Can a Christian be demonized or be under the power of a demon?
Now the goal of this blog post is not just to talk about some theological ideas about whether this can be or not. The goal is to set people free. To let them know that if they’re experiencing certain things in their lives that feel like they’re being gripped by this power, that they can’t overcome certain sins, a certain way of life, then there’s something that they need to understand that even if they call themselves believers, it is possible that they’re under the power of a demon. It’s not about whether “Oh can a demon jump on a person, oppress a person, be in a person?”
Let’s talk about the actual word demonized. Demonized is under the power of a demon. This is the actual word in Greek in the bible (Daimonizomai). And to examine this idea, let’s first look at 1 Peter 5:8 it says “Be sober” Peter says, “Be vigilant, Because your adversary, the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
That you can understand, Peter was writing to the church. He was writing to believers. Now get this. If it is not possible for believers, Christians, to be devoured by the devil, then why would Peter have to say be vigilant, be sober, because the devil’s trying to do that. Peter is trying to warn them. Listen!
And Paul says the same thing — Put on the shield of faith. Put on your armor, the breastplate of righteousness, The helmet of salvation. Why? Because there are warnings in the bible that teaches us as believers, we have to fight against the devil. He’s trying to come against us. That’s the principle you can understand.
And before I give you a few more examples of how this can be. if you need deliverance in your life, If you feel like you’re being oppressed by demons, you can contact me. I’d love to pray with you, give you a deliverance session so that you can be set free from it. You don’t have to be attacked by the devil. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, a certain repeat of sins that you feel like you’ve just drawn back to it. You can’t break free from it.
These are certain things, if you feel the power is so strong, it’s possible that you need deliverance in your life. Because there are certain things you can’t just deny the flesh and kill it. You have to have demons cast out of you just like in the bible.
And when the demons have been cast out of you, then you deny your flesh. Then you seek the Lord. You continue to pursue God and don’t bring those demons back after you’re delivered so that you can walk in freedom and you can also set other people free.
I want to give you a quote from an early church father called Tertullian. And he’s an early Christian author and also an apologist. He comes against heresy and things like that. And you have to understand he is a first-century early church father, meaning these guys have got the gospel passed down to them from the apostles. From Peter, from Paul to the first-century believers and from this person, he writes this,
“The Lord Himself is witness that we have the case of the woman who went to the theater and came back possessed. Accordingly, in the exorcism, when the unclean creature was rebuked for having dared to attack a believer. He firmly replied, this is what the demon said, “And in truth I did it most lawfully, for I found her in my domain.“
What domain? In the theater! Because back in the Roman times, a lot of things in the theaters just like today in the movies, they are full of adultery, sin, lust, and every kind of evil work. And so when that believer went to that theater, according to the writing of Tertullian, this early church father, he says “The demon said they had the right to enter her and the right to go into her because she was in their domain.“
Now let me ask you this. Some people are going to say, “Well I don’t believe this, because I don’t believe that a Christian can have a demon.” Let me ask you. Have you ever played the game broken telephone? When someone says something, they pass it on, and they pass it on and we all know how the game goes. It’s funny because let’s say from one person to the 10th person. By the time it gets to the 10th person, the message is so distorted, especially if you’re doing some kind of action. People are laughing because the original message is totally distorted. 2000 years have gone past since the apostles, and since the writing of the New Testament.
And you have to ask yourself if I’m reading an early church father like Tertullian an apologist who defends the faith, who comes against the heresy, do you think that we should listen to this example from an early church father versus 2000 years later?
All the people who are online, whether shooting their mouth off, giving their opinions, who do you think we should trust? Should we trust 2000 years later of this broken telephone or should we take some understanding of what this early church father says, Tertullian, about how believers actually got possessed by demons because they were entering the demon’s domain?
Now, of course, the writing of Tertullian is not scripture, it’s not canon. Now, we’re going to look at what has inspired the word of God. I’m going to give you four examples and you make up your mind. Now, remember we’re looking at this, not just to talk about the idea of whether someone can be demonized or not. We want to set people free.
If you’re dealing with certain situations and you have friends, your families, and people that you know in the church, if they need deliverance and because you won’t minister deliveries for them because you’re taught that they can’t be possibly oppressed by demons or demonize is the actual word. Then this is why you need to understand this. They need deliverance. And the only person that can deliver them is first when you become delivered and then you go deliver them.
