In our last post we dealt with entry points in general. We will get more specific now, returning to Dave, who we met in our last post. Dave may become vulnerable to demons by exposure to various groups or practices like yoga, non-Christian religions, New Age writings or practices, certain video/computer games, substance abuse, or any other situation where demons silently gain entry, and lead us away from intimacy with God. This is usually unconscious, but nonetheless quite real.
The same process happens with sin… there are some sins that are well known as such – theft, assault, fraud and so on. Then there are others that are generally known as such only if one is familiar with the Bible – rebellion, selfish ambition and greed, to name just a few (see 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:3-6; Col. 3:5-6). Sin brings estrangement between God and us (Isa. 59:2; Psa. 66:18), and gives entry to the devil.
These two groupings deal with things that we do, knowingly or not, that are against the will of God. It is very common for demons to be affecting us if these activities have been part of our lives. The best course is to repent of them and renounce them, explicitly saying that we are done with them, and we will not give the enemy any place to stand, or any ground to affect us. When this is done, the demons have no legal recourse other than to leave, if there are no other grounds on which they can remain.
We will take up the third major group of entry points in our next post.