How Can God and a Demon “Occupy the Same Space”?
Dear Mr. B,
I received your letter and read your testimony. What happened to you is very sad, and I am sure you have been told that what you did was caused by a natural survival instinct of a little boy. I hope you are not still blaming yourself and feeling guilty.
I congratulate you for your Theology Doctorate. I think it is wonderful. You followed, “Study, to show yourself approved unto God…” (2 Timothy 2:15)
To answer your question about God occupying the same space, in my book in Chapter 1, as 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, we are spirit, soul and body. The non- regenerated man does not have a seal of the Holy Spirit in his human spirit. His human spirit has not been cleansed either. This man is in danger of being possessed, because his spirit is not cleansed and sealed. If this man repents of his sins and receives Jesus as Lord and is born again, his spirit is cleansed and sealed.
Then, that leaves the soul and body of the man who is now a Christian unprotected. If this man had a deformity, a disease, bad vision, etc. before he was saved, most likely he was not healed of any of those problems when he was saved. Are you with me on this?
However, there is an inner transformation. Some people have deliverance when born again, and it is the demons that were in the human spirit of that person that left. This is necessary for the Spirit of God to come into the human spirit.
When Jesus told the disciples to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons (Matthew 10:8), He meant first, preach the gospel, then heal and deliver those who obtain salvation.
Luke 13:10-16 The woman was in the synagogue worshipping God. However she was bowed over, and the scripture says she had a spirit (demon) of infirmity. Jesus said, this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound these 18 years…
Jesus calls her a daughter of Abraham, casts the demon out of her, and explains that Satan had her bound.
John 8:37-41 Jesus makes a distinction between “seed of Abraham” and “children of Abraham”. Read this scripture to interpret the above.
The Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:25). Both mother and daughter were not Israelites. The woman came to Jesus asking for deliverance for her daughter, and Jesus said that He came only for those who worshipped Yah. He told the woman that deliverance was “the children’s bread”. After the woman expressed her faith in Him, then Jesus did deliver her daughter.
So, deliverance is only for those who worship the true and Living God. Deliverance is as much a command as to preach the gospel and heal the sick. To say that Christians don’t have demons is like saying that Christians don’t have sickness or deformities. The difference with people is that they can see a sickness, so it cannot be denied, but they cannot see a demon, so they say that Christians don’t have any demons.
I ask you this: If Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons, why are there pastors who don’t heal the sick, don’t raise the dead, and don’t cast out demons???
God bless you, Mitsi Burton