In the Gospel we find many accounts of individuals who suffered from disease, epilepsy (Mat 17:14-18), muteness (Mat 9:33), blindness (Mat 12:22), self cutting (Mrk 5:5), fever (Luk 1:33-36) yet these same individuals found their wellness after Jesus (or a disciple) had delivered them of a demonic spirit (Mat 8:16). This inescapable subject has brought forth many questions and even more interpretations of the same scriptures. Many common questions include:
- Are all modern illnesses demonic?
- Are only some of them demonic?
- If someone is sick or mentally ill do they simply need demonic deliverance to be healed?
- Are we super-spiritualizing medical issues with the idea of demons?
Where Did Sickness Come From?
To better understand the cause and presence of sickness and mental illness today we must look at it’s origin: Sin. I do not mean “sins”. I’m not saying that iif a person sins more than they are more susceptible to become sick or to encounter misfortune. I am speaking of the state of Sinfulness which we all have, you may think of it as our imperfect or broken state of being. Both unbelievers and the holiest of saints are still imperfect people (spiritually and biologically), their every day life is still effected by Sin (not to be confused with sins). So as we trace sickness and death back in time through the Bible we find it’s beganning in the Garden, where Adam and Eve chose to disobey God (Gen 3:6) thus introducing Sin in to the spiritual gene pool of man kind who woud follow (Rom 5:12). Sin did not only distance our spirit from God’s Spirit but it also caused our natural body and mind to stray from God’s original blue print which was present in Adam and Eve before Sin entered the scene. Therefore we can conclude that sickness and mental illness exists because of our imperfect state, as an expression of the presence of Sin.
Natural vs. Supernatural.
However, we cannot ignore the Gospel accounts of demonic affliction and the healing thereof after personal deliverance from that demonic spirit(s). We should take note that Demons (also being rebellious spirits created by God) have a close connection to Sin and deviation from God’s will (which is perfection and wholeness). So it stands to reason that the presence of a Demon in someones life would introduce or encourage the further expression of Sin in an individual. And since Demons are enemies of God and thus enemies of man, it is clear to see that their desire is to afflict man and draw him away from God through any means possible (Luk 11:26).
So without demonic activity we are perfectly capable of incurring sickness and psychological problems. However, with the existence of demonic activity (which, Biblically, cannot be denied or overlooked) these problems are more likely to occur and should be dealt with differently if it is in fact a demon. To continue this line of thought we should recognize also that there are plenty of accounts of sickness that were healed without any mention of demons or evil spirits. These two facts together should make it plain: that demonic activity in sickness or psychoogical problems are very real and have not changed since Bible times and that sickness and psycological issues can originate all on their own without demonic activity.
So What Do We Do About It?
First, the believer must always be sober minded and not led on my their emotions. Second a believer should never be controlled by fear for we know the one Name that is more powerful than any natrual sickness or supernatural enemy.
With a little questioning of the unwell person and help from the Holy Spirit we may be able to obtain the likelihood (or a sure fire answer) as to whether or not this person’s ailment are a result of Demonic activity in their life. These questions should include:
- Are you willingly practicing any sins?
- Are you unrepented in any area?
- Are you addicted to anything?
- Are you involved in any form of witchcraft or occultist practices?
- Are you involved in any Easter religious practices?
Above all, one should pray for discernment from God if it really is in question whether or not the issue at hand is demonic or not. Discernment of spirits is actually on of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 12:10) that are given to those believers who ask. Discernment allows the believer to see things as they truly are, from God’s perspective; it allows the believer to see certain aspects of the supernatural realm. Other gifts of the Holy Spirit can also be active in the case of demonic activity such as the gift of the Word of Wisdom, Healing, and Faith (1Cor 12:8-9).).
With these tools one can determine if someone’s sickness is demonic or natural and if it is demonic in origin what was the door through which it came to afflict the person. After that point simply using the name of Jesus, with faith and the Word will drive out the demon. And once there is freedom the person previously afflicted must close those doors and not return to where they came from which allowed that demon access to their life (Mat 12:43-45).
In the end, the believer should act on faith (2Cor 5:7), not emotion, and know that Jesus’ blood is strong enough and always available to wash away any infirmity, to heal any problem, and to defeat any demon.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.