Saturday, May 7, 2005

Luke-Casting out spirits

  Luke 11:24  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
Luke 11:25  And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
Luke 11:26  Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

Can a Christian have an unclean spirit, a demon? Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we are posessed by demons, we are either owned by satan or we belong to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.   In Christ we are given power to cast out demons. We must use this power with discernment. For example, we may cast demons out of a person, but we must be sure they receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit to fill the empty room of the heart. If not, seven other spirits more wicked then the one cast out may come in. Remember the Gadarenes man? He had a legion of demons and Jesus cast them out into a herd of swine. Afterwards the man was saved and wished to follow Jesus, a good desire.   Mark 5:18  And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

Mark 5:19  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.

Can demons posess a Christian? No, we either are of Christ or we are of satan. Can demons cause problems, yes but we have God's power to resist them.  

James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
We can invite devils to influence us if we are into sin.

James 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

1 Pet 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1 Pet 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Pet 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 Pet 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

One way satan can torment you as a Christian, is to believe his lies. What we believe will control us. Learn of who you are in Christ Jesus, do not listen to condemning words and words of sorrow. In the Lord Jesus Christ we have victory, walk in the Spirit of God and be all that you were created to be. A child of the most high God.   Eaglewings Ministries

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