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Indeed we can empty our minds of bad thoughts and EMEDIENTLY REEPLACE THEM With GOOD THOUGHTS. But NOT to simply "empty our minds of 'ALL' thought!" Empty mind: invitation to Satan - (Mat 12:43-45)
When a demon-possessed person has been exorcised, what happens to him? Where does the demon go? It would seem that they require/need/desire a "host" in which to live. The spirit is out "loose" looking for someplace to "rest." (vs43) Recall, when "legion" was cast out of the man "in the mountains and tombs" (Mr5:5) they desired for Jesus not to send them "out of the country."(vs10) But the whole group of demons requested to be able to enter the herd of pigs. (vs11)
Demons roam about, seeking something/someone to inhabit. Peter expresses, "..your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour." (1Pt5:8) And recall, when God asked Satan what he'd been up to, the response, "from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." (Job1:7)
What is a person's defense against Satan or demon-possession? We are instructed to "be filled with the [Holy] Spirit." (Eph5:18)
You see what the demon looks for? It returns to check out the "house" he left. (vs44) If he gets there and finds it "vacant" house ...what does he do? He enters...and takes along some of his "buddies."
If a person is demon-possessed, is it enough to "cast out" the demon? Will that save him? Many purport to conduct exorcisms in the "name of Christ." Is it His will for us to be thus engaged? ...always? Perhaps a question needs to be asked..."Why is the person thus possessed in the first place?" Is he never going to receive God for reals? If he is exorcised, and doesn't repent before God, he can expect to become inundated next time 'round; as the demon "takes with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and live there. And the last state of that man is worse than the first." (vs45)
Remember that "There Are 'MANY' lords out there". See 1 Corthians 7:39. There are many gods out there. Indeed Satan is even called "the god of this age of things." See 2 Corthains 4:4. We have to make sure that "the God" and, "the LORD" that we turn to is the one of Light and NOT darkness!
Why we keep saying, here, that such experiences open the heart for demon-possession? The "empty" mind/heart is a "vacant house" for wandering demons roaming about, to indwell. Do you now begin to understand why we call these mindless experiences and their accompanying "manifestations"... "demon-possession"? It is hope so!
What about Christians? Is it possible for a Christian to be demon-possessed? Did you notice...the demon comes back and finds the house "empty and clean." Nobody's living there. In the context of what Jesus is saying, it seems obvious that if the house had been "occupied" the demon would not have re-entered. Since the defining characteristic of a "Christian" is one who is indwelt by the "Holy Spirit" ...a demon is going to come along, find the house occupied, and move on.
Furthermore, if we recall "legion's" reaction at seeing Jesus, "Have You come here to torment us before the time?" (Mt8:29) ...it ought to be obvious they are not going to be streaming to, and beating the door down to "get in" to a Believer. They will want to be as far from the Holy Spirit as possible. This is why the Believer is exhorted to "Resist the devil" and the promise.. "he will flee from you." (Jas4:7)
Now...do you also understand why we say that people engaging in these experiences are NOT "Christians"? By definition...they CANNOT BE!!
The Christian life is of "Christ in you" (Col1:27) as we are instructed to "put on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom13:14) so when Satan or his demons come along, all they see is Christ. They won't stick around. So putting on Holy Spirit is like spaying on yourself spiritual "Off", and the demons that might try to come around you then are repelled away like the detoured maquitos. And we can MAKE sure the demons are always repelled by putting on daily our spiritual "Off' aka The Holy Spirit and by not "Emptying our minds of all thought."
I would advise people to be leary of ANY spiritual movememt..whether it we Eastern or Christian that tells people to "empty there minds" of all thought.
Whole Life Times Magazine December 2001 Kundalini Psychosis The Perils of Spiritual Excess by Frances Scarpoli <
2005 The Earth Eden Project