We Evangelicals major on talking about “being born again,” but do you know how many times our Lord spoke on this issue? Just one time. Period.
Yet, there are more than thirty instances in the four Gospels where Jesus cast out demons, gave power to His disciples to cast out demons, or taught about casting out demons.
Now, how is it that we Evangelicals can talk for hours about the importance of being “born again,” but yet, we draw blanks when it comes to casting out demons?
So that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11)
Paul wrote the above verse in reference to a man who had committed sexual immorality with his father’s wife. The apostle recommended that the man be delivered to Satan for the destruction of the man’s flesh. Then, the man repented and Paul recommended the man should be accepted back into the fellowship.
But the important point is this: Satan has schemes and plans to destroy the effectiveness of us believers.
Okay, who benefits the most by us believers not being able to cast out demons? The Kingdom of God? Or the kingdom of darkness?
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Matthew 12:28)
It’s obvious that if we believers do not understand how to cast out demons, the kingdom of darkness rejoices at our ignorance. Why? Because our power and authority in Jesus’ name bows impotent before the god of this world: Satan.
Oh dear! What should we do?
(The above is taken from my 9-part series, “Do We Still Cast Out Demons,” which can be seen in its entirety here.)
Christians suffer many needless defeats because we do not know how to use our authority to defeat Satan and his horde of demons. We need to remember that Jesus won the victory at the cross, but we still must enforce it.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith… (1 Peter 5:8-9)
As believers, it’s our responsibility to take authority over demons and cast them out. God will not do it for us because He has given us the tools to do it.
Mike Bickle has a great teaching on the authority of believers which can be seen as a video format or read in a PDF format here.
(Continued in Part 6…the full series to date can be read here.