Pastor Edgar Mayer; Living Grace Community Lutheran Church; Message on Acts 10 – On Deliverance; Date: 17 May 09

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2 Kings 6:8-23 – Open our spiritual eyes, Lord.

 

Listen Satan

 

Peter preached to Cornelius and we want to pick up on another theme in his sermon which is shedding more light on the nature of our salvation. This is how Peter began his message – Acts 10:36-38: “You know the message … peace [with God] through Jesus Christ … You know what has happened … how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him

When God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power – when God intensified his presence with Jesus through the Holy Spirit – what did Jesus then do? He confronted the devil. He was healing all who were under the power of the devil. This was his core business when he toured the country before he died. Peter did not even tell Cornelius that Jesus was speaking in front of thousands announcing the kingdom of God to them. When Jesus healed people – saved people – from the power of the devil, God’s rule had come. Nothing more needed to be said.

Only on one occasion this was challenged. The Bible records that – Matthew 12:22: “ . they brought to Jesus a demonized man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and seeSome people did not like the healing and the growing profile of Jesus and therefore – at that one time – they argued – Matthew 12:24: “ … It is only by the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demonsHowever, Jesus replied: “Nonsense. It should be obvious to anyone that Satan would have no power if he was divided against himself. NoThe truth is – Matthew 12:28: “If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon youWhen Cornelius heard Peter preaching about Jesus “healing all who were under the power of the devil” (Acts 10:38), he didn’t need any further explanations but understood that this was about the kingdom of God and Jesus’ core business – as another verse from the Bible says – 1 John 3:8: “ … The reason the Son of God [Jesus] appeared was to destroy the devil’s work

Jesus confronted Satan and this morning – for us – the confrontation with Satan continues because we ourselves want to be free from anything that comes from him. Carlos Annacondia, an evangelist in Argentina since 1981 – the key leader of what some say is the longest revival in church history – preaching to tens of thousands in city after city for decades – became known all across Argentina and the world for speaking these words in the presence of the congregation: “Listen to me, SatanHe wrote a book with this title: “Listen to me, SatanThis is what he would say and today we join him confronting our worst enemy: “Listen to me Satan; I’m against you! Spirit of witchcraft … come out of these lives, out of the nations! Spirit of black magic and white magic, go away! Demons … get out of here now! Touch these lives, God. Break the chains of satanic bondage. Devil, get out! Our God, move your hand of power. I rebuke all madness; spirit of the devil, go! I break all magic spells; I destroy all satanic spells! O God, your church stands up. We receive power, power from God. Breathe on us, Holy Spirit! Lord, we are your church, the winning and victorious church. Devil, you are defeated. Listen to me, Satan; take your hands off [these people and] the nations. Get out in the name of Jesus! And you, Satan, you are defeated for all eternity. Amen and amen” (Carlos Annacondia: Listen To Me Satan, Lake Mary: Charisma House 1998, p173-174).

This kind of confrontation may not yet be our normal church practice – we may even feel uncomfortable right now – but Carlos Annacondia would not rush this process. A magazine article said the following about him: “After observing the ministry of Carlos Annacondia for several years, I am prepared to offer a hypothesis: Annacondia may well be the most effective citywide interdenominational crusade evangelist of all time … Annacondia has a great deal in common with traditional crusade evangelists. He preaches a simple gospel message, gives an invitation for people to come forward and receive Christ as their Lord and Savior … If I am not mistaken, the major difference is Carlos Annacondia's intentional, premeditated, high-energy approach to spiritual warfare. A permanent fixture of Annacondia's crusades is what has to be one of the most sophisticated and massive deliverance ministries anywhere. Under the direction of Pablo Botari, a wise, mature and gifted servant of God, literally hundreds of individuals are delivered from demons each of the 30 to 50 consecutive nights of a crusade. The 150-foot deliverance tent, erected behind the speaker's platform, is in operation from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. each night. Scores of teams whom Botari has trained do the actual hands-on ministry.