1. Ananias and Sapphira
Here’s a great example from Acts 5 that we’re talking about a new covenant believer. Sometimes people look at the bible, they’re like “Okay, we’re a new covenant Christians.” So anything before the cross we can look at, we’re going to look at that too because it’s the whole bible. So there’s absolutely no dispute about this.
So let’s first look at the new covenant believer after the cross and see what it says in Acts 5.
“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession.”Acts 5:1
“And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”Acts 5:2
“But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?”Acts 5:3
Now we know the end of the story. Ananias and his wife later both died because they lied to the Holy Spirit.
How did they lie to the Holy Spirit? They lied to Peter. They lied to the apostles, the believers. And what was their response to Peter? Peter said “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart?” The same way that you can be filled with the Holy Spirit,
Peter is now saying, “Why Ananias, you’re filled with Satan in your heart?” The money was yours, the house is yours and you could have just kept it for yourself. But why did you have to sell it and then lie about the fact that this is all the whole portion of it? But it’s not.
Clearly, this act is deception and it’s from the evil one. Many believers today will think “Oh well sometimes if I tell a lie, maybe it’s a white lie. Something’s not really the truth, half a lie and it’s fine.“
Did you know that this early church believer, after the cross new covenant believer died because he lied. One lie! Lied to the Holy Spirit. And Peter said it’s because Satan filled his heart. If you and I are not careful, could it be possible that we can have a certain situation like this? Like Ananias?
I pray to God that we have the fear of God today. That will walk upright and walk holy knowing that we want to keep our conscience clear, our heart clear so that when we pray, we know that God hears us and we’re not opening any kind of doors. We’re not stepping into the domains of the evil one so that he can’t attack us.
2. Simon Peter
A second similar example. We can find it in the bible is Simon Peter himself. While he himself told Ananias why Satan fills your heart, actually Jesus also rebuked Peter.
In Matthew 21:23, Jesus starts to predict His own death and His own resurrection.
(Matthew 16:21) And then Jesus was telling them and showed His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and that He’ll be killed and He will be raised on the third day. And when Peter heard this that Jesus is going to die, and can be killed and be mocked by all these people,
(Matthew 16:22) Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke Jesus saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You.” And what did Jesus say?
(Matthew 16:23) Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me. For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
You can understand this. Jesus sent the 12 apostles and then later 70 and then all the disciples who followed Him to cast out demons, preach the gospel, heal the sick, they all have this power and authority in preaching the gospel. They are followers of Jesus. And yet Jesus says, “Get behind me, Satan!” because at that moment when Peter was saying, “Oh God, don’t do this.” He’s trying to tell Jesus not to do the very will of God that He was sent here to do.
And so Jesus says, 1
“Because of that, it is Satan who is influencing you to do this and say this. And get behind me, Peter!” And let us not forget, Jesus said this about Peter right after when He says,
“Oh Peter, you’re blessed because you knew that I was the Son of God. It is my Father in heaven who revealed this to you.”Matthew 16:17
“And so on this rock, I will build My church, Peter. And the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”Matthew 16:18
Well, he has this amazing encounter with Jesus that Peter knew that Jesus was the Christ, He’s the Son of living God. Right afterward, Jesus says, “Get behind me, Satan!”
Do you see this? It is possible for believers to be demonized, to be influenced under the power of Satan if they’re not careful. This is why you and I have to be all the more vigilant and sober because we know we have an enemy and we have to come against some by faith.
3. Daughter of Abraham in a Synagogue
The third example can be found in Luke 13:10-17. This is the daughter of Abraham in a synagogue.
“On a Sabbath, Jesus entered into a synagogue and started teaching.”Luke 13:10
“And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for 18 years, she was bent over and could in no way raised herself up.”Luke 13:11
But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, ‘Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”Luke 13:12
“And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.Luke 13:13
This is such a great miracle! They glorified God. And guess what? The religious leaders, guess what the Pharisees did? They didn’t like it. It says
“The ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, ‘there are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come and be healed on them, not on the Sabbath.“Luke 13:14
Jesus healed a woman who was set free and that the only thing this religious leader could think about is “don’t break the Sabbath by doing some kind of work.” Do you see how the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom from Jesus is totally different?
