“Can a Christian have demons within their body and soul or influencing them?” The answer is absolutely YES, but most Christians cannot comprehend that and think this is heresy. At the Bible School we learn that a Christian cannot have demons, but as I started to serve the Lord in a local Church I realized that this theology ignores the reality and it is inaccurate. I saw many people influenced by demons in local churches. (Note: Influence is different from demon possession. We are talking about the first one)
The following is a list of 20 possible manifestations of such demonic activity:
Unnatural fear such as fear of being alone, dark, water, drowning, failure, being rejected, or people/places.
Migraine headaches, recurring headaches, heart palpitations or other pain that comes and goes with no physical problem diagnosed.
Deep depression that cannot be shaken.
Confusion or inability to think straight..
Restlessness, sleeplessness, or cannot relax.
Unusual tiredness, sleepiness or weakness.
Unexpected thoughts of lust/profanity
Out of control rage, and anger and temper tantrums.
Cannot stop talking and rambling around.
Sudden urges to commit suicide or kill someone or something.
Schizophrenia or split personality.
Unexplained or unreasonable rebellion against authority.
Urging to read or see pornography, smoke, take drugs or drink or look at violence and bloodshed.
Ability to see future events or discern personal things about other people. Depression may follow afterward.
Urge toward sexual perversion and unnatural sexual acts if married.
Any other strong urge to do things that you cannot control and is unnatural.
Physical problems like cancer, diabetes, tumors or high blood pressure just like experienced by a direct ancestor.
Cannot stop crying or inability to quit grieving over someone or something.
Cannot stop lying.
Cannot forgive other people.
James 4:7-8 (AMP)So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you. Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].
Satan and his demons will not flee from us unless we do all this scripture tells us to do.
1. We must first submit ourselves to God
2. Then repent and cleanse our hands and purify our hearts
3. Then bind the strongman and use the authority Jesus gave us.
Most Christians are still waiting on God to make the devil and his demons flee from us. Jesus said, In my Name, YOU will take authority over demons and drive them out.
1 Peter 5:8,9 – This is a strong warning that our enemy is very powerful and we must be on guard to protect ourselves from this enemy. This verse tells us to take some action, because if we ignore Satan and his demons, they will not go away all by themselves. Ephesians 4:27 “Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].”
This is not to say that every problem on that list is demonic activity, but if the person has tried to crucify the flesh daily and done all they can to get victory, but keeps failing, then it is time to look for roots of demonic activity. We cannot blame the lusts of the flesh on the works of the devil.