Your Body Is the ‘House’ in Which You Live
That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour. — 1 THESSALONIANS 4:4
Your body is the house in which you live. Your body hasn’t been redeemed yet. To explain further, let’s say that, in the natural, you live in a house at 405 South Elm Street, and someone says, “That house has termites.” Well, just because that house has termites in it is no sign that you, the resident of that house, have termites in you. You just live in that house. You don’t have termites in you, but you can do something about the termites in your house. You can get someone to help who knows how to get rid of the termites, or you can do something about them yourself.
Well, your body is the “house” in which you live. The real you is the spirit man who has been born again. And if you don’t know how to keep the devil out of your “house,” he’ll get in.
You see, it’s not a matter of casting the devil out of a person’s spirit. The devil is cast out of a person’s body. Can a Christian have a demon? Certainly. Can a Christian be demon-possessed? Certainly not. When we talk about demon-possession, we are talking about a demon taking over a person’s spirit, soul, and body. And if one were fully demon-possessed, he would be crazy or insane; his mind would be gone.
But a born-again, Spirit-filled Christian can have a demon in his body or even his mind, his soul. You might think, How can that be? If my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, how can the devil get in? You can let him in.
Confession: I am a spirit, I have a soul; and I live in a body. I refuse to let the devil into my soul or body. I keep him out by feeding on the Word of God and resisting his lies.
Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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