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When we are delivered from demonic possession, we become whole and are healed. The stunning power of Jesus makes it happen. Jesus came to set the prisoners free. I am free indeed.

After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” | Matthew 9:33

Popular culture frequently depicts demons in monstrous form. This includes drooling fangs, sharp claws, leathery wings, and so forth. Or they are portrayed as shadows or ghosts. None of these have any biblical basis at all. In fact, the Bible never physically describes any fallen angel. As is the case with angels, demons are spiritual creatures with a primarily spiritual influence, so they are unlikely to have any set physical appearance. If they choose to take on a physical appearance, it actually makes more sense for them to choose something inviting rather than scary.

So, demons are literal, actual beings. The demons described in the Bible exist. However, the oft-portrayed horror-movie and Halloween versions do not.

It is interesting that the Bible refers to both holy angels and demons as forming legions. Legion is a military term, one that fits the Bible’s descriptions of spiritual warfare in several places.

How can we stand against such numerous and powerful foes? God completely equips believers for battle against satanic forces:

“Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground” (Ephesians 6:13).

As the followers of Jesus, we are “more than conquerors” through the Messiah (Romans 8:37).

Jesus is our Commander. He is the One who dispatched the demons named Legion with just a word. He it is who will some day throw Legion and all the other demons “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41; cf. Revelation 20:10).

  • Mark 5:15 — 15 They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the “legion”; and they became frightened.
  • Luke 11:14 — 14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed.
  • Luke 13:13 — 13 And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God.
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