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Our 11-year-old daughter has an unusually strong fear of demons and spirits, to the point that she doesn’t sleep well at night and constantly wants to climb in bed with us. She doesn’t watch TV and she’s in a private Christian school, so how’d she get like this, and what can my wife and I do about it?

The first part of your question is how would she have been exposed to that if she’s not watching bad things and if the wrong people aren’t in her life? First of all, we have to realize that we’re in a spiritual battle. Jesus wasn’t watching television or around people who were a negative influence on Him, yet Satan came to Him continually and tried to tempt Him. So, often there’s not a trigger that invites Satan’s activity – he’s just out to steal, kill, and destroy.

Also, different children have sensitivity in different areas of their lives and she may be very sensitive to spiritual things more so than maybe some of your other children are. Not that they won’t be able to develop a sensitivity to spiritual things, but some people have just a deeper sensitivity right away to the spiritual realm. So you have to channel that sensitivity in the right direction.

Explain to her, “You have a sensitivity to this, not because you’ve done something wrong, but because you’re probably more sensitive to God.” She’s probably more sensitive to the Holy Spirit as well, and you should encourage her in that area.

And you should deal with the fear at several levels. Tell her, “The only reason God allows you to be sensitive to demonic power is because He’s given you the power over the devil.” And so you’ve got start training her to exercise her dominion. Train her to exercise her authority over the devil and speak to that fear and command it to leave.

The Bible says, “Perfect love casts out fear,” so she’s got to meditate on the love of God. The Bible also says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind,” so she’s got to meditate on the things in the Bible that produce power, the Holy Spirit, the anointing, the wisdom of God. That’s what will direct her against those forces.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10, “There is no temptation that comes upon us that He doesn’t give us a way of escape.” So, God would not allow her to be sensitive to those things if He had not equipped her with the power to overcome those things.

Supernatural Forces - Supernatural Forces General

What does the Bible say about hypnotism as a means of treating illness?

It depends on what is characterized as hypnotism. We have to define what hypnotism is to determine whether it’s good or bad. But the general concept of hypnotism is, I believe, not a biblical concept. All healing is from God. So God wants people well, whether you get healed through a miraculous encounter with God, whether you’re Pentecostal, Baptist, Catholic. Everybody believes that there are divine interventions through which God miraculously heals people. We know that from the Bible and we know that from human history as well.

But I believe that all healing is from God, that God is the Healer. Exodus 15 says, “I am the God that healeth thee.” And therefore healing comes from Him. He sent His Word and healed us. But if we resort to any measures of healing that are outside of the Bible and outside of biblical parameters, that’s when I believe we encounter dangerous ground. Is medicine biblical? Absolutely. Is meditating on the Word of God about healing biblical? Absolutely. Are physicians, doctors, and professional medical care biblical? Absolutely. Luke was a physician. Paul talked about physicians and traveled with Luke. So we have to embrace the Bible’s boundaries and parameters for healing in our lives and not go beyond them.

That’s why when we get into mysticism and hypnotism, we’re going beyond biblical forms of healing. And what are those biblical forms? Prayer, confession of sin, other people praying for us, laying of hands on the sick, taking care of our bodies. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we need to glorify God in our bodies. Eating right, drinking right, and avoiding sinful behavior that will hurt our bodies and our souls, getting medical attention, getting doctors to take care of our bodies. Even operations, when necessary, are biblical as are nutrition, vitamins, and supplements. But when you go beyond that, you get into some bad things.