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Demons wander the Earth seeking homes (people's bodies) where they can find rest. When they find a home that has been cleaned, purified from demon possession, they then bring other demons with them.
 
Demons wander the Earth seeking homes (people's bodies) where they can find rest. When they find a home that has been cleaned, purified from demon possession, they then bring other demons with them.
  
{cquote|Matthew 12:43  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.<br> 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.<br> 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.}}
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{{cquote|Matthew 12:43  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.<br> 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.<br> 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.}}
  
 
==Purging / Exorcism==
 
==Purging / Exorcism==
  
One can purge oneself and cleanse one's own heart, eyes, and mind. Spiritual possession occurs in multiple ways, and thus controlling various aspects of oneself can allow a cleansing to take place:
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One can purge oneself and cleanse one's own heart, eyes, and mind.<ref>Isaiah 1:16; Jeremiah 4:14.</ref> Spiritual possession occurs in multiple ways, and thus controlling various aspects of oneself can allow a cleansing to take place:
  
* '''Breath:''' The Biblical word for "spirit" literally carries the meaning of "wind," "air," or "breath." The common word in Hebrew (Old Testament) is ''ruwach''<ref>Brown, Driver, Briggs, and Gesenius (2019). "[https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/kjv/ruwach-2.html The KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon: Ruwach.]" ''BibleStudyTools.''</ref> and in Greek (New Testament) is ''pneuma.''<ref>Thayer and Smith (2019). "[https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/pneuma.html The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon: Pneuma.]" ''BibleStudyTools.''</ref> As such, demons appear to enter the body through breathing, and as such, can be inhaled or exhaled. Controlling one's breath through exhalation affects them.  
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* '''Breath:''' The Biblical word for "spirit" literally carries the meaning of "wind," "air," or "breath." The common word translated spirit in Hebrew (Old Testament) is ''ruwach''<ref>Brown, Driver, Briggs, and Gesenius (2019). "[https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/kjv/ruwach-2.html The KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon: Ruwach.]" ''BibleStudyTools.''</ref> and in Greek (New Testament) is ''pneuma.''<ref>Thayer and Smith (2019). "[https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/pneuma.html The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon: Pneuma.]" ''BibleStudyTools.''</ref> As such, demons appear to enter the body through breathing, and as such, can be inhaled or exhaled. Controlling one's breath through exhalation affects them.  
 
* '''Eyes:''' Demons can dwell behind one's eyelids, and simply flickering eyelids rapidly or opening them so the air behind them leaves can help remove that which should not be in oneself. As such, Jesus cautioned against those who have evil eyes that cause them to serve mammon instead of God.<ref>Matthew 6:22-24; 18:9; Luke 11:34-36.</ref>
 
* '''Eyes:''' Demons can dwell behind one's eyelids, and simply flickering eyelids rapidly or opening them so the air behind them leaves can help remove that which should not be in oneself. As such, Jesus cautioned against those who have evil eyes that cause them to serve mammon instead of God.<ref>Matthew 6:22-24; 18:9; Luke 11:34-36.</ref>
 
* '''Purifying the Heart:''' Christians are commanded to be like little children in innocence, with clean, pure hearts. This allows a closer relationship to God the Father, which is why Jesus said the angels of little children are close to God the Father.<ref>Matthew 18:3,10; Luke 18:16.</ref> Christians can become "double-minded" and the solution is purifying one's heart.<ref>James 4:8.</ref>
 
* '''Purifying the Heart:''' Christians are commanded to be like little children in innocence, with clean, pure hearts. This allows a closer relationship to God the Father, which is why Jesus said the angels of little children are close to God the Father.<ref>Matthew 18:3,10; Luke 18:16.</ref> Christians can become "double-minded" and the solution is purifying one's heart.<ref>James 4:8.</ref>
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{{cquote|James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.}}
 
{{cquote|James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.}}
  
However, per the previous section, even if one purges oneself from demons and their wickedness, one must then submit to God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to be filled with them - otherwise the demons will simply return with even more demons.<ref>Matthew 12:43-45; Luke 11:24-26.</ref>
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However, per the previous section, even if one purges oneself from demons and their wickedness, one must then submit to God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to be filled with them - otherwise the demons will simply return with even more demons.<ref>Matthew 12:43-45; Luke 11:24-26.</ref> If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us; if we seek Him diligently with all of our hearts then we will find Him.<ref>James 4:8; 2 Chronicles 15:2.</ref> Even the most sinful people can be cleansed so that "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."<ref>Isaiah 1:18.</ref>
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{{cquote|Isaiah 1:16 ¶ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;<br> 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.<br> 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.}}
  
 
===Demons Must Obey Christ and God===
 
===Demons Must Obey Christ and God===

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The following is an explanation of how the spiritual aspect of reality operates, with Biblical sources:

Where our Treasures Are, There Are Hearts Are

Biblically our hearts are not bound to our bodies. They will naturally gravitate to whatever, whomever, or wherever we treasure.

Matthew 6:19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Thoughts Determine Nature

The thoughts within oneself affect external realities, including one's own nature. As one thinks, so they are. Similarly, the thoughts from one's heart can themselves make a person unclean even apart from physical actions; which is why we must carefully control our thoughts as well as our actions and words.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Matthew 15:17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Christians Are Spiritually Connected

Christians are spiritually connected as one body through Christ[1], built together as a temple for God with Jesus as the chief cornerstone, seated together in the Heavens in spiritual places. As such, spiritual connections between individuals is possible.

