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Demonic activity is on the rise today simply because we teach dogmas that don’t address the problems that demons create in our lives, as demons will surly take advantage of any open door in a believers life!

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 Dale P. Kruse wrote this very good theological treatise so I offer it to you to clear the air on this issue! It is obvious that much depends on your definition of possession or influence which I am aware of because depending on who you ask ether word can be similar in meaning.http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=9588285917&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

 

I believe that to be Possessed means to be under control to one degree or another by an evil spirit, the Dictionary meaning is

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possessed

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1.

spurred or moved by a strong feeling, madness, or asupernatural power (often fol. by by, of,  or with ): The army fought as if possessed. The village believed her to be possessed of the devil.
2.

self-possessed; poised.
3.
possessed of, having; possessing: He is possessed of intelligence and ambition. 

To one degree or the other a Demonic spirit has a control over aspects of your life that both define and show WHO YOU ARE replacing you with a false personality similar to you, but not you. The spirit tells you what to do and how to do it as you watch from inside BUT it CANNOT own or control your spirit, just your flesh!http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1599794616&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

I think the problem is people believe the Movie/ Religious hype about Possession instead of common sense scriptural definition!

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But influence means this:

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–noun

1.

the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others: He used family influence to get the contract.
2.

the action or process of producing effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others: Her mother’s influence made her stay.
3.

a person or thing that exerts influence: He is an influence for the good.
4.

Astrology .

a.

the radiation of an ethereal fluid from the stars, regarded as affecting human actions and destinies.
b.

the exercise of occult power by the stars, or such power as exercised.
5.

the exercise of similar power by human beings.
6.

Obsolete . influx.
–verb (used with object)

7.

to exercise influence on; affect; sway: to influence a person.
8.

to move or impel (a person) to some action: Outside factors influenced her to resign.
You see how similar they can be as its a matter of degrees, a possession is a greater degree of influence and simple influence is a lesser degree of possession, its that simple.
What seems to be missed in all this is the FACT that a Christian is totally FREE at the new birth and is the only one even capable of DELIVERANCE since a sinner is already totally POSSESSED of the devil simply being unsaved.http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0800792327&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr


The Old Testament. The concept of deliverance occurs in the Old Testament with two meanings. 
The first is in a nontheological sense signifying “deliver over” or “give over into the possession or power of another.” 
The second usage of deliverance refers to the Acts of God whereby he rescues his people from danger. 
 As in the Old Testament, both meanings of deliverance are found in the New Testament. 
The Greek word paradidomai [paradivdwmi] (“deliver over”) is used to describe the deliverance of people ( Matt 5:25 ; 18:34 ; 20:19 ) and goods ( Matt 25:14 ) over to another. Jesus uses this word as a prophecy of his death at the hands of the chief priests and Gentiles ( Matt 20:18 ; Mark 10:33 ; Luke 9:44 ). http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0800792602&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
Traditions and doctrine are also “delivered” to others ( Mark 7:13 ; Acts 6:14 ; Rom 6:17 ; 1 Col 11:2 ) with the idea that those who receive them will take possession of them as valuable commodities.
 The second usage of deliverance is seen in the occurrences of the words rhuomai [rJuvomai] (“rescue”) and exaireo [ejxairevw] (“take out of”), which are used most often in the New Testament to reflect the idea of deliverance from danger or distress.

God is always the subject and his people are always the objects of the deliverance. The temporal deliverance so dominant in the Old Testament falls into the background in the New. However, the historical accounts in the Old Testament serve as proof that God is the great deliverer.http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0800792068&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

For example, after recounting examples of God’s deliverance, Peter concludes that “the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment” ( 2 Peter 2:9 ). God still delivers his people from deadly peril ( 2 Col 1:10 ; 2 Tim 4:17 ) and from wicked men ( Acts 12:11 ; 2 Thess 3:2 ).

The dominant idea in the New Testament is God’s deliverance from humankind’s greatest fears: sin, evil, death, and judgment. These more theological usages closely align with the biblical terms for salvation and redemption.

Believers are to pray for deliverance from the threat of evil that dominates the world ( Matt 6:13 ; Luke 11:4 ). By God’s power, believers are delivered from “this present evil age” ( Gal 1:4 ) and the power of Satan’s reign ( Col 1:13 ).

 What is a devil?


