I went to visit a dear friend of mine who had purchased a
farmhouse on twenty acres of land. This small, but quaint white house was
nestled on top of a hill which seemed to draw it’s guest in. The rolling green
hills and the secluded house with a long driveway, was the envy of all of her
My husband and I slept in their youngest daughter’s room,
which was upstairs, while her daughter slept downstairs with her parents, cuddled
under the sheets together.
I woke up in the middle of the night by the laughter of a
little child and the pitter-patter of little feet running through the hallway. “What
in the world is my friend’s child doing up at this time of the night?” I
wondered! I finally put the pillow over my head and went back to sleep. In the
morning I couldn’t wait to inform my friend that her daughter sleepwalks during
the night. As I explained this disturbance to my friend she quietly listened.
After I had finish she informed me her daughter was asleep all night in the bed
with her. How can you be sure I asked? She replied, “Because we have a ghost,
and I have heard the same thing you heard.” She further stated that she didn’t tell me because she wasn’t
sure if she was hearing or imagining. She then explained that a man had killed
himself in the barn. But that didn’t explain about the child playing in the
hallway. She believed there was more than one ghost in the house, because she
has heard pounding as well.
Although my friend was not disturbed in the least bit by
the strange occurrences in her house, I was. I explained to my friend that
there is no such thing as ghost, but there are demons. Now I know that there
are some that would disagree with me, but experience always beat’s an argument.
My friend agreed that this could be a possibility, but didn’t know how to get
rid of them.
14:25-27 says “25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto
them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the
sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a spirit: and they cried out for fear. 27 But
straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, be of good cheer; it is I; be not
afraid (KJV).” Also in Luke 24:37–39 we read, "But they were terrified and affrighted, and
supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, why are ye troubled?
And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my
feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and
bones, as ye see me have (KJV).”
The King James Bible says spirit
while other bible versions says ghost. Jesus’ disciples assumed that it was a spirit or ghost. I’m
sure we would have thought the same thing, especially if we saw someone walking
on water in a storm or enter your resident after you left his or her funeral.
Jesus’ disciples believed it was a ghost, because they had no logical
explanation for what they had observed, it wasn’t natural but supernatural. Laying
aside superstitions and fables, we must draw on the Word of God. Nowhere in the
bible did Jesus acknowledge ghost or cast them out of anyone or place, but He
did cast out demons.
when people die; their spirit and soul immediately go to heaven or hell. We do not wander aimlessly about the earth
or in a resident throwing things and banging on walls to get attention. We will not take up resident in a home to torment
people, quite frankly demons do that very effectively without our help.
Now I understand that people have seen what
appeared to be a deceased relative or formal occupant, a tormented soul some
would say. But, demons can take the form of deceased people, and angels. Why
would demons occupy a resident? One reason would be to torment the current
occupants. They would rather inhabit the person who allows fear or terror to
take a hold of them, especially a child. Another reason is they may have a
right to be there because of what you may have allowed in your home. Do you
know anything about that artifact, antique, pottery design, or jewelry you
purchased from a different country or perhaps a different culture? Are you the
Priest of your home, or do you allow your children or others to participate in
ungodly behavior in your home?
I remembered watching a documentary about a family
tormented by a “ghost” in their home, especially their child. After seeking
help and anointing there home with holy water, the problem went away for a
short period of time, but came back with a vengeance. Finally they moved out of
the resident. Everything was fine for a few months, and then it started all
over again. I don’t believe a ghost followed them to their new residence. I do
believe that a demon occupied their new resident because of something they
processed or a demonic spirit processed them.
I previously said that my friend agreed that this could
be a demon, but she didn’t know how to get rid of them. As born again Christians
we have been given the authority to cast out demons. Mark 16:17 (KJV) says, “And
these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out
devils;…” Some would argue that this scripture only applies to people, but
trust me it applies to our houses as well.
But I would not recommend anyone that isn’t a born
again Christian and who is actively involved in sin to try and cast out a
demon. Demons know if you are living a life pleasing to God, or pleasing to
them. Remember the seven sons of Sceva? In Acts 19:11-16, “11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of
Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick
handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil
spirits went out of them. 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists,
took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord
Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And
there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did
so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I
know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on
them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of
that house naked and wounded.”
These men trusted in their position in the synagogue (or
Church), and in someone else’s faith to do deliverance.They thought they had a
right based on who they were, not who Jesus Christ is.They didn’t have that
authority because they didn’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He was not
their Savior nor Deliverer.
So how do you get rid of an evil spirit? There is power
in Jesus Christ BLOOD. There is no power in yelling louder, holy water or
various anointing oils…to be continued.