While there is much scriptural evidence of demon spirits,and the early church had no problem dealing with them, we learn the most about them by studying the ministry of Jesus. As He moved into his ministry, one of the first things he did (and continued to do) was cast out demons.They seemed to manifest and cry out in the people every where he went. “And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments,and those which were possessed with devils,and those which were lunatic,and those that had the palsy, and he healed them” Matthew 4:24 “ and when the evening was come,they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word,and healed all that were sick” Matthew 8:16
Scripture shows us that sickness and vexations were alleviated when demons were cast out. Demons go by many names; Jesus called them unclean spirits,devils,and foul spirits. He specifically tells us to “cast them out’.
Demons are disembodied spirits that can do very little damage on earth unless they are functioning through human beings.
In Matthew chapter 15 ,Jesus states that deliverance from demons is a gift, the gift of miracles. He calls it the ‘children’s bread’ ,specifically for those in covenant with Him. The scene in this story shows a Canaanite woman, (not a follower of God) coming to him begging, “Have mercy on me ,o Lord,thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil” , at first Jesus would not answer her cries, saying that He was not sent for those whom had no covenant with God,but the desperate woman continued to pursue Him,scripture says she then came and ” worshipped him”. He says, ” It is not meet (worthy,good) to take the children’s bread,and cast it to dogs.’ The woman kept pleading so He turns to her and proclaims, “O woman,great is thy faith” And scripture says her daughter was “made whole” that very hour.This scripture is very clear to me,deliverance from demons is a gift specifically for those in covenant with The God of Israel.
Unfortunately due to rampant false doctrine; most christians and Especially the American Church, believe they do not need deliverance, when in fact we need it the most!
My personal experience has been this; God has never once prompted me to cast an unclean spirit out of an unrepentant unbeliever! Why are we humble enough to go to the doctors and scientist,saying,I have sickness,I have disease,and then go in the church saying, I am clean, I need no deliverance?
Maybe it’s because we fear peoples judgements. Maybe we think that science will save us. Maybe we are too full of pride to accept that we may have weaknesses,only God knows.
But I will tell you this, Jesus himself would not try to touch the religious and their mindsets, He plainly tells them that their Father is the devil,but he never engaged them in deliverance,in fact He passed by them,and went away from them. He did not waste his time.In Matthew 9 the Pharisees,the religious leaders were following him,as was there practice, to find fault in Him,despite the signs and wonders that He was displaying. Scripture says he “perceived their evil thoughts” ; While the masses of regular people were were rejoicing and giving glory to God,the “church” and its leaders were mocking God. Jesus turned to them and stated ‘They that be whole need not a physician,but they that are sick. Go ye and learn what that means…” Matthew 9:12 Understand this, He was not saying that they were whole nor clean,He had already told them many times what they were, He was saying that because they were full of pride,believing that they did not need deliverance,that He was not there for them,in fact He shunned them.He took the time to stop and tell them that they were evil,that they were not of his Father,even though they made long prayers and pretended to be,that they made their converts even worse than themselves. ” Woe unto you ,scribes and pharisees,hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte,and when he is made,you make him TWO–FOLD more the child of hell than yourselves.” Matthew 23:15
Now this is scary stuff! I know what you are thinking, Wasn’t the abilities to cast out demons only for the disciples? I can give you many scriptures that tell us that indeed that is not the case,but I will only share one example, ” And John answered him,saying, Master,we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he does not follow us:and we forbade him,because he does not follow us.(He isn’t in our inner circle,he isn’t a disciple). But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name,that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our side.” Mark 9:38-39
It is my experience and fervent belief that the last church age will be and already is required to walk in the mighty gifts of the Holy Spirit.We have been given a task ,and part of that means getting clean,sanctified and made white.A good starting point would be to stop right now and pray. Repent to God for denying his power,repent for following the doctrines of men and not God. Once you have asked for forgiveness in this,command the unclean religious spirit of pride to loose you in the name of Jesus! Amen