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I have reason to believe that I may be possessed because I get upset/angry at the most unusual times, and even today on Christmas, I got mad at least once. Is there anything I can do at home (I have NO means of transportation as I am a fourteen-year-old male) to help put the demons to rest?
You aren’t possessed by demons; you are enslaved to anger – there is a difference. Demon possession ended not long after the days of Christ. Jesus made it clear that one of His jobs was to bind the devil and take His strength away by casting out his demons (Matt 12:28-29). When Jesus’ disciples had come back from their evangelism trips and related to Him that they had cast out many demons, Jesus told them that they were defeating Satan by getting rid of Satan’s demonic minions (Lk 10:17-18). When Jesus and His disciples cast out demons, they did it permanently (Lk 8:30-33) and bound Satan by their acts. We no longer have to deal with such overt attacks by the devil because he has been bound by Christ’s sacrifice (Rev. 20:2).
The way to deal with anger is to choose self-control, which can be very difficult, especially in our teenage years. Jas 1:19 says that one of the best cures for anger is to slow down and listen first. If we are swift to hear and slow to speak, anger tends to subside because of understanding. God gave us each two ears and only one mouth for a reason. Focus on listening to others and trying to understand their perspectives before allowing anger to control you.
Thank you so much for using God’s Word as a light to our paths; you have helped lots of people with the health of their souls!!! My question has to do with the ‘spirit of heaviness’ cited in Isaiah 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.”
I have a friend that says depression is a demonic entity that attacks us; he then says the only way around it is praise to Jesus. Is there any truth to this doctrine?
Friend Of Eeyore
Dear Friend Of Eeyore,
Isaiah 61 is dealing with the blessings and victory that exist in Christ’s church, and it has nothing to do with demon possession. Though it is true that focusing on our blessings and showing praise can help us when our spirits are heavy, demon possession is an entirely separate issue.
Evil spirits are real, but they were cast out and their powers greatly reduced by Christ and the apostles. Demon possession ended not long after the days of Christ. Jesus made it clear that one of His jobs was to bind the devil and take His strength away by casting out his demons (Matt 12:28-29). When Jesus’ disciples had come back from their evangelism trips and related to Him that they had cast out many demons, Jesus told them that they were defeating Satan by getting rid of Satan’s demonic minions (Lk 10:17-18). When Jesus and His disciples cast out demons, they did it permanently (Lk 8:30-33) and bound Satan by their acts. We no longer have to deal with such overt attacks by the devil because he has been bound by Christ’s sacrifice (Rev. 20:2). Demon possession no longer exists; the devil must use subtler methods to deceive us now.
Can I pray for the devil’s death?
We should pray for things until God gives us a clear and definitive answer. Before we stop to pray for something, we must always stop to read what God has to say first (Eccl 5:1). After all, no matter what we want, God’s will should come first (Matt 6:10).
In the case of the devil, God says that He has already reserved a place for him and his angels (2 Pet 2:4). God has already decided that the devil will be cast forever into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10). However, God has also decided that He will be patient and wait for just the right time to judge the devil, his angels, and all mankind (2 Pet 3:9-10).
Do angels and demons appear to people today?
Keeping My Eyes Peeled
Dear Keeping My Eyes Peeled,
There is absolutely no way of knowing whether or not angels and demons appear to people today, but we do know that they don’t make themselves evident by demon possession or angels coming with new messages from God. Gal 1:8 says that angels have no new message to provide us with, and therefore, there is no need to visit people in the unmasked fashion they once did. In the days of the Old Testament, God spoke to mankind in various forms, including through angels, but now we only need to listen to His Son (Heb 1:1-2).
Where in the bible does it tell of the devil and his demons being fallen angels?
Dear Scripture Please,
The Bible doesn’t give us much information on the devil’s origins, and since the Bible is vague, we must also be vague. The Bible says that certain angels sinned against God and were cast down and reserved for judgment (2 Pet 2:4). The Bible never specifically mentions the devil as part of that crew of angels, but this may refer to him as well. The Bible says that the devil is the father of lies and murder (Jhn 8:44). The devil was cast out of heaven by God because the devil rebelled against God and sinned. Beyond that, we have very little information. We know that Jesus bound Satan when Jesus came to earth (Mk 3:22-27), and Jesus’ sacrifice cast him out of heaven (Rev 12:7-11). We also know that the devil will eventually be cast into the fires of hell with his angels (Matt 25:41).