7/8/201 Little Child Lost - Revisited
We are spiritual beings living in a physical body and the nature of our spirit is determined by our relationship with our Heavenly Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Every living creature has a spirit of ‘life’ (Gen. 2:7, 5397 Heb., neshamah – wind, vital breath, intellect), not eternal life but that which gives us breath and animation (being able to move about), but nonetheless what we call life.
One of two things can happen to us as we age, I didn’t say mature, I said ‘age’, get older. We can ask the Spirit of the living God to enter our hearts and become a viable part of our lives. Or we can reject God’s Spirit and try to make it on our own where we live out our lives living in our own strength which, knowingly or unknowingly, allows a demonic entity to take up residence within or at least influence what we do. In either case, the end will eventually lead to all sorts of havoc – promiscuity, violence, despair, or more. All of which we have no control over because, just like Adam when he yielded the earth to Satan with his disobedience to God, we yield ourselves over the demonic forces by rejecting God.
One of two Spiritual realities will take control of our lives – a demonic entity sent from Satan or the Holy Ghost imparted to us from God, the Father through Jesus Christ. Either way, we are not ‘our own’. We may ‘think’ we are in control for ‘we’ make our own decisions, right? But one spiritual source or the other will and does influence the decisions we make in our lives. Just as the Holy Ghost suggests what we should do, demonic entities can also suggest to us what to do. Who do we listen to?
Those who reject Jesus do become the devil’s playground. When the devil dangles those temptations, we jump, to whatever enticement he has set before us – in our ‘own strength’. We have no counter balance operating in our lives. But when an evil entity enters into our hearts and takes up residence, our bodies, we, become controlled by that spirit (John 8:42-45).
However, once we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Ghost now has input into our lives and we need to start listening to Him and grow, filling our lives with God’s love. If we don’t, we may become stagnant. Stagnant means no Spiritual growth (1 Corinth 3:1-3, we need to get off the milk and stop walking as men, Acts 8:9-24 [v21-22]). When we aren’t growing in the Holy Spirit, we leave room for the enemy to taunt and tempt us. We have to fill that emptiness from lack of growth or we fall back into old habits (Luke 11:24-26). In not growing, we quench the Spirit by not allowing Him to function in our lives as God intended (1 Thess. 5:19) and we grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30, 3076, lupeo, bring heaviness) when we refuse to follow God’s guidance. And we ‘do our own thing ’because we’re ‘saved’ and we have it all together, right? Yeah, right. But we will find ourselves, once again, pursuing Satan’s darkness rather than God’s light (Jesus) (1 Corinth. 2:6-16, knowing God by His Spirit). Even though we are saved by faith we keep God’s laws (to truly love) as we love Jesus (John 15:1-11 abiding in the vine), not because we ‘have to’ but because we ‘choose to’. We don’t get ‘saved by keeping the law, we keep the law because we are saved. We have the hope of salvation, but once ‘saved’, we need the meat, not just the milk of the Word (Heb. 5:12-14) or we become stagnant staying ‘spiritual babies’ until Christ’s return, or worse, we may become complacent like the five foolish virgins (Matt. 25:1-13) and fall away. Read the passage! The five foolish virgins don’t enter in to live with the bridegroom (the kingdom of God).
When we don’t accept Jesus, we leave ourselves open to any outside influence, including uninvited entities coming into our hearts. You ask what does that mean? Look at the world around us. It has gone totally bananas! Aside from ‘terrorism’ people are killing people Irregardless of race, creed or religion. There is theft, lawlessness, sexual promiscuity and so on.
God does not force Himself upon us and when we reject Him, He leaves us to our own devices and that means being open to any influences the Evil One decides to inflict. If we’re honest, the world’s a mess – a big mess. And at the bottom of that mess are demonic entities under the guidance of Satan himself (Rom. 1:22-25) compounded by our refusal to follow God’s guidelines – of love (1 John 2:4).
Read the following scriptures, on your own, to get a little better understanding of what the bible says about spiritual warfare. Now, there are more scriptures than these, but this should give you an idea and you can always research further. Just remember to read the entire account.
Mark 5:1-13 “Legion”
Mark 1:39 “Casting out devils in a region”
Luke 11:14 “The ‘dumb’ devil”
Acts 16:16-18 “Spirit of divination and Paul”
Matt. 12:25-29 “Who casts out devils, Satan or God?”
