“Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“If you continue in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32
There is really no way to walk in the freedom God wants for us if we cannot fight for ourselves. We need to stand up against the bully ourselves.
What are Demons?
Fallen angels that have chosen satan to be their leader. They have intellect, motive, and personalities. They hate all of humanity because we are created in God’s image.
How do demons gain entry?
-Any sinful behavior opens the door for demons to gain entrance and lodge themselves within us.
-Generational patterns- example: alcoholism
-Personal sin-example: lusting after another man’s wife
-Wounding from the outside: Rape/Incest
Which demons target us?
-There are things we do, (example: lust with pornography)
-Things that are done to us, (rape) that can draw demons to us.
If we have not closed the door of access, they can come in and attach themselves to us.
Which demons do we attract?
Any sinful behavior opens the door for demons of that type to gain entrance and lodge themselves in us. Say a person has a problem with gossip. She does not control her tongue, and this causes her to sin more and more easily. Her behavior is going to catch the attention of a demon who feeds on gossip. Now she has a bigger problem to overcome. This can happen with gluttony, lust, etc..
What does Demonic oppression/possession feel like?
1.Anger, sadness, hatred that has no bounds
2.Feeling stuck in life
4.Lack of identity
5.Lack of purpose
6.Loss of passion
8.Wanting to control everything yet feeling so out of control.
9.Fantasies of ending it all.
12.Feelings of Unworthiness
14.Rage and blacking out (or not remembering the rage attacks)
How to Expel Demons:
- Confessing (recognizing a sin for what it is)
- Repenting (Sorrow for what has been done and a determination to not continue in sin)
- Forgiving (Letting bitterness, resentment and retaliation go)
This teaching came from “Self-Deliverance” by Rabbi K.A. Schneider.
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