In Job , we are told that Satan himself, the king of darkness, has been known to approach even the presence of the Almighty God:. There is no Biblical evidence that I am aware of where demons are known to specifically operate within a man's spirit. Every time we see a demonic spirit at work in the life of a person, it is either through the soul mind or the physical body. In Matthew ,18, we find an example where a young boy was mentally ill because of a demonic spirit:.
And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. The term lunatic here in the NT Greek translates to the word seleniazomai, which means moonstruck or crazy. To be moonstruck literally means mentally unbalanced, or mentally ill. Clearly the boy was affected mentally by this evil spirit. People are also known to be physically affected by demonic spirits. In Luke , we are shown of a perfectly sane woman who was physically bound by a spirit of infirmity:.
It is not uncommon for people to be tormented and harassed with fear and other mental torment, such as the case 1 Samuel , where King Saul received an evil spirit:. When we trace the word troubled here back to the OT Hebrew, it gives us the word baath, which means to terrify, trouble or overwhelm a person. It is not uncommon for people to be mentally harassed by evil spirits in this manner.
This assumption is mostly based upon 2 Corinthians , which is actually lecturing the saints about believers marrying unbelievers: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? Man is composed of a body, a soul mind and a spirit. This is the part of us that Romans is referring to as we are told to be renewed in our minds: "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind , that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
But in Colossians , we are also told to put on this man by growing in the knowledge of Him that created us: "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. As Ephesians tells us, we are cleansed by the washing of the Word: Ephesians , "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word , That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
In Jeremiah , God tells us that the Holy Spirit covers the whole earth: "Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? In Job , we are told that Satan himself, the king of darkness, has been known to approach even the presence of the Almighty God: " For so long I had wondered why I had fallen so far away from God, practicing witch craft, and being so lost.
It all made sense to me now. The enemy had lied to me for so long. He had lured me with the seduction of magic into a life of wickedness, convincing me to hate God.
All because he knew that if I came into my rightful inheritance as a believer in Jesus Christ, that I would be able to use my power to stomp him out. Not just in my life, but in the life of many others. God has given each one of us gifts to use so that we might exercise them faithfully for the Kingdom of God.
Yet so many of us have lost belief that we are even capable of having these amazing gifts. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are so special — something from our amazing Father who wants to share a piece of heaven with us right here on earth. Every gift is useful to build up, encourage, and help other people and should be used in doing so. You were made for such a time as this and if you are reading this right now, then please know God is calling you out in this very moment to use the gift he has given you.
I have been following your posts for awhile and you are a blessing! This article is especially interesting to me as I have this gift. It is a gift that is not utilizes in the body of Christ nearly as much as it should be. My prayer is that God increases this gift even more in my life! One of the triggers I have with this gift when I am sensing demon is very much a lack of peace about a person or situation.
Thank you! Thank you for sharing. I still vividly remember that moment when I was standing at the foot of the steps, playing and in that instance, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that there is a God. At that young age, I confessed that God existed.
When I was a teenager, I would literally see golden flakes falling on my head from above. Sometimes, I would see dark shadows darting around the corner of my vision demons.
Fall of the Spirits of Darkness
At times I would feel really depressed and down all of a sudden and realise that it is demonic oppression. When I was younger I would get promptings for the holy spirit to pray urgently, for no reason at all. I care deeply about justice and righteousness, which is lacking so much even in my own country. I believe that God wants me to fully receive the gift of discerning of spirits as a feel a great desire to receive it.
Your story is an encouragement to me…to pursue this journey that the Lord has intended for me. Thank you for posting! Not enough is written about this gift nor is it talked about. More needs to be written, in particular I would love to hear from people who have this gift and share personal experiences. God Bless you all. You are so strong for sharing your story with others. I myself has been through things that people can never imagine.
God has given me the gift of discerning of spirits also. He has brought me a long ways from bondage to freedom. The Holy spirit lives in me and I pray that God will manifest this gift in me more and more. Thank you. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was I had 5 members of the church laid hands on me, while they were praying in tongues. While this was going on, I felt the Demon moving inside of me from my belly. A thousand unknown, unknowable dangers exist just out of sight. The people discussed in this chapter are not in the know.
Many most, even believe they are, or at least that what theyve found is closest to the invisible truth of the world. Most may not fully understand the true secrets of the World of Darkness and its Shadow, but they believe they do because of their faith, their research, their occult lore or their cultural traditions.
Some among them are souls that glimpse fragments of a dark world that mirrors our own and are certain they see a Truth that everyone else is blind to. It is their privilege, their gift, their talent or their curse: to see what no oth- ers see. Some want to share their gift with other people, showing them the light, opening their eyes to the hidden truth.
Others keep their secrets, hoping for power if they cling to what they know. Many are just too scared and too confused to share what they see. These are the wisest ones, for they know they dont really understand what they are dealing with. When the realm behind the mirrors and within the shadows bleeds through into the real world, the results are usually ugly. What the Storyteller and his players are presented with here are ignorant people struggling to understand horrors and ideas theyd never dreamed of before.
They cling to their beliefs, their folklore or their faith anything that allows them to make sense of what they perceive. For a great deal of these people, madness or death is the reward for their efforts. Few prosper with what they know, for few know anything true enough to be valuable. If ever Storytellers or players wanted to know what the Shadow can do to people who are unprepared and uninformed, this is the chapter to answer those questions. And the answers arent pretty. Faith and the Occult Many people encountering the Shadow, even without any ties to a specifc faith, will see echoes of religious lore in what they see.
Perhaps the most obvious if not exactly rational answer to seeing a spirit would be to assume that it was a ghost or a demon. In instances of spirits using their Infuences to noticeably change the world, it might seem to many people that they are seeing evidence of demonic possession or Satans infuence in the world of man. While this is certainly the most obvious human reac- tion to dealing with the invisible world around them, it has a number of possible permutations that can take such incidents in a variety of directions. Some compelling sto- ries can be told around characters who seek to apply their religious knowledge to the horrors of the Shadows.
Think of an average offce worker, maybe a lapsed Catholic, who suddenly fnds his family bedeviled by demons that resist all attempts at exorcism.
Who/What Are Dark and Evil Spirits?
Think of the young man getting his frst car, only to fnd that at certain hours of night, when the car is parked, he can see things in the rearview mirrors, prowling around outside: things that look like demons, though he can never be sure from the short glances he gets. Think of an old woman who hears the voices of ghosts crying out to her every time she falls asleep, screaming inhumanly as they burn in Hell. Think of the stories that could be told in trying to help these people overcome their troubles or help them understand the truth.
Some characters might be driven to investigate further, unraveling more of the Shadows mysteries. Others might see the need to ensure that these tormented souls learn no more and are prevented from delving nay deeper into the existence of spirits beyond the Gauntlet. The notion of the occult is a blanket concept that cov- ers a lot of ground.
In some instances those people who turn to the occult for answers to what they are experiencing will be seeking out a mishmash of religious lore from old faiths and old cultures that will mesh with what their religious background taught them. In other cases, what they seek will be more recent occult works penned or devised by more modern minds thinkers and philosophers perhaps not so bound to notions of religion and could therefore be more relatable to atheists and agnostics.
Think of a person frantically researching online and in libraries for any oc- cultist who has written of experiences similar to the ones he has suffered through lately.