Demons often sit in people’s minds even today

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John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
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Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
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James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
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 Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
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2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
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James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
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1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
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1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
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Jesus, God can only be known by revelation, to those he shows himself as he Jesus, God had to the Apostle Paul..
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Acts 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
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Acts 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
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Acts 26:15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
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Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be
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Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
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1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
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2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
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Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
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1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
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Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
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As Jesus and the Apostles had confirmed to us demons often have control over the possessed people still .. and they need real deliverance  too.
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Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
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Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
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Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
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1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
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1 John 2:13 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
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1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
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Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
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Luke 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
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Luke 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
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Acts 19:12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.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.19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
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1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
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Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

What the Bible says about getting free of demons

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Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
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Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
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Mark 5: 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
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Mark 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. ..30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed
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Luke 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
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The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:11-13(LB) “Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies; the evil rulers of the unseen world; those mighty Satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world, and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit-world. So use every piece of God’s armour to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.”

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This next  is the basic understanding of where those demonic powers came from, how they can affect us today, and how we can be released from their influence.

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(1) Where did these powers of darkness come from?

God’s original creation included spirit beings in descending order of rankings, including one with exceptional wisdom and abilities. In one of the two main prophetic references to that being (Ezekiel 28:12-14 NIV), we read “You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God;…… You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you.” That being was Lucifer, later to become known as Satan. Lucifer’s personal downfall began with inner corruption. Ezekiel 28:15-17(NIV) reads “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till wickedness was found in you. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you CORRUPTED your wisdom because of your splendour.” (The other major prophetic reference to Lucifer is in Isaiah 14:12-14).

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In Revelation 12:4, it is generally accepted that Lucifer, in his seditious whisperings to other spirit beings that God had created, managed to lure approximately one-third of them over to his side, where they ended up on earth.

In Ephesians 6:12. The “mighty satanic beings” are the fallen angels who chose to follow Satan into rebellion. With specially assigned positions from their overlord Satan, they appear to pass on their orders and their particular brands of evil to the lower ranking fallen spirit beings mentioned in the latter part of Ephesians 6:12 who more directly attack Christians today. 

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(2) How can these powers of darkness affect us today?

1. Indwelling status in the believer’s life where this is possible. It should be noted that indwelling demons in the personality of a true believer are not constantly on the surface. They operate much like an enemy submarine – coming to the surface to cause as much destruction as possible when from their viewpoint it is an opportune time to do so, then disappearing below the surface to lie dormant for a period of time until a new opportunity arises to cause further destruction.

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But how do they actually gain indwelling status? (A Christian does not pick up a demon by accidentally bumping into one as he or she goes down the street. Demons gain access by a number of clearly discernible routes.) * Major sins of ancestors especially with the last four generations. * Uncontrolled negative habit patterns. A person who, for example, has a habit of getting angry, will soon attract the attention of destructive spirits specialising in these areas. * Any type of occult activity. Even so-called ‘games’ such as ouija boards or dungeons and dragons, any form of fortune telling (including horoscopes) or any involvement at all in a host of other occult activities, plays right into the hands of the enemy.  * False cults, including the New Age movement, or any system of belief that does not hold to the basic doctrines of Scripture, especially concerning the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.
* Deeply distressing and traumatic events. * Frequently spoken negative words. * Self imposed curses. * Direct perverted physical contact, especially through improper sexual relationships. * Inappropriate laying-on of hands.

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2. External harassment where indwelling status cannot be gained. Such demonic attacks can occur at random, for Satan constantly and continually opposes God’s plans and his people. However some externally operating spirits may have a legal right to attack if a believer becomes involved in active persistent sin, or is affected by a curse, or is spiritually wounded in such a way as to attract demonic attention. Getting rid of external tormentors is a simple matter, for they have no foothold within the believer’s life, but are simply acting from the outside.

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(3) How can we be released from demonic influences?

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1. Those that have gained indwelling status. We can get rid of many indwelling spirits of darkness by ourselves. Luke 10:19 reminds us that Jesus has given us authority. We need to ensure that we renounce and cut off any legal reasons that such spirits may have to reside within. This process may mean that we need to repent where sins have been committed by us, or forgive where wrong attitudes are still held against someone else. We must treat God’s Word seriously, and refusal to repent or forgive will without doubt keep us in chains. However, if we have been involved in sinful practices such as witchcraft, we will have attracted quite powerful demons, and it would be wise for us to seek the assistance of those who are genuinely anointed by the Lord for the ministry of deliverance. Here is a suggested prayer for self-deliverance. “In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ I command you ….. (name the demonic spirits)….. to leave me immediately. I renounce and revoke your right to operate in my life. In Jesus name, go now.” Joel 2:32 It should be mentioned here that while it is best to accurately identify the names of any indwelling spirits, it is not always essential to do so. Many times it is adequate to simply identify the type of work done by a spirit. (e.g., ‘the spirit that caused me to fly into a rage just now’, or ‘the spirit that is putting lustful thoughts into my mind at the moment’.)

