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How do demons gain access into our lives?

Due to the scope of this teaching, I'm not going to list all the ways that a person can have a demon, but I would like to show you how a believer is quite capable of acquiring a demon through defilement.

In Colossians 2:13-15, we learn that by the forgiveness of sins, the demonic spirits are disarmed (spoiled) and their legal grounds are removed:

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it."

As believers, we have a spiritual hedge of protection around us, but in Ecclesiastes 10:8, it becomes evident that we can break a hole in our hedge and be bitten by the enemy:

"He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him."

There are several good reasons to believe that this is speaking of spiritual serpents and not physical. The first part of this verse, speaking of falling into a pit, is also mentioned in Proverbs 26:27 which has a clear spiritual and not physical context. Psalms 7:15 also speaks of digging a pit, with a very obvious spiritual context. In verse 9 in Ecclesiastes 10, it is telling us that if you remove stones (which form a wall of protection) you will be hurt, which is physically untrue 99.99% of the time. Verse 11 tells us that the serpent will bite without enchantment, which is also true 99.99% of the time. The Bible is not a gardening or home improvement book and if it were speaking of physical snakes, then it would be basically telling us never to take down hedges because we will be bitten. That would be absolutely ridiculous.

Paul warned the believers in Ephesians 4:26-27 not to commit sin and therefore give place to the devil:

"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil."

Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 tells us that through unforgiveness, Satan can get an advantage of us:

"To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."

In Matthew 18:23-35, we are also warned that we can be turned over to the tormenters (which are evil spirits) if we are bitter and unforgiving:

"Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

Hebrews 12:15 also warns us not to allow bitterness to take hold in our hearts, lest we become defiled:

"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled."

In the book of Hebrews, Paul was writing to the church, which is the body of believers. Therefore it becomes clear that believers are not immune from the ability to defile ourselves. Defilement is where a hole is punched into our spiritual hedge of protection, and legal grounds become available for demonic spirits in our lives.

1 John 5:18, "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not."

Many people misinterpret this verse to say that a Christian cannot have a demonic spirit. The first part of this verse is telling us that a believer won't continue in his old sinful lifestyle. The second part is not saying that Jesus will protect us, but is rather saying that we who are born (begotten) of God will keep ourselves. This word begotten here translates to the NT Greek word gennao, which means to be born of. As John 3:5 tells us, Christians are born of God:

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

The word begotten found in John 3:16 does not have the same meaning as the begotten used in 1 John 5:18. In John 3:16, the word is translated back to the NT Greek word monogenes, and refers to a unique, an only. Jesus is the only begotten (unique) son of God. Whereas the begotten in 1 John 5:18 is referring to those who are born of God, and those who are born again are born of the Spirit of God. Furthermore, if you look carefully at the wording in 1 John 5:18, it is telling us that he who is begotten keepeth himself. This makes sense for us to keep ourselves, but it makes no sense for Jesus to keep Himself, especially in the context of this verse.

What 1 John 5:18 is telling us is that if we do not continue in our old sinful ways, and keep ourselves, the enemy will not be able to have any new legal grounds into our lives. In other words, we won't be picking up any new demons. However, what if we don't keep ourselves? What if we go out and do whatever we want? If we cannot hold up to the first two parts of this verse, then we cannot expect the blessing of the last part either.


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