Luke 4:33 -38 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.
If you were to ask the questions, can a Christian have a demon, I am sure you would receive a variety of answers. Some would say yes, others a definite no, and some may say they are not sure.
Almost 1/3 of Jesus’ prayers/commands for divine intervention involved the casting out of demons. Many people today do not practice that, and many believers go on suffering, not understanding why they cannot progress in certain areas of their lives. In the verse quoted above, Jesus cast out an unclean spirit out of a man.
But did you read where Jesus was? He was in the synagogue, or in today’s term, he was in church. Jesus cast out demons while in church!
Yet the main argument I hear that a Christian cannot have a demon is that demons cannot reside within a spirit filled believer. That is true, yet we are made up of three parts: Spirit, soul and body.
Demons reside in the flesh.
In the Bible, Jesus calls us to cast devils out, Matthew 10:8. For something to be cast out, it (demons) must first be in.
Many well-known preachers are now convinced not only that a Christian can have demons but also that there are demons that operate in the realm of theology, encouraging us to argue and debate endlessly over doctrine rather than meeting the needs of people who are hurting.
Demons actually help promote the teaching that a Christian cannot have a demon because they gain strength by staying hidden. They can operate in their destructive ways without even being recognized or challenged!
How do demons enter a person?
The majority come from generational sin, curses, ancestral vows and the like through conception. Even when you do accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, many of the generational sins do not depart since we don´t know what our ancestors were involved in.
In addition to generational sin, if the person has committed personal sin such as: sex, drugs, and variety of other things, by the time you come to the Lord you will need deliverance on some level. There is just too much sin, contamination and defilement in the earth today to escape it.
We are called to do what Jesus did. 1 Peter 2:21- For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
Jesus is our example, he cast out demons, and gave that authority over to us. It´s time for believers to be truly set free once and for all.