Demons have been the focus of many Hollywood movies over the years. The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Angels and Demons, and Constantine with Keanu Reeves, to name a few. You can get a demon from these movies if you want one. All of these movies struck a cord of fear-chill and raked in millions of dollars. In each story line, the demons travel as big, ugly, powerful, and intimidating beings bent on destruction. There are pieces of truth mixed with massive amounts of supposition in these stories, but who would be watching a movie for the truth anyway, right? But most people do not study the scripture to discover the truth about demons, so they make up their own mix of demonology from books, stories, movies, and any personal experience they may have.
You will have spiritual beings that come around you from time to time. Some have a right to stay and some will have to go; depending on your activity. One day I was talking to a friend. He said, “Some people think there is a demon behind every bush.” Now my response would be, “I don’t think there is a demon behind every bush, but if there is a person behind that bush, there will most likely be a demon there trying to intimidate, oppress, condemn, depress, accuse, over power, and stir up as much trouble as possible.”
In more than thirty years of ministry and counseling, I am talking to more and more people who are witnessing angelic activity, reporting demonic torment, entertaining more dreams and visions and encountering spiritual experiences. It is as if the veil that exists between the physical and Spiritual realms is thinner. What’s more, the paradigm in the western mindset for the invisible world is breaking through the ominous cloud of intellectual criticism. Many are experiencing very powerful breakthroughs. Angelic activity is increasing in the earth as the end of days approaches and God tests the hearts of all men on the earth. But the reality of the soul’s trouble, stinking thinking, and psyche torment can not be over looked. When Lot, Abraham’s nephew lived in Sodom and Gomorrah, the Bible says that he vexed his righteous soul daily. (2 Peter 2:7-8) The evil activities of the inhabitants of that nation frustrated Lot’s psyche. It was not Lot’s sin, but the sin in his culture.
Torment in Society
There are many experiences happening in our society today that require an explanation that intellectualism and scientific study cannot answer. For example, when the bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon in 2013, the nation was dazed with the actions of two brothers who shared a religious belief system that told them to kill Americans, and if they died in honor of Mohammad and the Koran, they would be a martyr. There is no intellectual answer or scientific explanation for this irrational and immoral behavior. Our society is creating a massive spiritual void in the hearts of its people by trying to establish itself as a non-spiritual nation. As a result, there is a rising tide of spiritual hunger, spiritual awareness, and spiritual power that is working its way as yeast through the lump of dough we call humanity.
The souls of men and women are being activated. Spiritual forces are aligning. The darkness that encompasses the earth is growing darker. The glory on the children of God is glowing brighter. (Isaiah 60) The word of God is being fulfilled. The book of Revelation is walking off of the page into current events. The sons of God and the forces of darkness are coming to maturity as the end of day’s battles approach.
However, for the actions of the two brothers in Boston there is a spiritual answer. A demonic force called a spirit of anti-Christ. (1 John 4:2-6) This demon hates anyone who loves Christ; the anointed one, and drives legally motivated people to kill anyone who breaks their law. True love experienced through the forgiveness of sin is the only antidote. Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) The enemy (Satan) comes to steal kill and destroy. If this is Satan’s mode of operations, then who was behind the scene driving the bombing in Boston? Who then is Allah aligned with? The radicalization of American citizens is happening as they read the Koran, attend their Mosques, live in their families, and as it is approved by their Imams (preachers).
People find purpose when they give their life for a heart-felt conviction, even if that conviction is misguided and destructive. But when a man or woman believes they are fulfilling the will of God, they will give their lives unto death. All who would be called gods are looking for this kind of commitment. Never in scripture will you find God telling his people to kill themselves. This is of demonic origin. If you want to be free from the torment of demons, you can be. The purpose of demons is revealed in the first book in the Bible. (Genesis 3)
The Demon’s Purpose
In the Garden of Eden, Lucifer the first demon appears and tempts Eve as she is admiring the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His strategy was deception, choice and betrayal. With his words, he wanted to cause Eve to doubt the goodness of God (deception), get her to make a choice to eat the forbidden fruit (choice), and connive words that would motivate her to betray her God and self. He could not physically twist her arm and force her to eat. He could only talk to her and get her to believe that she deserved the wisdom of the forbidden tree, and then provoke her to take it for herself. Make this mental note: every door to an act of sin and demonic entrance will be opened by a person that believes a lie. With Adam’s decision to eat the fruit in disobedience to God’s command, the curse of death infected the entire creation. This was the demon’s goal.
God’s Curse Reveals Purpose
God’s curse of the serpent holds the key to the purpose of demons.
This is the curse that God spoke for the serpent: “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel .” (Genesis 3:14-15 NKJV)
The serpent was used by Lucifer in the Garden of Eden, and was cursed in the physical and spiritual realm for his part. God’s curse for the cunning physical serpent was also applicable for the demon spirit serpent, as Lucifer was functioning in the physical and spiritual realm at the same time. When God says something, it becomes the law in the physical and spiritual realms simultaneously.
