. Satan: Heb. the adversary among: Heb. in the midst of  

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) they obey His ordinances, they are bound by His judgment.
If the LORD says “Ye shall not harm him,” then there is quite simply nothing in the universe that will cause that harm to pass. Likewise, if “God sent an evil spirit,” you may be sure it is there with God’s knowledge, with God’s rules in place, with God’s plan in action. And God’s plan – as it has always been –
is to glorify His name.
(A later note here. The word “name” confuses many; as if God is up there wanting everyone and everything to get all tweaky like they’re talking about Kennedys or Rockefellers or such. That’s not what it means. “Name” in Hebrew is ‘shem’ (Strong’s 8034) and has an important meaning of ‘Title.’ Much like the Flag represents the Republic as a symbol, the Name of God represents His office as King and Ruler. I’ll do more on this topic soon, but please understand that God’s not some esteem-challenged dork up in the clouds wanting everyone to pay attention to him. Jim 2/6/12)

When Christ cast out the demons of the man into the Gadarene swine (Luke 8:26-56Luke 8:26-56
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26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 29 30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. 34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. 37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. 38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. 40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. 41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. 49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.  

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,) the people were at first so freaked out by it that they asked Jesus to leave. (Luke 8:37Luke 8:37
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37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.  

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.) When he had returned at a later time, he was mobbed by the people. One of the most important in the crowd was a man names Jairus, whose daughter was dying. But unnoticed in the throng was a woman who’d been bleeding for twelve years and couldn’t be cured. She didn’t want to be seen, she didn’t even want to talk to Jesus, but she hoped that perhaps if she merely touched his robe, it might be enough to make her well.

She was healed, but that was secondary. There was something more important for Jesus to make known.

Jesus stopped the whole show and said “I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” (Luke 8:46Luke 8:46
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46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.  

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.) “Virtue” is “dunamis” (Strong’s 1411) and is used to describe the power of God.

The woman feared she was in trouble and confessed what she had done.

Have you noticed how we fear God unnecessarily?

Jesus said “Daughter, be of good comfort (2293, tharseo, be cheerful.) Thy faith (4102 – pistis: conviction of the truth of something,) hath made thee whole; go in peace.”

The woman believed that God had the power to do for her what she could not do for herself. That’s the core of the Gospel. Jesus wanted to point out the woman, because it is only that faith in God which can effect miracles.

This happened again with the Samaritan woman at the well (though she was not posessed – John 4:1-42John 4:1-42
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4 1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria. 5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. 27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. 39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his own word; 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.  

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) And with the demon the apostles could not cast out (Matthew 17:14-21Matthew 17:14-21
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14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.  

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.) And the demon in the Book of Acts which beat the sons of the high priest so soundly that they were stripped naked and beaten bloody (Acts 19:13-18Acts 19:13-18
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13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.  

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Every action which God brings to pass has, as its purpose, the glorification of God and the edification (building up) of his church.

“For we know that all things worketh together for good to them that love God, who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom 8:28Rom 8:28
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28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  

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” ‘Master, who did sin – this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?’
Jesus answered ‘Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God may be made manifest in him.’ ” John 9:2-3John 9:2-3
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2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  

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It’s not about you.

Evil spirits do nothing without the permission, purpose and restraint of the LORD.

Nothing!

You may be considering faith healers, cleansers, exorcists, and all other types and manner of shaman and flim-flam men in an effort to rid yourself of what you perceive to be demonic activity.

Some of these people may be charlatans, some may be genuinely sincere in their desire to help.

Some may even be (or claim to be) faithful brothers and sisters in the LORD.

But hear it once more:

No spirits are doing anything except that which the LORD has sent them to do, and no amount of man-centered ritual or hoop-jumping or checkbox-checking will cause that spirit to fail in its duty.

However.

That is NOT to say the God does not hear prayers, does not desire them, does not long for His people to call upon Him. That is EXACTLY what God wants.

Please understand. The ruler, the top dog, the head honcho in control is God the Sovereign LORD.

Do not pray with the idea in your head or heart that He is swayed by:

– your cadence of speech
– your eloquent words
– your fervent actions
– your wonderful track record
–  your horrible track record
– your jailhouse promises

God sends spirits to the haughty to remind them that

GOD IS IN CHARGE.

The spirits know it already. Who are you, O Man, to question God? (Romans 9:20Romans 9:20
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20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? repliest...: or, answerest again, or, disputest with God?  

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Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way. (Daniel 4.)

Saul learned the hard way. (1 Samuel 13.)

Is there a spiritual fight in your life? Then praise God! He cares for you. (Hebrews 12:6Hebrews 12:6
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6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  

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, Revelation 3:19Revelation 3:19
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19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.  

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Examine your walk. Is there pride? Is there self-sufficiency?

Is there anywhere in your life that you’re saying “Thanks, God, but I got this one pretty well handled” ?

Has the LORD upended your comfortable little routine?

Won’t you listen to Him? You know He’s in charge. You know He cares for you.

Pray unceasingly.

Pray that He would show you those corners of your heart still not yet turned over to Him.

Pray that He would soften your heart to His will (because “with man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”)

Pray like Paul that this thorn might be removed from your side. Paul prayed on that issue three times. (2 Corinthians 12:7-92 Corinthians 12:7-9
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7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  

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Daniel prayed for three weeks running. (Daniel 10:2-3Daniel 10:2-3
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2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. full...: Heb. weeks of days 3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. pleasant...: Heb. bread of desires  

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How long have you prayed?

Are you simply praying for comfort to return to your life? Or are you praying to know His will?

When the Master is in his house, no thieves will come in the night.

Is the Lord in his temple? Your body is a temple, brothers and sisters.

Is Christ on His throne there?

If so, you will not be hounded by the dogs outside.