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58 Where Demons Dwell You Might Be Surprised By Phil Scovell "Run back to the house and get me a couple of aspirin, his dad instructed. "I've got a headache. The boy ran to the house, but as he did so, he found himself dreaded being in his own house alone. Every step became more difficult as he drew closer. Upon arrival, he burst through the door near panic. After getting the aspirin, he bolted for the door and crashed out the door and back outside again. He was free and running back to the field. He was nearly 50 years of age before he learned why he was frightened as a little boy in his own house. This wasn't the only house, and the only time, the man had been afraid, as a young boy. We discovered the presents of demonic personalities in more than one house he lived in but as we narrowed the focus on what was going on in these memories, it was clear the demons were not directly related to him personally. His mother was perpetually depressed and back in those days, little was said, or done, about it. In other words, people suffered in silence. Yet, the little boy knew his mom was hurting some how and he could not understand it nor did he feel he could do anything for her. His father was harsh and there was an element of deep seeded anger in the boy's father that he could not understand. He felt it, though, and the demonic influence was penetrating. A multiplicity of feelings and thoughts cycled amorphously through his mind but he was unable to understand the conflicting thoughts and feelings. One day, as we prayed together, one of the farm houses surfaced as a memory. They had lived in more than one house on the property. He recalled that he was deathly fearful of the attic in one house. I personally recalled, not so much as a child but as an adult man, the experience of such unknown fear, so I knew the feelings he was trying to describe. It was pretty clear, just from my questioning, that the demons were resident to the house and not directly related to this man as a child growing up but I never just assume; I pray. Upon asking the Lord to expand the memory event so we could see what He sees, and so we could know what He knows, the man said there were a number of demons in the attic. Actually, over a period of prayer sessions, we discovered demons dwelling throughout the entire house. Often the feeling of an evil presence is a sudden flush of anxiety. It can also seem as if there has been a sudden change in just the ambiance of the room. It may also be just a simple instant sense of unidentified awareness. Commonly, people describe an unexpected chill as if they almost just entered into a walk-in freezer. They may even experience goose bumps for no reason. Some describe a quick blur, something like a shadow, out of the corner of their eye. People describe thoughts, even to the point of a voice, that suddenly enters their consciousness. Others say there is a abrupt change in smell. No, I am not joking. Based upon the degree of fear a lying spirit can create due to the persons level of current deception, I have had some people tell me that they were physically touched. It can, and does, get a lot worse, too. Add, for example, a Ouija board, a seance or two, meditation, and a few other occultic and cultic practices and you'll get the picture pretty quick where demons dwell. I prayed with a lady once who had three things occur sequentially as we prayed. Suddenly, she reported, when I asked the Lord to show us what we needed to see, a migraine headache instantly came upon her. I called the demon to attention, commanded him to stop in Jesus name, and she said, "My head just stopped hurting." I asked Jesus again to reveal to her what He wanted her to know. "Now," she immediately reported, "I feel ice cold." I repeated my command again. Her body temperature returned to normal. A third time I prayed, asking the same thing, and she said, "Now it sounds like someone is putting their hands over my ears." I told the demon to stop it in Jesus name and then commanded he confess what right he had to be there. No answer. I knew he wouldn't answer because he had been in the prayer sessions with this lady before and if he spoke, he knew that I would know why he thought he had the right to remain. So, instead, I had a sudden inspiration, a leading of the Holy Spirit, and so I said, "Lord? We have a lying spirit here who is trying to hinder what you are doing in this woman's life. Jesus? I want him to stop what he is doing and right now. In fact," I suddenly said without prier thought, "if he puts his hands over her ears again, I want you to burn his fingers with fire." The woman began laughing immediately. I asked her what was so funny. She reported that she saw a small child sized figure running away, yelling and screaming, because his hands were on fire. I then ask the Lord to reveal His truth, the woman heard, and was healed of that particular problem. I walked downstairs into our basement one night as an adult and I entered the utility room. My office was in the basement and my ham radio station was in that office so