An addiction starts off as a habit which can lead to an obsession, causing individuals to fall prey to compulsions and cravings. Such behavior can develop into sinful patterns, tendencies that slowly become the norm for one’s life. While psychologists may narrow in on a few possibilities, Luke has another explanation in Acts 10:38. In his day, many souls were clearly under the power of the devil.
Based upon the accounts within the 4 gospels, demons and or spirits can attribute to various medical issues. Beside the obvious, demon possession, like the case in Matthew 15:22, spirits can influence hearing, movement and speech, Matthew 8:16, Mark 9:17-18 and Luke 13:11. Although I am not an expert; nor did not spend the night at a Holiday Inn Express, yet I do believe there is a correlation between good health and being under the power of the devil.
Some where between fiction and reality lies the spiritual realm. While unseen, Ephesians 6:12 mentions a place where dark and supernatural powers exist. Author Frank Peretti has used a series of novels: This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness and The Oath to illustrate this mystery. Though fiction, no one has been able to capture this spiritual dimension like Peretti. Therefore, if you have tried everything in your power to resolve your current problem like the disciples in Matthew 9:19, rely on prayer to free you from the power of the devil, Matthew 9:29.
by Jay Mankus