2. Can a believer be possessed by demons?




A believer cannot be possessed by demons if he submits himself to God and he resists the devil. For James says: “Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). No matter how strong the attacks of the devil against a believer are, if the believer lives humbly keeping the commandments of God and resisting the devil, the devil will not be able to enter his body: “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will put him to flight,” says the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 59:19 – NIV)

However, if a believer begins, for instance, to practice occult arts or to attend spiritualist séances, then for sure he will give place to the devil, who will make evil spirits enter his body. Obviously a believer can give place to evil spirits not only through magic arts, but also through other works of the devil.

Jesus confirmed that such a thing can happen when He said: “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation” (Matthew 12:43-45). The example of Judas Iscariot confirms that such a thing can happen, for even though Judas had believed in the Lord, he eventually gave place to the devil, as it is written: “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve” (Luke 22:3) and also: “As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him” (John 13:27 – NIV).