I have never observed a crusade evangelist who is as publicly aggressive in confronting evil spirits as Annacondia. With a high-volume, high-energy, prolonged challenge he actually taunts the spirits until they manifest in one way or another. To the uninitiated the scenario might appear to be total confusion. But to the skilled, experienced members of Annacondia's 31 crusade ministry teams, it is just another evening of power encounters in which the power of Jesus Christ over demonic forces is being displayed for all to see. Many miraculous healings occur, souls are saved, and so great is the spiritual power that unsuspecting pedestrians passing by the crusade meeting have been known to fall down under the power of the Holy Spirit (http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.php?loc=kb&view=v&id=4895&printerfriendly=Y&lang=).

This morning we may try this on for ourselves. We stir ourselves up to be aggressive towards any tormenting demon among us and in this city. Therefore – this morning – more so than at other times – I also understand my preaching to be part of a prolonged attack against Satan and it has to be prolonged because – as Annacondia experienced himself: “We sometimes demand something for two or three days, and then we stop. We have to snatch out of the devil’s hands all that he took away from us. We need to be firm and consistent in our prayers” (Carlos Annacondia: Listen To Me Satan, Lake Mary: Charisma House 1998, p137).

Before we expand on the confrontation with Satan, let’s put this in context and continue learning from a man like Annacondia. We wouldn’t mind the same ministry. He writes: “Maybe you wonder what I do. I simply preach the good news as the Bible says in the Gospel of Mark: I speak the Word. Once the people have accepted Jesus and come forward to the platform as a public demonstration of their step of faith, I cast out the demons in the name of Jesus Christ, and they come out. I pray for the sick, and they get healed. I also pray, in every meeting, for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It’s very important to fulfill these four facets. Don’t neglect to do it, since each one is necessary: salvation, deliverance, healing and the baptism of the Holy Spirit” (Carlos Annacondia: Listen To Me Satan, Lake Mary: Charisma House 1998, p29). [“I want to close this chapter with some words that God spoke to me: Love for the lost produces revival. When love ceases, revival does too. He who has passion for souls lives in an ongoing revival (Carlos Annacondia: Listen To Me Satan, Lake Mary: Charisma House 1998, p33).][1]

Now – just in case that we think that this is too much from an evangelist in Argentina and not normal Christianity, let me assure you that the church from the beginning practiced the same confrontation. Every new believer was asked at his baptism: “Do you renounce the devil and all of his worksThe church from the beginning understood that none of us is free from the influence and attacks of the devil. The Bible says the following about those that are not yet saved and under the lordship of Jesus Christ – Ephesians 2:1-3: “ … you are [original: you were] dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you live [original: used to live] as you follow [original: when you followed] the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air [Satan], the spirit who is now at work in [all] those who are disobedient … you are [original: you were] [like all of humanity] by nature objects of God’s wrathWe belong to a fallen human race.

When Jesus sent out Paul to do mission work, he sent him out with these words – Acts 26:17-18: “ … turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are made holy by faith in me“ … turn them from darkness to light … from … Satan to God … “ Jesus sent out Paul with the clear understanding that without him – everyone – without exception – will remain in darkness and under the power of Satan.

Even Christians are bearing the cross of Satan persisting in pressuring them. We are no longer under the rule of Satan but Jesus himself was – Matthew 4:1: “ … tempted by the devil” and – therefore knowing from experience the fierce battle of the will in temptations – gave us the urgent advice – Matthew 26:41: “ … pray so that you will not fall into temptationThe Bible warns us further that – 1 Peter 5:8: “ … your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour[Therefore, we are to “be self-controlled and alert”.] Then, Satan is the ultimate reason for doing it tough in mission work. The Bible explains that – Ephesians 6:12: “ . our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the [demonic] authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

According to this last Bible verse many diverse authorities, dark powers and spiritual forces – of varying strength – populate the heavenly realms and their level of penetration into our lives also varies. What we all experience is  some demonic activity on the outside of us. For instance – as mentioned before – temptation is common to us.[2] Sometimes we are simply tempted because of the sinful desires within us and there is no concerted demonic attack on us. But at other times demons magnify the force of temptations – pressing us to sin – with the goal of having us break our relationship with God.

Then, some other outside influences include physical attacks or obstructions – such as when a demonized slave girl kept shouting after Paul in the city of Philippi (Acts 16:16-18) – and emotional oppression. We have to be careful here because we do not always feel bad because of an unclean spirit – even Jesus wept when he came to Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) – but sometimes there is a demon or demons creating a heavy atmosphere around us – a phenomenon which even occurs among worshipping Christians.

