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Monday, November 26, 2012

When Casting Out An Evil Spirit Didn't Work

When Casting Out An Evil Spirit Didn't Work

I feel a burden placed on my heart today about this subject, and I feel the need to really write about casting out evil spirits gone wrong. 

Blessed be the believers that the Lord has placed the burden of casting out demonic influence and spirits. This is a hard job in many ways, and it's very dangerous for your own soul. Many believers balk at the idea of doing this type of work for the Lord, even though it's so desperately needed in this day and age. 

The devil has went far and wide convincing people of the world and many believers that he is not real. He's made a mockery of Christianity, and made people arrogant in the belief that there is no heaven or hell. This has left society wide open to demonic influence and possession. Ouija boards are sold at WalMart as a GAME for kids to use. Why? Because people don't believe there are demons!

Demons will ruin your life. Blessed be the people that can somehow find the belief in God during those times of demonic attacks. Most people can never see beyond the problems that are inflicted upon them by the demonic influence.

If God has placed the burden of casting out demons upon you, you will face a difficult task. You will need to know the New Testament inside and out. This gives us the most information about casting out demons. You will need to have a solid prayer life. You will need to live a life without sin, and you will need to genuinely be full of faith that there is a God that will hear your pleas and will remove the evil from the lives of the people you visit. 

A person that casts demons out of others will face terrible opposition from the people of this world. You will have people to laugh in your face because they don't believe that a demon has attached themselves to their soul. You will have other "Christians" telling you that you are misguided, that demons left when Jesus did. You will have demonic attacks against you because the devil will do all he can to prevent you from showing others the way to salvation. This is why it's so important to wholeheartedly pray daily. Satan will try to rip your life apart to put a stop to the work you are doing. 

This is where your faith will come in. If you have enough faith, you will overcome all these obstacles. Never lose heart. God will place you in the path of others that desperately need to be set free of the demonic influence that has attacked them. You will need to be thick-skinned as you will face opposition. Remember though you are a tool of a God that created a whole world and the human population. Amazing isn't it? In God's name, there is nothing that cannot be done if we just believe. 

Here are some Bible verses, as well as tips and hints to help you:

Acts 19:13-16
Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 

Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Have you ever heard of someone casting out a demon that talked to them? They use the person they have "possessed" to speak and sometimes to physically attack. If possible it's best not to engage the demon at all. This is what Satan wants you to do. When you talk with them, you are opening a door. Don't do it. Concentrate on praying and using your faith in God to get the job done. The Jewish exorcists made a huge mistake, because they were trying to use Paul's faith, not their own.  Remember it's always God that overcomes the demon, not us, and we have to believe in God ourselves. 

Acts 16:16-18 ESV 
As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

Paul had tremendous faith. He knew Jesus had casted out demons, and he had no doubts that in his name the demon WOULD come out. End of story. So he commanded the demon to come out in the name of Jesus Christ. He had the faith needed to cast out demons. So can you by faith and a solid relationship with God. 

Another thing we see from this verse is that a demon might not come out in an instant. This is up to God. In the verse it says the demon come out in that hour. So sometime within the hour that woman was set free, by the Grace of God. We can't expect it to be instant. When we cast out demons in the name of Jesus, stuff starts happening in the spiritual world that we can't see. We don't know exactly what God does and what type of battle is fought to free a soul from demonic oppression. Is God sending an angel to fight a spiritual battle during that time? Only he knows. We just have to have the faith to get the battle going to set that person free!

There is a lot more God has placed on my heart regarding casting out demons. Let me know by leaving a comment if you'd like to see a part 2 for this, with more Biblical references, tips, and hints. Just because we don't see an instant result when we cast out a demon does not mean that it didn't work. If you pray about it, God will reveal it to you. You can also leave a comment about your experiences with this as well.  



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