Demons Working On Christmas Day
By Phil Scovell
During an hour intercessory prayer session with Bret, my
prayer partner, I experienced a great deal of emotional healing.
It was one of the most powerful times I have ever experienced
with the Lord in prayer and many exciting things occurred.
Two days later, on Christmas day, I awakened from having a
nightmare. I dreamed I was sleeping in a house I had never been
in. I was alone. I heard a window break and was instantly
awake. I could hear someone moving around in another room of
this unfamiliar house. Getting up, I left the house and got some
help and returned. I do not know who came back to the house with
me in my dream but it was someone I knew because I could feel
that much. We entered the house and began searching each room
together. We finally found the room with the broken window.
Yet, nothing in the house had been stolen.
I awakened from this dream, which I refer to as a nightmare,
because my heart was pounding and I was breathing heavily. Plus,
I felt strong raw fear that bordered on panic. However, I was
able to calm down and even go back to sleep within a few minutes.
After all, it was just a dream, right?
When I got up that morning, I didn't feel well. I felt
somewhat disturbed by the dream but I felt more nervous and
anxious about something and I could not determine the reason for
this uneasiness. The anxiety continued to build throughout the
morning hours and I felt tightness in my chest. It even seemed
as if I could physically feel my heart. At my age, you think
about heart attacks but you don't talk about them. It is like
the time I visited my sister and her family when they were living
in San Francisco. I asked her if anybody ever talked about
earthquakes. I asked because I was thinking about it every day
we were there. She said, "Well, we think about them but nobody
talks about them." I didn't really think I was having a heart
attack Christmas day but one thing I knew for certain and that
was the fear level was rising and I didn't seem to be able to
figure out why even when I prayed.
Walking into the kitchen just before noon, I got a drink of
water. As I drank, I felt my entire chest flush with a tingling
sensation. Fear instantly jumped off the scale. I had
experience that feeling many times before in years past. In my
thoughts, "I heard, "I'm not going to make it. It is all going
to come back." This may have been in reference to anxiety and
panic attacks and nightmares and demonic attacks I had
experienced many months earlier. I had a feeling, however, that
it was that and much more, including all the Lord had done two
days earlier when praying with one of my intercessory partners.
I sat my glass down on the counter top and turned to leave
the kitchen. As I turned, I said to the Lord, "Where is this
coming from because I am healed from that and I am not going
back." Instantly I knew what was wrong and the source.
I want you to read again what I heard in my mind or in my
thoughts before I explain further. Here it is again. "I'm not
going to make it. It is all going to come back." Since it was
in the first person, I logically assumed these were my own
thoughts. I also want to point out that the raw fear I felt,
which had already started earlier in the day, if not actually
during the night, rose instantly to a high level of anxiety at
the same time the words were heard in my mind. I honestly
thought I was one step away from going into a full blown anxiety
attack. Please note that I keep saying this was all a feeling I
was having; I cannot stress that enough. You will understand why
As I said, after sitting my glass down, I turned from the
sink and was prepared to walk out of the kitchen. This is the
very moment I prayed in my mind and asked the Lord where this was
coming from, that is, what is its origin. It was such a sudden
and powerful response in my spirit, it almost felt like a
physical blow to my body. By that I mean, I thought I had been
physically struck and almost took a step backwards to regain my
balance. The awareness of the answer to my prayer was all there
was time for, apparently, because I had no impression, that I
could recognize, or any thoughts in mind but one. It was not a
physical or emotional attack; it was demonic. I almost laughed
out loud. Why hadn't I seen it before? I knew why; because it
was a demonic attack from the Enemy and a spiritual test by God.
The Lord was showing me that I was beyond a certain point in my
walk with Him and what He had said to me in prayer two days
earlier was His truth for me to live by. That is, the area of my
life where I had experienced a spiritual renewal was a place He
had promised I would not be returning to because He, God, said it
The split second I realized the truth of what was happening,
the fear and anxiety immediately began to dissipate. Why? What
I had thought I had spoken in my thoughts was not me speaking but
a demonic presence speaking lies. I have had this same thing
happen a couple of times before over the years, that is, a demon
speaking into my thoughts using the first person. It is almost
always preceded by fear or some other negative emotion such as
anger, rage, guilt, or pride. If it doesn't precede the thought,
it instantly follows. Again, why? Demons have feelings, too,
and they are not emotionless creatures. Remember, they were once
angelic beings ministering in the presence of the Creator God.
Now they have no glory of their own. They sinned against God and
were cast from Heaven; the brightest and holiest spot in God's
Kingdom. Now they have nothing but evil and unholiness as their
covering. They are doomed and without hope. They are going to
burn forever, along with all those who reject Christ, and they
will never be released from hell. Their purpose? It is the same
as their master; to kill, steal, and to destroy. Their father,
Satan, is the father of all lies and Jesus the Christ confirmed
it, (John 8:44). In short, they never tell the truth unless
forced to do so by the Chief Shepherd; the True Lord Jesus Christ
or when instructed to do so by the Lord God's servants under the
direction of the Holy Spirit. This means that they will use
anything to try and fool even a Christian into believing a lie.
