“Then one was brought to Him [JESUS] who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.” Matthew 12:22
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Scripture is clear that a human being can be possessed or controlled by a demon or evil spirit.
“…they brought to Him [JESUS] all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.” Matthew 4:24b
“For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.” Acts 8:7
Scripture is also clear that the LORD has given us power and authority to drive out demons.
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues” Mark 16:17
To identify signs of demonic activity either in an oppressive or possessive state, we must look at Scripture as the primary identifier, without falling into superstition or human intuition.
We see specific signs of demonic activity identified in the following passage of Scripture.
“Then one of the crowd answered and said, ‘Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.’ 19 He answered him and said, ‘O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.’ 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. 21 So He asked his father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ 23 Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, ‘Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!’ 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, ‘He is dead.’ 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ 29 So He said to them, ‘This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.’” Mark 9:17-29
From this account found in the book of Mark and other Biblical accounts, we can identify some typical phenomenon that may be observed during a demonic manifestation. These include the following.
There may be a change of a person’s personality, including:
1. Enhanced intelligence and manipulation.
2. Shifted moral character and behavior.
3. Altered physical appearance.
There may be physical changes in a person, including:
1. Increased unnatural strength.
2. Epileptic convulsions – for example, foaming at the mouth.
3. Catatonic symptoms – for example, falling suddenly.
4. Clouding of consciousness.
5. Loss of sensation to pain.
6. Changes in voice.
There may be mental changes to a person, including:
1. Glossolalia or “tongues” (speaking in an unknown language) and understanding or interpretation of this unknown language. This is a fake “gift,” as opposed to the Biblical gift.
2. Unnatural knowledge.
3. Psychic and occult powers, such as:
- Clairvoyance – the power or faculty of discerning objects not present to the senses; the ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception.
- Telepathy – communication from one mind to another by extrasensory means.
There may be spiritual changes to a person, including:
1. Reaction to and fear of CHRIST.
2. Blasphemy with regret, as in depression.
3. Reaction to prayer.
Deliverance is possible in the Name of JESUS, praise GOD.
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8b
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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