The word Devil is the translation of the Hebrew word “Sair” which means a goat or Satyr. A Satyr is a wood demon and in Greek Mythology, forest gods and the object of idol worship - Isaiah 13:19-21, 34:14
The word “Demon” does not appear in the King James Bible or the manuscripts, the word “Devil” is used instead. In the New King James, the word “Demon” is used 72 times. Even though a Christian cannot be possessed by a demon, there are other aspects of demonic influence that can affect Christians.
In the Gospels the Greek word for Devil is “Daimon” for casting out devils - Mark 1:23-26; Luke 4:33-36
Demons are still Angels, they are spiritual beings that recognize Jesus as the Son of God and the Lord of Host - Luke 4:41; Mark 1:34. Jesus is the head of all Angels who make up the Host of Heaven from the beginning of time. Though Jesus Himself is not an Angel, much like the President of the US is the commander and chief but he is not in the military.
Demons must still respond to the Lord and are part of the Host, this is why demons recognized Jesus on sight, and obey Him so readily when they were cast out. - Isaiah 47:4, 44:6
The physical challenges of our health, finances, relationships, emotional struggles and the like, are all manifestations of spiritual warfare, whether you know it or not, believe it or not - Ephesians 6:12
When a person receives Christ, the Holy Spirit enters the person’s soul and spirit. Think of your soul as your consciousness and your spirit as you without your earth suit (flesh). Salvation makes a person a Child of God through Christ, it also places a claim on that person’s Spirit as belonging to God. As a result, demons cannot occupy the same space as the Holy Spirit (John 10:27-29, Isaiah 43:13, 2 Cor. 1:21-11).
No one can pluck a person out of God’s hands. Satan knows this, which is why his efforts are so aggressive towards men before one accepts Christ.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” John 10:27-29
Demons can plant thoughts or attempt to affect the thinking process of an individual - this is Demonic Influence
Peter walked with Christ for 31⁄2 years and Jesus called him a “rock” that He would build His church upon, but the rock Jesus was speaking of was “not” Peter the man, but the “word”he carried which was “Jesus” Himself - (Matthew 16:18-19)
Peter “denies” Jesus three times - (Luke 22:33-35) and actually “curses” the people pressing him (Matthew 26:69-75). On another occasion, Jesus rebukes Peter and tells him that Satan was speaking through him - (Matthew 16:21-23).
The best tactic of Satan is to get people to believe he does not exist. Christians on the whole do not actually believe in spiritual manifestations, they believe in concepts not actual spirits. The Seven Sons of Sceva are the closest reality of most believers - Acts 19:13-16
There are two major ways demons work through people, influence and possession.
Influence - When a demon gets you to hurt yourself or others physically, mentally, emotionally or materially. Over time, this continued influence creates submission of the person to the demon and creates a doorway for increasingly darker manifestations. Demons can hide their affront within our nature, within our personalities, like Satan did with Peter - Matthew 16:22-23
Demons attack through the senses, visually, sexually, anxiety, creating desperation or audibly with hallucinations or visions.
Physical Evidence -They can cause random bruising or wounds on the skin and cause unexplained scratching, heavy breathing or panting like an animal, usually at night while one sleeps. The imagination and emotions become erratic, obsessive fantasies, random bursts of rage and sadness, they seem often depressed with negative thoughts or bad images in their mind most of the time.
These are only initial signs of a demon working towards a possession.
Those who experience this condition, are often carnally classified as “bipolar” The final stage of Demonic influence, is when an individual loses all control over their physical body. The physical appearance changes, subtly and dramatically at times, the personality is lost.
Signs of Possession - Speaking in languages never learned and possibly never heard. Saying things that make no sense, ramblings, speaking beyond their normal level of intellect, physical strength beyond the persons normal capacity, Knowledge of the unknowable, loathing the name of God, Jesus or even the names of prophets or Apostles in Antiquity. Experiencing physical pain or discomfort when scripture is read, an outward aversion of people and things of God, they will deny that Jesus came in the flesh.