In my case, they used fear, which was jumped started by the
nightmare I had, and confusion about events going on in my own
life at the time. They also used another unholy device in the
art of deception and used the presence of their own evil feelings
to place on me in order to make me think I was going to have an
anxiety attack. This was their way of distracting me. At that
moment, they took the opportunity to try and implant their
thoughts into mine which was by speaking in the first person,
"I'm not going to make it. It is all going to come back."
When I said, "I have been healed of this," it was not the
first time I had said it during those morning hours. Satan also
did not leave our Lord the first time Jesus told him to as well.
If you doubt this, read the account of the forty days of
temptation Jesus went through as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.
(See Luke 4:1-13). In Luke's account, Jesus told Satan to get
behind him but Satan did not obey this first command and
continued his assault of temptation for the balance of the forty
Ephesians chapter 6 says we must stand against the wiles of
the devil. It does not say, by the way, that we have to chase
the Enemy down or run and hide, bind or loose, command or demand,
threaten or curse anybody or anything. It says we just have to
stand. It even says we are to stand, above all, taking the
shield of faith. Why the shield of faith? Because, such demonic
attacks will bounce off of you as the Holy Spirit gives you
awareness of the nature of the deception launched at you.
So then what is faith? When I said, more than once that
morning, "I am healed of that and the Lord told me I don't have
to go back," it was my faith speaking. How do I know? Because
it was what the Lord Jesus Christ told me during prayer two days
earlier, that is, "We are leaving this place and not coming
back." How did I know that was the Lord speaking to me? There
are two reasons. First, my faith was given to me by the Author
and Finisher of my faith; the True Lord Jesus Christ, (Hebrews
12:2). Secondly, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing from the
Word of God." The two words rendered "comes by" in Romans 10:17
which I just quoted, means (it comes out of). If you doubt this,
look it up in any Greek lexicon. Thus, even the confession of
God's Word brings faith to the circumstances we face if our
foundation is solid, that is, what we believe. If we are being
controlled, on the other hand, by lie based thinking through the
implanting of lies into events of our lives, faith will not come
because we have been deceived into believing another word.
In my case, when I was shown by the Holy Spirit what was
happening, that is, it was an attack of the Enemy and a test of
the Lord, the demons fled. Why? Because they had no right to
stay. What they were trying to do is to gain a foothold once
again concerning issues in my life which the Lord had resolved
with me, and for me, just two days earlier. Why did the Lord, if
I truly was healed, allow this attack against me? Because, the
Lord was testing me, which means, He, the Lord, was showing me a
very valuable lesson. He was reminding me that demons will use
first person speech and thought to deceive us into thinking we
are the source of such thoughts and that their lies are true and
God's Word should not be believed. Furthermore, the Lord was
showing me they were attempting to fool me into believing their
lies again by using both their own feelings and thoughts to
confuse me into believing a lie.
Something which I think is important to point out in this
experience is that no sin was involved. I had no unconfessed sin
to deal with in my life at that moment. So, this demonic attack
was not due to committed and unconfessed sin. Additionally, this
experience of the demonic oppression was orchestrated by God.
How do I know that? Because, if I had fallen for the lies of the
Enemy, it would have been due to being drawn away by my own lust
and enticed. (See James 1:14). The word for "enticed," is the
same word use as bait, as in to bait a hook to entice a fish to
bite. In my situation I have described, they tried, by trickery,
enticement, beguilement, deception, and even physical deception,
to make me think that God's Word was not really true. "Yea, hath
God said," is what the Enemy said to Eve in the garden. God does
not, therefore, tempt us with something that would cause us to
Many think I place too great an emphasis on the demonic
realm. This often is due to fear Christians have concerning
demons. Jesus said, however, that we are complete in Him,
meaning Christ, who is the head of all principality and power.
(See Colossians 2:10). Furthermore, we, as Believers of His
Word, are joint heirs of all the Lord Jesus Christ has, (Romans
8:16-17). Jesus said all power in heaven and on earth had been
given to him, according to Matthew 28:18, and since we are joint
heirs with Christ, we share in his power and authority.
It is true I talk about demons and how they operate but we
are told not to allow Satan to get an advantage of us because we
are not ignorant of his devices, (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Furthermore, we are commanded in Ephesians 4:27 not to give place
to the devil. The question is, therefore, are you ignorant of
his devices or have you given place to him?
My ministry, to which the Lord has called me, just so
happens to bring me into contact with the demonics more often
than perhaps others. Regardless, Peter said, Satan walks around
as a roaring lion, seeking those whom he may devour, (1 Peter
5:8). This means you and this means me; no one is exempt.
I share my personal experiences to help others when the
Enemy attacks and attack he most certainly will. When he does,
where will you stand? Are you aware of his devices? Will you
believe his lies and be fooled by his demons? Will they gain a
foothold in your mind because they distracted you and then
implanted their thoughts secretly into your thoughts? Will you
know the difference between their voice and that of the Holy
Spirit? Do you know God's Word well enough to cut through their
evil trickery and unholy schemes with the Sword of the Spirit?
Is your mind renewed so the Enemy has no spiritual right to come
against you and when they do, they bounce harmlessly away? These
are all important questions every Christian must answer lest
Satan gain the advantage.
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