However, demons are not content with mere outside influence. One pastor writes: “I describe demons as disembodied spirit beings that have an intense craving to occupy physical bodies” (Derek Prince: They Shall Expel Demons, Grand Rapids: Chosen Books 1988, p89) – our human bodies – and if they cannot remain within humans, they prefer animal bodies rather than nothing. For instance, at one time a legion of demons begged Jesus to let them go into a herd of pigs and they did with the result that the pigs drowned themselves in a mad rush down the bank of a lake (Luke 8:32-33).

Once inside a human – demons again exert varying levels of influence – from mild harrassment to complete possession. [The Bible uses the word “demonized” (daimonizomai) which means “subject to demonic influence”.] Even Christians – as much as they tolerate ongoing sin in their lives or suffer from generational curses or other unrepented sin, leave themselves open to demonic powers (cf. Luke 13:10-17). [It does not even need any gross sins to invite demons into oneself. One Christian had friends who were practicing “table rocking”(laying hands on a table and letting a demon move the table) and he was only peeking into the room through the key-hole of the door when a demon used his curiosity to attach himself to him. Demons wander about and may not be close to us when we practice sin but if they happen to be near us and then catch us in a sin, they have their opportunity to come inside us.]

Coming back to Carlos Annacondia – do you remember? – at every preaching crusade – he first leads people into accepting Jesus as their Lord – which makes them Christians – but then continues the work by setting them free from demons. Not every demon – automatically – leaves you once you become a Christian. We need to complete the joy of salvation by commanding demons to go, saying: “Listen to me, Satan … “

One pastor was depressed for years until he read in the Bible about “the spirit of heaviness” in Isaiah 61:3, wondered whether this spirit could be the cause of his depression, asked Jesus to deliver him and then experienced the following – I quote from his book: “The response was immediate. Something like a huge vacuum cleaner came down over me and sucked away the gray mist that shrouded my head and shoulders. At the same time a pressure in the area of my chest was forcibly released, and I gave a little gasp” (Derek Prince: They Shall Expel Demons, Grand Rapids: Chosen Books 1988, p33).

There is no demon under every bush and there is no demon in every person but – on the other hand – they are not rare. Every single time Jesus and the disciples preached the kingdom of God, they would manifest in many and – according to the Bible – we are to experience the same – Luke 4:41: “ … demons came out of many people, shouting … “ Mark 6:13: “The disciples [original: they] drove out many demons … “ Jesus said about us who would believe in him – Mark 16:17: “ … In my name they will drive out demons … “ He commanded us – Matthew 10:6-8: “Go … preach … heal the sick … drive out demons … “

How then is it done? This morning I only want to give one answer – what is most important. Deliverance comes by faith – by faith – and this is precisely where we may have a problem. Be honest now. What do you expect will happen, when we say: “Listen to me, Satan … “ Do you expect anyone manifesting anything? Do you think that this church is growing weirder by the day? You may agree with the concept – the Bible teaching – but what do you expect? What do you “demand” – by faith – to happen?

When the disciples of Jesus were learning the ministry, they were already enjoying some success in driving out evil spirits (Matthew 10:1) and they knew the method of rebuking demons in Jesus’ name but – and this made Jesus so angry – listen to Jesus’ angry outburst – Matthew 17:17 – charging those around him: “O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I stay with you …” – the disciples were not consistent in getting results. They did what they usually did but with them the demon did not budge. Why? They asked Jesus later – Matthew 17:19: “ … Why couldn’t we drive it outTo which Jesus replied – Matthew 17:20: “ … Because you have so little faith … “

Faith is more than a general knowledge of how it works. Faith is more than giving it a go. According to the Bible – Hebrews 11:1: “ … faith is being sure … “ of the promised outcome. There is no room for “maybe” or “maybe not”. “I am not sure – whatever God wantsJesus gave us specific instructions and he said – Matthew 21:21-22: “ … if you have faith and do not doubt … you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer

Do we have the kind of faith which is free from doubt? My feeling is that if a person were to start foaming at the mouth or shouting with an alien voice – right now – in this worship service, we would be rather intimidated. Demons also intimidate those that have them because they become afraid of challenging their power. Not so long ago (2008) a young woman came to faith at the Station St Community Centre. She welcomed Jesus as her Lord. At the end of the night I went up to her again and rather nervously asked about any occult involvement or demonic oppression. I was not quite sure how she would take my questions but to my great surprise (I am still a pastor on P-plates) she immediately said: “I have two demons. One is on my back – to the right – and one is insideAnd then she started crying because she did not know how to become free of them. That night she was not ready for more prayer and facing them. So we simply bound them and gagged them in Jesus’ name until she had enough faith for the confrontation with the minions of Satan.