I had been in the basement a great deal, even at night, sometimes all night, and never felt anything wrong at any time. This night, however, as I walked alone into the utility room to get something, I forget just what now, I felt a sudden fear, or anxiety, but immediately emotionally shrugged it off as if I were brushing an insect off my arm. Besides, at that time, I didn't believe that demons could bother Christians. Although I am blind, I knew the lights were not on in the basement but that, in and of itself, should have made no difference. As I entered the darkened room, the air itself felt thick and almost tangible. Then, without warning, I felt as if someone was behind me and placing their hand on my shoulder. I shivered as if winter just blew in the door. Frankly, just telling about it gave me goose bumps as I typed. I snickered out loud to demonstrate to myself, and to whatever it was that was there, that I wasn't afraid. The truth was, I, indeed, was. When I left the basement and headed upstairs, the feeling left. I just figured it was my hyperactive Christian imagination. I learned many years later, while praying with my son, it wasn't. In fact, that house we rented had at least one resident demonic presence, and likely more than one. Demons are like mice. Where there is one, there are a lot more you haven't seen. They know how to hide so you better learn, if you are going to pray with people, how to reply upon the Lord to find them. The demonic persona can be much more pronounced than any of these descriptions. In fact, I have previously written about one experience I had where a demon pretended to be one of our dogs. I awakened in the middle of the night and after using the bathroom, I went to the kitchen to get a drink. I heard, on the hardwood floor, the clicking of the toenails and knew one of our dogs had heard me and gotten up to follow me into the kitchen thinking he'd have a late night snack. After getting my drink of water, I called to him, and not knowing which dog it was, we have several, I slapped my leg a couple of times to get him to come to me. That always gets their attention because they think I'm going to give them some food. He stayed over by the refrigerator and refused to come. I was too sleepy to bother trying to catch him and figuring he'd follow me back to the bedroom anyhow, I walked out of the kitchen. I never heard him follow. The next morning, I asked my wife which dog she had forgotten to hook up to one of the tie down leashes. She said she had hooked them all up that night. We do this so they can, if they wish, get into bed, but they can't roam around the house at night. I laughed when she told me and explained to her what had happened that night. The demon, by the way, playing the role of a dog, didn't speak or put his feelings on me, because he couldn't. Why? If he had done some, he knew that I would instantly have recognized he was a demon and the name of the game, when it comes to demonic influence, is attempting to gain a handhold so he can gain a foothold, and eventually a stronghold. I don't play their twisted demonic games any longer but that doesn't stop them from trying. By the way, as I attempted getting, what I thought was a dog, to come to me, I felt the Lord identifying what it really was. This was another reason why I did not attempt to walk over, pick up the dog, and carry him back to bed with me; I knew it wasn't a dog I heard. I was praying with a lady once that came to a place of healing in her life but was suddenly blocked. As we prayed around this memory, Jesus revealed the problem. There were demons resident in this hospital room. Speaking to the Lord Jesus, I asked if they had a right to be in this lady's memory of this event. They said, "We have always been hear." That was likely true, however, they had to admit, after further prayer, that they had no right in this woman's life other than to frighten her. Once the lies were exposed in the memory, Jesus cleansed the memory of the demon presence as we prayed and replaced the demonic personages with beautiful blooming flowers. The woman could even smell them. And you thought God didn't have a sense of humor. I've seen Him do a lot funnier things with demons. He loves showing them whose boss and I love watching Him do it, too. As I prayed with the man who grew up on a farm, we found, as I mentioned, demons were everywhere but mostly inside the houses on the property. Many prayer sessions revealed the demonic presence of lying spirits and we prayed for the Lord's truth to be revealed in every case. One prayer session was a little different. As we prayed, one of the demons, speaking into the thoughts of the man with whom I prayed, said "We live here." Well, after several prayer sessions and all the demons we found, that was a given but something occurred to me. By that I mean, something was spoken into my thoughts by the Holy Spirit and that was, "These demons think they own the land." That made sense but I said nothing of this to the man at all. We continued praying in and around this, and other memories. Finally, at one point, the man said, "They