A stronghold is an incorrect thinking pattern or perception of something. Let’s say a person sees God as a cruel, distant and unloving taskmaster who is angry with them, when the exact opposite is true. That is a common stronghold. They see Him through a distorted pair of glasses, and as a result, are unable to feel close to Him. This type of thinking pattern serves as a wall or blockage that greatly hinders their intimacy with their heavenly Father. Many times, demons can utilize such strongholds to their advantage and bring about much mental torment upon that person.
Archive for March, 2007
Absolutely not! God’s Word clearly tells us that all souls belong to God, who created them:
Ezekiel 18:4, God says clearly, “Behold, all souls are mine…”
Even the soul of the non-believer belongs to God. There is absolutely no evidence in the Bible that a demon can actually own a person’s soul.
The phrase ‘possessed with a devil’ is rooted in the Greek word daimonizomai, which can mean a variety of things, but for the most part, it is referring to a person who has a demon or is in bondage to one. This can be as simple as the person being unable to speak (see Matthew 9:32-33), having a physical infirmity caused by a demon (see Luke 13:11-12,16) or mental illness caused by a demon (Matthew 17:15,18).
Why would anybody knowingly welcome a demon spirit into their body or mind unless they were already possessed? The truth is, in many cases, a person will pick up an unclean sprit without even knowing it (providing that they open the door to it)! Then there are cases where a person was born with an unclean spirit, which was handed down to him or her. We can see an example of this in scripture when a young boy is found with a demon, and when Jesus asked the father how long the boy had this spirit, the father said that it was from infancy:
Mark 9:17-21, “And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tore him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.”
If you look up the word ‘child’ (last word in above passage) in the Greek, we are given the word paidiothen, which means, “from infancy”. Furthermore, if the boy was a child at the time, it would make no sense for the father to tell Jesus that, “My child has been like that since a child”… clearly, this spirit entered the child since it was an infant! Furthermore, in Matthew 17:14-18, we find this story again, and the boy was actually found to be a child at the time:
Matthew 17:18, “And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.”
A good question that I like to ask is, can you show me in the Bible where it tells us specifically what we must do before a demon can enter us? I’ve seen people try to make an argument on how we must officially welcome a demon before it can enter us, and yet they cannot show me where their theology is found in the Bible. The Bible is clear on specific spiritual rules for defilement, which I believe is a very big open door to the demonic in one’s life. For further information on this subject, see the teaching Breaking our hedge (Defilement explained).
Now don’t get me wrong… demons cannot simply walk around and enter anybody they please at their own freewill; what I am saying is that it doesn’t take a demonic ritual before a demon spirit takes up residence in a person. Many times we can open the door through various means of defilement (sins, ungodly soul ties, generational curses, etc.) without even knowing it. That is why it is so important to live a holy and Godly lifestyle and keep our relationship with our heavenly Father cultivated on a daily bases!
Absolutely not! In the Bible, we find various cases where a person is said to be ‘possessed with a devil’, yet they are merely suffering from a physical infirmity such as blindness or a crippling ‘bone disorder’. Take a look at these cases found in the days of Jesus’ ministry:
Matthew 9:32-33, “When they left, some people brought to him a man who couldn’t speak because he was possessed by a demon. So Jesus cast out the demon, and instantly the man could talk. The crowds marveled. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed.” (New Living Translation)
Luke 13:11-12,16, “And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity… And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (King James Version)
Were these people lunatics? Were they mentally insane? No! They had spirits that caused them to be afflicted with physical infirmities!
Concerning spirits of anger, lust, pornography, etc., are these spirits to blame for that person’s failures in those areas of their life?Friday, March 23rd, 2007
To be honest, yes and no. Yes in the sense that they attributed to the failure or put the person in a position that made it hard for them to resist the temptation. No in the light that each person still has the choice to make when they fall into sin. It is not correct to allow those things to run your life, and simply blame it all on the demon, nor is it right to blame the struggle on the person and not the demon. The person does have the bottom line choice to make whether or not to give in, but on the other hand, having a demon present can make that choice very difficult to resist.
Absolutely! Simply having a demon or even a stronghold does not reduce your authority in Christ Jesus. What may be a factor to consider is if your bondage is limiting your faith or hindering your confidence in Christ Jesus. For example, if you happen to be in bondage to shame and guilt, then you will lack confidence in your relationship with God, and therefore your faith in your authority in Christ Jesus will be hindered or limited. Does this mean you cannot cast out a demon if that is the case? No! But if you are working with stronger demons or deeper bondages, it can limit the effectiveness of your ministry to that other person. This very reason often limits a person’s success in self-deliverance.