What about your faith? Are we ready for the ministry? The good news of salvation includes – must include – the deliverance from demons. Let’s become practical now. If faith is the key to victory over Satan, how can our faith be strengthened. The Bible says – Romans 10:17: “ . faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of ChristFaith comes from hearing the message – the good news of Jesus Christ –which means that faith comes from being immersed in the truth of salvation – listening to the right report on life.

According to the Bible there are – 1 Timothy 3:9: “ … deep truths of the faith … ” which we have to learn and understand so that we grow in faith assurance. The Bible can even say that we – Ephesians 4:20: “ … learn Christ … “ This is an important key to victory in our lives. The more we immerse ourselves in the truth of Christ, the more our faith power grows because – again this is from the Bible – 2 Corinthians 4:6: It is “ … God [that] … makes [original: made] his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of ChristMore on this – John 15:26: “ … the Spirit of truth . goes out from the Father, he . testifies [original: will testify] about Jesus [original: me].” John 16:13: “ . [from God the Father] the Spirit of truth comes to guide us [original: he will guide you] into all truth … “  God makes something happen in us when we are under his word – the message of Jesus Christ – the truth.

Therefore, when you are confused – when you are down – open up your Bible, read a sermon, listen to some preaching, watch a Christian video, listen to the truth in worship songs. You may not feel like it but stir yourselves up. This is what I do. When I know that I need some faith refreshment, I am getting into the truth according to the Bible – allowing God – creating an opportunity – to make it come alive in my heart.

For instance, when I need a greater revelation – a greater faith knowing – that God loves me, then I listen to some preaching by Heidi Baker because she is so in love with our loving God. God makes it rub off on me. Then, when I am getting a little discouraged or fearful because the challenges get on top of me – I may have a crisis of faith doubting that God will manifest his power and glory in our worship service – then I listen to Bill Johnson and some other preachers because they have walked the walk and God uses their Bible trust and testimonies – and their faith courage – to build my faith. Faith comes from hearing the message – from being marinated in the truth. If you want to have more faith, spend more time in the truth.

The next practical step is – and this is what only a few people seem to know – the next practical step is to live the truth or lose it. What we do determines what we think – and this is a spiritual law. The human mind can design spacecrafts and nuclear powerplants but when it comes to working out God only those that are obedient to God and his truth, will be able to grow in the truth and retain the truth. Commit a sin and you confuse your mind.

Why is this so? According to the Bible – when you sin – and (above all) when you refuse to repent – you step outside the will and protection of God which gives Satan and his demons a legal right to mess with your mind. Satan wants nothing more than lie to you – deceive you – because if you believe his lies, you will lose the truth and your salvation. Jesus himself warned us that – John 8:44: “ … the devil … was a murderer from the beginning … he is a liar and the father of liesThe devil murders by lying.

[Not even the Christians that are closest to Jesus are safe from demonic deception. We have a great need to remain humble and dependent on God. One day Jesus asked his disciples who people thought that he was. Many thought that he might be on of the great prophets of the past – having coming back to life – Elijah or Jeremiah maybe or maybe the recently murdered John the Baptist. Then Jesus asked his disciples what they thought. Peter came up with a stunning answer – the right answer. He said – Matthew 16:16: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus blessed him for this answer, saying that this answer was given to him by God himself and that he – favoured by God in this manner – would be given the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever he – Peter – would bind on earth would be bound in heaven and whatever he would loose on earth, would be loosed in heaven. Wow. Peter was a great leader. Yet – only a few verses on – the same Bible chapter reveals how fragile our hold on the truth is. When Jesus explained that he would be a Saviour that would have to suffer and die, Peter objected, saying – Matthew 16:22: “Never Lord. This shall never happen to you!” Peter did not even have to think about his response – so sure was he of his opinion. Only the man that was so commended earlier is now rebuked by Jesus with some strength. Jesus said – Matthew 16:23: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of humans.” Jesus targeted Satan in Peter, saying: “Get behind me, Satan!” One moment Peter received the greatest revelation from God about his Son Jesus Christ – was spot on – but the next moment he was in the grip of Satan and a stumbling block to the purposes of God. Therefore – all of us, beware of pride.]

