Fax Me A Demon
Dealing with Lying Spirits In The Lives Of Christians
By Phil Scovell
I was praying with a young man whose business had suddenly
dropped off. He had found replacement work but regardless, his shop
wasn't making enough money, all of the sudden, to even pay his
employees, not to mention himself. The reduction in business wasn't
the only thing creating stress in his life so we weren't just praying
that God would bless his business. His wife was expecting her third
child, it was Christmas, Denver had three snow storms totaling more
than three feet of snow plus drifts to 5 and 6 feet around the city,
and other personal things in his life were all trying to pound his
Christianity into the ground. These are golden opportunities for the
Enemy to plant bad seed in a Christian's life or to attempt to nourish
implanted lies already seeded. So, he was in my office and we were
talking and praying about what he was facing.
Although the claim has been made, I am not a demon hunter. In my
type of prayer ministry, demons show up, sort of speak, during prayer
sessions all the time but it isn't because I am looking for them. It
comes with the territory, sort of speak.
"You mean, in the lives of Christians? Demons?"
To whom did you think I was referring? It is a given that the
lost can be demonically influenced but I pray with Christians. Being
the old Baptist boy that I am, or was, I always get confused about
that these days, my Baptist friends, I have precious few of them now,
say I am too Charismatic, and my Charismatic friends say I'm too
Baptist. So, as I said, some days I'm a little confused about who I
am but as long as Jesus knows, that's all that counts. Anyhow, the
first thing I do, when someone sits down across my desk from me or is
on the other end of the telephone, is to find out if they are born
again or not. If they aren't, I show them the Scriptures and lead
them to Christ.
"Well, then, don't the demons that were bothering them go away
after they get saved?"
Are we reading the same bible? The answer is, their sin of
condemnation and eternal punishment goes away but you surely don't
think the Enemy gives up trying to kill, steal, and to destroy their
lives, do you? Well, if you do think that, God bless you because you
are walking on thin ice as a Christian. Just because we become born
again doesn't mean we no longer sin. Nor does sinning, as a
Christian, mean we have to get born again all over again. First John
1:9 makes that clear. Jesus died once for sin, (See Hebrews 10:12),
and He isn't doing it all over again for any reason. He doesn't have
to because what's done is done.
Let me tell you a story. Years ago, when I was still attending a
Baptist church, I was also doing high speed cassette duplication for
churches and traveling preachers. One man I did tapes for, both
sermon and the music tapes he and his wife recorded, told the
following story. It seems apropos to tell it right now because this
guy was what we called a hard core Baptist boy. He did not believe in
the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as tongues, in fact, he preached
against it, and he did not believe there was anything remotely like
the baptism of the Holy Spirit even if Jesus did speak of it to His
disciples in Acts chapter one. Here is the story this Baptist
He was preaching at a youth camp one summer when a mother, who
was working at the camp as a volunteer, happened to mention to one of
the guest speakers, that her son was afraid of the dark. In fact, she
said, her son, he was 10 years of age, had to sleep with a light on in
his room nightly. By the way, this is not uncommon. The pastor she
mentioned this to, mentioned her story to some other pastors who were
there at the camp with their own church kids. They decided they would
pray over this boy concerning this matter. Yes, this, in and of
itself, is highly unusual for a bunch of Baptist preachers. God bless
them, they did it anyway.
One afternoon, several of the pastors got together and the boy
was called in. He had been playing baseball with several other church
kids but he went with his mother to be prayed over. The pastors laid
hands on him and prayed authoritative prayers and commanded the
unclean spirit to leave him. Nothing seemed to happen. The boy
placed his ball cap back on his head, picked up his glove, and went
back outside to continue playing baseball.
As I recall, the woman's pastor was one of the men who was there
in the prayer session. After getting home from church camp, she went
and told her pastor one day that something strange happened. She
reported that her son no longer requested his room light be left on
when he went to bed and he was no longer afraid of the dark.
"So, what happened?" you may ask.
You tell me.
I was literally taught, growing up, that you should leave demons
alone. What do we do, then, if demons won't leave us alone? Well,
the only person I know that is an authority on the subject, is Jesus.
