Is it possible for a Christian to be harassed by a demon of lust, gluttony, or whatever, such that deliverance would be beneficial? Letís skim this controversial, but significant, issue dealt with gently but thoroughly in Could a Christian Be Demon Possessed?
Itís inconceivable that the strongest demon could force the weakest blood-bought child of God into sin. It is quite conceivable, however, that a demon could pile on the temptation and pressure.
I donít think itís enough to stick to dry theology. Letís get practical. If some people are significantly helped by prayer for release from demonic activity, Iím not going to knock it. Iíve often heard, however, of people becoming discouraged about casting out demons because many people seem to quickly end up in the same mess again. It seems that for deliverance ministry to bring permanent results it should be used in conjunction with the principles outlined in my series about how to break the power of temptation in oneís life: Becoming a Winner, just as flushing a burglar out of oneís home should be followed by a program of renewed vigilance, locking doors and windows, and so on.
Tom was a devout Christian who for more than six years had suffered greatly from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. He asked for prayer, and people started commanding a demon to leave. Oh, here we go again! thought Tom, who had occasionally been subjected to other attempts to expel a demon. Suddenly, he was shocked to sense something hideously evil and highly intelligent inside him. Never before had he felt such a thing. Tom instantly realized that if the demon remained it would continue to afflict him, yet the temptation was strong not to resist the demon, because the thought came with great conviction that if forced to leave, the demon would inflict great pain on the way out. Despite this, Tom joined the people around him in opposing the demon, and after a few minutesí struggle he felt it leave. The process proved as painful as he had feared but the strength the Lord provided surpassed his expectations. After a few minutesí recovery, Tom discovered he was miraculously healed. He celebrated by buying roller blades and doing all sorts of things that for years had been impossible. Yet he entered one of the worst periods in his life. Day after day he fought an intense spiritual battle in which he was sorely tempted to let the demon back in. He suffered such serious family strife that it looked as if he would have to leave home. His father accused him of merely pretending to be sick for all those years. For the first time in years, he was hit by bouts of Ďflu. There was the daunting prospect of having to face life as a normal person after living a protected lifestyle for so long. He knew it would be awful to have that demon again, but even that seemed preferable to all that was being hurled at him now. Then, after holding out for a month, the attack gradually faded over a three day period.