Matt. 8:16 “Cast out spirits by His Word”
Luke 4:33-36 “Authority over unclean spirits”
Mark 7:25-30 “The Gentile woman’s daughter (scraps)”
Acts 19:13-16 “Sons of Sceva”
Matt. 17:14-21 “Why couldn’t we cast him out?”
I want you to understand that there are opposing forces in this world. Oriental philosophy and other religions may call it “ying and yang”, “light and dark”, “white and black” or some may even call It the ‘ever present’ battle of “good versus evil” (“may the force be with you”). Oh, wretched men are we (Rom. 7:14-25) for we spend a lifetime, to some degree, in this battle. But, as we draw closer to Jesus, Father makes these battles easier to deal with (Matt. 11:28-30) and more victorious (John 16:33, red letter – Jesus speaking).
Many religions deny the existence of God or Satan but that doesn’t make it so. In fact, Satan thrives in the lives of those who refuse to believe he exists. The battlefield field is open to him for men don’t know that which they fight against or even that they are fighting against something. For we wrestle against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness (devils) and spiritual wickedness (Eph. 6:12). But the battle goes on as Satan continues to try to undermine the things God does (Rev. 12:7-9).
Obviously we’re dealing with spiritual warfare and we need to understand four phases or areas which can impact Christians: possession, oppression, obsession and the orphan, which may become the door through which the other areas enter in.
Webster’s defines possession, or possessed as the act of having taken control or occupancy or ownership, entered into, influenced and/or controlled firmly. Replacing one’s normal personality with something else.
Webster’s defines oppression as cruel or unjust exercise of authority or power, obstruction in body or mind.
Webster’s defines obsession as a persistent, preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea, feeling or emotion.
Webster’s defines orphan as a child deprived of one or both parents
By these definitions, note that each of these areas imply control and influence of one over another by choice or otherwise. And this control or influence impacts the mind, usually with the body then putting that influence into practice.
We also have to consider one more area.
Webster’s defines a familiar spirit as a spirit that prompts or serves and individual or one that is summoned by a medium.
Frank Hammond defines it as an indwelling spirit which has a relationship with a human (“Confronting Familiar Spirits”, Hammond). Dr. Frank Hammond goes on to describe the scenario where the familiar spirit is a ‘companion’ and can be summoned by the one with whom it has the relationship. We know that the Holy Ghost will teach us (John 14:26) and reveal things to us (1 Corinth. 2:10) and the familiar spirit can mimic this task to some degree. Even Pharaoh’s magicians could duplicate the first three plagues that befell Pharaoh, but then they could duplicate them no more (Exodus chptrs 7-12, note Exod. 8:18-19).
Wikkipedia’s description says a familiar spirit might indwell an animal and speak to the one with whom it has a relationship (medium). Webster, Hammond and Wikki all seem to imply that this spirit may have an impact on a person’s life without actually, but not to exclude, indwelling (?) the individual.
Now, as we consider these three descriptions of the ‘familiar, we see the implication that the familiar spirit may have external influence. The orphan could qualify as a familiar spirit for it influences, but does not indwell.
Nonetheless, the orphan is a “look at ‘me’” spirit. Aren’t ‘I’ something? Look at all that ‘I’ can do or have done! It’s a show off, yet an insecure show off. If he had confidence, he wouldn’t need to proclaim himself.
Now, we’re not going to find ‘orphan spirit’ in either Webster’s or the bible, as such, but the bible does give us examples of the orphan in action, of which some are: King Herod (Acts12:21-23), Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:9-21), King Ahab (1Kins 21:1-20). These men all made themselves to be more than what they actually were.
The first time I even heard the term “orphan spirit” was in 2011 or 2012 at a conference in Philadelphia, in a class I attended titled “Orphan Spirit”. This was the beginning of Father giving me an understanding on the orphan.
John 20:30 says “Truly, Jesus did many other signs and wonders in the presence of His disciples which are not written in this book” (John’s gospel) and in John 21:25 “And there are many other things that Jesus did that if every one should be written down, the world could not contain all the books in which they would be written,” So we see that Jesus said and did a lot more that we don’t have ‘immediate’ access to (John 20:31). However, these passages from John do say we have enough information to gain access into eternity, but we also realize that Jesus told His disciples more than just what is recorded in the bible. So not everything is clearly spelled out in scripture and we find, the Holy Ghost will reveal things to us (1 Corinth. 2:10). But, take note when things come through revelation, it will always be consistent with God’s love and never contrary to His Word (not man’s interpretation). And the only way we know God’s consistency is to read the scriptures and understand His Word for ourselves by allowing the Holy Ghost to teach us His Word. We study to show ourselves approved (2 Tim. 2:15) so we can know and abide in His love (John 15:1-10).
