Seriously. I have been doing this for a long time (over 10 years) and it can be very dangerous, not just to you, but to those you care most about. My church is a non-denominational protestant church. I am a member of Glory River Ministries International (as a pastor) and the IPN (International Prayer Network). I am being certified as an exorcist through the American Association of Exorcists. I received my ordination on March 15th, 2009. I was baptized by immersion in the Wabash River (in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) on September 8th 2002. I received (accepted) my calling as an apostle the third time God told me that I was to be an apostle (I didn't think I was good enough, but God has faith in me) last spring. I have studied spiritual warfare and paranormal activities since 1999. I grew up in the church (Methodist), left and discovered things for myself, and came back as a non-denominational Christian.
Let me share some tips I have learned over the years:
What is it? / General concepts
DISCLAIMER: Do NOT attempt if you are an amateur. You could become physically or spiritually injured. DO NOT DABBLE! If you enter into spiritual warfare or astral combat unprepared you could become possessed or otherwise cause serious harm to yourself or others.
Spiritual warfare is a blanket term used to describe any dealings or encounters with spiritual beings of a less than friendly nature. It includes such things as: Baptism, deliverance, exorcism, prayer, and so on. The general spiritual warfare that we deal with everyday could be as minor as resisting the temptation to spend money that you could donate to charity on candy; it could also be as major as commanding an evil spirit out of a house or out of a person... complete with power failures and projectile vomiting. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying to blame everything bad on demons, its just that they are often involved in the situations that I am discussing.
In the case of baptism, sins are removed from a person, sometimes including minor negative energy entities, and the holy spirit fills in the space left so they cannot come back.
Deliverance is the same except that it is on a larger scale: it often happens soon after baptism, if there are larger and more powerful demons that must be removed to make room for the holy spirit.
An exorcism is similar to deliverance, but is not absolutely tied to baptism. It is very much more forceful removal of evil spirits, and the subject must consent and then agree to make life changes and/ or get baptized; otherwise the demons will come back and bring along friends, making the original situation worse.
In prayer, we often pray against bad things happening of against the actions of demons. We ask God to intervene on our behalf. This type of prayer, or a prayer for someone to get well when an illness is caused by a demon is also spiritual warfare.
There are several books on spiritual warfare, if you like:
A divine revelation of spiritual warfare by Mary k. Baxter
The bondage breaker by Anderson
The spirit world by Rev. Clarence Larkin
I own these two and they are very good books if you want to do more research on it.
Specifics of types of spiritual warfare and examples of their uses
Baptism: A baptism happens when someone makes a personal commitment to change their life for the better and accept the salvation offered to us through Jesus' sacrifice. It is performed on new Christians and old ones alike. One might convert without being baptized, but do it later on when they want to make a more definite commitment. It can be done with the sprinkling of water on the forehead or being submerged in a pool or a river. The symbolism is that we are buried with Jesus and, ba
Deliverance: As I stated before, deliverance is related to baptism. Deliverance will happen when someone capable of performing the deliverance is present and:
A: The subject has a lot of negative energy that is not their own
B: The subject has been baptized or otherwise made a commitment against the dark side
C: The subject is possessed and has asked for the Holy Spirit in one way or another, such as praying for a spiritual gift like tongues.
Not all of these factors need to be in effect, but at least one should be for a deliverance to happen. One does not usually choose to be delivered as they would with an exorcism or a baptism. It may just happen. This is because it happens when we invite the Holy Spirit into us in one way or another, without knowing if there is space for it or not. If there is not, then God will make the space by kicking out demonic energies. Someone qualified to perform a deliverance will be there most of the time; because it is such a person who assists in spiritual growth in a Christian sense, and it almost always happens at times when we want to grow spiritually. Such a person is needed Because they can prevent the demonic energy from attacking someone else, re-entering the subject, or otherwise making a nuisance of itself.
Exorcism: A forced removal of spirits and/or devils, including demons and ghosts from a living host who is possessed or otherwise being harassed by said spirits. A good case is seen in the movie "The Exorcism of Emily Rose". That movie is ba
Symptoms of possession:
A possessed person usually will exhibit a dramatic personality shift 'overnight' they could become hostile towards family and friends; sometimes violently so. Their taste in music and food will change as well. Keep in mind that there are little or no medical problems caused by this change save, perhaps, malnutrition after a prolonged period of time. This is why I prefer to interview the family. Religious symbols, particularly Hebrew and Christian symbols can cause anywhere from disgust to physical pain. Pain would only be exhibited from direct contact with the skin. The one possessed will develop a sudden distaste for church, sometimes to the point of becoming violent when presented with a suggestion to attend. The music in particular causes discomfort, disgust, and even pain to the possessed. I have found that Christian music or, to a lesser degree, any uplifting music can cause physical reactions in possessed individuals. The reactions range from demanding irrationally that the music be changed, to fleeing the sound, to becoming violent. There will usually be a physical reaction to holy water, and a stronger reaction to anointing oil. I only use the oil failing to get a reaction from the water, but with other signs of possession present. The subject may react in pain, as if the substance were hot or somehow repulsive; like it had a hideous odor. The sensation may last for hours or days, depending on the severity of the possession.
On Angels And Demons:
As far as qualifications to say I know what I know: I have done literally years of research, as well as had MANY undeniable experiences that seem to prove my research. I am Christian, but, I'm not one of those Christians. I believe in angels AND demons. many people seem to believe in just one or the other, or even neither! one cannot exist without the other because demons WERE angels, so by acknowledging the existence of one, you acknowledge the existence of both. (unless you do not believe in the fall from grace) I have actually SEEN demons, and heard them, and the experiences cannot be explained away as ANYTHING else. I am a firm believer that the bible is the word of God, though it is misused/ misquoted often enough. well, let me know your opinions, ask me any questions, and I will be pleased to answer them.
