When people consider the topic of evil spirits and deliverance, there are a variety of responses. For some, the thought of demons is too daunting and fearful to even think about. I mean, can’t we just focus on Jesus? Why do we even need to bring up dark topics like deliverance from evil spirits?
One of the reasons that I wrote Keys for Deliverance is to remove the fear associated with this topic. It would be nice to be able to ignore the kingdom of darkness altogether, but we do not have that luxury. Our ignorance in this area has already caused enough damage. While Jesus is our primary focus, we must give the topic of demons and deliverance the attention it deserves according to the pattern of Jesus and the early church.
When God first began to lead me into deliverance ministry, the prospect of casting out an evil spirit made me scared. I knew in my mind that Jesus had all authority. But me? Casting out a demon? Surely not! Now that I have been involved with deliverance for many years, I understand that there is no need to be afraid of evil spirits.
Why are we afraid of evil spirits in the first place? There could be a variety of reasons:
-Maybe we have seen Hollywood portrayals of wild demonic possession, which always seem to glorify the power of Satan and minimize the power of God.
-Perhaps we have been exposed to deliverance ministry that was done in a wild, chaotic way or our only experience with deliverance has been unbiblical extremes.
-Perhaps the enemy himself is projecting fear on us, to keep us away from this topic so he won’t be exposed.
The truth is, we do not need to be afraid of evil spirits! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). Evil spirits want us to be afraid of them so that we will feel intimidated at the prospect of receiving deliverance or ministering deliverance to others. This is just one of their schemes to try to keep us in bondage, torment, and oppression.
Jesus paid the price for our deliverance and He has given us authority over evil spirits. Consider the following verses:
“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons.” (Luke 9:1)
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)
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons.” (Mark 16:17)
In the name of Jesus, demons are subject to us. We do not need to be afraid to learn about deliverance, receive deliverance, or cast evil spirits out of others. We should not be arrogant about our authority over demons, but we must embrace it and walk in it with boldness.
Evil spirits want you to be afraid of them, but the truth is that they are terrified of Christ in you! So, don’t let fear of the enemy cause you to remain in darkness or oppression. Don’t be intimidated by evil spirits or afraid of the topic of deliverance. Use wisdom and exercise discernment, but do not allow fear to paralyze you or keep you from freedom.
Let’s overcome our fears so that we can get free and set others free!
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