A Christian Response to Demonic Attack
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A. Demonic Attack From Outside
If we are under demonic attack from outside, the answer is to submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee JAMES 4:7.
We need to submit to God first and receive the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Then we are to fight the enemy with all the resources Paul lists in EPHESIANS 6:10-18.
B. Demonic Attack From Inside
If for some reason we find ourselves under demonic attack from inside us, we need to be set free from whatever spirit(s) have infiltrated us. This involves deliverance by one or more born again Christians called and anointed to this form of ministry.
Possible Symptoms of Demonic Infiltration
The following symptoms are commonly associated with demonic infiltration in the context of a Christian meeting where the Word of God is read and expounded, mention is made of the Blood of Jesus and there is an awareness of the Holy Spirit at work in other ways.
• Difficulty in reading the Word of God, in praying or praising God during worship times
• A paradoxical attraction & repulsion to listening to the Word of God in church
• A sudden desire to shout out or run out of a service at the mention of the Blood of Jesus
[NOTE: This should NOT be confused with Tourette's syndrome]
• A feeling that something inside us is stopping us from moving deeper in our Christian walk
• A feeling that the whole family is under a curse because of a history of unexplained illnesses or tragedies down a family bloodline
• Prior involvement in the occult before conversion is also a common source of problems.
[NOTE: They should not be confused with psychiatric conditions such as psychotic episodes or delusional states or with drug-, alcohol-induced or other trance-like states associated with transcendental meditation, New Age techniques or hypnosis.]
The Importance of Distinguishing between the Psychiatric & the Demonic
Eliminate all other possible explanations for a person's behaviour before concluding s/he may be demonically afflicted. This is because some psychiatric conditions have symptoms that are similar to those seen in a demonised person.
The major distinction between genuine demonic activity and psychiatric conditions is the reaction of the person to the Word of God, to Prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ, mention of The Blood of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit in a Spirit-filled Christian.
Psychiatric conditions do not in general react to the presence of the Holy Spirit or to the name of the LORD Jesus Christ, unless there is also demonic activity involved.
In practice it can be difficult to distinguish the demonic from the psychiatric, especially where both are present. In these situations the spiritual gift of discerning of spirits is essential.
Putting On The Whole Armour Of God
To see more on how to fight the enemy, go to THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
Video on Jesus' Ministry LUKE 4:18-19
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The following books are useful sources of information on this subject:
Neil Anderson THE BONDAGE BREAKER;
Francis MacNutt DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL SPIRITS: A Practical Manual;
Karl Payne SPIRITUAL WARFARE;
Derek Prince THEY SHALL EXPEL DEMONS
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