So what did He do? You can read the Gospels for yourself, if you
haven't before, but if you take time to read them again, take note of
all the contact with demons that Jesus had and pay attention to what
He did. Let me make reference to just one of our Lord's encounters
before I finish my story of the man I prayed with recently.
If you read Matthew chapter 8, and Mark chapter 5, and Luke
chapter 8, you will find the story of what some called the Galilean
Demoniac. According to the Matthew account, there were two such men.
So why do the other Gospel accounts only speak of one man? He likely
was the one Jesus told not to come with Him but to return to his city
and witness of the great things God had done for him. I'm just
guessing because the bible doesn't say so don't worry about it.
Jesus stepped off the boat with his disciples and these to crazy
people came running up to him and fell down and began worshipping him.
They were both naked as a jay bird, too. What a strange way to
worship. Simply stated, these two men were demonized. That is the
meaning of the word "possessed" used by the King James translators.
Demon possession and oppression are not the same thing but we can talk
about that another time.
Let me tell you a little about these two men. As I said, they
both were stark naked, that means they wore no clothes, which is
exactly what the Bible says. Further more, these demonized men were
so violent, no one traveled in that area because they would be
attacked. These two men lived among the tombs, slept with dead bodies
in other words, screamed and yelled, and terrorized everybody who
lived in the area. Further more, the Bible says they were self
mutilators. That means they cut themselves until they bled.
Additionally, according to the Biblical record, these two men had
super human strength because the citizens thereabouts captured them,
probably with dozens of men working together, and shackled and chained
them. The two naked demonized men snapped the chains and fetters as
if they were made of thread. So, in short, there wasn't much that
could be done for these men except leave them alone as they freely
roamed the hillsides and graves. Although the Bible does not say, I
would not be surprised at all if these men were necrophilic since they
lived among the tombs of the dead. This term can also include sex
with dead bodies, too. Like I said, it wouldn't surprise me. They
were nothing short of being a couple of spooky and scary characters to
say the least.
As I said, when Jesus stepped off the boat, they fell on their
faces before Him and worshipped. Demons spoke out of their mouths,
which is clearly evident upon reading the Biblical accounts, and Jesus
asked the name of the demon, or demons, when they began worshipping
Him. Jesus was told that their name was Legion because they had many
demons. No, we are not told how they got this way but very likely
they had been involved with pagan rituals. Regardless, they needed
help. These naked men had open, bleeding, festering open sores all
over their bodies. They were feared by all. Well, except Jesus of
What do you suppose Jesus did? Perhaps Jesus told them to join a
local mega church and ask for prayer? Maybe Jesus recommended a
couple of million dollar best selling Christian books on the topic for
them to read. It is possible, I suppose, that Jesus suggested they
read the Bible every day. Surely that should help. Right? Maybe he
offered a weekly group session they could attend to talk out their
problems of demonetization. Certainly, at the very least, Jesus would
have sent them to a psych hospital for treatment. Of course it is
absurd. Jesus did no such thing. Forgive my sarcasm but I know some
Christians today who make such suggestions to people with whom they
wish not to deal with spiritually. Yes, it is sad. It is also wrong.
In this case, since Legion probably refers to thousands and
thousands, He first told the demons to shut up. Jesus didn't need
demons to worship Him because He has us for that. He probably asked
for the name, in my opinion, because He wanted to know the name of
whoever was in charge of the group of demons tormenting these men.
Regardless, the story has both a humorous ending and a pathetic one.
The Demons begged Jesus not to send them to the "deep" which is a
reference to "the pit" or perhaps hell itself. Instead, the demons,
and this shows how smart they are, requested to be sent into a heard
of a couple of thousand hogs which Jesus granted. The pigs ran down
into the water and drown. The hog farmers, royally ticked off at
their loss, ran into town, told the city council that Jesus just
killed their stock, and the city officials came out and begged Jesus
to leave the area. According to the Bible story, the naked men were
now clothes and in their "right minds" and with Jesus when the city
officials came to talk to Jesus about leaving their area. Go figure.
You would think they would have invited him into town for a revival
meeting or something but not this outfit. It sounds like what most
typical politicians would do even today.
Now, with this bit of Biblical background, let me finish telling
you about the man I prayed with in my office.
During the simple prayer session, and there is nothing
complicated or complex about the prayer sessions, we just talk and
pray is all, the man reported that he had been seeing a dark shape in
the basic shape of a man roaming around his shop inside the building.
