Joy has had a love relationship with Jesus since she was 14, and has taught Christian religious classes to various ages since she was 16.
Reality vs. Myth
I'm willing to bet that many people think of the temptation of Christ as a kind of game...or perhaps they think it was easy, because He was God (and still is). Perhaps the fact of His temptation is no more real to them than this picture:
I'm willing to bet it was more like the painting below, and in fact, this portrayal is probably a good deal too rosy for the reality:
Jesus in the Desert, Worn Out
Temptation and Spiritual Harrassment According to the Bible
Temptation and spiritual harassment isn't a game. It wasn't for Christ, and we, who have less natural ability to stand against evil than He does, shouldn't disregard its seriousness.
When was the last time you chose not to eat for forty days...and nights?
Christ did - before he ever preached His first official sermon. Matthew Chapter Four tells us that He fasted for forty days, while undergoing all kinds of temptations from Satan himself. At the end of the forty days, can you guess what Satan suggested to Him? Right - turn those rocks into bread, and eat your fill.
Christ had some methods to turn tempation (and Satan) aside. I've provided you the reference; you can read about those yourself.
But there are others that He has since taught me, and I thought I'd pass them on to you.
Be careful though - if you are not in Christ, you might get beat up (Acts 19:13-17).
1) Praise God With Your Mouth
Here are some instructions and practices from the Bible:
Psalm 116:17 - "I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD."
Psalm 95:2 - "Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms."
Psalm 47: 7 - "For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding."
Why should you take up this practice?
Because praise leads to thankfulness, and thankfulness leads to true joy. Praising the living God, especially in the midst of obvious trials, is a way of giving your heart (and attitude) a chance to be in the right place...no matter what you really feel like. It is a way of manually thrusting the heart into place, and keeping it there, no matter how things turn out.
Do you have to use song?
I don't know that there are any hard and fast rules about this. After all, the Bible doesn't say that the angels who appeared to the shepherds at the time of Christ's birth were singing...though that's the way we tend to think of the event, and that's the way most of our songs record it. Luke Chapter Two says they were saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Maybe they were singing these words. But all the hubbub recorded in Revelation doesn't portray the creatures around Christ's throne singing all their praises, either.
So, I suppose you can suit yourself here...but be aware that song does something for the soul that plain words cannot.
I'm convinced God just plain likes music.
2) Give Thanks to the Living God
Thank God for what He has done, in your life and others.
There's a lot of hype going around lately about how giving thanks can increase your health, draw to yourself good ideas, people, and events, and even increase your wealth. These things may be true; but God is no more manipulated by thankfulness than He is by anything else.
Giving thanks is not a formula, or a magic wand.
However, like praising Him, it is a way of providing sustainance to your soul and heart, and a way of preparing yourself to work with the LORD on His plans and in His ways.
Giving frequent thanks to God for His works makes it hard to forget what He has done. It makes you prepared to do His will, as revealed in the Scriptures and through some of His people.
At this point, you may be wondering: What is the difference between giving praise and thanks?
Praising God is basically telling Him how wonderful He is. It is glorifying Him for who He is and for how He is. You may argue that this is a sign of a big ego on His part. Just remember that He made you, and that until you have something you can do better than He does...He deserves your praise. :-D
Giving thanks to God is verbally responding - with grateful words - for what He has done, recently and through the ages.
Sure, that's a fine line, and you can rarely have one without the other. Like Siamese twins.
3) Take the Scriptures at Face Value
Apply the Bible to your life - taking God's directions on how to do that if it's not immediately clear. This can get tricky at times - so ask God often for wisdom and discernment (James 1:5). Clearly you cannot claim promises and covenants that were not directed at you.
This may be the hardest thing in this list to master. In fact, I don't know anyone who totally has mastered the Bible. So don't let that be your goal; since God wrote it, and it is His Words, you may as well try to master Him. (Not recommended; I believe people with that mindset are what He calls fools. See the book of Proverbs.)
Still, this in no way let's you off the hook as far as studying the Bible, and allowing it to permeate you and your life. If you bother to read about Christ's temptation, as given in Matthew 4, you'll see that the Scriptures were His main line of defense. Clearly, He could not have used them without first learning and memorizing the Words of His Father.
Go thou and do likewise.
