Demon oppression vs Demon possession

HERE’S one of those controversial questions in the ministry of deliverance, but ought not.


To understand how a Christian can have a demon, we need to first explain the difference between “Demon possession” and “Demon oppression.”


Mark 5: 1-5. The healing of demon possessed man: “They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him.  This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain.  For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.  Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones ” presents to us a man who is demonically possessed. We see a man who is totally taken over and controlled by an unclean spirit- he could not live with people!” (NIV).


This man can be described as being under “a complete and total control” of (someone) or something.


For the man of Gadarene, in Mark 5:1-5, it was demon possession for the demons had captured his entire thought life.


Such a person is in a condition where one or more demons inhibit the body and take total control.


This person has lost personal control of what they say, what they feel or do. They are in complete possession.


The evil spirits (Legion), for they “were many” possessed his spirit, soul and body.


Click the link below to watch the video as Pastor Nellie explains what demons are capable of doing to believers and non believers alike.



At this point is important to introduce the tripartite nature of man which will help us understand better why a believer can have demons that need to be kicked out from their lives so that they may experience the fullness of freedom that Jesus came on the earth for.


Galatians 5:1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand firm then and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (NIV).


The human being has three parts-Spirit, Soul and Body.

1Thessalonians 5:23May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through, may your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blames at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV).


In 1 Corinthians 6:19 we are told, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you?”


New creation


We are the temple of God and His spirit lives in us. How then can evil spirits live in us? Can light really dwell with darkness?


When we accept Christ as Lord and Saviour, the Holy Spirit comes to reside in our spirit.


A lot of people have misunderstood 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, that anyone in Christ is a new creation!


They have assumed that every part of the person becomes new at salvation. However, the change that occurs at salvation only occurs within the spirit.


The soul part of the human being itself comprises three parts-the mind , emotions and will. With our minds we think, with our emotions we feel, and, with your will, you act.


An unbeliever belongs to Satan. He or she is owned and controlled by Satan.


A believer belongs to the kingdom of God. He or she may be influenced to some degree by Satan, but not totally owned.


Invisible invaders


For the man of Garderene, once more, he was totally bought out to evil spirits as exhibited in his bizarre, fierce and violent behaviour.


For the Christian, he or she can be demonised, that is,  be partially under the control of a demon due to its presence in his or her life.

The presence of an evil spirit would be exhibited in the mind, emotions and will areas of the Christian’s life, that is his or her Soul. And, more often than not, in the body through physical affliction.


But the demons in a Christian are squatters, the invisible invaders, as the Christian does not belong to them but belongs to God!


Constant transformation


When we become born again it is the Spirit that has changed.


The soul and body requires a walk with God- constant transformation.


Evil spirits can inhibit a faithful believer till they are acknowledged and kicked out.


At salvation, light comes in to drive away darkness out of the spirit, but the soul and body require a constant renewal of the mind with the word of God.


To further understand how a Christian can have a demon ,we need to understand how they  enter a people.


For an evil spirit to enter something has to happen. Something has to breach the protective wall that God created around us to gain access.


Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake,” Ecclesiastes 10:8 (NIV).


When a wall is broken, the snake, read Satan comes in and deposits poison(his demons).


When we sin we break the wall and Satan sends in the demons to oppress us.


There are four things that breach the protective wall- Sin, Lack of self control, Trauma and Inheritance.


Satan wants us to sin so that he may control our lives. Unconfessed sin gives him a spiritual legal right to send his demons into our lives.


Trauma breaks the wall by causing us to be affected in a way that leads to doors opening for the evil spirits to enter. Phobias, fears, stress and anxiety will open doors to other evil spirits to come in.


Repair the wall


Judas who betrayed Jesus after an evil spirit entered him later commits suicide because of trauma.


Inheritance  breaks the wall through the idolatry that was practiced by our ancestors.


We quickly need to repair the wall.


In Ezekiel 22:30, the prophet says on behalf of God, “I looked for anyone to repair the wall and stand in the gap for me on behalf of the land, so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. But I couldn’t find anyone.”


When a non-believer accepts Christ the spirits that were in his soul are still there. That is why we see pastors who lie, are addicted to alcohol or are depressed, and even commit suicide.


Old has become new


We need to examine ourselves.


When the old has become new such a change does not transform the persons mind, will and emotions and it takes time to deliver them, to allow the Holy spirit to take control, moving from the spirit region to the soul.


Satan will tempt a believer to sin to breach the wall, the world and the flesh do not go away at Salivation “Therefore,” Paul writes Romans 12:6 “do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.”


Demons may still reign and dominate an area of a believers life and  will only control as much ground as they are given.


For Christians the enemy cannot reach the spirit, but he can gain access to the soul and body.

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