Who are Demons?
Demons are Spirit Beings who are unclean and immoral in nature and activities. Where did they come from? Well, there are various speculations out there, but in short, no one is for sure and God never tells us. What I do know is that they are personalities that can be cast out of a person, they have taken control over.
What is Demonization?
Demonization is a Greek word that means, one being infected, controlled or oppressed by a demon. “Oppression” can mean demons from the outside causing emotional or physical issues.
Is Demon Possession and Demonization The Same?
When I speak of demonization, I am not talking about a demon possessed person. I am talking about a person who’s mind, thoughts, and actions are being influenced by a demon. This is different from a person who is completely under the control of an evil spirit, this is possession.
Who can be Demonized?
The answer to that is, everyone! Since demonization is an evil spirit that like to influence people, we are all open to it’s power. Take for example Peter, when he tried to deter Jesus from going to the cross. At that moment, Peter had been influenced by Satan without even knowing it.
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”Matthew 16:23
Notice how Jesus did not cast Satan out of Peter, but simply put things in perspective for him, which brought about his deliverance.
How do we Open Ourselves to it?
We have to understand that when we were in the world serving Self and Satan, we opened our minds to the teaching, doctrines, and rules of this world. Once we come into the kingdom of God, we are to renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2) with His laws, and standards, so that we do not give a foot-hold to the enemy of our soul. By being in constant reading of God’s word and in prayer, we are able to know what the will of God is in every situation of our lives.
How Else can Demonization Manifest Itself?
Lets take a look at another example. A demonized person is also a person under torment. A person under torment is a person that is oppressed by an evil spirit. Torment often comes from unforgiveness, and disobedience. In the case of Saul, he disobeyed God’s command and this opened the door to his mental/emotional sufferings. Below is the example of this:
And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.1 Samuel 18:10-11
When we sin, we put ourselves back under the law and allow demons to oppress, infect, and terrorize us through sickness, mental illness, and uncontrollable behaviors. But when we confess, renounce, and ask for forgiveness of our sins, we can take back the legal rights given to the demons.
Demonization is spiritual warfare and can show itself, in lust, controlling behavior, power, temptations, etc., but to keep things simple. Demonization in biblical terms is a person who is under the influence of a demon. A believer who is demonized, is a person whom have not renewed their minds with Gods word. They are still falling for the schemes of the Devil, and have not fully submitted all areas of their lives to Jesus. Brothers and Sisters, Jesus came to set us free from every kind of bondage, and He is waiting for us to fully commit ourselves to His supreme calling. Would you do that today?
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,Luke 4: 18-19
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
I know there are many more things I could say and example that I could give, but I like to keep things simple. Below are a couple more examples from God’s word for you to study.
Bible Verses to Study
Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”Acts 5: 1-11
And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will”2 Tim. 2:24-26
Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel.1 Chronicle 21: 1-6
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