Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I Don’t Know Whether Or Not To Believe He Is Possessed Or Being Oppressed?

Question on Demonic Possession of a Believer

Question : I stumbled upon your website after a strange incident I had with my husband who is an Apostolic preacher.

In April 2012, he began experiencing severe pain (neuropathy) in his body where he loses control of his nerve functions. He has been hospitalized several times, and the doctors can find no explanation for the pain nor any reason it should get so intense. Of course, we have prayed through this, rebuked it, etc. During the pain episodes, he began having nightmares that he revealed to me as childhood sexual abuse that occurred from the time he was 5 years old at the hand of a neighbor. His dreams involve demonic figures on top of him, literally feelings of being probed, etc. I wake him up and pray with him when these dreams start and let him talk it out.

On Monday night, he began to have this pain and asked me, “what are we doing on Friday?”. I responded we didn’t have plans, then he told me, “I’m going to die”. I began to pray in Jesus’ name over him. Suddenly, he sounded very panicked and began to say, “Where am I? I need to go home.” I began to bind Satan and suddenly, a demonic voice came from him that said, “He is mine” followed by a strange laugh. I asked, “what did you say?” It repeated itself. I began to pray in tongues and bind the devil, and he somewhat came to, but he was very weak and laid back down. This started again, with the voice saying things like, “I’ve tormented him since childhood”, “he enjoyed the abuse”, “I did this because of this grandfather and father” (grandfather founded a major apostolic organization). My son, a minister as well, came to pray, and he asked the spirit it’s name, to which it replied, “The accuser”. At one point, my husband sat up and looked at my son with very steely eyes, then slowly turned to look at me. He tried hiding the Bible, which I was reading, would bury his head while I was reading and lunged at my son. In the end, my husband returned to normal and kept saying it went through the window.

He has no recollection of this incident. He then got very upset with me on Wednesday, and decided he was leaving. I first stepped in front of the door to try and calm him down, and he grabbed my arm leaving marks. He later walked into the garage to retrieve items of his, and I again tried to reach out to him to calm him in a hug. At that moment, he fainted (which he does a lot from the neuropathy) and hit his head. He wound up being taken by ambulance to the ER, where he told the paramedics I shoved him to the ground. I was questioned by the police, and showed them the finger marks on my arm, but I did not press charges. According to him, they handcuffed him for a period of time, which is hard for me to believe considering I was the one who was questioned. He has not came home, and finally did talk to me some yesterday. He demanded I do not talk to him about Monday night ever again. He stated he is probably going to divorce me and suffer the consequences. I know this is still not my husband talking, even though it is no longer the demonic voice.

A couple of things to note, he and I were both previously married, and only got married in March of this year. I found out, by accident, a few weeks ago that after his separation from his wife, he was involved in homosexual relations. He was still seeking relationships on Craigslist even after we were married, although he says he never acted on them.

I don’t know whether or not to believe he is possessed or being oppressed because of his childhood. I have shared this with our Pastor (my dad) who has not ever cast out a demonic spirit or operated in that realm.

I am trying to decide what I should do as far as see him right now, let him go ahead and move out and pray that God sends someone to deliver him or what. Please help.

Answer : Greetings to you in Jesus mighty name! You are welcome dear Sister and that I believe you have not stumbled upon our website but it is a Divine appointment that God has planned in his sovereign will. Jesus said,
"The thief [i.e. Satan and his demonic cohorts] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10). The abundant life which Jesus has given your husband has been lost by him because he has allowed the demons to influence him consistently over a period of time and thus they have stolen it,  has killed his prosperous soul life completely and now finally it is trying to destroy him bodily when it knows that it cannot kill his soul and spirit forever because he is a child of God (Matt 10:28). I believe that your husband is demonically oppressed as he is a child of God. First of all I should appreciate you for taking authority in Jesus name which caused the demonic spirit to leave your husband's body and flee.

Using the authority of the name of Jesus is the privilege of every believer which they should never fail to use in times of need. Jesus has promised all the children of God saying,
" 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:19-20). This shows that all the children of God should use their authority which Jesus has given to them spiritually to reign over the demonic world and thus glorify God ultimately. As we are believers of Jesus Christ our Lord, Jesus confidently declared about us saying, "...In My name they will cast out demons" (Mark 16:17). So it should be a normal thing for a believer to take authority over demons in Jesus name and make it submit to the Lordship authority of Jesus. But our rejoicing should not just be based on the fact that all demons runs away when we use the name of Jesus to make it subject to us (Luke 10:17), but our reason of rejoicing should always be based on the fact that God has saved us from sin and have freely made us to be His children when we believed in the name of Jesus and received Him in to our lives (John 1:12).