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2. Those that harass us from outside. The process of casting away these attackers is virtually the same as for those who gain indwelling status. These spirits generally have no firm grip upon us, or they would have already gained indwelling status, a much greater achievement for them. Be alert, however, to the possibility that they may be linked to internal spirits, so in getting rid of them try not to miss anything hiding inside. The sort of prayer to use for externally harassing spirits can be the same as that for indwelling demons.

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The most important thing is to have an attitude that recognises the seriousness of demonic presence. All demons are committed to our destruction, and will use every trick in the book to remain undetected. God is faithful, however, and sooner or later he will expose all darkness to us PROVIDED we are willing to do something about it when made aware.

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(4) The place of ‘Binding’ in pre-deliverance ministry.

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Matthew 18:18(NIV) “I tell you the truth; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven…” Luke 11:21-22(NIV) “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe; but when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armour in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.”
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Binding simply means to leave a demon where it is, but to shut down its ability to operate for a specified period of time. Binding may have a very real part in our spiritual armoury. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:4 – “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” However, binding is not in itself ‘deliverance’, and there are some important things we need to understand if it is to be a truly effective part of that armory.
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1. There needs to be understanding of the enemy’s character. Demons are incredibly sly, and should be treated as such. Therefore we need to be very specific in binding them in the authority the Lord has given us. They will be most elusive where conditions are undefined – e.g. “I bind you in Jesus’ name” without any specific conditions to that binding will give easy escape routes for them. They will be trapped where conditions are very exact – e.g. “I bind you totally from any activity at all in this person’s life up to 10.00 p.m. exactly, 1 calendar month from now. During this time you will remain totally still and totally silent. I bring you this command in the full authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will do exactly as you have been ordered.”

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2. There needs to be accurate Biblical basis for any orders given. It is quite wrong to pray ‘Lord, will you bind these spirits please for such and such a period of time’? In Luke 10:19(NIV) we read the words of Jesus “I have given YOU authority to trample on snakes and scorpions.” There is no use asking God to do what he has already asked us to do.  It is quite wrong to bind or pray without good reason. We must not be flippant in these matters. Matthew 12:36 warns us that even our careless words will have to be accounted for on judgement day. We shouldn’t enter into conflict with the enemy unless the one being prayed for is serious about wanting help.

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3. There needs to be a definite purpose for imposing a binding. Example: A person may be literally unable to receive and hold on to truth, or receive pure love, or get emotions under control because of demonic interference. It is a common tactic of the enemy to attack with families of truth blocking, love blocking or emotion blocking spirits. Such spirits may need to be bound for a season of time.

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Example: Families of Suicide/Death spirits may need to be bound to give respite from deeply distressing torment.

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4. There needs to be prompt follow up where this is possible. Binding of the enemy should never be regarded as a substitute for deliverance, but properly understood, may well prepare the way for the permanent release of the person who has come for ministry. Long-term binding is undesirable.

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If demons are allowed to continue unchallenged in the life of a believer, it will be quite impossible for that person to enter into the full freedom and joy that the Lord intends. It is our responsibility, therefore, to understand and apply the authority given us by the Lord, firstly in our own lives, and then, as he directs, also in the lives of others.

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Deliverance, however, must never be substituted for dealing with the old sinful nature, for we cannot ‘cast out’ the flesh. Deliverance without repentance or forgiveness is futile and dangerous. 
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Maintaining our Freedom

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Here are some appropriate steps towards our spiritual freedom once we have been delivered of demonic squatters. It is important to work at keeping ourselves free as we find a sober warning in Matthew 12:43-45 of the results of failure to do so.

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These following seven points are reproduced from the book ‘How to be set free from Freemasonry’, with the kind permission of it’s author, Joan Edmondson.

* Say “NO” to the old habits and fleshly ways and say “Yes” to the ways of God. Romans 8:14.

* Read your Bible regularly, studying the Word of God, meditating on the Scripture God quickens to you. 2 Timothy 2:15, James 1:22.

* Spend your time in prayer each day. Worship and listen as well as talking. Luke 18:1, Ephesians 6:18. Develop this time so that you look forward to it and enjoy a close relationship with your Heavenly Father.
* Develop right relationships. Would you be pleased to have Jesus with you listening to what you are saying, seeing what you are doing? Ephesians 5:18-21.
* Recognise your authority. All authority is ours as believers through the death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 1:19-23, Ephesians 2:6. “Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ.”2 Corinthians 2:14.

* Don’t be passive. James 4:7“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” When the enemy tries to oppress you, don’t allow him back. Resist him in JESUS’ NAME, using Scripture, using the protection of the blood of Jesus. And he will flee!
* Keep Jesus Christ as the central focus of your life, and allow the faith of God to arise. “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.”
Romans 10:17.
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This paper seeks to accurately represent the teachings of Holy Scriptures. You are free to copy or alter all or any part of this paper PROVIDED that the Holy Scriptures are not misrepresented as a result. http://www.tcata.com/wdtbs/freeofdemons/

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
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Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
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10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
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