Updated: Mar 4
Witnessing deliverance is a beautiful thing.
Setting the captives free is the mighty move of the Holy Spirit.
It is scriptural. We are commissioned, empowered and anointed by the Holy Spirit to cast out demons and bring deliverance.
We have the authority.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues” Mark 16:15-17
Christ is seated over principalities and powers. This is where our authority lies.
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2:6
Authority is exercised through faith. Prayer and fasting increases faith.
“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:20-21
It should not harm anyone.
“But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.”
The Power of God’s authority.
“But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Luke 11:20
What about the validity of a ministry?
“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.” Mark 9:38-40
We should never blaspheme the Holy Spirit. It is an unpardonable sin.
“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation - because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.” Mark 3:28-30
Your names are written in heaven.
“Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20
It is a sensitive topic and there are many arguments on it. If we are relying on His word, it is the same Holy Spirit as it was then and it is today. Jesus Christ died on the cross so we can have everlasting life with Him and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For it was by the Holy Spirit in which Jesus was able to move in His divine nature upon the earth, and now that same Holy Spirit rests upon Jesus’ followers.
You can either exercise this authority or not. It should always be according to God’s will, discernment, prayer and upon His word and in Spirit. Followed by the in-filling of the Holy Spirit.
However the utmost importance is knowing Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, not by our works, but by personal relationship. We know them by he who keeps His commandments; Love thy God and love for thy brethren.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love” Ephesians 3:17
“This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” John 17:3
“Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.” Acts 2:33
“Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38