One of the things we should all understand is that we should never initiate a dialogue when we drive demons away from a person who is possessed or oppressed. This is a subtle trick of the enemy to speak out and distract us with its lies while we use the name of Jesus. When demons speak, it always gives some fact along with some lies and so we should never let demons speak while we drive it out
(John 8:44). We can never see Jesus speaking with demons in his ministry at any time in his deliverance ministry except the one time when it begged Him in the name of God to stop tormenting it. Jesus after commanding the unclean demon spirit to come out, He then asked its name to know its origin. And as it kept begging Jesus not to send it away out of the country, Jesus gave it the permission to enter the swine for which it asked him and thus it entered the swines and drowned all of it inside the nearby sea (Mark 5:6-13). I believe that Jesus spoke to this Legion because it begged in the name of God and then He gave permission to enter the swines just to show that a single human soul is more valuable than all the swines combined which were used to do a huge commercial meat business, and thus reveal the evil heart of the humans who were more concerned about money than a soul of a person (Mark 5:14-17). Jesus always rebuked the demons to be quiet and come out of the person it possessed or oppressed (Mark 1:24-25). So we should also take Jesus as our example and therefore should never let the demons speak out of a person but command it to be quietly leave in Jesus name. I promise you that it will go quietly without confusing you.

In this case of yours, whether the demon identify itself as the accuser or not, we know from the word of God that Satan is called the
"accuser of brethren" (Rev 12:10). So the major work of all demons against the Church saints is the work of accusing them within their soul when ever they sin. But God has declared that once and for all time there is now no condemnation for all believers as they are all who walk according to the Spirit (Rom 8:1, 9). As Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself and condemned sin in the flesh, all the righteous requirement that we need to be justified before God has been fulfilled by Him on behalf of us all, once and for all time (Isa 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 8:3-4; 5:1). We have thus become as righteous as God is because of our righteous position in Christ Jesus. Thus Satan who accused all the righteous people in the Old Testament times before God has been cast down from heaven and therefore has no business before God anymore in heaven (Zech 3:1-5). Now that he has no rights to go before the throne of God to accuse about brethren, he is in the business of making saints to become involved in sin and then try to make them self condemned because of his constant accusation against them within their soul (Rev 2:14-16; 12 :12). Such accusation from Satan can be overcome by all believers who use the blood of the Lamb to cleanse themselves through confessing their sins to God in which they were involved (1 John 1:7, 9; Heb 9:14), and then speak the testimony of their cleansing that has happened by faith to the demonic world which tries to oppress them, this word of faith confession done consistently towards demons will completely make them powerless to keep this person under its bondage (Psa 116:10; Heb 10:23). Then as the oppressed believer submits his soul life to Jesus by not loving it, but rather make it conformed to death by doing God's will in their personal life to please Him rather than their own (Gal 5:16-17), then all demonic oppression's can be completely overcome by that believer who will again regain and live the abundant life in the peace of God (Rom 8:4-11).

Satan and his demonic minions does not want to hear the Bible being read because as they have no light in them they do not like anyone to stand on truth, like they themselves are in darkness they want others to also continue in it with them
(John 8:44). Like cockroaches scurry for cover of darkness when light comes in, they also will try to hide themselves form the light of the truth. So always read the Bible loudly as you have done when you are driving demons away, so that they will be reminded of the victory of Jesus over them again and again (Col 2:15). Satan and his demons do not like anybody to remind them of the victory that Jesus has won over them all two thousand years ago on the Cross of Calvary. They will want to deny it, but we should be persistent to stand on the word of God by faith. Automatically all demons will flee away when they see people stand on the light of the truth of the word of God (James 4:7). This is what has happened when you did the right thing in reading the word of God to your husband who was oppressed by the devil. Hurrah! You resisted the devil and it has fled....

One thing you must do to your husband who has been oppressed by the devil is that you should not judge him immediately of all his faults
(Matt 7:1). He cannot recollect what has happened to him because the demonic oppression was very high to the level that the demons have taken possession of his soulish emotion, will and mind completely which has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus (1 Thess 5:23-24; 1 Peter 1:18-19). If you try to confront him with all the details that you have heard from the demonic world while you drove it out in Jesus name, he will immediately break apart in his soul completely which has already been broken by the deception of the evil one that has led him in to sin. First of all the demonic feedback is not fully truth and so it should be discarded out of your mind so that you will not be judgmental towards your husband but be kind to him as usual in forgiving him as Christ forgave you all your past, present and future sins (Eph 4:32).