We let the Bible explain this to us further. Point 1: When we are obedient to God we are safe from Satan. 1 John 3:18: “We know that the true child of God does not sin, he is in the charge of God’s own Son [Jesus Christ] and the evil one must keep his distance” (JB Phillips translation). If you do not sin, the devil must keep his distance.

Point 2: Sin deceives the mind. Ephesians 2:2-4: “ … the ruler of the kingdom of the air [Satan] … is now at work in those who are disobedient … [making them follow the] … desires and thoughts [of our sinful nature] … “ 2 Timothy 3:2-4: “ … the time will come when people will not up with sound teaching. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth … “ Thus – here – sinful desires determine the teaching content of a great number of teachers. 2 Corinthians 4:4: “The god of this age [Satan] has blinded the minds of unbelievers … “ One more Bible reference which underscores the spiritual connection between disobedience and the delusion of the mind – 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12: “ … They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion [God allows Satan to blind their minds] so that they will believe a lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickednessTherefore – once again – if we do not love the truth and live the truth, then – over time – and it is over time because God is “slow to anger” and “abounding in love” (Exodus 34:6) – we risk the delusion of the mind – the believing of a lie – by God’s design and judgement.

Point 3 – and this is the positive flip-side: Obey God and your mind will be in order. You will grow in your faith – in boldness and courage – the understanding of the truth. Jesus promised – John 7:17: “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own[John 8:31-31: “ … If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Colossians 2:2-5: "My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ ... " 1 John 4:7-8: " ... let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."]

This is practical: Faith comes from hearing the truth and doing the truth. Therefore – right now – why not take Jesus by his word – check it out – choose to listen – choose to obey and find out about his truth. If you are aware of a particular sin in your life, determine to let go of this sin. Turn away from lying – from gossip, from laziness, from sexual immorality, from gluttony, from greed – to Jesus and let him grow you.

Another practical advice to help you in this comes from Jesus. He explained to his disciples that they could not drive out the demon in a sick boy because they had so little faith (Matthew 17:20) and therefore he counseled them to spend time in prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29). Therefore, if you want to be aggressive in gaining and growing in your faith, fast and pray – cut out food (all distractions) and spend time with God. Listen to him – with fasting obedience – and faith will come like a flood.

We continue in being practical. If we are to overcome Satan by faith in the truth, what are some of his lies which make us waver in our confidence. What about the lie that sin is more attractive than God? Satan may say to you: “All this talk about Jesus is fine but you cannot possibly give up clubbing.” “Stay with me and you won’t have to embarrass yourself in church.” “These days you can sleep with a girl on your first date. Don’t give that up.” “What can be better than the high of a drugSatan is such a persuasive liar but Jesus exposed the truth, saying – John 8:34: “ … everyone who sins is a slave to sinAny sin – over time – enslaves you. For instance, even the government and newspapers are now talking about pornography addiction [or even mobile phone or sms addiction (seeking significance through communication rather than in God – making this gadget an idol)] – enslavement. There is no joy in sin and there is no freedom.

One of Satan’s biggest lies – if you want to become a Christian and be set free – is that he tells you that you cannot be forgiven and that you cannot forgive anyone that has sinned against you. In my own experience there are some that pull back from Jesus because Jesus taught us to pray – Matthew 5:9-13: “Our Father in heaven … forgive us our sins as we also forgive those who have sinned against us … “ The devil tells you: “No! You cannot forgive. The hurt is too great. You must have revengeBut God encourages you in the Bible – Romans 12:19: “Do not take revenge … leave room for God’s wrath, … the Lord says, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay.’ … ” You can trust God and leave your case with him. He is just and he will do what is right. As for you – Jesus spoke rather clear words – Luke 6:37: “ … Forgive and you will be forgiven.” Matthew 6:14-15: “ . if you forgive people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins

[Carlos Annacondia: Listen To Me Satan, Lake Mary: Charisma House 1998, p106: “At times when preaching about forgiveness, I hear people shout, ‘Lord, I forgive!’ In that very moment they receive the miracle they have been asking for and are filled with the Holy Spirit. Let me give you an example: If we want to fill a bottle with water, but we immerse it in water with a top on, hours can go by and the bottle will remain empty. You have to remove the top, and the bottle will get filled. The same happens in our lives; you need to forgive. Remove the top that doesn’t allow the Spirit of God to freely flow in your life.”]

