by 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  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 . 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. 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 Kings chapter 6
 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.
 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)