EVIL SPIRITS

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Earth

  • And the great dragon was thrown down, the age-old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, he who continually deceives and seduces the entire inhabited world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9 AMP
Regional: May be localised to an area
 
  • the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing in opposition to me for twenty-one days. Daniel 10:13 AMP
  • Now I shall return to fight against the [hostile] prince of Persia; and when I have gone, behold, the prince of Greece is about to come. Daniel 10:20 AMP
  • “What is your name?” Jesus asked. “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus repeatedly not to send them out of that regionMark 5:9-10 BSB

Where exactly? May inhabit humans

 
  • “Now when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through waterless (dry, arid) places in search of rest, but it does not1 find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it arrives, it finds the place unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and make their home there. Matthew 12:43-45 AMP
  • For Jesus had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” Mark 5:8 AMP
  • And the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us into the pigs2 so that we may enter them.” Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the pigs; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea. Mark 5:12-13 NASB
Read: LEGION

Effects of evil spirits

1. Torment

  • Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and terrified him1 Samuel 16:14 AMP

2. Illness

  • When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering [around them], He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again!” Mark 9:25 AMP

Warfare between evil spirits and believers

  • Fight the good fight of the faith. 1 Timothy 6:12 ESV
  • we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
Other versions
 
  • For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 BSB
Read: WARFARE

How to drive out evil spirits

1. Prayer & Fasting

  • And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:28-29 NKJV

COMMENT: One who has been living a lifestyle of Prayer and Fasting, can just command and make evil spirits leave. See:
 
  • When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering [around them], He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again!” Mark 9:25 AMP

2. Praise & Worship

  • So it came about that whenever the [evil] spirit from God was on Saul, David took a harp and played it with his hand; so Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would leave him. 1 Samuel 16:23 AMP
  • Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment— This honor have all His saints. Psalm 149:5-9 NKJV
See also

  • I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 NIV
  • how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man3? Then indeed he may plunder his house. Matthew 12:29 ESV
  • But no one is able, having entered into the house of the strong man, to plunder his goods, unless first he binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house. Mark 3:27 BSB
Other versions

  • May the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with shackles of iron Psalm 149:6-8 BSB
Read: PRAISE
Read: BIBLE

3. Word of GOD

  • Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment— This honor have all His saints. Psalm 149:5-9 NKJV
See also
 
  • And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 BSB

Have Names

  • And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he said to Him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” Mark 5:9 NASB
  • Someone in the crowd replied, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a spirit that makes him mute. When Jesus saw that a crowd had come running, He rebuked the unclean spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit4,” He said, “I command you to come out and never enter him again.” Mark 9:17,25 BSB

It is possible to torment evil spirits

  • And they screamed out, “What business do we have [in common] with each other, Son of God? Have You come to torment us before the appointed time [of judgment]?” Matthew 8:29 AMP
  • Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out [terribly from the depths of his throat], saying, “What business do You have with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet (muzzled, silenced), and come out of him!” Mark 1:23-25 AMP
  • And crying out with a loud voice, he said, What have You to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? [What is there in common between us?] I solemnly implore you by God, do not begin to torment meMark 5:7 AMPC
  • “Let us alone! What business do we have [in common] with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent (muzzled, gagged) and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown the man down among them, he came out of him without injuring him in any way. Luke 4:34-35 AMP

Footnotes

  1. Evil spirits prefer to dwell in humans (or other living beings) as they do not find rest elsewhere.
  2. Evil spirits prefer to dwell in humans (or other living beings) as they do not find rest elsewhere.
  3. Strong man refers to Satan as several Commentaries suggest. Read SATAN
  4. Evil spirits are named by the disease they cause eg. "deaf and mute spirit" and commanded by name to leave.

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