The spirit will hide within the person’s personality displaying a calm reserve attitude when a man of God is present. There are two approaches to releasing someone from being demonically possessed:
Catholic Exorcism - The Greek word ‘Exorcism’ means to swear by an oath. There are roughly 50 authorized Exorcists in the world at any given time. Catholic priests attempt to swear the demon out of a person by using special rites endorsed by the Vatican. Once a person has been determined to be possessed, the Catholic Church authorizes the exorcism.
There is a prayer that is repeated over and over in Latin along with blessed objects, such as The medallion of Saint Benedict of Nursia - Called the devil chasing medal. In the 11th century, the medal had the form of Saint Benedict's cross, and was used by pope Leo IX.
The back is the Vade retro Satana, a Medieval Catholic formula for exorcism ("Go back, Satan" or "Step back Satan"). The Latin inscription VRSNSMV - SMQLIVB on the rear. The translation: "Let the Holy Cross be my light / Let not the dragon be my guide Step back Satan / Never tempt me with vain things. What you offer me is evil / You drink the poison yourself."
90% of exorcisms do not work, the Catholic Church attempts to help people manage the situation and learn how to live with it more so than a concentrated effort on deliverance. According to the Vatican, most possessed people typically die early painful deaths.
The Catholic Handbook of Exorcism includes as the prayer - Vade retro Satana
“O Cross of the Holy Father Benedict, may the Cross be a light for me, may the Devil not be my guide, go away Satan, never suggest vain things for me, what you suggest are evil things, drink your own poison”
They never invoke the name of Jesus in the prayer.
The Protestant approach - involves a similar process to identify and confirm if one is possessed by a demon, unlike the Catholic Church, any Christian who believes can cast out a demon.
You must first repent of any un-confessed sins and be certain there is no un- forgiveness in your heart, this way the demon can’t use anything in your past to undermine your authority. Ask the Lord for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to be upon you and that the Holy Spirit seals you unto the Lord. This prevents the any demonic influence on you through trickery or deception (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).
To receive the power of the Holy Spirit, you must acknowledge this before the Lord, beforethe encounter, by thanking Him for it. Your authority is set forth by Jesus Himself. (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:19; Matthew 18:18-20)
There must be at least two people, in agreement with you, both of you must be in right standing with God. Both must be anointed by the Holy Spirit.
NOTE: It is advisable that you pray together beforehand and go through the cleansing processes and the anointing and empowerment of the Spirit together. The demon will know if there is a disparity between the two of you, so it is crucial you’re both on one accord. When in the room with the demon, only one should confront the demon to cast it out, while the other prays in the Spirit during the encounter. The demon will understand what the person praying in the spirit is saying, as praying in tongues is the language of angels.
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1
The demon will say unsavory and provocative things to prevent the one from praying in the spirit, and the other from casting him out. You must not respond to him in any way. Look the possessed person in the eye, if there are no outward manifestations of the Demon, ask the person if they want to be delivered.
A person who is in control of themselves in the moment must “want” to be delivered, some people want to be possessed. If they say no, you must leave them alone unless you have previously established that they want deliverance. God will not violate your will. If they say yes, then you must call the demon forth by taking authority over it. You do this by binding it with a verbal command. If the Holy Spirit reveals the demon’s name to you, call it by its name. the purpose of knowing the demons name helps control it, but its name is not necessary.
This will be enough to cause it to manifest. Everything will happen quickly from this point on. When the Demon manifest, it will do so in a number of ways, but no matter what it does, you must not be afraid of it, and do not respond to its taunts, no matter how vulgar or aggressive it is. Do not allow your personal feelings to get involved in any way, particularly if the demon puts any of your personal business out in the room. The demon will at times make extremely private matters public in the moment, vulgar aggressive profanity, sexually explicit, the raunchier the better.
