Can a Demon be Born Again?

The Mad Preacher

hqdefaultby The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

I learned a long time ago that one of the Devil’s mission on this planet is to keep anyone who claims to be a Christian in some sort of bondage. It can some ongoing sinful behavior, such as lust, or drug abuse, booze, greed, jealously and fear or bitterness. And if that doesn’t work he’ll try to trick us into being caught up in empty stale religious traditions. Moreover, those who buy into Satan’s lie will always have a problem with demonic oppression until they embrace some undeniable truths.

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons…”      — Jesus (Mark 16:17a NIV)

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. — Jesus (Luke 10:19 NIV)

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Can a Demon be Born Again?

hqdefaultby The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

I learned a long time ago that one of the Devil’s mission on this planet is to keep anyone who claims to be a Christian in some sort of bondage. It can some ongoing sinful behavior, such as lust, or drug abuse, booze, greed, jealously and fear or bitterness. And if that doesn’t work he’ll try to trick us into being caught up in empty stale religious traditions. Moreover, those who buy into Satan’s lie will always have a problem with demonic oppression until they embrace some undeniable truths.

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons…”      — Jesus (Mark 16:17a NIV)

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. — Jesus (Luke 10:19 NIV)

Initially, being set free from demonic oppression is a simple matter. The demonized one can be liberated when a follower of Christ, who understands what it means to walk in the authority of Jesus name, speaks to the demonic forces that are harassing that person’s life and tells them in Jesus’ name to leave and demon will go. However, maintaining one’s freedom is something else. It is a day by day process of staying submitted to God. Many professing Christians like to quote James 4:7 “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” but they leave out the first part of that verse. “Submit yourselves, then, to God.” this is how we “Resist the devil”. The devil will “flee from” every Christian who is totally submitted to God. Any other who tries to do spiritual warfare without being submitted to God will be like the seven sons of Sceva in Acts chapter 19.

Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. (Vs. 13-16 NIV)

The word “know” that the evil spirit used in this passage is translated from the original Greek that means to become acquainted with through a process of encounters. i.e. “I have come to know by personal experience both Jesus and Paul, men totally committed to God, and I am intimidated by them, but I have no experience with you!” The demon didn’t know these seven men because he had never had a power encounter them. These men were not completely submitted to God. Proof is found in their men’s words, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches…” They apparently didn’t personally know Jesus. They had not been proven in spiritual warfare. Therefore, they did not intimidate the demon. “Just who do you think you are?! I don’t know you! Scat!!!” The Demon then gave them a major butt kicking and further humiliated them by shredding their clothes, thus making them history’s first streakers.

  • “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” — Jesus           (Matthew 12:43-45 NIV)

The Enemy cannot inhabit one’s “house” unless it’s unoccupied.  Imaging this; you’re setting in the living room with you family eating popcorn and watching TV. Suddenly the front door swings open and these big burly men start hauling furniture into your living room. Walking in the door behind them is another family telling them where to put their furniture. Suddenly, the movers pick up your couch, family, popcorn and all, and carry it put it the front yard.

But when we give our life to Christ, the Lord of Lords, moves into our house and sets on the throne of our hearts. Famed evangelist Nicky Cruz once said, “Christians cannot be possessed by a demon. Because the demon would have to go through the blood of Jesus and then he would be a saved demon.” Paul said in Colossians 3:2-3, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Let’s see some demon get through Christ and God to get to you.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?                       (1 Corinthians 3:16 NIV)

We are created in the image of God and like him we are a trinity— three in one. Look at Solomon’s Temple [1] as a prototype. It consisted of the outer court, the inner room and Most Holy Place. The Most Holy Place, or the The Holy of Holies, was in the heart of the temple. Apply this to us. Our other court is out fleshly body. The inner room is our mind or soul. The Most Holy Place is our spirit.

When we give our lives to God and start following Christ we become his property. We make ourselves God’s bondslave [2]. Paul said, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV) The Holy Spirit set up residence in our spirit, our heart. It then becomes the Most Holy Place in the believer’s body because The Holy Spirit is enthroned there.

When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance…. When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.                             (Hebrews 9:6-7, 11-12 NIV)

Note this; If you’re a truly committed follower of Jesus no demon, no matter how fierce he may appear, will ever be able to enter your most holy place— your heart/spirit. For as in the days of Solomon’s Temple men could enter the outer court and but only the High Priest could enter the inner room and The Most Holy Place. Jesus as our High Priest entered the Most Holy Place in Heaven and “once for all by his own blood” presented the final sacrifice for sin to the Father. Now we can have a friendship with God!

If we allow him the Enemy will attack our bodies with sickness and our minds with confusion.[3] If we yield our thought-life to demons they can control the way we think, our attitudes, rob us of faith and fill us with fear. However, he will never be able to enter the true believer’s spirit, our most holy place. For only our High Priest can enter there and no other! Wow! God is so great!

The Enemy can deceive a Christian into yielding control of their life to him. After that, he can oppress him to the point of suffering from sickness, both mentally and physically. But the Enemy can never possess one who belongs to Christ. He can make us think he has but demonic attacks ends at the inner room of our lives. He can go no further.

Submitting each area of our life to God is like cleaning a room in our house. We can clean the room completely but if we don’t lock the door the enemy will move back into it. It’s through constant submission to God in each area, or room, of our lives that eventually locks the different doors in our spiritual life.

