DO DEMONS AFFECT CHRISTIANS?
One of Satan’s great strategies is to get believers to believe that they are immune to demonic influence.
A Spirit-filled believer walking in obedience to Christ is absolutely protected from the enemy. However, while a disobedient Christian’s spirit is protected from the enemy, the mind and body of this unfaithful believer can be subject to attack. A Christian can “give place to the devil” (Eph. 4:27). When a Christian lives with unconfessed, habitual sin, the enemy moves into that place in the believer’s life. The enemy constructs a thought pattern around that sin or attitude. Second Corinthians 10:4–5 describes that house of thoughts as a stronghold. Demons can take up residence in that stronghold in the believer’s life. These demons do not possess the Christian any more than a cockroach can possess a house. Cockroaches are dirty, can make a mess, and cause you trouble, but they cannot own your house. In the same way, demons can harass, oppress, depress, and suppress the believer. Demons cannot destroy the Christian, but they can distract the Christian.