Then one of the main thing that you husband needs is a conviction of sin in his soul which only the Holy Spirit can give it to him
(John 16:7-11). All you can do for him now is not to try to talk to him the truth which he cannot accept because of the deception he is under and ego that works in all husbands, but pray for his deliverance because he is a child of God taken subtly in to the demonic net of sin and deception (Col 1:9-14; James 5:14-16; Gal 6:1; 1 John 5:16-17). He does not want you to talk about the day of the demon manifestation in him because he might not want to give up his sinful ways. See your husband is influenced by demons and so you must differentiate between him and the evil works that is influencing him. When you are acting good to him in the unconditional love of God even though he might be influenced by demons, you are overcoming evil with good and the Lord will reward you specially for that (Rom 12:21). Jesus loves the sinners, but hates their sin. In other words, Jesus differentiates evil of humanity from the human they are by the love that works unconditionally in his heart towards them. David overcome the evil Saul who was in the same state as your husband through unconditional love and reverence he had for Saul, who was considered by David as the anointed of God even though the way Saul acted was like the devil himself under the direct influence of a oppressive demon spirit which oppressed him because of his disobedience to God (1 Sam 16:14, 23; 18:6-11, 14-15, 28-29; 19:1, 9-10, 32-33; 24:4-7; 26:7-12). Each time David showed the unconditional love of God and reverence for the anointed king, Saul realized and regretted the foolishness of his own ways each time and even blessed David when his mind returned from demonic foolishness to its godly senses (1 Sam 24:16-22; 26:21, 25). This unconditional love of God is what your husband needs right now from you and Satan's greatest fear is to see the child of God oppose him with His love without being reactive towards the person through whom he is working (1 Cor 13:4-8). Love never fails because the God who is love never fails to justify at the end the one who operates with His love (1 Cor 13:8; 1 John 4:8). So this is a test allowed by God for your spiritual growth at this time of your life which you can never get if you miss it now by resisting and reacting against it unwisely and soulishly, and God has promised to give His grace each time according to the level of your need to overcome the situations that come against you that you may be able to bear it (1 Cor 10:13).

I do not understand why someone should divorce their partner except for marital infidelity
(Matt 19:9), if anyone has got separated or divorced for any reason other than infidelity, they should not get remarried but remain alone the rest of their lives or get reconciled back to their spouse (1 Cor 7:10-11). Unless a believer has a unbelieving spouse who do not want to continue in marriage because of the faith of their partner, Apostle Paul has instructed to let them go in peace and live in peace for God in complete devotion further without going for any remarriage (1 Cor 7:7:12, 15; 27, 32). Under normal legal system the one case for remarriage can be the death of one's spouse which annuls the previous marriage covenant and gives them the freedom to again marry in the Lord (1 Cor 7:39). God's word also prohibits not to return back to one's ex-spouse after doing divorce and remarrying another person (Deut 24:1-4). So I believe that a believer failing these standard of God in their life will fail to get blessed fully with the blessing of God in their remarriage union.

I understand that homosexual relationship that are spreading in to the believing community is a clear sign of the end time which Jesus prophetically told will come
(Luke 17:28-30). We are in the time of the revelation of the Son of Man Jesus who has promised all believers that he will come like a thief and will resurrect all believers in their glorious brand new sinless body and will take them back to the heavenly palaces which He has prepared for them in the heavenly city of God (1 Thess 4:15-18; 5:2; John 14:2-4). So pray for your husband to come out of this deception, and moreover you walk in full submission, chaste conduct and respect toward your husband apart from judging him by his behavior, so that he may be won back to freedom of faith by your wonderful and exemplary godly conduct (1 Peter 3:1-2).

It is good that you have shared this with your pastor whom God has ordained as the shepherd over your life, because of this God has promised to give you a special grace to overcome sin and exalt you spiritually in due time
(Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-6). It does not matter how much spiritually equipped your pastor is, if God has really placed you to be shepherded under him. Just let God control your life and let go of yourself in Him.

I believe that you husband does not need more casting out experience of demons out of him, but a true godly repentance through confession of his sin to God and his family members which is hard but not impossible when we pray to God
(2 Cor 7:10; 1 John 1:7, 9; Heb 6:4-6; Luke 1:37), then he needs to develop a deep hatred for sin by strongly growing in his love for Jesus and showing it out by fleeing away from sexual immorality which will give him the freedom and power over the deception of sin in which he is involved (1 Cor 6:18; Psa 97:10; Gal 5:1).

Your are the one whom God has placed in this situation to love your husband unconditionally and patiently pray to the Lord to intervene in his life and thus wait to see the change happen very soon. Nothing is impossible to you when you work in partnership with the Lord, soon when you are expecting change in your husband, even before He changes completely and turns his life to the Lord, you will see yourself get changed in to the image of our Lord and Savior in your life which is the will of God and calling for all of his true children
(Rom 8:29-30). I promise you that God will work all things whether it is good or bad doesn't matter, He will work it all together to make it become only good for you in your life, because you love God and are called according to His purpose in your earthly life (Rom 8:28). This problem you are facing is a blessing in disguise for your spiritual growth. Be encouraged and rejoice in the Lord always (Php 4:4). I will also be praying that your husband might realize his foolish ways of sins which has destroyed his life and is destroying the marriage, and turn to the Lord and become spiritual enough to judge himself and not be judged by the Lord in chastisement of sickness which may lead to his demise if he stubbornly does not turn to the Lord (1 Cor 11:31-32, 30). But I believe that the Lord will turn him soon and bring him back in to the path of abundant life again and will help him live for His glory!!!

Much Blessings.....


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