He will talk about loved ones who may have died, describing their torments as though they have gone to hell. The demon’s goal is to break your focus and to startle you out of the moment and your ability to cast him out. When the demon starts to talk to you, simply command it to be SILENT in Jesus name - John 8:44
When you bind a demon, it prevents it from fleeing the scene, which it will do in order to prevent it from being cast out. Binding it also prevents it from hiding in the person’s personality, to give the appearance that it has been cast out. If the demon is able to flee before you can cast it out, it will return because no authority has been taken over it.
NOTE: In this scenario, the rule of seven does not apply, because the demon was never cast out in the first place. (Matthew 12:43-45).
Binding the demon also prevents it from causing physical harm to you and the person it possesses. After you bind the demon, command it to come out in Jesus’ name. You do not have to use any special prayers, just cast him out. I cast you out of him in Jesus name, or come out in Jesus name”.
NOTE: LESS is MORE (Acts 16:18; Mark 1:23-26; 5:2-13; Luke 4:33-35)
Once the demon departs, THANK the Lord and PRAY salvation over the person (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16-18)
Pray for the person to be filled with the Holy Spirit, give them meat, food to eat immediately after. NOTE: When a person goes through any significant spiritual episode, it is a significant physical event that exhausts the person. They will need to eat “meat” physical food immediately in order to get their strength and alertness up (Luke 8:53- 55).
Closing Doorways - Possession can only take place when a person opens a doorway that is an abomination to God. This must be done in detail one sin at a time until it is all covered. There is an important distinction between being delivered from the Law, and being subject to it through Christ. Committing abominations today that during the time of the Law meant instant death are “now” spiritual doorways for demonic access into your life.
Today these sins act as “doorways” for Demons into our lives, beyond the spiritual and are manifest physically. Demonic possessions can only occur through doorways that are also called abominations by God.
The Main Doorways - The seven things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Lying tongues, this refers to a person that lives a lie or practices lies (Proverbs 12:22, 13:5; Psalm 40:4). A proud look (Proverbs 16:5, 8:13; 1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6; 2 Timothy 3:2-5). Hands that shed innocent blood, killing (Deuteronomy 27:24-25; Ezekiel 22:9-12). A heart that devises wick imaginations, a vindictive person (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Genesis 8:21, 6:5; Matthew 15:18-19; Jeremiah 18:11-12, 16:12).
Feet that are swift to mischief, creating discord, to cause mischief is to hurt someone, to cause them great grief, to vex, trouble, worry, to be a false witness against someone (Romans 3:12-18; Psalms 7:14; Isaiah 59:12-13; Job 15:34-35).
All forms of incest are doorways (Leviticus 18:6-16), Sex with your mother (Deuteronomy 27:20), Sex with animals (Deut. 27:21; Lev. 18:23, 20:15-16), Sex with your sister (Deut. 27:22), Killing (Deut. 27:24; Exodus 21:12), Killing for money (Deut. 27:25; Ezekiel 22:12), Making sacrifice to Demons (Lev. 17:7), Homosexuality (Lev. 18:22, 20:13).
Communing with familiar spirits, psychics, séances, palm readers, tarot card readers, fortune-tellers or soothsayers. This is all seeking to speak with the dead, which in effect is speaking to demons, because the dead can’t speak to the living (Luke 16:22-31; Ecclesiastes 9:4-6) (1 Samuel 28 - The witch of Endor), Adultery (Lev. 20:10), Cursing your parents (Lev. 20:9; Exodus 2:7; Proverbs 20:20; Matthew 15:4; Mark 7:10), Hitting your parents (Exodus 21:15), Having sex with a woman during her menstrual period (Lev 18:19, 20:18), Having idols in your possession, not even worshipping them, just having them (Deut. 7:25-26, 12:2-3, 26:30; 1 John 5:21).
Once a person is delivered from a possession, the Lord will typically extend the life of the servant, because of the power of their testimony. Once you are delivered the first clue that you are free is the Demons will say you are not delivered, which is its own evidence.
For those who were once possessed or those who were involved the delivered of one possessed there is a consequence. Once a demon has seen you, there will always be an awareness of you among them. For this reason, you must be called by the Lord into the ministry of deliverance…it should not be taken lightly.