Some Christians know they have a problem, and they want to overcome it, they want to be free. They’ve been doing all the right things: They’re reading their Bible! They’re going to church! They’re spending time in prayer! They’re making a good life with the Lord! WHY is the problem still there? It can’t be the devil, can it? I mean, Christians can’t have demons, can they?
I could just say, “Yes they can.” and be done with it, but that wouldn’t help those who have been taught wrongly, to understand and accept the truth. This question is the biggest stumbling block that many Christians have standing between them and their freedom. When we travel to Latin America, Asia, Africa, or Eastern Europe, we never have this problem. They know they have demons; they just want to get rid of them! Its only here in North America and in Western Europe that we even have to have this conversation. To me this is very sad because it stops people from getting the help that they need
Everyone who works in the deliverance ministry known that Christians can have demons; we see it ALL the time. I cast demons out of Christians EVERY DAY! This is my full time job, it’s what I do!
Possessed, Oppressed, or Demonized?
People want to argue about WHERE the demon is. It is upon or within? Is that person possessed or oppressed? Actually, the Greek word is not possessed or oppressed, it is the word demonized. The problem with this translation is that possession implies ownership, but since a believer is a bought child of God, by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Satan cannot own a Christian! A better understanding or translation of the word is to be demonized, to be under the power or influence of a demon.
Body, Soul, and Spirit
We need to understand that man is a three separate part being consisting of, Body, Soul, and Spirit. Most of us know that our body can be attacked by sickness and disease, and that sickness and disease is of Satan. While the body may experience healing under the power of Christ, our physical body will eventually die. The part of us that is “the flesh,” will not experience eternal life.
Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. So, can we as Christians, think bad thoughts? Can we willfully disobey God? Can we struggle with depression, pain, suffering? These also, are attacks from Satan. So Satan CAN attack us in our soul.
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
It is the human spirit that receives new eternal life when we confessed our sins and are born again. It is our spirit that the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of.
Look at verse 4,
4Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
Verse 6 is giving us a vivid contrast between the body and soul part of man, and his spirit. In Genesis, God told Adam that the day he ate the forbidden fruit, he would die. But he went on to live for many hundreds of years. So what was it that died in Adam that day when he sinned? It was that same part of his nature that Jesus Christ came to bring life back to – his spirit. Our spirit cannot have a demon. It is our body and soul that demons get access to.
Look for Part 2 of Can Christians Have Demons? Coming soon…
By Cynthia Yarbrough