say they own this land where our farm is." I nearly laughed out loud. I explained to him they probably did believe exactly that due to their evil assignment. Regardless, I knew what they said was a lie. We prayed, sent the lying spirits away, and after each prayer session, the man experienced more and more peace until all the houses he had lived in were clear and free of any demonic influence as far as he and his memories were concerned. He told me that this all made sense now because, when they first moved on to the farm land, they found hundreds of empty beer bottles and such paraphernalia on the grounds around the house. As a child, he often wondered what type of people must have lived there before his family moved in. By the way, you might be wondering what the lie was? The lie was that they lived there and owned the land. Fat chance. They own nothing because Jesus does and Jesus only shares His things with us; demons don't count. In other words, they have no glory of their own. Too bad; so sad and who cares. Several months later, he went back on a vacation to see his dad on the farm. All the houses no longer frightened him. Even walking around the farm land, he felt nothing but spiritual tranquility. My daughter-in-law grew up in a haunted house as a teenager, that is, there was a resident demon who thought he had the right to live there. As she and my son were building the house, they lived in our basement. I was going through a desperate time of anxiety and panic attacks, as well as hearing voices, at the time. You can read about it in my personal testimony called, "I Flew Kites With Jesus," and learn more about that period of my life. In short, I was under a demonic attack and in those days, I didn't know what to do about it. My daughter-in-law told me that when she let her dogs out late at night, she always felt as if somebody was walking behind her. One night, she turned around quickly, and saw a shadowy figure that disappeared in a split second. After we had several friends from the church we were attending come over, some who knew how to conduct spiritual warfare, my daughter-in-law reported she had no more such feelings but felt safe instead. I have a son who also reported a similar experience and reported the dark figure standing in his room was not only quite distinct, but it stayed in place for a long time as he tried to figure out what it was he was seeing. He literally thought it was a person in the darkened room. He has multiple black belts in Karate and after speaking to the figure, he initiated a kick at the figure and it vaporized before his foot could make contact. He was so shaken by this event, he walked through the basement into the apartment where my daughter and her husband were living at the time to tell them what just happened. It was then he realized it had been a real demon and why the demon was there. My daughter sneaked a girlfriend into the house to spend the night without our permission. They were both drug users at the time and living far outside God's protection. A relative grew up in a haunted house. He told me several experiences he had as a boy. One night they were coming home late as a family. They had turned out all the lights to save on electricity. As they drove up to the house, they saw that a light had been left on in one of the upper bedrooms. The father said, "Who left the light on? I thought we turned them all off when leaving." Everybody in the car said all the lights had been out when they left. As they drove up to the house, that light went out. He told me that he was awakened one night because something was trying to pull him bodily out of his bed. There was nothing there. Another night, and this happened often, he said, there would suddenly be a sharp bang as if someone had taken their hand and slapped a desk or table top. Since no one was expecting it, everybody would jump. I can hear somebody saying, "Isn't something like this a poltergeist?" "You mean, a ghost?" "Yeh. Isn't this a ghost living in a house?" "No, silly. They are demons. If you think they are ghost, whatever you do, don't start praying with people. You may be unpleasantly surprised." A man I know who has done a great deal of counseling relating to these forms of demon intrusion, told me that one evening, his son came running upstairs. He had been frightened to the point of panic. As they helped him calm down, he explained that he was using the family computer and as he was looking at the screen, suddenly a devil's head appeared and filled the entire screen. This same man told me that at one period of time his ministry began to dwindle. Money became tight and after awhile, he finally realized that perhaps he should be praying about it just in case. The Holy Spirit told him that there was something, a physical object, causing the problem. The next day he found a heavy metal rock tape in his car. He asked his two boys about it. One of them said a boy at the public school they attended gave him the tape to try out. My friend instructed his son to return it that day. After a few days and experiencing no change in his ministry, but rather