4) Make God Your Houseguest...and Master
Invite God, verbally and with actions, into every area of your life. I am in Him, and He is in me, but still, after 13 years of being in relationship with him, I still find myself keeping Him out of sections of my thought life or habits, that should be His to own. It's not a concept we as Americans tend to appreciate, but when Paul called himself a bondservant of the LORD (see most any of his books and writings), he was being quite literal. God gave you His all, give yours back.
5) Smile - It Shocks the Demons
Knowing God's Word and applying it is a bit like putting on armor. (I'm saving the armor in Ephesians 6 for another hub.) But when you're all dressed up, with sword [Bible] in hand - and in mind...then what? Do you wait for the enemy to come to you?
That depends. Sometimes, you can start out chasing them. But don't go looking for trouble. You'll get it.
However, should you be minding your own business, and suddenly get approached by a spirit, bent on mischief or destruction - just smile.
The last few times I had a Darkness Loving spirit approach from the rear, doing the usual scare tactics, I deliberately turned around and smiled at him. Immediately, I got a chance to laugh at his shocked expression, and could hardly contain myself as he skittered back to his place in the corner, with a very wounded attitude. He sulked the rest of the time we were in close proximity.
Smiling usually shocks the enemy into leaving, if they recognize your confidence as a sign of the power of God to wipe out your fear of them. :-)
Be aware that you cannot usually sham fearlessness. If you aren't fearless...it's not that hard to see. Learn to handle your sword better (Hebrews 4:12), and gain confidence in the LORD's power.
6) Quote Condemnation to the Foe
Remind the destructive spirits of God's plan(s) for them. Remind them that they are already conquered by Christ's death and resurrection, that they have no chance of winning; that their time is limited, and that Hell was made with them in mind. Remind them that they deserve these consequences, because of their rebellion against God - that they already had their chance, and blew it. Cockiness isn't needed, but don't hesitate to make them squirm.
As always, you can't properly wield your Sword if you aren't used to handling it. Find out what else the Bible says about spirits, good and bad, and use it to your advantage.
7) Practice Being Unimpressed
Treat Darkness Loving spirits in an off-hand way. If you keep up the fight, with God at your side, you'll soon get to a point where you look at the spirits like, "Oh, you again," then tell them off, and go on about your business. Similar to laughing, but more pro-active.
Don't Feel Intimidated By Darkness-Loving Spirits
8) Know the Lies, and Say, "No" to Them
Say, "No," literally, to lies, interference with your thoughts or work, and to physical symptoms (not all illnesses or symptoms are caused by demons, but many seem at least to be influenced by them). Depending on the severity of the spirits' hold in any one area, they may or may not leave immediately, but if they don't, tell them again, and remind them of your position of Life and security in Christ (supposing you have one). If they still don't leave, call someone who will pray with you, and who is firm in their relationship with Christ. Be aware that not just anyone will do. Your prayer partner must be convinced that what Paul says about what type of battle we fight is true, in the most literal sense - Ephesians 6: 11-12 - "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." See if the LORD is ready to use your friend as a mouthpiece, to expose the spirits responsible for the harassment, and to expose their works.
Remember that God created us with different natural abilities, and that He teaches us different things at different times and in different ways. I have two people whom I regularly pray with (over all kinds of things, including spiritual opposition), and God does not always use us in the same ways as before. We have different levels and kinds of discernment, but even at that, no matter how discerning He makes us...sometimes He's just not ready to reveal the answers we feel we need.
So, two things belong in this bottom line: 1) Understand that God prefers to work in groups, so that we must depend on Him to lead, and, 2) Understand that He is ultimately - and always - in control, of the spirits and everything else. Any power you have over the spirits is because He allows you to have it.
9) Rely on the Power of Christ's Name
Pray in Christ's Name, and command the spirits in the Power of His Name. They have to obey Him, because He is still their Master and Creator. If God doesn't seem to be helping you in the way that you've asked Him to, ask Him what He wants you to do or ask, instead. He wants to help you more than you want to be helped. If you still don't get anywhere, and He's not showing you anyything either in Scripture or through personal revelation, refer to Point 8. Go to whoever He tells you to for help. Also, see what the Bible says in Jude, about how the arch angel Michael, while fighting Satan for possession of Moses' body, did not bring a railing accusation against him, but said, "The LORD rebuke you." After all, it doesn't matter how much you know about bombs, you're still playing with fire.
Continually study how Christ and His servants responded to people and situations, and seek to do likewise.