This is the truth – maybe a tough truth but the truth – and the devil will tell you that it cannot be done. You don’t want to forgive. You can’t – but you can – with God. One evangelist writes after years of experience: “Every feeling of anger, hatred, or resentment is an open door to the devil. These feelings, once under the devil’s control, bring about suicides, depression, madness, and every kind of disease. Seventy percent of the people who come into our tent of deliverance are demonized [original: demonically possessed], but most of their spiritual problems are due to a lack of forgiveness” (Carlos Annacondia: Listen To Me Satan, Lake Mary: Charisma House 1998, p104). This morning – make a decision to come to God with your hurt and lack of forgiveness.

The other concrete point that the devil will argue with you is the victory of the cross. He will test your faith in what Jesus has done. When a minister was still lacking experience in these matters, the following happened. He writes: “ … ‘In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,’ I commanded, ‘you spirit of hate, come out of this woman.’ An insolent voice, not in the least like Esther’s [the woman’s name], replied, ‘This is my house. I’ve lived here for 35 years. And I’m not coming out.’ … The demon continued to defy me while I continued to say, ‘In the name of the Lord Jesus, you are coming out!’ It was a real conflict of wills. It seemed that I had to beat the demon down stage by stage. Each stage took quite a while. But the more I quoted Scripture and used the name of Jesus, the more I gained ascendancy over my enemy. Eventually the demon began to bargain with me. ‘If I come out,’ it said, ‘I’ll come back.’ I said, ‘No, you’ll come out and you’ll stay out.’ … “ (Derek Prince: They Shall Expel Demons, Grand Rapids: Chosen Books 1988, p45-46). In due time the demon of hate [– and other demons in her such as pride, jealousy, self-pity, … –] had to come out of Esther.

The key was that the more the pastor quoted Scripture, the more he was winning the battle. The truth of God spoken with faith – spoken with the boldness and authority of faith – compels any demon to leave. By the way Jesus himself used the same technique. When the devil tempted him, he simply quoted the Bible – the truth of God – against him. When hunger seemed to get the better of him, Jesus rose up against the devil and quoted the verse that said – Matthew 4:4: “ … People do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of GodThis is practical and helpful. In sticky situations we also quote the Bible truth of God against the devil and then live on every one of God’s words – by faith. Victory will be ours.

What then are some good Bible verses to remember before we challenge demons? I give you six references – 1 John 3:8: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” Colossians 1:13-14: “For God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins  Colossians 2:13-15: “ … God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins … And having disarmed the [demonic] powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” James 4:7: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” John 8:36: “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeedGet the Bible – get the truth – into your system – let it seep into your souls – and you will have faith that no demon can resist. This is how it works and this is what honours God. Jesus will respond to the trust that you put into him.

My last point is also practical. Faith does not only think the truth but speaks the truth. According to the Bible – the power of faith is released in our speaking – when we speak words of authority. This is how Jesus operated – Matthew 8:16: “ … many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word … “ The spoken word drove the demons out. God created the world by speaking the world into existence (Genesis 1) and – so now – as his children – he also makes us wield power by speaking words – Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue has the power of life and death

If you think about becoming a Christian, remember this. This is how God works. If there is a sin or power that keeps holding you down, open your mouth and speak. Renounce your sin aloud in front of a witness or witnesses – break the power of Satan who loves silent secrecy – hidden guilt. Then declare aloud your allegiance to Jesus. There is power in that which the devil cannot touch. One last reference on this from the Bible – Romans 10:9-10: “ . if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are savedThe faith in your heart wields power on your lips.

