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Can a Christian have a Demon?

“Can a Christian have a Demon?” is a question that comes up from time to time in our workshops. It’s a good question. The reasoning goes like this: “If I am a Christian it means that I have invited Jesus into my heart, and if Jesus is in my heart by His Holy Spirit abiding in me, then how can I have a demon? The Holy Spirit does not share with demons!!”

But to answer this question properly we must address it in three parts:
1. What is a demon and what power do they have?
2. What does it mean to ‘have’ a demon?
3. What is a Christian and what power do we have against demons?

1. What is a demon and what power do they have?

When we look at the life of Jesus in the gospels it’s clear that he not only believed in the existence of evil spirits, he actually spoke to them and taught us about how to deal with them too.

When Jesus came near to people, demons would often manifest themselves. They spoke to Jesus, recognised who he was and often asked for mercy.

Mark 3:11 says: “Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”

And in Matthew 8:29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”

Now that’s interesting isn’t it: “torture us before the appointed time…?” What were they talking about? The Bible tells us that the fires of hell were created, not for people, but for Satan and his demonic angels (see Matthew 25:41). The demons knew that Jesus, as The Anointed One of God (The Christ), was the person who would ultimately judge and send them there. So, here’s a good thing to remember about demons: God has already arranged for their destruction! What they are doing here on earth is simply trying to do as much damage as possible before they go there.

Reading the stories about demons in the Bible it’s clear that these evil spirits ultimately want to destroy the people they are tormenting. They are disembodied spirits who are seeking to ‘kill, steal and destroy’ (John 10:10) through influencing people’s thoughts and behaviour.
In Mark 5 we read the story of a demonised man who lived in a graveyard bound in chains. The evil spirits would cause him to cry out and cut himself with stones. However as soon as Jesus arrived on the scene, the evil spirits had to do what Jesus said. They had to submit to the power and authority of Jesus and leave the tormented man until he was sitting there, “dressed and in his right mind” Mark 5:15.

2. What does it mean to ‘have’ a demon?

The Greek word ‘daimonizomai’ used in the Bible is best translated as ‘demonised’. It means ‘to be under the influence of demons’. The question we need to ask is: can a Christian be influenced by demons or are we protected from them no matter what we do? The reality is that though we may have the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives God still gives us free will. Since we can grieve or quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19, Ephesians 4:30) then our behaviour can certainly affect our spiritual protection; to think otherwise would be foolish. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe a follower of Jesus should or need have this kind of troubling spirit, but there are certain ways in which we can invite them to have power in our lives.

Here’s a useful analogy for this spiritual principle. The physical world is full of microscopic germs that can harm our physical bodies. They are everywhere and given an opportunity, they will find a nice warm body and infect it or influence it. Though we can’t see these germs we don’t need to be afraid of them if we are living sensibly and looking after ourselves. That’s why we should take the trouble to maintain a healthy lifestyle because it will protect us from the most common germs and they can do us no harm. In the same way, though demons are real and just a fact of life, they need not bother us at all if we take care of our spiritual health.

Can a Christian have a demon? by Rob Cresswell

If you were to go out in England for a hike in the hills wearing nothing but a T shirt and shorts on a rainy day in February, very few would have sympathy for you if you caught a bad cold. They would say you’d been foolish. In the same way, the New Testament describes certain activities as detrimental to our spiritual health; they are foolish activities because they are going to harm our relationship with God and in this way make us susceptible to demonic influence. Things like harbouring unforgiveness, indulging in greed, getting involved in sexual immorality, hatred, fits of rage, or envy – those activities that the Bible says people of the Spirit should have nothing to do with (Ephesians 5:11). Demons are attracted to these activities and will encourage us to take part in them, they are self-destructive and often in agreement with the enemy’s plan for our lives. They separate us from God.

