"THEY": Sorry it took me so long to get to your question. I'm still pretty "groggy"(alot of work, a little sleep...Daylight Savings Time didn't help either), but I'll do my best to at least start answering your question. First of all, there are several different demons/spirits mentioned within scripture. They all show characteristics of living beings(they speak, have knowledge, have "lusts" or desires, etc.). Some could quite possibly best be described as "spirits of infirmity", or spirits that cause disease("dis-ease"), either physically or mentally. Others, clearly(based on both scripture and much experience) seek to fulfill their own "lusts" or desires through a physical body that they can gain access to. I have dealt quite extensively with both types for many years. To be as honest as I can, I would say that when PRAYING FOR OTHERS,
I have most often dealt with "spirits of infirmity"(probably 90% of the time or more). The reason for this is obvious to me. Most of the people that I've prayed for were perfectly willing to be set free from pain, sickness and "dis-ease". At the same time, however, these same people that I've encountered were rarely ever willing to be set free from SIN. I'm not insinuating that "The devil MADE THEM do it", to paraphrase Flip Wilson, but I am certainly suggesting that they were willfully in league with an indwelling "spirit" and had no desire whatsoever to break that league. It has been said that "God doesn't deliver us from our friends, He delivers us from our enemies" and I agree. The way that one might know(I'm not saying that demons/spirits are necessarily the only possible cause for what I'm about to describe) that such people(those who are "dis-eased") "have a demon inside of them" is simply through either their sickness or "dis-ease"(the Bible sometimes uses the term "grieviously vexed"). Sorry, but it's oftentimes that simple. God has also given the gift of the "discerning of spirits"(I Corinthians 12:10) to some by the Holy Spirit, but, as I've already said, oftentimes it's as simple as just seeing an individual's sickness or "dis-ease"(after awhile, "past experience" definitely comes into play...not that this is a game). Here would be one of several possible Biblical references that shows that a "spirit" was causing an "infirmity":"And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit
of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her,
he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his @ss from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him."(Luke 13:10-17)
Here we see the account of a woman who was "bowed together" or "hunched over" for 18 years. Jesus dealt with the true source of this woman's "bondage" which was a "spirit of infirmity". I have personally prayed deliverance for people on many occasions that had "infirmities" that could easily be placed in the same category as this woman. I will briefly mention one of them, one that, again, is very "close to home" for me. About 5 years ago, when I first got married, I was invited by a group of people to come down to Florida(Navarre) and hold Bible studies. Over the course of a few weeks, my wife, a friend of ours, and I successfully prayed "deliverance" for several different individuals. During our stay in Florida(My wife and I were actually in Florida for about 8 months. The Bible studies did not last that long, however. Once I got around to teaching on the topic of SIN and freedom from it through Christ...well, let's just say that "all hell broke loose". Eventually, the same people that invited me to come down to Florida basically "ran me out of town", even though I left willingly. One of them went so far as to swerve the mattress truck he drove towards me in an attempt to "scare me off" when our paths crossed on one of the roads in Florida. Anyhow, like I said, that was just to better help you understand the actual timeframe), my mother-in-law also stayed with us for about 2 1/2 or 3 weeks. One night, while sitting at home(we rented a house in Navarre) and chatting, my wife suddenly "went stiff"(she was sitting on the floor next to me at the time and engaged in a conversation with her mother) and fell over backwards with tears slowing streaming down her face. We spoke to her, but all she did was slowly release her tears. I've gotten to the point where "deliverance"(casting out demons in Jesus Christ's name) is so commonplace that I think it is not only my "second nature" to pray deliverance, but, rather, my "first nature". I immediately laid hands on her and commanded any spirits that were causing her to be paralyzed to come out of her in Jesus Christ's name. More than one manifested and came out of her(yes, 555Joshua, they came out "screaming") and she has been fine ever since. It was then that I learned for the first time from both my wife and her mother that this "paralysis" plagued my wife, on and off, starting from when she was a child. She had been to many different doctors and the best that any of them could do was to tell her that she could possibly be totally paralyzed one day as they could not discover what was causing her condition. I also learned that when my wife was around 23/24 years old, the left side of her body(the left side of her face, her left arm and left leg) "went dead" and "stayed dead" for about 1 month. Once again, many doctors could offer her no help nor diagnose the source of her paralysis. It was at this time that my wife first visited a witchdoctor. After some crazy rituals(breaking a chicken's neck, etc.), my wife(she wasn't my wife at the time...I didn't even know her as we were in different countries) regained the full use of the left side of her body. This "healing" immediately thrust her into the world of witchcraft and, as I said, she was actually studying to become a practicing witch. That was just a little background. I'll tell you what the Panamanian doctors couldn't tell my wife...A "spirit of infirmity" was causing her paralysis. As I mentioned in a previous post, witchcraft has been a part of my wife's family background for several generations. I'm not talking about "crooked noses with warts on them" and "boiling cauldrons", but I am most definitely talking about people who have deliberately gone about to contact the dark side of the spirit world to harness spiritual power which was often used to "curse" people. I know this sounds somewhat "odd", in this day and age, but such things do regularly take place today in certain parts of the world. Anyhow, through their direct involvement in witchcraft and with witchdoctors, my wife and her family members have "picked up"(I don't know what other terminology to use) many "spirits", some of which they have since been delivered from. My mother-in-law is pretty much a "storehouse of sickness" to this very day. She has just about everything wrong with her that you could imagine and has been to many different doctors. None of them can diagnose the cause of any of her many illnesses and pains. We(my wife and I) have diagnosed plenty of them already. At times, in the past, my mother-in-law has allowed us to pray "deliverance" for her(sorry, but she's a stubborn woman and somewhat of a racist...I'm white, my wife/her daughter is black) and she has had several different spirits manifest in her and come out of her. As I've also mentioned in the past on one of these threads, my mother-in-law was born deaf in her left ear. While praying for her during our stay in Florida, a spirit came out of her left ear and she has heard perfectly from that ear ever since(it's been about 5 years now). Anyhow...
I'd really like to talk more about what I would term "spirits of lust" or spirits that seek to fulfill their "lusts" or desires through human bodies that they gain access to, but I'm really "pooped" at the moment. I'd also like to address how I actually initially got involved in all of this "deliverance" in the first place. I've deliberately held off on mentioning that for months...after you hear my experience, you might understand why I have yet to describe it. I trust that, by now, most people that know me on this forum trust both my sincerity and sanity. Hopefully, most won't change their minds about me by the time I'm done. If they do...well, what can I say? I'm going to be honest regardless of what anyone else thinks. I've got to go get some rest. I'll offer more when I'm better rested. Thanks for your question and your understanding.
P.S. I clicked on your username and viewed your "feedback". Seems that I won you some favor with Drude(He referred to you as "he", but it seems that you are a "she" from some of your posts that I've read). Glad that I could help.