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Is it a demon, or just lifes little issues by Greg





 

     Is it a demon, or lifes little issues?      

   I would like to talk to you today about something that I have been pondering for quite a while now. I have heard people, especially Christians, saying the phrase, “ it is just a demon in them”. I hear this about people who are sick, diseased, mentally handicapped, physically handicapped, going through depression, and more. It seems that if we aren’t in perfect physical or emotional health, we are told we have a demon in us. We are quick to give demons the credit for a lot of our woes. I feel that it is time we look a little closer at scripture to see if these demons should get the credit for all these, or, if we are responsible for some of it. I do agree there are demons all around, and that they can interfere in our lives. I also feel that they are not responsible for every little thing that is wrong with us. We need to understand the difference between being possessed by a demon, and being stricken with one of lifes little issues, namely sickness. I want you to know that I am not a theologian, scholar, or a prophet. I did not go to any special schools, read any special books, or have God take me to heaven and show me this.  This is just an opinion that I reached by reading my Bible, studying it, and letting it speak to me. I will go through some of the scriptures in Matthew that I have read and helped me to come to this conclusion. There are many, many more scriptures that I could point out, but, these are the main ones that I think get the point across that I am trying to make. So, get out your Bibles, sit back, and read the scriptures along with me. Well, you don’t have a Bible? I really suggest you get one and open it, study it, learn it, and above all, live according to it. Same way with a house of worship, or as some call it, church. I call it a House of Worship because, according to scripture, all of us who believe in Him make up the church. But, that is a totally different study I may do later. Let’s get started.

   Some of you are going to get upset with what I say, some won’t. Some may walk away with a whole new perspective on the idea of demons and sickness, some will think I am crazy. All I ask is that you do me the honor of reading this all the way through before you make a judgement call. I do believe that demons walk the earth causing havoc in our lives. I do believe they can cause sickness, such as in the case of Job. I also believe that we also get sick because of other reasons, such as, our lifestyle, what we eat, what we drink, smoke, chew, etc. We were created to live forever, free from sickness, disease, depression, guilt, physical and mental disabilities, sin, etc. We were made to walk with God, talk with God, interact with God. With Him, there is no sickness, disease, sin, etc. He created us in His image, and He is perfect. We messed that up. When God created us, He had our lives planned out. He had a plan for us. He knew where He wanted us to be, to go, and He wanted us to do it out of love for Him. He could have guaranteed our never sinning by making us His “robots”, programmed to do nothing but follow Him. The fact is, in His infinite love, He gave us free will. The chance to make our own choices as to where we would go, what we would do, what we would believe, and most importantly, and our downfall, the choice to sin. The sin is what lead to our demise. Along with sin came pain, suffering, disease, disabilities, and eventually we will all succumb to a physical death, like it or not, unless you are alive in the rapture, also another study I would like to do sometime.  Enough of all this, let’s get to the point: “Is it really a demon, or just one of lifes little issues?  I really hope you have a Bible to follow along. I will be using the NIV, or New International Version. It is my Bible of choice. You may be using another version so the words may be a little different, but, they do mean the same thing. Pray before

you go any further that God will help you and give you discernment in this study. Invite Him into your house, mind, body, heart, and soul. He will show up and stay until you are finished with this.  Then, take your Bible, open it, and follow along. If you need to, read each passage a couple times to grasp the meaning before moving on to the next part. In scripture, when Jesus healed someone of a sickness, disease, etc. it just says they were healed. If He cast out demons, it said He cast out demons.  Let’s take a look at some scriptures now. I will go through them one by one and  we will see what they say together.

     Matthew 8: 1-4

1 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Here there is a leper that is diseased. Jesus reaches out and touches him, and says “be clean”, then the man was cleansed of leprosy. Jesus doesn’t call out any demons, He doesn’t smack him in the head the way you see so-called “healers” do now days, making people fall backwards,( another study to do), He just said “Be clean”.

     Matthew 8:  14-17

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

   “He took up our infirmities 
   and bore our diseases.”

Here we see that Jesus took Peter’s mother-in-laws hand and healed her. It doesn’t say He cast a demon out of her, just He healed her. Then in 16 it states that he drove out the spirits, or demons, from the many and healed all the sick. Again, here it says drove out spirits from the possessed, not sick, and healed the sick, not possessed. Here there is a distinction between the two, at least that is what I read.

     Matthew 8: 23,24

 28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” 30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Here we see that it specifically tells us that they were possessed by demons, not that they were sick or had a disease. He evn sent the demons into a herd of pigs, who basically killed themselves. ( not sure if the demons died, or just the pigs, can demons die in water?)

