Often when working with victims of demonic harassment, after doing the initial cast aways myself (through God in Jesus’ name), I train them in doing their own. This has worked well over the years, with notably few exceptions. One such exception involves a woman I’ll call Pat.
Pat was born and raised in a Christian home, but unwise choices (horror films and an interest in witchcraft) opened the door for demonic spirits to come into her life. I worked with Pat for several weeks, teaching her about the spirit realm, helping her understand what had attracted these demons, leading her through the necessary prayers, and doing the initial cast aways myself (through God in Jesus’ name) on her behalf.
When I trained Pat to do demon cast aways on her own (through God in Jesus’ name), I was certain she understood the importance of STOPPING the behaviors she had renounced and asked God’s forgiveness for. I recently found out I was wrong.
Pat called to chat and catch up on the latest. In the course of the conversation, I mentioned a movie I thought she might be interested in. She, in turn, recommended some to me — all horror films, or films on the occult. “I just love the vampire series on T.V.,” she gushed. “And I can’t wait to see the latest Harry Potter film. Have you seen it?”
There was silence on the line as I processed what I’d just heard.
“Have you forgotten that horror films and shows about ghosts and witchcraft are part of what got you in trouble in the first place?” I asked at last. “Do you remember the pain in your side, and the wind that blew through your apartment when the demons from those films were cast away? Do you remember apologizing to God and asking His forgiveness for watching that kind of films?”
“Oh, I remember,” Pat said lightly. “But I just love to watch them. After I watch one, before I go to bed, I just say a prayer apologizing to God, then do a cast away of any spirits that came to me for watching it.”
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It wasn’t long after talking with Pat that I heard from Cindy, another harassment victim I ‘d worked with for a short time before losing touch. Cindy told me that she had slipped back into her old ways, but NOW each time she “fell off the wagon” and performed the type of sex act that had brought so many demons into her life, she would say an automatic prayer asking for God’s forgiveness, then do a cast away in Jesus’ name of the demons who had returned.
Luke 11:24 “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. The final condition of that man is worse than the first.”
According to Biblical scholars of the NIV, when Jesus says, “Evil spirit comes out” He is perhaps referring to the work of Jewish exorcists who claim to cast out demons, but who rejected the kingdom of God, and whose exorcisms were therefore ineffective.
Matthew 11:25 ‘…finds the house swept clean.’ “The place had been cleaned up, but left unoccupied: a life reformed, but lacking God’s presence is open to reoccupancy by Evil.”
The demons Pat and Cindy had denounced and cast away in Jesus’ name had a right to return and bring their buddies with them because the women had returned to the way of life that had opened the door in the first place .