Devil

(Greek) “the accuser” or “the slanderer” (Job_1:6-11; Job_2:1-7; Rev_12:10). In Hebrew Satan means “adversary.” The two-fold designation marks the two-fold objects of his malice – the Gentiles and the Jews. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0800793250&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

There is one one Devil, many “demons” as KJV ought to translate the plural. Devil is also used as an adjective. 1Ti_3:11, “slanderers”; 2Ti_3:3, “false accusers.” Peter when tempting Jesus to shun the cross did Satan’s work, and therefore received Satan’s name (Mat_16:23); so Judas is called a “devil” when acting the Devil’s part (Joh_6:70). 
Satan’s characteristic sins are lying (Joh_8:44; Gen_3:4-5); malice and murder (1Jo_3:12; Genesis 4); pride, “the condemnation of the Devil,” by which he “lost his first estate” (1Ti_3:6; Job_38:15; Isa_14:12-15; Joh_12:31; Joh_16:11; 2Pe_2:4; Jud_1:1:6).

He slanders God to man, and man to God (Genesis 3; Zechariah 3). His misrepresentation of God as one arbitrary, selfish, and envious of His creature’s happiness, a God to be slavishly-feared lest He should hurt, rather than filially loved, runs through all pagan idolatries. 

This calumny is refuted by God’s not sparing His only begotten Son to save us.
His slander of good men, as if serving God only for self’s sake, is refuted by the case of “those who lose (in will or deed) their life for Christ’s sake.” 
Demons, “knowing ones,” from a root daemi, to know, are spirits who tremble before, but love not, God (Jam_2:19), incite men to rebellion against Him (Rev_16:14). “Evil spirits” (Act_19:13; Act_19:15) recognize Christ the Son of God (Mat_8:29; Luk_4:41) as absolute Lord over them, and their future Judge; and even flee before exorcism in His name (Mar_9:38).

As “unclean” they can tempt man with unclean thoughts. They and their master Satan are at times allowed by God to afflict with bodily disease (Luk_13:16): “Satan hath bound this woman these eighteen years” with “a spirit of infirmity,” so that she was “bowed together.”
Scripture teaches that in idolatry the demons are the real workers behind the idol, which is a mere “nothing.” Compare 1Co_10:19-21; 1Ti_4:1; Rev_9:20. 
Compare Deu_32:17, Hebrew sheedim, “lords” (1Co_8:5); Act_16:16, “a spirit of divination” (Greek of Python, an idol); Act_17:18, “a setter forth of strange gods” (Greek: demons); 2Ch_11:15; Psa_106:37; Lev_17:7. Idolatry is part of the prince of this world’s engines for holding dominion.

Our word “panic,” from the idol Pan, represented as Satan is, with horns and cloven hoofs, shows the close connection there is between the idolater’s slavish terror and Satan his master. The mixture of some elements of primitive truth in paganism accords with Satan’s practice of foiling the kingdom of light by transforming himself at times into an “angel of light.” 
Error would not succeed if there were not some elements of truth mixed with it to recommend it. Corrupting the truth more effectually mars it than opposing it.
Satan as Beelzebub (Mat_12:24-30) is at the head of an organized kingdom of darkness, with its “principalities and powers” to be “wrestled” against by the children of light. For any subordinate agent of this kingdom, man or demon, to oppose another agent would be, reasons Christ, a division of Satan against Satan (involving the fall of his kingdom), which division Satan would never sanction (Eph_6:12-13).

Demons are “his angels” (Mat_25:41; Rev_12:7; Rev_12:9). Natural science can give no light when we come to the boundary line which divides mind from matter. The Bible-asserted existence of evil among angels affords no greater difficulty than its manifest existence among men. 
As surely as Scripture is true, personality is as much attributed to them as it is to men or to God. Possession with or by a demon or demons is distinctly asserted by Luke (Luk_6:17-18), who as a “physician” was able to distinguish between the phenomena of disease and those of demoniac possession. 
The Spirit of God in the evangelists would never have sanctioned such distinction, or left people under a superstitious error, not merely connived at but endorsed, if the belief were really false. 
There is nothing wrong in our using the word “lunacy” for madness; but if we described its cure as the moon’s ceasing to afflict, or if the doctor addressed the moon commanding it to leave the patient alone, it would be a lie (Trench, Miracles, 153).

