Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon titled “How To Expel The Enemy: The Basics of Deliverance, Pt. 2”…
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
In this session we’re going to begin by answering one of the most important practical questions in this whole theme, one that many people are concerned about, that is: How do demons come in? How do they gain entry to human personalities and lives?
HOW DEMONS COME IN
My answers that I am going to offer to you are based on experience and I am not by any means suggesting that they are totally complete. But I will list seven different ways in which they may be able to come in.
Occult background—Exodus 20:3–6
The first one is what I call occult background. In other words, somewhere in your family history there has been involvement with the occult. And when you talk about the occult you realize that you’re dealing with false gods. That’s really what it is.
In other words, there has been a breaking of the first two commandments, which are the basic commandments: Thou shalt have no other gods beside Me. And thou shalt not make any graven image to worship. All forms of idolatry automatically expose people to demons.
And in connection with those two commandments, the Lord said that He would visit the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation. I don’t believe it applies so much to the other commandments, but it’s given in the context of the first two commandments. And so if your father, your grandfather, your great-grandfather or some other corresponding relative was involved in the occult or a false religion, or idolatry, then there is an opening into your life for evil spirits.
Now you might say that’s not fair. Well the truth of the matter is the devil isn’t fair. But what I want you to understand is no one is condemning you for having the problem. Condemnation will only come to you if you reject the solution. That’s where condemnation comes. All right?
Personal occult involvement—Deut. 18:10–12
The second way is through personal occult involvement. And I think probably we’d better read a Scripture at this point.
There is a saying in English, I don’t know whether you have ever heard it, “He who sups with the devil must use a spoon with a long handle.” I just want to tell you there is no spoon made with a handle long enough to make it safe to sup with the devil. You give him your little finger and before you can turn around, he’s grabbed above your elbow. There is just no way that it’s safe to be involved in the occult.
I’m going to read Deuteronomy 18:10–12: “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, [that is, offering your children in a living sacrifice to a pagan god by putting them in an oven. Now I want you to see that the other things that follow by God are classified in the same list as having your children offered as living sacrifices by fire to a pagan god.]
‘There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, [that’s a fortune-teller] or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead….’ [That’s a pretty comprehensive list. I think every kind of occult practice is included.] For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD…”
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