And this is what Jesus said,
“Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath lose his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it away to water it?”Luke 13:15
“So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound. Think of it. For 18 years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?Luke 13:16
“And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame, and all the multitude rejoiced.”Luke 13:17
The good news is Jesus set her free. Can you imagine today, if you go and see someone who’s in need. Someone may be in the same physical condition, whether it’s some kind of being bent over or it’s cancer, or maybe it’s mental depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and you won’t go and liberate this person, you won’t go pray and deliver them because you have this theological idea that Christians can’t be oppressed or can’t be demonized. Then how are we going to be able to help them?
Jesus set them free. Let’s not cling to some kind of doctrine, but rather to see God in the name of Jesus. I’m going to set these people free because that’s what You have done.
4. Simon the Sorcerer
The last example is in Acts 8. We know there’s a Simon the sorcerer who used to do witchcraft and all these kind of sorcery. He repented, got baptized, and now is a believer.
Today, if you look at someone, they repented, they get baptized. When they’re baptized, you will say “Yes, they’re a believer.” And yet, when this Simon the sorcerer saw Simon the apostle actually lay hands on people and received the Holy Spirit, this Simon the sorcerer says, “Let me give you some money. I want this power as well.” (Acts 8:18)
And what did Peter say to him? Peter says,
“Your money perish with you because you thought that the gift that God could be purchased with money!”Acts 8:20
“You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.”Acts 8:21
“Repent therefore of your wickedness, and pray God that perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.”Acts 8:22
“For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”Acts 8:23
Can you imagine a pastor who speaks to believers who just got water baptized and says, “I can see that your heart is not right in the sight of God. You need to repent of your wickedness because I can see that you’re poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
What are we going to see in the church today? “Oh, if you repent and trust in Jesus, you get baptized, you’re new creation. So everything is new, there’s nothing that can bound you in sin and iniquity.”
Well, not so for Peter. That’s not what Peter says. He recognized the source of this Simon actually was bound by iniquity.
And so over and over again we have seen in the bible there are examples of believers, people who believe in God and yet they were still bound, they need to be free.
So my encouragement to you is this:
As believers of Jesus Christ, we don’t have to fear the devil. In Luke 10:19 Jesus says,
“I’ve given you authority to trample over scorpions and serpents, and nothing shall by any means harm you.”
This is the promise of the bible! The book of 1 John 4:4 says the same thing, “for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
You and I, we don’t have to be afraid of demons because, at the cross of Calvary, they are defeated. But you can understand this. If you’re experiencing certain things that you don’t know why is happening in your life, whether it’s you finding yourself in these “bad lucks”, certain situations that just happen over and over again. You don’t know why things seem to present themselves in very bad circumstances, situations, people pass away, you get sicknesses, certain diseases, certain thoughts or suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, stress, these kinds of things that you can’t get rid of even when you plead the blood of Jesus.
Sometimes people say they couldn’t even pull themselves to read the bible. That they don’t understand it. When you’re starting to see certain things like this and when you’re sleeping at night you feel like something is over you or someone is trying to do certain things to you, you get all these fear. These are not things from God.
If you know God, especially if you’re a child of God, you believe in Him, you can receive deliverance today. The same way that believers also in the bible can receive deliverance if they humble themselves and say “God, I need deliverance.”
And so right now, I want to pray with you. For those who are needing deliverance in your life, in Jesus’ name, I declare victory over you! And right now I bind every demonic spirit in your body, the spirit of infirmity and every lie, the spirit of perversion, of suicide, of anger, of bitterness, everything that is not of God I command you to leave them now!
In Jesus’ mighty name, I declare life over you. I plead the blood of Jesus over you. Father, I ask you to release your angels to minister to these people right now. Even as they’re watching the video set them free now. In Jesus’ name be healed and be made whole!
Now believe that God is working in your life. And if you want more personalized prayers you can go and contact me on Facebook. We can set up something to give you deliverance.
But here’s the key. After you’re delivered from the things that you were bound to before, pick up your cross, deny yourselves, stay in the word, pray in tongues, pray and seek God, be in a secret place. When you do that, you’re abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. That is when you can stand knowing that God covers you, God protects you. And you in turn can go and set the captives free
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Until next time.
God bless you!