I know, I know, no one likes to think about that. Just bear with me and for starters remove the word 'possession' from your vocabulary, it is not even in the bible (*That is, in the original language. See below for more on that!) Erase visions of every horror movie you have watched out of your head and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in Truth by His word.
Blaine Cook with Global Awakening once told me, "I don't care if they are in me, on me or around me-I want them GONE." That is perfect theology. Do you really want to sit around debating whether or not demons are allowed to come in? Isn't it enough to make you want to get rid of them just knowing they are near? Christians somehow believe that we are untouchable to demons, yet we are the ones they are after! Just look at how many Christians you know that are sick, depressed, angry, fearful, lost, hopeless, or in financial dire straits, then rethink the question, "Can Christians have demons?" The answer is YES.
In this scriptural account, Jesus Himself says that deliverance is the 'children's bread'. See for yourself...
And behold, a Canaanite woman from that district came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, O Master, Ben-David ! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon.” But He did not answer her a word. And when His disciples came, they were urging Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” But He responded, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” So she came and got down on her knees before Him, saying, “Master, help me!” And answering, He said, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Master, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then answering, Yeshua said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed in that very hour.
Matthew 15:22-28 TLV
The Bad News
So how are they allowed to 'occupy' our lives? They attach themselves to wounds of our past and lies we believe (about us or about God). On top of that the sins we commit open doors and give legal right for them to come and oppress us. That's the bad news.
The Good News
The good news is that if you are a true disciple of Jesus and you continue in His word then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. (John 8:32) Part of that truth is that YES, Christians can have demons. Once you realize that is true, then you can work on healing the wounds with the TRUTH, replacing the lies with the TRUTH, and turning from sin to fully follow the TRUTH (Jesus)...and you will be FREE and able to lead others to that same FREEDOM! Start on your freedom journey today by asking God to show you what lies you are believing, what wounds He wants to heal, and what sins you need to turn away from once and for all. THEN LISTEN WHEN HE TELLS YOU and do whatever it takes to follow through and press into Him until the job is finished, sometimes it's all in a matter of a couple hours, sometimes it may take longer, but freedom WILL come if you do not give up. Jesus is right there waiting to walk you through it to fullness. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! (Galatians 5:1)
The Greek word that is translated "possessed" in Matthew 4:24 is daimonízomai- (from 1142 /daímōn) – properly, demonized, i.e. coming under the power of a demon (fallen angel).
In contrast, webster defines possession as 'something that is owned or possessed by someone'...
The demons do not OWN people. People accept and carry them with them, but the demons never own a person. That is precisely why a Christian can 'have' a demon even thought they are OWNED by FATHER GOD in Heaven. God does not cease ownership of a saved person just because they have a demon.
"Possessed" is how the English translated daimonizomai, however, the word possessed seems to imply COMPLETE control which is not the case at all with demons. Humans have a choice, like when the Garadene demoniac came to worship Jesus even though he had a legion of demons inside. HE had demons, but the demons did not possess or own HIM. <3
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