In Mat_4:24, “those possessed with demons” are distinguished from “those lunatic” (probably the epileptic, but even this caused by a demon: Mar_9:14, etc.).
Demons spoke with superhuman knowledge (Act_16:16); recognized Jesus, not merely as son of David (which they would have done had their voice been merely that of the existing Jewish superstition), but as “Son of God” (Mat_8:29). 
Our Lord speaks of the disciples’ casting out of demons as an installment or earnest of the final “fall” of Satan before the kingdom of Christ (Luk_10:18). 
People might imagine the existence of demons; but swine could only be acted on by an external real personal agent; the entrance of the demons into the swine of Gadara, and their consequent drowning, prove demons to be objective realities.

Seeing that physical disease itself is connected with the introduction of evil into the world, the tracing of insanity to physical disorganization only partially explains the phenomena; mental disease often betrays symptoms of a hostile spiritual power at work. 
At our Lord’s advent as Prince of Light, Satan as prince of darkness, whose ordinary operation is on men’s minds by invisible temptation, rushed into open conflict with His kingdom and took possession of men’s bodies also. 
The possessed man lost the power of individual will and reason, his personal consciousness becoming strangely confused with that of the demon in him, so as to produce a twofold will, such as we have in some dreams. Sensual habits predisposed to demoniac possession.
In pagan countries instances occur wherein Satan seemingly exercises a more direct influence than in Christian lands. Demoniac possession gradually died away as Christ’s kingdom progressed in the first centuries of the church. There are four gradations in Satan’s ever-deepening fall.

(1) He is deprived of his heavenly excellency, though still having access to heaven as man’s accuser (Job 1-2), up to Christ’s ascension. All we know of his original state as an archangel of light is that he lost it through pride and restless ambition, and that he had some special connection, possibly as God’s vicegerent over this earth and the animal kingdom; thereby we can understand his connection and that of his subordinate fallen angels with this earth throughout Scripture, commencing with his temptation of man to his characteristic sin, ambition to be “as gods knowing good and evil;” only his ambition seems to have been that of power, man’s that of knowledge. 
His assuming an animal form, that of a serpent, and the fact of death existing in the pre-Adamite world, imply that evil probably was introduced by him in some way unknown to us, affecting the lower creation before man’s creation. 
As before Christ’s ascension heaven was not yet fully open to man (Joh_3:13), so it was not yet shut against Satan. The old dispensation could not overcome him (compare Zechariah 3).

(2) From Christ to the millennium he is judicially cast out as “accuser” of the elect; for Christ appearing before God as our Advocate (Heb_9:24), Satan the accusing adversary could no longer appear against us (Rom_8:33-34). He and his angels range through the air and the earth during this period (Eph_2:2; Eph_6:12). 
“Knowing that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12), in “great wrath” he concentrates his power on the earth, especially toward the end, when he is to lose his standing against Israel and expulsion shall be executed on him and his by Michael (Rev_12:7-9; Dan_12:1; Zechariah 3, where Joshua the high priest represents “Jerusalem,” whose “choice” by the Lord is the ground of the Lord’s rebuke to Satan).

(3) He is bound at the eve of the millennium (Rev_20:1-3). Having failed to defeat God’s purpose of making this earth the kingdom of Christ and His transfigured saints, by means of the beast, the harlot, and finally Antichrist, who is destroyed instantly by Christ’s manifestation in glory, Satan is bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years during which he ceases to be the persecutor or else seducer of the church and “the god and prince of the world” that “lieth in the wicked one.”

(4) At its close, being loosed for a while, in person Satan shall head the last conspiracy against Christ (permitted in order to show the security of believers who cannot fall as Adam fell by Satan’s wiles), and shall be finally cast into the lake of life forever (Rev_20:7-10). 
As the destroyer, he is represented as the “roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1Pe_5:8). As the deceiver he is the “serpent.” 
Though judicially “cast down to hell” with his sinning angels, “and delivered into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment” (2Pe_2:4), he is still free on earth to roam to the length of his chain, like a chained dog, but no further.
He cannot hurt God’s elect; his freedom of range in the air and on earth is that of a chained prisoner under sentence, as long as WE KNOW his limits he cannot proceed further than his sentence allows 
(Deception makes him APPEAR more than he is, bigger, smarter and powerful).
Our knowledge of our Faith and action upon that knowledge determines just how much influence Demons can or cannot get away with because when we are ignorant of our rights in Christ, then Satan’s influences take root in our Flesh and soul, thus we become Possessed in certain areas of our life. 
As before he cannot FULLY possess us because our spirit belongs to God.