things continued downward, he asked his son if he had returned the tape. His son said he forgot. The tape was returned the next day. My counselor friend said, that day, that very day, his phone began to ring after several weeks of silence. The very first call was a lady who felt burden to give his ministry several hundred dollars. His phone continued to ring on a regular bases until he was booked for days in advance. Why do such things occur to some and not to others? Why do some experience deep dark depression, anxiety attacks, suffer from multiple personalities, hear voices, and have other such experiences that hinder their life? Good question and one I considered many times before I felt there was a noticeable pattern in the prayer sessions I witnessed as an intercessor. I believe the answer is based upon a person's individual spiritual calling of ministry to the Body of Christ. I am not referring to a full time ministry position in a church but a station of calling within the Body of Christ itself. It is my opinion that we are the plan God has for this world and for His own people. If you read 1 Corinthians 12, it is clear the Body of Christ is a complete unit and Jesus is the head, or chief cornerstone, and that unless we function as one, we will not experience the totality of God's fullness. "Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God," Ephesians 5:21). "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing," (John 15:5). "Do I hunt for demons in prayer sessions?" I don't need to. If they are there, they will manifest but only if they are exposed. Most try and hide and especially if they get the idea that the intercessor, doing the praying, knows his authority in Christ. As I said, I don't need to look for demons because I look for lies. Often times I am unable to even recognize the lies but Jesus has no trouble revealing them at all. Behind ever lie there is a demon, or at the very least, confusion. Even if there is confusion present, the Enemy will attempt to take advantage of the tender spot in our life. So the key isn't hunting down demon, it is looking for lies. Where there is guilt, fear, anxiety, panic, suicidal thoughts, condemnation, shame, sometimes even embarrassment, anger, rage, bitterness, doubt, a blockage, emptiness, heaviness, grief, inferiority, insignificance, abuse, unconfessed sin, intimidation, control, threatenings, manipulation, domination, a sense of loss, loneliness, prolonged sadness, arrogance, egotism, pride, indifference, chronic frustration, perfectionism, a feeling of being over powered, the deep seeded feeling of, "If people really knew me, they wouldn't like me," ostracism, rejection, panic, circular thinking, habitual feelings of brokenness, oppression, embedded accusations, or just deep emotional pain of any type, there is most likely a lie behind the negative feeling and if there is a lie, the Enemy is responsible. This is why the Bible tells us to "take every thought captive" in 2 Corinthians 10:5. "Does this mean a demon is inside of me? No. If you are a Christian, the answer is definitely no. If you are not a Christian, it is up for grabs but I have a tendency not to believe even that is possible. "Why?" Well, we only have one Biblical record of a man being demon possessed and that was Judas who betrayed Jesus. The Bible said that after Satan entered into him, he went out and betrayed Christ. (See John 13:27). Yes, for you Bible students, there are several other places in the New Testament which mention people were demon possessed, or possessed of demons, in the King James Translation but the Greek word for "possessed" of demons means demonized. That is a whole lot different than Satan, or a demon, enter into a person. "So what is going on with these so-called demon possessed people then?" Manipulation, control, and domination of their minds. Yes, this means even to the point of bodily control at times; plenty of Biblical records recording such events. Jesus healed all of them that came to him, however, so you tell me what was going on. Besides, does it make a difference? If so, what is that difference? Explain please. While you are thinking about it, let's continue. How much do you work at being a Christian? That's a fair question, I think, because I was raised that once you were born again, you had to work at being a good Christian. This made God happy, of course, and you never wanted to get on His bad side so living a holy life, normally a list of things you didn't do as a Christian and if you ran out of things not to do, going to movies, smoking, cussing, chewing and so on, then you could always make a list of good things you did. So any time, therefore, you felt discouragement, guilt, unhappy, down, blue, red or black, or sinful, you could mentally whip out your list, either list or both worked best, and run through everything. If you still felt spiritually bad for some reason, reading your Bible for several hours should help and if that didn't work, going to church surely would. Well, sometimes it didn't. In fact, if you were raised in a church like I was, sometimes you felt worse after going