all i'm trying to say is that you cant find scripture to support a believer can be possessed. i've never came across a verse that tells of a christian casting out a demon from another fellow believer.
The root of this discussion has nothing to do with whether or not demons can occupy the body and mind of a Christian.
It has everything to do with two issues;
1) Inadequate understanding of the nature of the second birth.
2) Consequences of flirtation with sin.
Understand the above two issues and you'll begin, just begin, to understand the nature of spiritual warfare. Until and unless you do, dear reader, you will wander in the desert of misunderstanding for the rest of your natural life.
However, since scripture has been requested, scripture will be provided.
I am, however, under no illusions that such provision will accomplish anything at all.
Too many illiterates think they know too much.
Jesus and the disciples went about doing many good things. One of those good things was to cast out unclean spirits. There are a lot of references to this, so I'll simply invite the reader to do his or her own homework. Just read one of the gospels, that ought to do. And please don't insult scripture by claiming that the folks that were freed from unclean spirits weren't Christian and that therefore the argument is void. Really? Something is going on here that you need to pay attention to.
Further on, Paul describes an event when the church is admonished to actually pray for satanic destruction of a man's life, so that the man could be spiritually saved.
1 Corinthians 5:5
In another passage, Paul admits to being possessed/oppressed by a demon so as to keep him humble in mind and spirit. ( 2 Cor. 12:7)
That's Paul, boys and girls, a pretty good Christian if ever there was one.
At this point some bright light will argue the difference between spiritual oppression and spiritual possession. Really?
Let me tell you the truth. If you suffer from such a thing THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE.
There is also a common remedy. Stop flirting with sin! The root cause of most of this sort of suffering is that the demonic influences are actually being invited into the life and body and mind of the Christian BY the Christian. The mechanism of this is simple and is described quite fully in Genesis 3.
Do not be deluded. You cannot recite prayers or scripture verses and expect demonic influence to flee in terror before you. Victory over the power of sin comes ONLY from righteous living in the body, in the mind and in the spirit. You cannot even entertain sin in your dreams at night.
ALL THOUGHTS MUST BE TAKEN CAPTIVE FOR CHRIST.
Purge the sin and mean it - or you may find yourself suffering the effects of sin for the rest of your natural life.
DO NOT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.
That means don't sin and don't insult the spirit of grace with cheap mind games. It doesn't work, pilgrim.
You want a scripture reference for that, look it up yourself. Flirtation with sin is extremely dangerous.
If God gets involved with it THERE WILL BE PERMANENT REPERCUSSIONS. Do NOT play games with sin or God. You will lose every time.
God's word says that judgment begins in the house of God. Do you think its a joke? Get straight!
Remember one important thing, pilgrim......
NOBODY GOES BACK TO EGYPT. EVER.
You WILL either go forward with Christ, or you will die in the desert with demons eating your mind and your guts out.
Those are your only real choices.
Flirt with sin, Christian, AND YOU WILL PAY A PRICE. For real !!!!
The days of childish games are over. Get right with God and discover the true power of religion - or don't and discover you are demon bait.
and that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...