Okay, here is a BRIEF summary of my research. Any ideas that are my original theories, I will state as such.
Section 1: What are angels and Demons?
What are angels? Simply put, angels are divine beings. They are God's messengers and servants; in fact, the Hebrew for angel is 'messenger'. The Greek "Angelos" also means angel or messenger. What they are and their roles are quite a bit more complicated than that, though. What are demons? Demons are angels who, through sin, are no longer divine. They cannot be forgiven, as humans can, because they had an understanding of God and the universe, and sinned anyways. We have no such knowledge, therefore, we can make mistakes without fully understanding the consequences, and can be forgiven because of this.
*I will get into the difference between demons and devils later on, for now, consider demon a 'blanket term' that covers both of them.
Section 2: What do they do/ look like?
What do angels do/ look like? Angels are the protectors of the faithful and the innocent, as well as the dealers in divine retribution. They have a variety of tasks, which include maintaining order in the universe, and aiding in the worship of God. They have a variety of forms and sizes, but when they appear to us visibly, they tend to look human, with some fantastic quality or striking look, like seeming to glow or even be scary. Angels supposedly number in the millions or billions. What do demons do/ look like? Demons corrupt, spread lies and hate, dominate, and endeavor to destroy when ever they can. This is like trying to hurt God because he hurt them (even though he was justified in doing so). Hurting us to hurt God: Humans are God's greatest creation, which he loves very dearly. Any corruption or destruction against that which God loves, is for that purpose. Demons have a variety of forms and sizes, just as angels do, but they have no physical forms (those were destroyed when they fell). When they appear they try to take on a pleasing form, usually. They sometimes show their true forms to frighten people. In that form they look like a large, vaguely human shaped shadow, with claws, and glowing eyes. (yes, I have seen them). It is believed that one-third of the angels became demons. (See Revelation)
Section 3: Historical, and specific angels and demons.
There are only two angels mentioned by name in the bible: Michael, who’s name means ‘Who is like God?’(yes his name is a question); and Gabriel, who’s name means ‘Hero of God’. Michael is the general of the armies of heaven, and fights Lucifer (Satan) at every turn. He showed up on the battlefield a couple of times in the old testament, to aid God’s people. He appeared to a catholic monk, and that monk later built St. Michael’s cathedral on that same location. Michael is also thought to be the angel who appeared with and entire regiment on horseback and helped win a decisive battle against the Nazis in WWII, and vanished after the battle, only leaving the allied troops he rescued. Gabriel is more of a messenger. He is the angel who appeared to Mary to tell her about Jesus, he appeared as the star to guide the wise men to Bethlehem, and he was the one who rolled away the stone from Jesus’ tomb. He is also considered to be the angel of death, although that is a role shared by many angels. Michael and Gabriel together were the angels to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. There were others not mentioned by name, but referred to as “the angel of the lord”. Raphiel, who healed Jacob after his fight with the mysterious being or 'dark angel'; and Uriel, who is thought to be an angel of punishment, and may have brought the great flood. He probably was the one guarding Eden with his flaming sword.
There are several demons of note: Lucifer (of course), meaning ‘morning star’ was his name as an angel, when he fell, it became Satan; meaning ‘obstacle’. This is who we refer to as the devil. He was the most beautiful of angels, and became vain and hateful; he wanted more and more, and he was cast out of heaven. He is known as the lord of lies and deceit. Michael throws him out of heaven in Revelation. Azazel: Azazel spread forbidden knowledge to corrupt humanity; he spread metallurgy, weapons, cosmetics, and jewelry. It was his influence that caused humans to become so evil, that God destroyed them with the great flood. He was imprisoned in a desert somewhere so could no longer influence humanity, he must remain there until judgment day. Belial: Is a demon who had a strong following in early parts of the old testament, and his followers were called the sons of Belial. The prophet/ judge, Samson killed many sons of Belial. Belial also means ‘worthless’. One more of note is Beelzebub: Name means lord of flies. Also called Baal or Baalzebub. The Baal worshipers were the largest opposing religion to Judaism at the time. The prophet Elijah challenged the followers of Baal, saying that their God could work no wonders. For 2 days, prophets of Baal prayed for him to light the alter with his powers. Then Elijah soaked his alter to God with water, prayed one prayer, and fire from heaven consumed the alter, stones and all.
Section 4: Miscellaneous and angelic sc
The angelic sc
The difference Between Devils and Demons
Okay, it can be complicated telling the difference from meeting/ seeing one, though the difference is fairly simple:
Devil = Fallen Angel
Devil = Immortal (has nothing to do with life span, they just cannot be permanently destroyed)
Devil = Very powerful
Demon = Negative energy creature or automaton
Demon = Not immortal (still nothing to do with life span)
Demon = From very weak all the way up to powerful, never as strong as a devil, however
To be more specific:
Devils comprise one-third of the original population of angels which fell from grace when they choose to follow Lucifer instead of God. Demons can be created with negative energy or with chaos energy. They are like negative energy golems, under the control of their masters, and can show up in VERY LARGE numbers. I would also describe them as 'barely sentient blobs of negative energy'. Devils usually appear alone or in small groups. To actually encounter a large number of devils is extremely rare unless you walk into hell itself. Demons even account for quite a few supposed hauntings. With devils, this is the rarest of the rare and I only know of two modern occurrences of a devilish haunting; paranormal researchers and ghost hunters coined the term 'malevolent inhuman entity' to describe these hauntings.