Some believe that ghosts or spirits are dead people who have died yet still wander around the earth. This is partly because people have seen or experienced mysterious things they cannot explain.
The world assists in creating confusion by unknowingly keeping people from the real truth. And what is this truth? Well…
The word ghost has been misconstrued; ghost and spirit are the same thing. The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach, and this means wind, breath, air and spirit. There are a few types of invisible spirits you can find on the earth: Your spirit, fallen angels, angels of God & God’s Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit lives in those who have been reborn into His Eternal family. When God comes, your spirit is awakened to True life, and He communes with your spirit. God is all about giving life. If God removes the “breath” that sustains and gives life to creation, everything would die (Colossians 1:16)(John 1:3).
The Bible says there is a good spirit and an evil one. The ones going around trying to deceive people into believing what is not True are evil spirits. However, people do have one thing right: the (evil ghosts/demons/evil spirits) beings portraying dead people, are dead. They are dead because they will be punished and thrown into the lake of fire (Matthew 8:29)–being separated from God, which is True death.
You are an intricate being, and every part of you goes to a proper place when you die.
The Word shows that when you die your being is split up temporarily. We are one yet have three distinct beings: The spirit goes back to God who gave it (Acts 7:59)(Ecclesiastes 12:7). It’s lent to us. This breath of life animates the human body (Genesis 2:7)(Acts 17:28).
Before Christ’s resurrection, all souls of the dead went to the abode of the dead. Luke 16:19-31 shows that the souls of the righteous were in a designated place, and those who were not, were in a place of torment. This is confirmed in scriptures such as Numbers 16:33, Job 33:18, Acts 2:31, Rev 9:11, Romans 10:7, Luke 8:31, Luke 23:43, 2 Peter 2:4, 9 and Revelation 20:13. In Luke 8:31, the evil spirits begged to not be sent to the abyss, hades, as they would go to the place of torture. The same word is used in Romans 10; like all people who died, that’s where Christ went. Of course, two people in the Old testament did not experience death and just went to be with God (Genesis 5:24) (Hebrews 11:5) (2 Kings 2:11). It seems Jesus’ resurrection brought those who were waiting in Abraham’s bosom and those alive on earth closer to God. The soul goes to be in the presence of the Lord if you are saved and to hades if you are not and waits for judgment (2 Cor. 5:6-8)(Philippians 1:21-24)(Matthew 11:23)(Rev. 6:9-11)(Rev. 1:18).
Your physical body returns to the dust (Ecclesiastes 12:7). It rests. A union does not occur again until we are resurrected (Acts 24:15)(John 5:28-29)(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)(John 11:24). Wicked people will be thrown into eternal fire, this time soul & body (Matthew 10:28). The word for hell is not hades; it refers to the final place of torture (lake of fire). So, people who have moved on are not in this dimension.
People who Came Back in the Bible
There is a passage (1 Samuel 28: 7-20) in the Bible where Saul disobeyed God, and he contacted a medium, even though this was forbidden. He wanted to contact Samuel because God was not answering him. And to prove a point, God allowed Samuel to come back, and he prophesied about Saul’s future end. Some believe this was an evil spirit deceiving Saul because God forbid his people from going to a seer, but God can bring back people whenever he wants.
This is not weird or strange, which you can find throughout the Bible (Matthew 17, John 11, Matthew 27:53, etc). This simply shows God has all power. He can part the red sea, stop the sun, miraculously heal people, bring people back from the dead, and he can bring someone’s soul back to the earth. But this was for a specific purpose and rare. This does not mean a medium or you can contact people who have passed on. If you see this, it’s highly likely an evil spirit deceiving you.
So, What Can Evil Spirits Do?
Now, it seems evil spirits can get into the souls and bodies of people and get into their senses. They can trick people into seeing or feeling things or whatever they may experience. They can also do this by utilizing other tricks or signs. But they can only do what God allows (Isaiah 54:16).
The Bible says that we are to test the spirits (1 John 4:1). So, you need Biblical discernment. If someone contradicts God’s Word, then you know that person is not led by God’s Spirit.
Also, some people have this idea that they can keep evil spirits out of their home or building. Some people bless a house with some ritual.
You can pray over your home, but remember that the blood of Jesus Christ protects you. We fight the enemy by living a consistent life in Christ. When you do that, a being will leave on its own because evil spirits are disgusted by a life that is pleasing to God–unless God has it there for some reason, or it is there because of someone else in your home.
You can, however, cast evil spirits out of human buildings if you are a Christian, which is how they accomplish most of their work (Matthew 12:43-45). The following is some information from the Word about these spirits.
Evil Spirits in The Bible…
- Evil spirits can get into animals if allowed (Matthew 8:31)
- They can perform tricks and false miracles (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
- Allowed access to heavenly realms. (Job 1:6)(1 Kings 22:20-23)
- God can allow them to afflict or demonize His people (Job 2:4-7, 2 Cor 12:7, Luke 13:11)
- They can wreak havoc on the body (Matthew 12:22, Matthew 9:32,33 Matthew 17:14-21)
- They like to live in bodies and don’t want to leave (Matthew 12:43-45)(Matthew 8:31)(Mark 9:26) (Acts 16:18)
- They can move around without a body (Matthew 12:43)
- They can talk through people and talk without a body (Matthew 8:29)(Matthew 4:1-11)(Acts 16:17)
- It’s only through Jesus Christ and your Faith in him that you can be delivered (Ephesians 6:10-12)
- They can disguise themselves as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14)
- We whose Faith lies in Christ have the authority to cast out evil spirits and even undemonize believers (if it’s God’s will – 2 Corinthians 12:8-9)(Luke 10:17,19)
- Satan and his followers were thrown to earth and deceive the world (Luke 10:18)(Genesis 3:1-14)(Job 1:6-7)
- Some are more powerful than others (Mark 9:29)
- Some people have several evil spirits (Luke 8:2)
The Answer: Are You Experiencing Creepy Things?
If you are not a Christian and believe you are seeing, feeling, or hearing mysterious things, to truly understand what is going on, you will need God’s help. You can find out more information here. You should also book a Focused Session.
If you are a Christian and feel you are experiencing surreal events, then you should look to God, His Word, and the Holy Spirit that dwells within you. Talk to Him. It may not be an evil spirit. He may be trying to get your attention for some reason. Perhaps an evil spirit is bothering you because it hates you. God may just be allowing this experience for some reason. You can book a Focused Session as well.
If you are a new Christian, you may be fighting with something that lived in you and wants to get back in. This list is not exhaustive. You need to talk to God and find out what’s going on. He will never leave you or forsake you.
If you are truly God’s child, you will be attacked by evil spirits in this life, whether you can sense it or not. Supernatural struggles and provision are normal for Christ followers. Remember that a true Christian’s life is filled with much persecution and hardship (2 Timothy 3:12)(Matthew 5:11)(2 Tim. 2:3)(John 15:18–21)(Matthew 10:22)(2 Corinthians 4:9). If you’re not seeing this, something is wrong. Rain falls on the just and the unjust. From my experience, the Holy Spirit revealed to me why I was being attacked and how to depend on Him at all times.
You must learn to depend on God because that is what He wants from you. Also, the devil will not stop; he hates you and does not want you to prosper. Always remember that God will not allow more than you can bear. Draw nigh to Him, and He will draw nigh to you.
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