I know from experience that as long I had rooms full of fear, bitterness, unfaithfulness, anger, strife, double mindedness, intimidation and so forth, I would never be free. I would never be victorious over those areas of my life where the devil would keep me depressed, beaten and unhappy. But when I started learning and submitting to the truths that I’m sharing with you my life began to change.

[1] 1 Kings chapter 6

[2] A bondslave was someone who was not born into slavery or captured and put into slavery. He was a free man who volunteered to be the slave of some master whom he owed money in order to pay his debt. Or perhaps he was someone who had fallen on hard times and gave himself to someone to be their slave in order stay alive.

[3] When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him [Jesus], and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. (Matthew 8:16)

How to Know God’s will

By The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

executive-searchTherefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God―this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is―his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-20 NIV)

Have you ever wrestled with finding God’s will is for your life? I think we all have. Have you ever thought, “Gee…? I wonder if there’s some formula that will help me to determine God’s will.” Let me answer that with three words: yes, yes and yes!

Over the years I’ve discovered that finding God’s will is not meant to be a mystery. God doesn’t play games with his children. Jesus doesn’t say, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me,” (John 10:27 NIV) and then garble the message and make it so vague that the sheep [you and I] can’t follow his instructions.

Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?                                      (1 Corinthians 14:8 NIV)

How effective would the war against America’s enemies be if the president─the the supreme commander of the military─seldom communicated with the armed forces? Or when he did decide to speak his generals had to fast and pray or give large sums of money or give all of their possessions away before he would give them their marching orders. Then when he finally did issue orders, they were so ambiguous the Joint Chiefs could not understand them. Imagine directing massive troop deployment across the world without a clear word from the Commander-in-Chief?

“The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” — Jesus (John 10:2-4 NIV)

God is our Commander-in-Chief and his instructions are loud and clear. You see, the problem isn’t with God’s communication skills. God speaks very clearly. The difficulty is not with the transmitter. It’s the receiver, our spiritual ear, that is the problem. The difficulty is with us and our inability to hear clearly from God to find out what he has for our lives. Our spiritual radios are not fine-tuned to Channel Holy Spirit. Therefore, we don’t hear Him clearly.

Now, this is the question. How do we fine-tune our receiver? It’s simple. You must follow the instructions on “receiver-tuning’ that are found in God’s Word.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:10 NIV)

What are the instructions on how to find God’s will? How do I tune my radio so I can hear God’s voice more clearly and, thus, know his will for my life? First, you must be doing the will of God as it’s clearly defined in scripture before you will find God’s will for your personal life. In other words, do what God’s WORD clearly says for you to do and the rest will be simple.

Just do the following seven things which are plainly pointed out in scripture. Obey these seven fundamental factors that God has for you. Then you will begin to discover God’s long range plan for your life. Now once you have these seven dynamics in place, you can then do the eight. This is the easiest one of all. Do anything you want to do, as long as you’re doing the first seven.

Are you ready? Here goes:

1- It’s God’s will that you be saved/born again.

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV)

“You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’” — Jesus (John 3:7 NIV)

2- It’s God’s will that you be filled with the Holy Spirit.

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” — John the Baptizer (Matthew 3:11 NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”        —Jesus (Acts 1:8 NIV)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.  (Acts 2:1-4 NIV)

3- It’s God’s will that you live a life that is separated unto him.

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified [sat apart unto God]: that you should avoid sexual immorality (I Thessalonians 4:3 NIV)

For it is God’s
will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. (I Peter 2:15 NIV)

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is―his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)

4- It’s God’s will that you praise and worship him.

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.                          (I Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (I Peter 2:9 NIV)

5- It’s God’s will that you live in fellowship with other believers.

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another―and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 NIV)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42 NIV)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NIV)

6- It’s God’s will that you maintain a regular devotion time with him through personal Bible study and prayer.

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. (Psalms 110:9 NIV)

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalms 119:11 NIV)

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalms 5:3 NIV)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35 NIV)

7- It’s God’s will that you share your faith with others.

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. (I Chronicles 16:8 NIV)

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (I Peter 3:15 NIV)

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ─Jesus (Matthew 28:18:20)

Finally, (This is the simplest one of all)

8- Do whatever you want to do as long as steps 1-7 are in place.

These are unmistakable Biblical commands that God desires us to follow. So, if you’ve been born again and you’re actively seeking the fellowship of other believers; if you’re studying God’s Word, praying and sharing Christ with others and you’re spending time praising and worshiping God, then you’ve put your spiritual life on the fast track. God can then direct you onto the wonderful path that he designed for you.

It’s much like driving a car. As long as it sits there motionless you can’t steer it anywhere. However, once it’s moving you can make it go pretty much wherever you want it to go. The life of one in obedience to God’s WORD is much the same way.

If you are not obeying God in these seven areas, or if you’re being disobedient in any of them, you’ll remain virtually motionless―locked in a spiritual neutral. God can’t steer you to where he wants you to go if you are not moving. However, if you’re doing what the Bible tells you to do, pray, seek God, witness, etc; you’ve started up your motor and you’re moving in the right direction. God can then maneuver you where he wants you to go and show you the things he wants you to do. In addition, having these seven factors in place will minimize your chances of making wrong turns, because your obedience puts God squarely in the driver’s seat of your life.
Pretty simple, huh? Well, that’s the way God meant it to be. Discovering his will is not meant to be some unsearchable mystery. It would be pretty ridiculous for Jesus to say, “Come follow me,” and then not tell us how to do it, wouldn’t it?