Jesus Versus Devil, Arm Wrestling
10) Be a Good Sheep of Christ's Pasture
Practice knowing God's voice, so you can obey it immediately (John 10). To this day, I and my family get spirits coming into our homes and lives who try to act and sound like God, but there is always something "off" about their tones of voice, or the kinds of things they say. Check what they say against Scripture, and be very aware of any flippant, mocking, too-quick, or strident voices. God most often speaks in a voice full of gentleness, and sometimes humor (He loves a good joke). He is never nasty, though occasionally He will reprimand verbally.
Remember that Christ is the Good Shepherd, who lays down His life for the sheep (us). I've gotten somewhat used to the idea of being labeled a sheep (it was God's idea, not mine), but I understand that it goes against everything in human nature to learn to think of yourself as an indecisive, pitiful, rediculously foolish creature, incompetent even to find yourself good water and food. (This being the case, why do so many of us profess to be comforted by Psalm 23?) The good news is, that after you come to a proper recognition of these facts, it puts God in a position to love you more abundantly than you thought possible, and to fend off the wolves that want to devour you.
It also puts Him in a position to teach you to be wise...to learn to be less like a sheep and more like a king, priest, or princess. More like His child.
In teaching you to be His partner in good works, He may have some hard things to say. His reproach hurts, but never lose sight of the fact that He does it for your own good, and so you and He can have a more intimate relationship. This is really what this is all about; the spirits don't want you to know Him, and He does.
They'll try to come between you like a cheap whore between lovers.
Don't be afraid of what God tells you to do, even if it goes against what society recommends, or even against seeming common sense. To see what I mean, just skim the book of Ezekiel, and picture yourself in the prophet's place. We serve a "weird": God. :-)
11) Lastly (But Not Leastly), Talk, Talk, Talk...With Both Ears
Keep up a running dialog with the LORD throughout the day - like with a good friend who has come to visit. I regularly find myself talking to Him about whatever is going on; asking Him to make things come out right; to help me deal with people in a right manner (especially my children); to make work go smoothly; anything. We sing together, talk about the Bible, or situations, or just sit quietly and enjoy each other's presence.
He tells me all kinds of things, too - like how to respect my husband better; what's going on in my son's heart; how I ought to arrange my schedule on any given day; what words to write in a story; what I've done well; what I need to do better. Ultimately, talking with Him is like chatting with a good family member, only better - because He knows my every thought, and He knows how to respond.
I Thessalonians 5:17 - "Pray without ceasing."
Intense Prayer Can Save the Day
A Prayer for You, From the Apostle Paul and I
I Thessalonians 5:16-23 - "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit [of God]. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it."
Warfare Should Include Music. This Song Fills the Bill.
For Further Study in Overcoming Spirit Enemies
Demons and You
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on December 01, 2019:
Cheryl, thank you much! I'm glad you stopped by.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on December 01, 2019:
Excellent teaching and sound biblical advise.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on November 19, 2019:
E Kyle Morris, thank you so much for your lovely comment! It is refreshing to see your sweet and personal response to the article. May your relationship with the Creator ever increase!
E Kyle Morris from Tennessee on November 16, 2019:
I really enjoyed your article. What I really liked, outside of the content itself, was the feeling of a real and personal relationship with The Lord. I do so enjoy spending time with Him, as well. So many articles I read are written from an academic-only perspective. Yours has the sense of knowing Him and loving Him. That makes the content even better. Thank you and bless you.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on June 18, 2019:
Good morning Tim, this is one of the nicest comments I've had in a long time. Thanks so much for your thoughts, and your quote from your grandmother--I love it!
The fact that many pastors do not speak on this subject is why I chose to! I've been continually frustrated by this same lack.
Keep your sword arm strong!
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on June 18, 2019:
Many pastors do not speak on this topic, but the enemy is always trying to destroy, to deny that fact is not biblical. You provide great ways to combat our old ancient foes and the enemy of our Lord. My grandmother used to say: "If Satan isn't coming after you, then he already has you where he wants you."
All of your strategies for confronting demons are practices I use daily. Great reading and an informative article.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on May 22, 2019:
Patty, I am so happy to have you visit! I, too, had trouble finding reliable spiritual warfare information early on...so I put what I learned out here to save others some trouble. The school of hard knocks is not always completely necessary....
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 22, 2019:
Thanks Joilene. I can testify that praying and praising aloud are powerful. All your advice works well. Wish I had seen it all in one place when I first accepted Jesus as savior and friend.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on May 22, 2019:
Thank you, Cheryl!