to church than before you went. This was, of course, a good thing, spiritually speaking, we were taught, because Jesus chastised you because he loved you and if He did not chastise, or punish you, well, then, you just weren't a Christian. We were told that Hebrews 12:5-11 taught this. It teaches no such thing, of course, but admittedly it does make for mighty good, controlling, manipulating, preaching and generally guilt worked when nothing else did. So, pastors? If you want to score points, preach on the chastisement of the Lord as a proof of true salvation and it will be a hit. You might throw in tithing, too, because if you yell loud enough about it, the offerings will go up so that's always a winner. Besides, anybody knows that if you give more, you are definitely a better Christian and God is happier, too. Of course, we all realize God doesn't need our money but why not throw some His way once and awhile. Surely He will notice. Other than that, I'm sure, if you are a creative Christian, you will think of many things to please God. I even got rid of my TV once for 3 years and refused to allow my wife to wear slacks during that time. I never felt more spiritual and God only knows why I wouldn't let my wife wear slacks, she wore dresses and skirts however, and what that all has to do with television, I'll never know, but I was sure God saw my heart and blessed me for it. The biggest thing, of course, was staying away from the devil. I didn't want anything to do with him in the first place so staying away from him, I figured, was the easy part. Wrong! One of my Bible college professors even said once, "If you leave the Devil alone, he'll leave you alone." I believed it, too. I found out just how wrong that was years later and after a lot of unnecessary suffering, too. Thanks for nothing prof. "So where do we go from here?" Good question. Why don't we just let Jesus do all the heavy lifting for us? After all, that's exactly what we did to get saved. I mean, we couldn't save our self. Right? We had to call upon His name to be born again but other than that, we did nothing. Right? You bet! So why are we still trying to figure out our own salvation after all this time, I wonder? Is it possible, just possible, we might be deceived into believing lies about ourselves? Oh, things like, "You aren't doing enough. You aren't spiritual enough. You don't pray enough. You don't read the Bible enough. You don't fast enough. You don't go to church enough. You have to much sex with your wife and what you do when making love with your wife is sinful anyway. It is because you have lust in your heart. Nobody likes you anyway. Those sins you committed when younger and those last week? No Christian would be caught dead even thinking such things. You know what Jesus said; if you've lusted in your heart, it is the same thing as really committing adultery in the first place. What about that lie you told. You weren't sick when you called in sick and told your boss. Liars don't, can't, go to Heaven. That means you. Besides, you gave up and God won't let anybody into Heaven who gave up. You aren't qualified, dignified, rectified, glorified, deified, humblized, eternalized, justified, minimized, (He must increase but I must decrease, John 3:30), purified, or mummified." That last one I threw in because it rhymed but now that I think about it, it fits because you could apply it to dying to self and if you haven't done that, well, then, who knows what you are; certainly not Christian. Need I continue or have you figured out the devil still lies even if you are a born again Christian? If you don't think so, ask Adam and Eve, the two smartest people who ever lived, and they'll tell you what cow ate the cabbage. I have no idea what that conundrum means but a friend of mine says it all the time and it seems to fit just about anything so I found a chance to use it here and did. "So, what does all this have to do with demonic influence, oppression, and possession? We are told in Scripture not to give place to the devil, (See Ephesians 4:27). If you are attempting to be a good Christian, you are not only working too hard but if you keep it up, you'll eventually give the Enemy way too much room in which to operate. When that happens, you begin to believes lies. Oh, they don't sound like lies in your thoughts because they often feel true. Things such as, "You aren't a good Christian. If people knew who you really were, they wouldn't like you. You deserve that guilt you have felt for 35 years because what you did, although forgiven, must be paid for and you have to pay for it." I trust you see these are really lies regardless of how much they may feel like the truth. The bottom line is, learn the difference between the voice of the Lord and that of a stranger, the Enemy, (See John 10:4. As I said, let Jesus do all the heavy lifting. He likes it anyway. All you have to do is walk. That's a pretty natural thing to do, wouldn't you say? As you are walking through life, keep your ears open for the voice of the Lord and you will discover just how natural it becomes as you learn how to be God aware.