You may be interested in The Normal Supernatural Christian Life (Book) by Aliss Cresswell which has a chapter on Demons

3 What is a Christian and what power do we have

Christians are potentially way more powerful than many believe themselves to be. We do not have to be tormented by evil spirits because we have been set free from the Kingdom of Darkness and brought into the Kingdom of Jesus (Col 1:13-14). Therefore we are promised that we can walk in strength and victory:

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57

The enemy can only have influence in our lives where there is continued and intentional agreement with these selfish activities. We shouldn’t give the devil any more credit than he deserves. As much as we’d like to blame him for our selfishness and pride, we can’t cast out the flesh!: We can only ‘put it to death’ by ‘clothing ourselves’ with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col 3:12). But if we are aware that we have allowed unforgiveness or habitual sin to run unchecked in our lives then we are almost certainly making ourselves vulnerable to demonic influence. However, there is always a simple remedy through repentance and deliverance and we can be healed, restored and delivered if we want to be.

There is one catch. Derek Prince, a Bible scholar who did much work in this area, wisely said that the Lord will deliver us from our enemies, but not our friends! So we need to be sure that we want to be totally free of anything that is making our lives a misery. I know that sounds odd, but it’s true. That’s why scripture tells us to put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6: 10-17). Removing any opportunity for the enemy to get a foothold in our lives is all part of the Spirit Lifestyle and it will fortify us against the influence of demonic spirits. Then we can get on with enjoying the fulness of life that Jesus came to bring us.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

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By |2018-06-12T16:09:43+00:00June 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

About the Author:

Rob has been in active business and charity leadership for over 15 years and is a gifted communicator. He has a BA in fine art and has had a career focusing on graphic design, publishing and IT media. Rob lives with his wife Aliss in their home town of Chester UK and they have two adult children. He is the author of 'The Believer's Guide to Survival' and 'The Threefold Miracle Mandate', Spirit lifestyle video training resources and articles.


  1. arringtongeorgia July 25, 2018 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Hello! I would like to go through my courses faster. May I go back and pay in full and be able to access them at my own pace? thank you! Im really excited about this and im eager to finish!

    • Spirit Lifestyle Support August 3, 2018 at 4:06 am - Reply

      Hi, we’re going to email you about this…

  2. hallidaychalliday September 4, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

    I loved this first video in my subscription! These are the only videos we have access to on your website, right (one at a time)? I so badly want to have words of knowledge and haven’t had that yet. One thing I’ve noticed, where I live now I haven’t come across any Christians who have this or that seem to walk in any of the supernatural gifts. It’s like there’s a heavy religious spirit and spiritual blindness over this area/region, so I struggle more to hear from God whereas that seemed to flow more freely where I used to live. Any suggestions? Thank you !

    • Rob & Aliss October 24, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Hey there! Thanks for the nice comments… Yes, we do believe that there can be an atmosphere for miracles where there has been a sustained activity of worship and faith for healing etc… Sometimes it takes a forerunner to open up the door for others. Even if you can only find one or two others who are willing to contend with you, you can make a huge difference. Just start small with the simple things… it’s not about numbers of people but just simple obedience… keep on pressing in! PS: We replied to your comment about accessing more episodes by email 🙂

  3. David Smith December 27, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I engage in most, if not all the things mentioned by Rob to not do. To even LOOK at a woman to lust after her, is adultery. I don’t know how to stop. Most of the things are feelings, or attitudes, and not actions to just avoid. They seem to happen automatically…[main content of post removed because of personal nature] Please advise, and pray for me, also please pray for God to save as many people as he can.

    • Rob Cresswell January 3, 2019 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Hi Dave – thanks for that comment – that’s a really helpful question. Ok – first off, that list of things ‘to not do’ is not my list – it’s simply one of the many places in scripture that we are exhorted to have nothing to do with the sinful or carnal nature (I don’t qualify either – but Jesus does!). That being said, you are right, the way the gospel works is contrary to the law of sin and death, in that it is primarily concerned with changing our internal nature – not our external actions (grace works inside>out – not outside>in). However, the reality of that changed internal transformation means nothing unless it bears fruit in the way we behave. It’s not easy, but it is possible to allow the Lord to transform our feelings and attitudes through a life of thanksgiving and devotion to Him, if we humble ourselves and confess our mistakes and weaknesses – then He is quick to forgive and the enemy can have no foothold in our lives.

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