The reason the orphan is even mentioned here is that it can be a prelude the other conditions mentioned: possession, oppression and obsession and even the familiar spirit, It can open the door for them.
The orphan spirit enters a person’s life via some sort of traumatic experience which challenges our love need. Of course any demonic activity in a person’s life could be the result of, but not limited to, cult or occult involvement, as well. It doesn’t matter how great or how small that experience may actually be but it is major to the individual. It doesn’t matter how old or how young the individual is. It is an event in one’s life that the individual cannot or will not cope with: loss of a parent or dearly loved one, verbal or physical abuse, rape, witnessing extreme violence. , maybe even ‘simply’ just being left alone (abandoned) with no support system.
The orphan might actually seem to be a help initially (Confronting Familiar Spirits) because it appears to set up defense barriers to help us cope with the situation. These defenses might seem good, but they are mechanisms totally devoid of God’s influence.
There is a dual nature inside the individual – introvert and extrovert. Truly an introvert because of insecurities, there has been no foundation for building self-confidence. There is ‘no’ or a ‘weak’ support system to foster self-confidence so the orphan helps the introverted person to create ‘his own’ protective shield of donficence – “Nobody loves me but I’m really OK”, “It’s not my fault” etc. Yet, the individual seeks and desires acceptance, attention and love and seeks to fill that void in his heart, any way he can. Often filling that void by ‘acting out in various ways, to get attention. The gloves come off as the as the orphan reveals the extrovert personality, not one of confidence, but rather brash, maybe even careless and overbearing in ways to attract attention. We may see them acting out (class clown or the ‘bad boy’ always in trouble), the bully, becoming promiscuous thinking that ‘love’ (sex) is the answer. Afraid to ask for and receive proper attention but doing almost anything to get some kind of attention, even to being destructive. Getting attention? Yes, but not communication, rather manipulation. The orphan isn’t concerned with true relationships, just manipulating the situation to get the desired attention.
Yet this spirit is not an indwelling spirit, but oppressive, which could easily develop into obsessive. The orphan works from the outside, whispering into our ear what it wants us to do and because these suggestions seem to ease the pain of the trauma, loneliness, no love, we listen and do. This spirit can also produce obsessive activity in our lives as we try to gain recognition. We may end up doing things compulsively and we just can’t get it out of our minds and actions and reactions may even become automatic in our lives. We do without thinking.
As I said, the orphan is a “look at me” spirit. Good or bad, he is always trying to be the center of attention. He needs to be ‘built up” to prove that he’s really OK. And when he doesn’t get it, he’ll manufacture it internally. He has to be OK. He has to be right. He has to be on top. It’s how he convinces himself that it’s never him, but the rest of the world. But he’s all right!
The orphan may not be ‘the controlling spirit’ in a person’s life, but he most likely is the one who opens the door for the spirit which becomes the ‘controller’ to come in – and all his buddies. The controller is usually the first spirit, demon, to actually indwell and becomes the general for all those who follow (Pigs in the Parlor).
Because the orphan is not an indwelling spirit, he can’t be cast out. Rather he has to be loved out. ‘No Room at the Inn’ (our spirits, hearts, souls and minds) as we fill our lives with God’s love by our willful choice to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and spirit (Mark:12:30) and we demonstrate our allegiance to God by abiding in Him (John 15:1-10, the vine). The orphan no longer has space or permission, ergo no reason to operate in our lives because we are learning to live in God’s will and in God’s love, which builds us in strength and confidence through Jesus Christ (2 Corinth. 12:9, Phil. 4:13). He has no room at the inn in which to stay.
As I said, the orphan opens the door for other spirits to come in and that leads into oppression, which could lead to or be joint with possession, either of which could team up with obsession. But, unlike the orphan, those indwelling demons can be cast out (Pigs in the parlor).
Having finished “Pigs in the Parlor” and rescanning “Confronting Familiar Spirits”, I’m still not completely clear on what is the fine line between indwelling and external influence. In ‘Pigs in the Parlor’, Frank Hammond describes that deliverance is for Christians, to cleanse us from anything not of God. Dr. Hammond explains that we understand this by distinguishing the difference between the spirit and soul.
Strong’s gives us three Greek words which are closely related: Psyche, which is our emotions, intellect and will, animal sense or feeling, soul (5590); Pneuma (4151) which is breeze, blast of air, breath, spirit or rational, immortal soul, Holy Spirit (note caps), spirit, ghost; and Zoe (2222) life (animation).