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on May 22, 2019:
Shizette on July 17, 2018:
Thank you Joilene! God bless!
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on July 17, 2018:
From The Heart, I'll be praying for you to continue to grow through your cycles!
Shizette on July 17, 2018:
Insightful article! Thanks for this information. I have been dealing with (thankfully not seeing or hearing) demons, but what seems to get me is anger/frustration/anxiety all mostly bundled up in one, setting up a stage for strife. This also happens in cycles, like when I am at a turning point and God is just about to work a miracle for me (He has performed many previously). But I know that if I call upon the name of the Lord, I shall be saved. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on December 21, 2010:
I am glad that you found some encouragement here. God's purpose for my writing has succeeded!
You are quite right not to assume that the "name" this spirit (demon) gave you is its own, or has anything to do with it. I have many times had to pressure demons for their real names (which often have meanings related to their jobs or functions), as many of them detest giving out their real names. They will spout gibberish and lies all day long if you let them. Still, it can be worth the trouble to find out a spirit's name(s) and title(s), as the more specifically you can address it, and the more you can find out about it, the more authority you can wield over it - typically. But you do exactly as you have been led by the Holy Spirit (not strictly your own intuition) regarding this one, as He surely knows more than I. ;)
I noticed that you described how you commanded this one to leave, yet it only chuckled at you and played dumb. Yes, I've had this happen, occassionally. Do you know what hold it has on you or your life that is allowing it to refuse to leave? Finding this out seems to me an important next step.
One more thing you might consider is whether this is truly a demon. That may sound presumptuous and stupid of me to say so, but remember, I don't have your experience, only your comment with which to build a picture of what's going on. The reason I suggest this may not be a demon is that I have sometimes been bothered telepathically by human enemies, who are prone to saying similar things as certain demons, and behaving in similar styles. The "playing dumb" set off alarm bells in my brain, and led me to ask this, as many spirits are too sly and well-practiced to play stupid in this blundering manner, but humans frequently *are* blundering in what they say and think, and in the ways they attempt to cover insecurities. Another option is that this is a person and a demon (or group of demons) working in tandem (not necessarily in full understanding of each others' intents and motives). I hope this makes some sense, and if this doesn't apply, that you'll know it right away.
The Creator God's wisdom to you.
M on December 13, 2010:
Thank You for posting this. I found strength and some good suggestions from reading your page. I agree to always use the name of Jesus Christ. I have been dealing with evil for over 3 years now and have tried much. I one time confronted it and said to it: demon, I command that you leave now and never return in the name of Jesus Christ. It chuckled and said what, what as if it were shocked that I called it a demon. It was playing dumb. This voice I hear did give me it's name and I have it recorded, but I will never address it by the name it gave me. This goes against my gut instinct. They speak nothing but lies and nonsense. I pray for myself and all that God and Jesus Christ will keep us strong. I have been told that this is a spirit confusing me for someone else, but I never believed this for a second nor do I believe any spirit of a deceased person visits here on earth. I have always known this energy was not good. God has given us intuition, wisdom and gut instinct to know this. When I hear this voice call my name I think God first and go to my heart where the Holy Spirit dwells. This is not easy to do every time. They have many tricks and can be relentless, but in the end they will not win. This I will remember; their days are numbered and hell was created for them. They do not like the name of Jesus Christ nor do they like any commands made to them in the name of Jesus Christ. Prayer is important and Prayer is powerful; we must not forget God and the words of God. Rarely do we give thanks to God especially in such turmoil. Remember all the good things in life and thank God in spite of what you may be going through. Very hard to do; thanks for the reminder.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on July 22, 2010:
"A man of faith",
All I can do is take a stab in the dark here, because I know only about this demonic presence what you have written to me.
First, are you quite sure it's exactly the same presence returning each time, or is there perhaps a "league" of spirits lined up to do the same work? What I mean is, is it probable that a new spirit is in fact taking over each time where the old, cast-out one left off?
Second, have you asked the Lord whether someone has sent this spirit(s) into your life, or caused it to come indirectly? I am not necessarily suggesting this was done on purpose, with malicious intent, though I wouldn't rule that possability out. What I am suggesting is that perhaps someone - a friend, family member, or acquaintance of some kind - has gotten into something that has allowed this creature to bother you. The sin or wrong-doing need not be known to you, and the cause may be as simple as an ill-spoken or careless word or thought.