“Can a Christian be possessed?”

 

Yes! 
A Christian can be possessed because only a Christian can be delivered.
The deliverance ministry benefits only those who have made Jesus Savior and Lord. 
The unsaved cannot be delivered, or if they are they end up seven times worse afterwards since they do not have the power of the Holy Spirit to stay delivered.
Many come to saving faith in Jesus Christ possessed because of previous involvement in the occult, sexual sins, sins of inheritance or as a result of specific unrepented sins. 

Some Christians become possessed because later they get involved in these kind of sins.

The Bible is plain in Galatians 6:7-8
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
While many people’s theology teaches a Christian cannot be possessed, nothing in the Bible teaches that a Christian cannot be possessed. Possession is the result of sin, but not just any sin, but sin that a person commits that is deliberate and ongoing and without the intent to repent.
Ecclesiastes 10:8 states
“He who digs a pit will fall into it; and whoever breaks a hedge, a serpent will bite him.” 
When we sin, that is a doorway first to oppression. When we sin we give Satan legal access to ourselves.
We only have authority over Satan when we are in submission to the Lord.
James 4:7 states 
“Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” 
 James wrote this to Christians, not non-believers. 
When we sin and do not immediately confess and repent of it, unclean spirits related attach themselves to us to keep us in bondage to that sin. That is why even though we confess and repent of our sins and God forgives us, afterwards we often times still feel attached to and prone to that sin. 
Paul expressed this frustration in 
Romans 7:18-19
“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish.”
We have to go further than just confessing and repenting of our sins, we have to ask the Lord to then also cleanse us from the sin and all unclean spirits related. If we do not, we will find ourselves repeating the sin with seemingly no power to say no. 
That is because it is now the demonic influences which are causing us to sin. So after we confess our sins we also need to in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to bind the unclean spirits related and command them to leave.
Next, as described in this article, you need to also anoint your house and place of work. 
Next, pray for the covering of Jesus’ blood (Revelation 12:11),
the surrounding and protection of His mighty warrior angels (Psalm 34:7);
and the overshadowing power and protection of the Holy Spirit (2 Thess 3:3).
“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.” (Revelation 12:11)
“The angel of Yehovah encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.” (Psalm 37:7)
“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thess 3:3)
This is how we deal with demonic oppression. It is never just simply an issue of confessing our known sins, that is the first step. We then do need to take authority over the unclean spirits related or we will find ourselves continuing in that sin whether we want to or not. 
Only after binding the unclean spirits and commanding them to leave will we then find release from the propensity to sin. We all have a disposition to certain kinds of sins.
It is these sins we usually have the greatest battle with once we have given into them. What I have described here is what Christians mostly battle with which is oppression of unclean spirits from the outside, not possession.
While most Christians are not possessed, they can become possessed and this comes about through repetitious unrepented sin; sin we do deliberately, wantonly without any intention of repenting. Eventually that then opens a hole in the wall of our protection and demons enter in. 
This is why it is so important when we fall to temptation to immediately confess it and get on our knees and ask for the Lord to cleanse us of that sin and to seal that doorway in His blood. We then need to ask Him for Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to say no to this sin and temptation when it comes (Eph 6:10, 2 Thess 3:3).
This is why it is so important that we stay close to the Lord through reading the Word and prayer and daily seek His power to stay close to Him and away from those things which tempt us. Jesus said in Matthew 26:41
 
“Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
The Bible tells us that Satan prowls about waiting for that opening in our protection.
1 Peter 5:8-10 
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
The solution is to stay clean of sin and to immediately confess and repent of your sin when committed and to stay close to the Lord by daily spending time with Him by reading His Word (1 Peter 1:22-23) and through prayer (Matt 26:41) and through avoiding temptation (Romans 13:14).
In the Article titled The Nature of the Flesh I explain how to avoid temptation and keep the flesh from sinning.
We also need to daily put on the full armor of God to protect us from demonic attack and is why God has provided this armor listed in Ephesians 6:10-18.
It is a literal armor which covers and protects our human spirit. 
Only as we are submitted to the Lord and walk in obedience to Him do we have His protection and power and authority over Satan.