Matthew 9: 1-8

1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

     Here we see that Jesus is brought a paralytic,(paralyzed), man. Jesus proceeds to firgive his sins, and then tells him to Get  up, take your mat and go home. There were no demons cast out here either. No mention of demons. In fact, it points out that the reason the man was a paralytic was because of his sins, or, maybe Jesus forgave him of his sins as a bonus. Not sure here, just know there were no demons.

 

 

Matthew9: 18-26

      18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. 23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.

     Here we see that Jesus was on his way to a Synagogue leaders house to see his dead daughter when a woman who had a bleeding issue for twelve years touched His robe. He felt power being drawn from Him so He turned to her and told her to take heart, daughter, and that her faith had healed her. Not that her faith drove a demon from her, just healed her. Later He is at the leaders house with the dead daughter and He told them to go away, that the girl was just sleeping, then He took the girl by the hand and she got up. No demons mentioned here either.

     Matthew 9: 27-33

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

   “Yes, Lord,” they replied.

 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

     Here we see that two men who were blind, not possessed by the “blindness demon”, followed Jesus and asked that He heal them. He touched their eyes and again said that by their faith they were healed. No demons came out. Just healed. Then, a demon possessed man, notice that it is stressed her that the man was possessed by a demon, and could not talk, was brought to Jesus. Here we see a disability that WAS caused by a demon. Remember, I said I do believe that some illnesses, diseases and disabilities are caused by demons. I mentioned this because I figured you would say “Haha, got ya’ there, disability caused by a demon”.  But, here it is also pointed out that a demon was causing this, and that the demon was cast out and the man could speak.

     Matthew 10

1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. 9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. 16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! 26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

   “‘a man against his father, 
   a daughter against her mother, 
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 
   36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[c]

   37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. 40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

This is a long one and some of it doesn’t pertain to the study, but, it is an important chapter as far as I am concerned. I will explain why as I go. Here we see these words:

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons.

     Here we see that Jesus even distinguishes there is a difference between sickness, disease, death and demons. If demons were responsible for all the “lifes little issues” that we endure, then He would have just mentioned demons, at least that is how I see it. You notice that He even told the disciples that they could “raise the dead’. Wow, now that was an awesome gift to be given!  Some other thoughts I have on this scripture is notice He says that He “Sends them out like sheep among wolves”. He was telling them that they will be hated by some, that they will be arrested, tortured, and even killed for His namesake. But, they also were told to not be afraid of those that can kill the body but not the soul, which is man, yet to be afraid of the one that can destroy both soul and body in hell, namely God. Notice also He said He did not come to bring peace, as the jewish people expected, but to bring a sword, to pit people against each other. He didn’t “make” people hate each other, but, He knew. As happened, that some would love Him and some wouldn’t, therefore the term “turn” people against each other. Christians aren’t a very loved people in this time, or even back then. We are considered “Holy Rollers”, “ Bible Thumpers”, “ Holier than Thous”, “Religious Fanatics”, “ Hypocrites”, etc. People think we hate anyone that isn’t a “Christian”. The truth is, if we are true Christians, the complete opposite should show in us and our lives. Jesus taught us to love. ( yep, there is another lesson!) 

     As I said before, there are many other scriptures that I could point out, but, I think you understand where I am coming from. I don’t know if I made any sense to you or not, and, not to be mean, I don’t care. I didn’t write this to change anyones mind, just to state MY opinion and give YOU something to think about. If not nothing else, maybe it got you to open your Bible and do some well needed reading. Maybe this will peak your interest in what else is in there. Maybe that is why it was put upon my heart to write this. Maybe this was meant to reach YOU! But then, maybe it was just to give me something to do, but, I don’t think so. Everything we do for our Lord has a reason, a meaning, a life to touch. I hope I have touched yours with this.  Next time you see someone that is sick, diseased, disabled, depressed, or just sad, maybe you ought to pray that God will take away whatever it is that is causing their pain, their discomfort. Pray He will put their mind, heart, soul, and body to peace. Pray that He will give them the comfort that only He can give. If they need healed, He will heal them. If they need a demon cast out, He will cast it out through us. If they need a complete renewing, then He will renew them. I can do  all things through Christ who strengthens me, and that includes, as we seen before, healing sickness, disease, and casting out demons.  It only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain, just think what we can do if all of us bond together and ask for anything. The problem is we are weak in our faith, myself included. We need to have the faith like those in the Old Testament and New Testament had. Look at Abraham, His faith made him righteous in Gods eyes. And Job, God told satan that Job was a man of integrity. God does not love one person more than another. He loves us all the same. From Adam and into the future. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and our God.

     Now, when you are sick, tired, depressed, etc. is it a demon, or just “lifes little issues”?

 

                                                                                                                                        Written by Greg Dick

                                                                                                                                                March 31, 2011









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