A pastor friend felt frustrated in his calling. So, he fasted and prayed, crying out to God, “Lord, I need Your power to do miracles and deliver people from demons.”
He continued in this fashion for days until he felt the Lord had whispered to his heart this message: “If I had what you have right now, I’d go out and do miracles.”
This was not what the pastor expected. He thought he’d receive a new Acts 2 experience from heaven with a mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire. He sat down and thought about what he had in his divine arsenal.
“I have Jesus living inside me, the Holy Spirit as my helper, and a Bible. That must be enough to do miracles,” he said aloud.
Okay, was my pastor friend’s revelation scriptural?
But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:20-22)
Before Jesus arrived on earth, nobody – including anointed prophets, priests, or kings – could defeat Satan in a head-on spiritual battle. He was the god of this world and headed the kingdom of darkness. But Jesus is our stronger one who appeared on earth to destroy the works of the devil.
The Apostle John wrote:
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Jesus went a step further when he commissioned us as His disciples:
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations… (Matthew 28:18-19)
As we can readily see, we have the Greater One living in us who is stronger than Satan – and – we have authority through Jesus to walk on earth as He walked during His earthly ministry.
I believe the pastor’s revelation is accurate. We have everything that’s needed to do miracles and cast out demons.
So, if we’re not casting out demons right now, the fault must on our end and not the Lord’s. We can either change our thinking and walk in scriptural faith to defeat the god of this world or continue in our powerlessness.
(Conclusion For Now…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)