Therefore – are we ready now? Can we now confront Satan – by faith in Jesus? I speak the words in agreement with you (and I refuse to feel awkward): “Listen to me, Satan. We are standing against you. Demons of hate, anger, false religion, unforgiveness, … get out. Demons of sexual immorality, perversion, lust and incest … leave now. Let go of your grip in people’s lives. We send you to Jesus for judgement. We have victory over you in him – by the power of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross – by the power of his blood which he shed for us on the cross. He made a spectacle of you. You lost because we have forgiveness of all of our sins in his name. You must leave now in Jesus’ name. Listen to me, Satan. You rob, steal and destory but today we command you to flee from us. Demons of discouragement, tiredness, fear, … out of here now in the name of Jesus. My Lord is stronger than you. Go

I say it again: “Listen to me, Satan. You are defeated for all eternityAmen and amen.

 

Let’s do this step by step with faith perserverance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we now pray, I encourage you to meet four conditions (Derek Prince: They Shall Expel Demons, Grand Rapids: Chosen Books 1998, p64):

 

1.    Be sure you have repented – that is, turned away from every form of sin.

2.    Look only to Jesus; He alone is the Deliverer.

3.    Base your appeal solely on what Jesus did for you through His death on the cross, not on any “good works” of your own.

4.    Be sure that, by an act of your will, you have forgiven every person who ever harmed or wronged you.

 

Take hold of the promises:

 

1.    Joel 2:32: “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

2.    Mark 16:17: “In my name you shall expel demons.” => In the name of Jesus you have authority to expel them from yourselves.

 


Derek Prince: They Shall Expel Demons, Grand Rapids: Chosen Books 1998, 216:

 

1              Personally affirm your faith in Christ:

“Lord Jesus Christ, I believe You are the Son of God and the only way to God – that you died on the cross for my sins and rose again so that I might be forgiven and receive eternal life.”

 

2              Humble yourself:

“I renounce all pride and religious self-righteousness and any dignity that does not come from You. I have no claim on Your mercy except that You died in my place.”

 

3              Confess any known sin:

“I confess all my sins before You and hold nothing back. Especially I confess … “

 

4              Repent of all sins:

“I repent of all my sins. I turn away from them and I turn to You, Lord, for mercy and forgiveness.”

 

5              Forgive all other people:

“By a decision of my will, I freely forgive all who have ever harmed or wronged me. I lay down all bitterness, all resentment and all hatred. Specifically, I forgive … “

 

6              Break with the occult and all false religion:

“I sever all contact I have ever had with the occult or with all false religion – particularly … “

“I commit myself to get rid of all objects associated with the occult or false religion.”

 

7              Prepare to be released from every curse over your life:

“Lord Jesus, I thank You that on the cross You were made a curse, that I might be redeemed from every curse and inherit God’s blessing. On that basis I ask You to release me and set me free to receive the deliverance I need.”

 

8              Take your stand with God:

“I take my stand with You, Lord, against all Satan’s demons. I submit to You, Lord, and I resist the devil. Amen.”

 

9              Expel:

“Now I speak to any demons that have control over me. [Speak directly to them.] I command you to go from me now. In the name of Jesus, I expel you!”

 

 

 

Each time you experience a release, praise and thank God for it. Giving thanks and praise is the simplest and purest expression of faith. It also creates an atmosphere that demons find intolerable.

          When you feel your deliverance is complete, or that you have come as far as you can at this time, be sure to kneel down and make Jesus Lord of every area of your life. Remember the warning of Jesus that if a demon comes back and finds the house empty, he will return and bring others with him …

          If you feel your deliverance is not complete, wait until your strength returns or you feel prompted by the Holy Spirit. Then continue with the process of getting the demons out …

          Finally, here is a reminder that applies to every Christian: You never need to be ashamed of having been delivered from demons. In the gospel record there was one person to whom God granted a unique and glorious honor: to be the first human witness of the resurrection of Jesus. The incident is recorded in Mark 16:9: “Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.”

          Think of it! Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, who was identified as the one “out of whom He had cast seven demons.” …

 



[1] Cf. Derek Prince: They Shall Expel Demons, Grand Rapids: Chosen Books 1988, p72-74.

[2] John Wimber & Kevin Springer: Power Healing, London: Hodder & Stoughton 1986, p120: “I believe that most temptations are the result of our own choices and the influence of the world (Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:20-23; James 1:14-15). But Scripture also describes a second category of temptation, which involves more direct demonic influence.”