In this two part series we will uncover the key aspect of Demonic activity as we engage one of the most popular questions that gets asked to the Exorcism Ministry quite frequently is “Why does GOD allow evil to reside in or upon his children?” During this blog series we hope to help you discover the “Biblical Truth” of what the Holy Bible states regarding what we refer to as the permission of GOD when it comes to the Demonic forces upon a person.
The first part we laid out that permission must be granted by the Lord Jesus for attacks to occur upon his children. The New Testament, however, reveals Satan as the “god of this age,” who does not ask God permission before doing evil, thus Satan has been defeated time and time again.
The very words of our Lord and Savior Jesus state the following in Luke 22:31 KJV “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” So let’s examine these words spoken by Jesus Christ. In order to attack precious children of the Lord Jesus, permission was sought to do so.
Let’s further explain Satan and the forces of evil must seek permission from GOD to attack, not to do evil. The context of this is Jesus predicting the denial by Peter that Lord knew was coming: "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
As a backdrop to understanding this passage, wheat in ancient times was sifted in order to remove the chaff and the dirt, as well as to eliminate the broken and withered grains. The sifting process removes impure wheat from the good wheat. In same manner, Satan will tempt believers with a view to reveal impure “wheat” and thus emphasize our weaknesses. This is what Satan sought to do to Peter.
In Luke 22:31-32 it is clear that Satan is "on a leash." The Devil cannot go beyond what our sovereign GOD will allow. We see this not only in Luke 22 but also in the Book of Job where Satan had to obtain permission from GOD before afflicting Job.
We should all rest in the fact that Jesus is in control of the universe and that Satan cannot simply do as he pleases in our lives. The trials and testings’ that come to GOD’s people are only those which GOD allows.
Another observation we can make is that Jesus, fully aware that Satan wanted to destroy Peter, prayed for Peter before the temptation even began that Peter's faith would not fail (Luke 22:32). Hebrews 7:25 tells us, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Thus a glorious Savior we have.
Therefore when the forces of Satan come upon people it is a result of permission given from GOD to break the will of the human. In the wording above the Lord Jesus Christ was asked permission by Satan to do this act of destruction against his disciple for Satan hated Peter.
Many of you will say why would a loving and all powerful GOD do this? The plain and simple truth is, to teach us lessons from our Heavenly Father GOD for disobedience of his words and instructions! In our blog “Why is GOD cruel” gives us the answers.
Our own flesh is full of sin and secondly we have to much “us” in our own world and not enough of “Jesus Christ” in our own lives. We are commanded to seek the Lord God with all your heart and all your soul (Luke 10:27, Matthew 22:37, Deuteronomy 6:5).
The forces of evil must seek permission from our Lord and Savior to attack his children. The most famous story of seeking permission is the story of Job recorded in the Bible. As the story unfolds GOD was “bragging” about Job and we pick up the story in verse 6 ending at verse 12 in Chapter 1 taken from the KJV Bible.
The story unfolds as follows: Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”
The very words of our Lord state that “Hast thou considered my servant Job?” Thus meaning I will give you permission to “test” my child. The story unfolds that Satan was given permission to destroy everything that Job had. However, Satan could not destroy Job for it was forbidden by the Lord. For the tests that were given and Job staying the course, the Lord rewarded Job more than he had before.
Since paranormal activity is the result of Demonic forces upon a person, thus means permission from GOD was given to enact lessons to “repent of your ways” and return to the GOD. In essence the hard part to swallow is this, due to actions you have possibly given the Demonic forces openings for them to come into your life. All they need now is to seek the permission from GOD to do so. Why? All souls belong to GOD.
During battles with those that reside within a person, the job of an Exorcist is to remove those within by seeking permission from GOD to renew this person as a righteous person. This starts with prayer work to humble oneself before GOD. GOD loves a repentant heart as recorded in James 4:6 KJV “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
Once we as humans (especially those afflicted with Demonic forces) humble ourselves, repent of our ways and actions and then seek the forgiveness that Lord Jesus offers, GOD will no longer provide permission against his child. This is when the battle truly starts and why the Demons fight so hard to stay upon a person.
We hope that you have enjoyed this two part series.
Rev. Bradley Luoma, Exorcist Minister