He thought it might be an angel because he reported the figure looked
as if it had wings but he wasn't positive about what this thing was.
It was dark and more like a shadow, he reported. By the way, demons
have no glory of their own.
As we prayed, we eventually ended up in his shop. He told me
that with his naked eye, he often thought he saw this figure moving
around the shop and standing by different people. Mostly, this figure
ended up walking to the shop fax machine and just staring at it. It
was fairly new, and hadn't been working for weeks and nobody could
figure out why. The dumb fax machine hadn't even been answering the
fax line either. Many of their orders, it is a drapery manufacturing
shop, come from decorators who fax in their orders to them.
As we prayed and talked, this figure became prominent in his
thoughts. I knew what it was, mostly from previous experiences in
prayer sessions, so I asked Jesus if this demon had any right to be
where he was in the shop. The man reported that the demon was now
shaking and his lips were trembling as if he were struggling not to
speak. Jesus spoke a single word, or made the demon speak the word,
"No." I prayed a simple prayer the Lord has given me and told the
demon to leave. He didn't. This is also fairly common.
First, demons don't like to talk because an intercessor that
knows what is happening will recognize why the demon thinks he has a
right to be there the second he speaks. Secondly, they may also test
to see if you become frustrated with their defiance and lack of
obedience and begin to doubt your co-equal authority over them. (See
Romans 8 and Colossians 2:10). This is also the main reason why I
never find the need to carry on a conversation, as many do, with
demons. Furthermore, they don't want to leave in the first place
because they love screwing up people's lives. When something of this
nature occurs during the prayer session, it becomes obvious the demon
thinks he has the right to remain but as I said, they don't like
confessing the reason. Another reason why they often prefer remaining
silent is because they already know Jesus has all power and authority
I changed my questioning at this point in the prayer session
because it was clear the demon not only would not leave until the lie
was exposed but more importantly, Jesus wanted us to know the reason
so the demon would no longer have authority, or the right, to return
to the scene, as it were.
At this point, many are wondering how demons communicate. In my
opinion, it depends upon the level, or depth, of oppression or
influence. Normally, demons just speak into our thoughts. In fact,
they speak exactly as the Holy Spirit does when speaking into our
thoughts. Secondly, and in this case, which is quite common, they
refuse to speak out of fear the real reason for their presence will be
discovered. A third level of communication is through the person's
own voice. I believe what is occurring is that the demon is trying to
demonstrate the level of deceit over the person. The person I am
praying with often will just speak out loud what they hear spoken in
their thoughts. Yes, in most cases, but not all, the person could
simply not speak but in other cases, they may feel almost forced to
say what they are hearing the demon speak in their thoughts. Again,
this all depends upon the level of the lie the person is believing.
No, this does not mean the person is demon possessed. I had demons
speak through my thoughts and out my mouth once and I never have been
demon possessed. Fourthly, the communication can often occur with the
person speaking but their tone of voice will change. Sometimes it is
distinctive enough that the uttering voice may not even sound like the
person with whom I am praying. Demons love to play games to try and
maintain their position of deceitfulness. An additional category may
be one of physical attempts at bodily control but in my opinion, this
is largely restricted to someone not born again but, I know for a
fact, that is certainly not always the case. Again, and I am sorry to
keep repeating myself, but it depends on the level of deception the
person is facing.
As we continued praying, the demon, as I mentioned, refused to
leave. I had begun by asking Jesus if this demon had any right to be
there. The man I was praying with said, "No," because that's what he
heard in his thoughts. I already figured this was true but since the
demon did not leave when I told it to in the name of the True Lord
Jesus Christ, there was a reason. When I asked the Lord to reveal to
us the truth, the man said, "to disrupt our work." With this lie
exposed, I asked the Lord if it was true this demon had that authority
over the shop and the business. The immediate answer spoken by the
man was, "No." I sent him away and this time he left.
Let me shorten the story by telling you what happened. The next
day the fax machine began working. It began answering incoming calls,
too, and they got three new orders that same day.
"Can demons do that?"
"You tell me. If you doubt the testimony I have just told, I'll
give you the man's phone number and you can call and talk to him
personally. Why? Because the man is my son.
Safe Place Fellowship
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