You ask, What can I do to get rid of this awful thing? I'm not sure. Here are some things you can try:
1) When you command this thing to leave, do so using the name of Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. Be specific, not just saying "Jesus", as even demons are capable of going by this name, and some people have erroneously called upon demons by failing to be specific. (If you doubt this, just check the demon's reaction to the name itself, vs. the title "Lord Jesus", "Jesus my Savior", or similar.)
Next, make sure you aren't vague in your instructions when you send the demon away. Make sure it knows it is never to return to you or your household again. Usually, the best thing to do is to send it directly to Christ Himself for further instructions or judgement from Him, having instructed it to take with it everything pertaining to it, whether deeds, or words, or intents, etc.
Third, check again, by asking the Lord to reveal to you directly, whether you have done something to allow this spirit into your life. It need not be something earth-shattering. The Lord alone has ultimate power over this thing, but He continues to need your absolute cooperation to conquer it in your life.
If these measures fail, then continue to come against this spirit(s) in the name of Jesus Christ, as the opportunity arises, literally saying something like, "No, I refuse to have you and your works in my life. I stand firm in Christ's power and I know that you are already defeated." Sometimes it is necessary to come against something much more regularly than we'd like to, but this can strengthen us as we see the Lord's power at work in us. Sometimes, I have had to know a demon's name and the exact intent of his work, before I can gain the power over him that is necessary to drive him from my life. Sometimes I've had to ask, once I know these things, "Who sent you?" Sometimes this means a long and arduous chase to cast out other demons who are further up in the heirarchy - those who have power over the "rat" who is most directly bothersome to you.
Be sure to find someone - preferably a responsible and seasoned soldier of the Lord - to pray with you over these attacks, as agreement between two or more people can be ever so much more powerful than your prayers and desires alone. See my two articles on learning to hear God's voice, for further details.
You can also ask the Lord to guard your mind and heart as you sleep, and request that each thought that you have when you wake would be of the Lord, and honoring to Him. We are not wholly responsible for the thoughts that pass through our minds, but we are responsible for those that we let lodge there.
Feel free to write again, and let me know how it's going.
In my Master's love,
A man of faith on July 21, 2010:
I am a Christian and have humbly had a singing ministry in several churches for a lot of years.
However, even though I have no doubts about the Lord and my salvation a demonic presence keeps attacking me in my sleep during my dreams. It causes me to talk in my sleep, and I am so sick and tired of these attacks.
I'm not into any hidden sin or rebellion toward the Lord. I love His law, and with the Lord's help I've repented of any thing I know is sinful.
What can I do to get rid of this awful thing. I've cast it out, and it leaves for some time only to return weeks or months later. Thank you for your site.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on May 06, 2010:
Carrie, I feel blessed that the Lord chose to use this article to help you. Many thanks for commenting, and I will pray that the Lord continues to teach you to fight your spiritual adversaries.
Carrie Lynn Jones on May 05, 2010:
wow was this post helpful!!!!!!!!!! I am held down in my sleep sometimes, I hear it ask me to let it in...once the Lord faught for me and His words came screaming out of my mouth "I AM GOING TO REIGN AND RULE WITH CHRIST, BUT YOU ARE GOING STRAIGHT TO THE PITT OF HELL FOREVER!!!" I was completely shocked when that came out of my mouth.
THANK YOU :o)
carrie lynn jones
author of: "It All Began...When Jesus Gave Me Sneakers"
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on December 03, 2009:
EmoHealer, I've been waiting for someone to remark on the "if you want to" part of the title! As far as I remember, you're the first. You're absolutely right - we may as well bother them. I've heard people who should know better claim that we are unlikely to have run-ins with demons on a regular basis. This is so untrue. I just want people to know that not only should they be aware of unclean spirits in their lives, they can *do* something about them in Christ's power.
I like what you say about singing praises. The LORD has made us worthy, and we are His, if we acknowledge His power in our lives.
I'm glad to get to know you, and many blessings back to you.
Sioux Ramos from South Carolina on December 03, 2009:
What an interesting title, we may as well want to bother them, they want to bother us and do whether we acknowledge or not. There was a war in Heaven before this earth began and it is still raging on. What beautiful advice to you have to remind us that this war has already been won...we know how it ends and it is done. Why do we continue to do battle on a battlefield that is no more? Until we can realize this our 11 guidelines are very precious to bringing us to the full realization that we are all good and evil has already lost the battle
When we sing His praises we are remembering our own worthiness. He is our parent and we are His children. We are a part of Him, to sing His praises and re-member arouses that part within us all that is a part of our God, Creator and Parent.
