1 Corinthians 7:16-18, demonic oppression/possession by Pastor Don Moore
My Bible study notes from May 11, 2012
Someone asked Pastor Don, what if you are divorced, can you remarry? There is a man on a local Christian radio station that says that one cannot remarry.
2 Timothy 3 – deals with the last days.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Gone are the good old days. These are perilous times. The people have a form of godliness, but not the power.
If we obey this instruction from Timothy, we would have to turn away from more than half the churches on earth that call themselves churches. Many churches divorce themselves from the Holy Spirit. Most seek the tangible presence of God and salvation, but not the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Many churches teach that the power and gifts of the Spirit died with the apostles.
This does not make sense. In the perilous end times, what kind of God would leave us with no power to fight these things off? We are going to need all the power of the Holy Spirit because persecutions will abound.
2 Timothy 3:6-9 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.
Our maturity level in the last days will rise to the level where we will be able to identify folly and those who have never come to the knowledge of the truth. There will be a hunger to learn, but what is taught is not necessarily the truth. Gullible women (and men) loaded with sins will be led by their lusts. False teaching will creep into the houses and complicate matters even more. For example, that man on the radio that teaches false doctrines.
2 Timothy 3:10-11 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.
Out of SOME has the Lord delivered him? No. Out of ALL. This is proof that Jesus was not abandoned on the cross. The Apostle Paul was not abandoned in his persecutions. Neither will we be abandoned when conditions worsen in the last days. God has equipped us to deal with these persecutions and false teachings.
1 Corinthians 7:16-18 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised.
In the last days some come forbidding marriage. The doctrine of the Church is marriage (our earthly marriages are practice for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb). Unless a person was born to be celibate, Paul says it better to marry than to burn in sin. There are teachers that want to destroy and forbid marriage. In Europe 60% abandoned marriage in the church. Some teach that if you are once married (no matter if your husband died, you divorced, or any other reason for the divorce) that you can never remarry. This doctrine of not remarrying could make sexual sin abound in a church.
The number one way to be a blot on the church is sexual sin. Putting unmarried people in the pulpit is open to too many pitfalls on the path of sanctification. Unless one is married, or really celibate like Paul, the way would be open to sexual sin.
An example of walking the way we are called is circumcision. Circumcision was a sign of the covenant between Jews and God. Gentiles were never called to be circumcised, but in Paul’s time there were many Jews who were insisting that Gentiles, if they are born again, must be circumcised. This was not what God had called for. At some point Paul will bring this to the elders to get a ruling about what is required for Gentile believers.
1 Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.
Whether one is circumcised or uncircumcised is nothing. What matters the most is keeping the commandments of God.
1 Corinthians 7:20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
If God called you married, stay married. If single, stay single. If he called you to be married, get married. God forgives sin if we mess up. There is an ethical and moral balance in the Church. They are not forbidden to marry because they once walked in sin.
1 Corinthians 7:21-24 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.
If a husband pretends to profess Jesus, but he is an unbeliever, he is a non-believer, and if the relationship ends in divorce, you have to release the woman to marry.
Believers believe and obey. If there is no fruit to identify them as a believer, they are unbelievers.
We changed subjects for the rest of the study when someone asked a question about demonic possession and oppression interfering with our freedom, the power of satanic and the power of the Church. Can demons bind us up physically when one is asleep? Can demons bind up and control us in our subconscious mind?
Pastor Don explained that even while asleep or in our subconscious mind, we can know to call out to Jesus.
Scriptures tell us satan does not know the thoughts we have, he can only observe our actions. He can’t know our thoughts in sleep.
Pastor Don gave some categories of nightmares.
Nightmares don’t bother us.
Nightmares bother us all day.
Nightmares cause us to not move.
Nightmares prevent us from getting out of sleep.
Pastor Don then described OPPRESSED and POSSESSED
There is no defined line between oppression and possession. It is a matter of progression.
Annoyed à controlled.
Lester Sumrall writes about a demon possessed woman in a mental hospital. She tore apart her body, did many demonic actions, even taking down many of the men seeking to restrain her. When she was freed by the Holy Spirit and in her right mind, Sumrall asked her if the demon could get her to do what she didn’t want to do. The woman answered that he could do that, but never in the area of sexual sins. She was able to refuse the demon to cause her to sin sexually.
The demon could not control all aspects of the woman’s mind and body.
Human will is compartmentalized. It is very rare for someone to be totally possessed, where every compartment of will is broken in every aspect of a person.
For a person to be set free they have to cooperate in wanting to remove the demon. Some want to keep their demons. Those who want to keep their demons can receive prayers to free them from possession, but they permit the demon to stay.
In most demonic situations, where we are oppressed or possessed, there are compartments in our life where we can exercise our will.
Pastor Don spoke abut the Demonic of the Gadarines. This man was possessed with a legion of demons, over 5000 demons. This man had super-human strength.
When Jesus stepped on the shore. He ran to Jesus and worshipped Him. The demons in the man were saying, “Don’t go to Jesus.” But the will of the man was able to ignore the demonic voices and get him to Jesus for deliverance.
The human will in a demonic situation will determine if one is annoyed and oppressed or powerfully possessed.
With another possessed man, Jesus asked the man’s father about his son? Why would Jesus ask the father about how long the child had been possessed? Unless the Holy Spirit is in control we don’t have all knowledge. Jesus was doing His miracles as fully human, not as God. So, unless the Holy Spirit gave Him the information, Jesus had to ask. Perfect information only comes from the Holy Ghost.
How did the demon gain entrance? Who holds the key to removing the demon? Did the kid sin? Is it the sins of the parents? Notice, there is no mention of a mother.
Jesus then asks the father, what can you believe? A parent’s job is to protect the innocent child. The mightiest parent might fail to protect their child. When that happens, satan always will take advantage of an unprotected child or adult. Job knew how to pray for his children, but he did nothing to correct their behavior. By not correcting his kids, satan had a way to get in and cause the damage he did to Job’s family and possessions.
When we were young, many of us had nightmares and bad dreams – the binding of satan in a sleep state to oppress or possess. The spirit of fear opens and gives permission to the demonic.
We must remember we are a spirit that lives in a body and has a soul (mind, will, emotions). Your spirit never sleeps. You can train and teach it so that it will protect you when you are asleep.
If the devil can’t get you in the day, he will try to get you through your dog, your cat, fellow workers, family members, church members, even random strangers.
Develop your own will whether awake or asleep and decide who you will permit to talk to you. Not all thoughts that enter your mind are from you. You must discern if your thoughts are from God or from satan.
If satan can, he will try to shake you. He will come against us in any way possible. If two parents are fighting, then satan will attack the frightened child. Close the window of opportunity to the devil. You belong to the Lord. Speak words of Scripture over your wife/husband and your children. Build up that hedge of protection.
But the enemy won’t quit, satan will keep attempting to find a way to reach you. And when you think you have mastered an area of temptation, don’t let your guard down. The enemy will attack in areas he’s won you over in the past.
The devil can’t read your mind, he’s not God. He can’t read your heart. What he can read is your actions and your spoken words. And he can read our countenance.
Also there are only a certain number of demons, not enough to go around, so the demons travel looking for someone to bother. If they meet with resistance from one person they move to a weaker victim. We are in a divine battle of the will. Who will we let run our lives, God or the enemy? Don’t cooperate with satan.
As we walk through life and our lives go on, the devil reads our countenance and that lets him know when to show up. They show up when we are at our weakest. If you have a negative thought, the demons are happy to help to amplify it. We must take charge of our thoughts and think about what we are thinking about.
Hoping you have a wonderful day.