There are so many attacks in my life….. me attacking the devil here, there and all over the atmosphere! (I stole this line from my brother….I love it!) What part of – NOTHING SHALL BY ANY MEANS HURT YOU – don’t we get?
I remember there was a young man in our ministry, 18 or 19 years old, casting out devils. Well, his mom found out and carried him to a church to speak to a senior pastor. Essentially, he was told that he must be under apostolic covering to cast out devils like that.
Disappointed and discouraged, he came to me and of course I said to him – no problem, call back the senior pastor and tell him that you are bringing the “super-possessed” person for him to pray for! Lol.
It is sad when we don’t believe these signs simply follow those that believe, Jesus said “In my name they will cast out devils.”
I remember once, we had just finished a service and I got a call from a pastor who was casting out devils in a very challenging situation. So I said to him – no problem, bring the person and we will join you in prayer. Now this pastor was the deliverance pastor and in all appearances, faithfully serving and loving the Lord.
Well late that night we met him, and the person was indeed demonized. The situation was bad. I suggested the pastor and myself chat for a while. Being concerned for the person in need of prayer, he insisted that we attend to the business at hand. I told him not to worry that the people with me will handle it.
Well, he looked around and saw an 18 year old girl and a dude. Well the pastor and I chatted, while the 18 year old girl and the dude addressed the matter at hand. As the pastor watched the demons leaving the person, he said to me – this is amazing!
I have since kept in contact with this pastor and we have met up to pray for difficult cases. I have always been impressed by his dedication and commitment to serving others and Jesus, as very few ministers obey Jesus in the area of casting out devils.
If you are a believer, I want you to know that you have authority and power over all the power of the enemy.
The Bible says “having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Col 2:15
It was a common thing in a war for a conquering king to cut off the thumbs and big toes of a defeated king and drag him through the streets to publicly shame him so that all the people would see that he is defeated and no longer fear him. This defeated king would never be able to hold a sword again or ever stand to fight. (Judges Chapter 1)
Power is the ability to do something, whereas authority speaks of the legal right to do it. Satan has no ability or authority to affect your life when you believe the Finished Work of the Cross.
NOTHING SHALL BY ANY MEANS HURT YOU! Satan’s power and authority came through sin, while on the Cross, Jesus paid for all our sins and forgave us. Today, Satan still affects people’s lives, as this forgiveness must be received by believing the Gospel.
All God requires of us is to repent and believe the Gospel and walk in our baptism…….woah, why did you throw baptism into the mix? I am not talking about a “religious act” of water but rather faith in what Baptism represents. You must believe that your old man died in Christ and you are a new creature in Christ! We live a life of putting off the old man and putting on the new man – aka carrying our cross to follow Him in His love for us.
Here is what Jesus says:
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:15-18
Beloved, believe the Gospel and walk in your Baptism and this belief and action will result in you casting out devils, functioning in the gifts of the Spirit and healing the sick. Need I say – Nothing will hurt you AT ALL!
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