Bless you for this hub, for simple concepts based on truths, finding this has been a blessing to my day and a beautiful reminder of the Glory we are and that is round about and that we just choose it and you have provided simplified steps for this choice process. Love an dLight to you....Sue
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on September 30, 2009:
Doug, this is a very interesting story you've shared here. I must say, I find several things about it unusual, based on my experience, and also, what I have read concerning demons, both in the Scriptures and in works baed on other people's experiences.
I find it astonishing that this "Phil" volunteered his (or a) name, as many times, demons must be forced to give over such private information, and will skirt the issue as long as you let them. Sometimes they will give over a title or rank or quality (such as "destoyer") without much fuss, and this sounds like maybe "Phil" was one of these things, and not an outright name. If it is a name per se, I wonder if God forced the demon to give it up to you, so you would know what hold he had on you (about sodomy).
I am glad you seem to have found release from this spirit. As you come to mind, I will pray for you to continue in Jesus Christ's victory.
I don't find it amazing that you saw the creature. I normally see several a week, in varying degrees of detail, though mostly, they have no permission to touch or otherwise actually harass me. Most often, when they appear with this much clarity, that means they are ripe to be removed from my home or my family's life, and I can kick them out of our lives, and off our property, without much ado. I always instruct them never to come back, and to take all their stuff (thoughts, intentions, works) with them. Many times, I tell them to go directly to Christ for instructions or judgment, and though they often throw fits, they always go.
One thing I feel you should know is this: Beware with what Name and title you call upon Christ. "In Jesus' Name" is a little shaky as a foundation, as "Jesus" was (and in some places remains) a popular name, and when you use this name alone, you are not always drawing on the Creator's power. In fact, I have seen evidence of demons named Jesus...a dirty trick if ever I saw one. It is better, therefore, to call upon "Jesus Christ's Name," or "Jesus the Creator/Savior/the Son of God/Son of Yahweh," etc. - something that leaves no wiggle room for those who would take advantage of our Savior's Name.
Also, remember what Christ said about some demons not coming out (or away) without much prayer and fasting. Whatever you may think of fasting, and no matter how good you aren't at it, as one of Christ's people, fasting has it's place in your life.
One more point. Demons usually work in groups. "There is strength in numbers" definity applies here. Therefore, keep in mind that just because you have gotten Christ's help in besting one demon, the battle may not be over. Keep on the watch for others with similar titles, names, and purposes, and also other types entirely, which are likely to be sent to replace the one who left. Sometimes, I have had to work through a whole stack of the creatures, one after the other, until I come to absolutely understand the crux (central meaning or issue) of whatever I am dealing with. There are times an all-encompassing prayer regarding a group of demons or a problem just doesn't work sufficiently. Strict, personal attention is needed.
Thanks for your comment, and may the Creator be with you.
Doug on September 29, 2009:
Gods love for us is so real...as a christian I have dealt with a demon bothering me for over twenty years, he bothers me while I try to sleep, I have always been able to rebuke it in Jesus name and it would leave...until recently. The past few months I have taken to asking what it wanted with me, only to get a vocal response that cemented my belief that there(male/female) presence is totally real and not just a figment of my imagination. Three nights ago I came under attack and this time the spirit was revealed to me physically and spiritually as he had me by the throat he told me I would be dead by morning(it was 3:00am)I was praying and rebuking in Jesus name but this demons resolve was just getting stronger...I broke down crying and asked God for his holy spirit to protect me and send an angel to chase this demon away, straight away the spirit leaped on the wall and I could make out his appearance, the spirit was a small serpent with legs and arms, very real. Before he left he quickly came to my night stand and whispered "to contact me, call me Phil" and left, I lay there for over to hours just stunned. Today I looked up Phil under demon names and was shocked to find out there is a demon named Phil...(Philatanus : Demon who assists Belial in sodomy and pedophile behaviors) If you view pornographic material of the sodomy kind you to may get a visit from Phil...you have been warned. I have since repented of my sins of sodomy...Praise Jesus!
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on July 30, 2009:
Glad to have you, No Body. I enjoyed writing this, as I did it initially for a friend who was dealing with a lot of spiritual opposition in his life.