Paraphrasing what Frank Hammond explains from “Pigs in the Parlor”, pneuma, spirit, is what enables us to grasp spiritual concepts. Psyche is our natural or soulish self. Here, I’ll add zoe which is that which gives our bodies breath, to live, animation. Dr. Hammond points out that Paul says we are a three part being, body, soul and spirit (1 Thess. 5:23).
Without Jesus (salvation) our pneuma is essentially dead or at best, subject to our psyche, but we do have psyche and zoe to carry us on, so we ‘live’. With salvation, pneuma is quickened and brought to life with God’s indwelling Holy Spirit. Reading this material implies that demonic spirits cannot enter pneuma but are confined to operating in the psyche, our soulish self, which might explain why Paul declared “Oh, wretched man am I? Who shall deliver me from this body of death (psyche & zoe)? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. With my mind (3563-intellect) I serve the law of God but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” (Rom. 7:24-25). But ask yourself, ‘where are most spiritual battles waged?’ I can speak for myself, most are in my mind (psyche).
Now, hold the fort. Mind equals psyche and we said the Holy Ghost dwells in our pneuma. Paul said he serves God with his ‘mind’. Understand, our psyche follows something or someone. We cannot serve God and mammon (Matt. 6:24), we love one and hate the other or hold on to one despise the other. Realize what our spiritual growth means: we come into alignment with something or someone, God or Satan. Our choice, because through the Holy Ghost filled pneuma we align ourselves with the Father, by transforming and renewing our minds (psyche) to that which is good, perfect and acceptable, the will of God (Rom. 12:2). So our psyche is acting more and more like our Spirit filled pneuma. So when there is no Holy Ghost filled pneuma, what is there?
So in Romans, Paul wrestles with his own soul as he tries to draw it into God’s will. What we also find, now, is the possibility of our being influenced, possibly even possessed in our psyche while our pneuma draws us forward in the strength of the Holy Ghost, into complete alignment with Father as it contends with the rebellion of our psyche. Technically, psyche and pneuma are not occupying the same space so to break any satanic influence, our psyche must become aligned with our Holy Ghost filled pneuma. Ergo, Paul wrestles flesh against spirit.
Frank Hammond tells us that unless a demon is cast out, he goes nowhere (Pigs in the Parlor) and sometimes, unless it is called by name, it can still stay put! So, it is conceivably possible that a Christian could retain some demons even through the salvation experience – or even after by entertaining wrong thoughts (James 1:13-15). That might explain Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:1-20).
Even though the orphan may have let his ‘buddies’ in to play and some may have been cast out, there may yet be some ‘hangin’ in there’ that need to get the ‘boot’. Even after salvation, according to Dr. Hammond.
We’ve seen where the orphan can be loved out, no room at the inn, but the others will have to be dealt with, cast out. Better get the book (Pigs in the Parlor) and find out how. Not enough space here to explain.
Of course, everything starts with Jesus. We confront the devils in His name, plead His blood against them and cover ourselves with it. We also have to experience Christian growth because once the demons have been kicked out, they can come back so we fill that void with something (Matt. 12:43-45), like God’s Word, increasing our knowledge. Not just learning it, but living it. Put faith into action (James 2:17-20). We also need to be walking in the power and authority of Jesus. Something the sons of Sceva weren’t doing. Even though they commanded in the name of Jesus, they didn’t have His authority seven of them got their proverbial butts kicked by one demon possessed man (Acts 19:13-16). If we deal with spiritual entities, we have to be spiritually clean. Put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:11-18), which works against demonic activity and in daily living.
We need to identify those areas of our life which the orphan or any demonic spirit influences. Allowing God’s love fully into our hearts by yielding those areas to Him (in Jesus’ name) then ID’ing all needful areas and throwing out the garbage (casting out any demons) to assure all areas are clean. We give those areas to God, through Jesus Christ and leave them with him and apply all that He shows us into our own lives. And that means living in His true love. Acknowledging, confessing, repenting our sins, when they occur, and setting them behind us (Isaiah 38:17). When I confess and repent my sins God is faithful to forgive them (1 John 1:9) as He has through the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7). So when the enemy reminds us of what ‘used to be’ we remind him that we have already given those areas to God, we have victory in Jesus (Deut. 20:4, 1 Corinth. 10:13) and stand firm because God has given us His armor to resist (Ephesians 6:13).