The first part of this curse is “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field…” Lucifer could not tempt Eve without the body of a snake to work through. Therefore, the serpent was cursed for allowing Lucifer to use his body. There is a curse that comes on anything or anyone who lets a demon use them to tempt another human. Demons are motivated to destroy you because they want to cause as much havoc as possible on every human that carries the image of God.
The second part of the curse is “…upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life…” Now a once proud and shrewd being that walked around erect, would now be cursed to slither on his belly and eat dust. This curse is still in effect for the reptilian species to this day. On the invisible demon side, the serpent was cursed to slither in the lowest places in the creation and eat humankind’s spiritual dust all the days of his life. The demons know their end will be the lake of fire. But before they get there, the demons are cursed to eat the yuck that surfaces when you are acting in agreement with your fleshly desires. Since demons do not die, they have been eating human dust dust for a long time.
So, what is this dust they are cursed to eat? You can find a clue to this puzzle a few verses later when God curses the man.
“…In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and unto dust shall you return.” (Genesis 3:19)
Adam was made from dust in the physical realm and God said he would return there. It was your flesh that was made out of dust. So the actions of the flesh to gratify the lusts of the body is the spiritual dust that the demons have a right to eat. This means whenever or wherever your flesh surfaces the demons are commanded to eat.
When you choose to respond to the feelings of anger that lead to hate for your brother or sister, the demons will eat it and entice you to take it one step further, to murder. When you are over come with the feelings of bitterness and envy for someone who you believe has more stuff and more favor than you, the demons will come to eat and entice you to devise a plan to take what they have and destroy them. When you feel the desire for sexual gratification in your body and you begin to give yourself to fulfilling them in an unlawful way, the demons will come to eat and entice you to go further into adultery and perversion. This is eloquently stated in proverbs 9.
“A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knows nothing. For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wants understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Proverbs 9:13-18)
The end of these temptations and enticements will be destruction and demonic oppression. There are more desires of the flesh that I could name here, but the action to gratify your flesh will draw flies (demons), just like the waste of your flesh draws flies (demons). God pronounced this curse as a law in the creation and it will be in effect until the end of time.
The purpose of demons is to eat the flesh when it surfaces in your life. God’s design and intention is for you to experience grace and peace through the full knowledge of God. Jesus Christ has given us all things that are relevant for life and godliness. This promise comes by faith, but there is another choice you can make. You can choose the corruption that is in the world through lusts. God does not keep you in the dark about the works of the flesh, he gives you a couple of lists so that you can know what this flesh or dust looks like.
The Works of the Flesh
When you choose the following sins, demons will smell it and come to eat.
The first list is in Galatians 5:17-21:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The second list that compares the actions of the flesh compared to the actions of the Spirit, and shows what the dust looks like that the demons are cursed to eat is Ephesians 5:1-5:
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as become saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whore-monger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:1-5)
The knowledge of God is the ultimate knowledge. However, you are living in a society that has cast off the knowledge of God, the laws of God and the desire to even know him. The American society treats God as a righteous plague that will corrupt their legal system and infuse out-dated morals that are not relevant for our civilization. What you choose to meditate on and focus on will set the stage for your experience. The heart draws to itself what it chooses to believe. The Lord said, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
One Story of Freedom
One day a young needed help. He was abused as a young child by his cousin and his parents did not believe him. This breach of trust caused a chasm of offense between him and his parents. His cousin, about ten years his senior, would scare him, abuse him mentally, physically and sexually, and cause him great hurt. The smashed feelings, the deep disappointment, and the frayed emotions, layered with trauma and distress compounded the helpless brokenness he experienced. When his parents were going out on the town, they would trust his babysitting to his cousin. He would pitch a temper tantrum at the door, trying to get their attention to rescue him. They would not listen but rebuked him harshly.
As a choice, he judged his parents as untrustworthy, began to hate his parents, rebelled against everything that was remotely like them, and sought drugs to help manage the pain in his soul. Somewhere along the way he picked up a number of demonic leaches and believed the lie that they would “help” protect him. Finally the abuse stopped, but the damage to his soul had already been done. What he needed now was deliverance and healing. Eighteen years of running away from and covering the emotional pain with every drug you can imagine, until the demon had eaten almost every ounce of flesh left in him. But Jesus Christ met him and restored him to life again. Now his life is healed and he walks free. If you want to be free from the torment of demons; the cleansing of the blood of Jesus, the authority of the word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit will set you free. You will have to place your complete confidence and faith in Jesus Christ.
This is the key for your victory. You are living in a physical body as an eternal spiritual being. As a result, the world will never be enough. You need God and the power of his Holy Spirit to fill you. Make you choice today. You can live in the Spirit. Trust him. Depend on him. Love him. Worship him. As you live your life in relationship with God, your behavior will change and your heart will be filled with love.
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