Ephesians 2:4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Christians Are One Through Christ

See also Trinity

The nature of oneness is commonly misunderstood. The Trinity are one with one another through a sharing of spirit, or interconnection of their spirits, not because they are the same being (they are separate, God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit) but because they are spiritually connected. In the same way, Christians are one with them by them indwelling our bodies with their spirits, so that we are one with Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit in the same way they are with each other.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 17:11 ¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

John 17:20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 ¶ Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

As such, spirits are not bound to bodies, they can indwell other bodies, resulting in a shared connection between different people's spirits.

Demon Possession

That is also how demon possession works, Biblically. Demons are simply the spirits of fallen angels, but rather than the "ministering spirits" which exist to help and protect Christians while serving God (unfallen angels)[2] they were cast down and can occupy the bodies of others, tempting them to do sin. Demons/Angels are able to not only inhabit the bodies of people, but of animals as well, changing from one body to another.

Johm 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Multiple Spirits in One Body

Furthermore, many demons can dwell in a single person's body, see the case of Legion.[3]

Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Mark 5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

Demons Wander the Earth and Communicate With Each Other

Demons wander the Earth seeking homes (people's bodies) where they can find rest. When they find a home that has been cleaned, purified from demon possession, they then bring other demons with them.

Matthew 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Purging / Exorcism

One can purge oneself and cleanse one's own heart, eyes, and mind.[4] Spiritual possession occurs in multiple ways, and thus controlling various aspects of oneself can allow a cleansing to take place:

  • Breath: The Biblical word for "spirit" literally carries the meaning of "wind," "air," or "breath." The common word translated spirit in Hebrew (Old Testament) is ruwach[5] and in Greek (New Testament) is pneuma.[6] As such, demons appear to enter the body through breathing, and as such, can be inhaled or exhaled. Controlling one's breath through exhalation affects them.
  • Eyes: Demons can dwell behind one's eyelids, and simply flickering eyelids rapidly or opening them so the air behind them leaves can help remove that which should not be in oneself. As such, Jesus cautioned against those who have evil eyes that cause them to serve mammon instead of God.[7]
  • Purifying the Heart: Christians are commanded to be like little children in innocence, with clean, pure hearts. This allows a closer relationship to God the Father, which is why Jesus said the angels of little children are close to God the Father.[8] Christians can become "double-minded" and the solution is purifying one's heart.[9]
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

However, per the previous section, even if one purges oneself from demons and their wickedness, one must then submit to God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to be filled with them - otherwise the demons will simply return with even more demons.[10] If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us; if we seek Him diligently with all of our hearts then we will find Him.[11] Even the most sinful people can be cleansed so that "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."[12]

Isaiah 1:16 ¶ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Demons Must Obey Christ and God

Demons must obey Christ and God. Indeed the demons themselves worship Jesus and God the Father, and must obey their orders, to the degree that demons even begged Jesus not to torture them.[13] Jesus has the ability to give such power over them to His disciples.[14] As such, Christians who are right with God the Father can have absolute power over them and verbally command them to leave, or even give them other commands, as Jesus did.[15]

There is no magic in it, if one is living obedient to God the Father in right relation with Him, then one has the simple authority to tell the demons what to do. The power is from God and Jesus. Without Jesus Christians can do nothing.[16]

Mark 1:23 ¶ And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Not Bound by Location

Nor is such spiritual command and control subject to physical limitations. One can command angels and demons even from great distances.

Mark 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

In some cases, perhaps specific to more powerful angels, they can even act like humans by performing physical actions. As such, it is possible that the most powerful demons, being former angels, may have such ability also.

Acts 12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Prayer, Faith, Fasting Improve Control

The ability to cast out demons is improved by things like faith, prayer, and fasting. As such, there were times when the apostles were unable to cast out demons that only Jesus was able to cast out, because they were not in the right spiritual state.[17]

Matthew 17:14 ¶ And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Sources

  1. Ephesians 1:23; 2:6; 4:15-16,25; 5:29-30; Romans 12:5; Colossians 1:24; 2:19; 1 Corinthians 6:15; 10:17; 12:27.
  2. Hebrews 1:7,14; Psalms 91:11; 103:20-21; 104:4.
  3. Mark 5:8-13.
  4. Isaiah 1:16; Jeremiah 4:14.
  5. Brown, Driver, Briggs, and Gesenius (2019). "The KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon: Ruwach." BibleStudyTools.
  6. Thayer and Smith (2019). "The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon: Pneuma." BibleStudyTools.
  7. Matthew 6:22-24; 18:9; Luke 11:34-36.
  8. Matthew 18:3,10; Luke 18:16.
  9. James 4:8.
  10. Matthew 12:43-45; Luke 11:24-26.
  11. James 4:8; 2 Chronicles 15:2.
  12. Isaiah 1:18.
  13. Mark 5:6-9.
  14. Mark 6:7; Luke 8:27-30.
  15. Mark 3:12; 5:13.
  16. John 15:5; Acts 14:13-15.
  17. Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:17-29; Luke 9:39-42.