After I e-mailed him a (messier) version of it, I thought, "If he needs this, than other people do to."
Alas, I still haven't followed up with the Spiritual Armor hub I promised.
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on July 29, 2009:
Thank you. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Wonderful. This is why I am your fan.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on July 12, 2009:
Ghost, you are so welcome. I hope these tips come in handy for you. Actually, ideally, I hope you'll never have to use them...but life isn't full of ideals, is it?
And the more right you are, the more Darkness Lover's tend to go after you.
Ghost32 on July 12, 2009:
Joy, even though I'm not a Christian, I still love knowing special techniques for "bothering demons". (Yes, I read your warning that not being in Christ might make the techniques a touch risky; thank you for the heads up.)
I particularly like the "turn around and smile at them" maneuver. No follower of the Dark is comfortable facing the Unknown. I recall one snowy afternoon in Billings, Montana, in 1980 when a burly construction worker in a very bad temper snarled fiercely at me like a junk yard Doberman about to charge. He finished with, "Do you understand?"
"I understand," I replied--not with a smile, but very quietly. He thought he'd won the intimidation contest raging in his own mind...until after pausing for a beat, I added just as quietly, "Do you?"
He was stunned. And suddenly wary, looking at me as if he'd never seen me before. What was I, that I seemed utterly unafraid of his bulk, unafraid of his rage? What--
By the time he'd recovered, my (now ex) wife and I had calmly left the area. We never saw him again. Not saying that good ol' boy was a demon, but for a bit there he was acting the part.
Again, thanks for the tips.
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on February 26, 2009:
Christa, thanks so much for coming up with that passage of Scripture. God is as great now as He was then.
BDazzler, I am so glad that God is using this hub to your edification, and that of your friend! Thanks for reading.
AEvans, may you keep those demons skittering! :-)
Lgali, thanks for reading.
Christa Dovel from The Rocky Mountains, North America on February 26, 2009:
Here is the passage you referred to in the Old Testament:
2 Chronicles 20:20-25 (KJV)
"20And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. "
This is one of my favorite stories. It always reminds me that God is so much bigger than the problems I see.
Lgali on February 26, 2009:
Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on February 26, 2009:
The scriptures quoted we should all use on a daily level, as smiling at the demons is the best medicine and you are right they do scurry back into the corner. :)
BDazzler from Gulf Coast, USA on February 26, 2009:
I forwarded this to a friend of mine: the response: "That makes my day... "
BDazzler from Gulf Coast, USA on February 25, 2009:
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on February 25, 2009:
Christa, what you say is so true. But, girls, just remember - you can only each have one of those Christian men. So choose carefully, and preferably, find one who wants to run demons off, also. ;-) Just 'cause he likes seeing you do it doesn't mean your man has a clue that it's necessary.
So keep smiling at him, too. It'll draw him out of his corner, instead of sending him skittering.
Christa Dovel from The Rocky Mountains, North America on February 25, 2009:
This is some really good, practical advice. Thank you for the time and effort you put into compiling this list. Getting to know the Good Shepherds voice is so critical for walking daily with Him.
Warning to Women: Following this advice will attract good Christian men!
If your husband seems distant, start singing and smiling. Grow closer to your Lord and Savior. Let Him direct your behavior and attitudes toward your husband, and while you run demons off, you will draw your husband closer.
-Sorry Joy, I couldn't resist pointing out the other positive benefits of following your advice! :D
Joilene Rasmussen (author) from United States on February 21, 2009:
John, no offense taken whatever. Thanks for the corrections.
I agree that demonic warfare is a rather overwhelming topic to start with. I'll compile some Scripture references regarding spirits and spiritual warfare, and add them in a sidebar. I'm also looking for a particular Old Testament story which talks about God sending Israel's army out with musicians at its head. He used the music to help defeat their enemies. I haven't located it yet, even with the help of a Strongs Concordance. Any ideas?
John Albers on February 21, 2009:
Your advice is sound and well written. I hope you wouldn't be offended if I offered a point or two for improvement. First you've mispelled formula as "formular". A minor thing, but distracting. Second, in point 6 you suggest we read the Bible to see what it has to say about spirits. The Bible is a huge book and somewhat confusing to newcomers. Perhaps you could recommend a few sections on the subject. Aside from that I liked what you've had to say and will be using this advice daily. Thank you for the contribution.