Where do we as a body of Christ stand on the situation of demons and spiritual warfare? They are one in the same aren’t they? I have a spiritual warfare bible, and for the past year we have been studying spiritual warfare, but is that enough? It’s one thing to study it, it’s another if you actually understand it. Most people only study it, but not everyone quite grasps the concept of Waring against the enemy. Demons aren’t anything to play with or to be taken lightly! Ephesians 6:12 says, For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Just on that one scripture we could go on for weeks, looking at each word to understand everything in there. I’m going to keep it shorter than that, unless I do another blog explaining what each of those mean. I will tell you it’s not like the movies where they spray water and the thing just dies like…
Demons and evil spirits are a very real thing! In the bible when Jesus would cast out a demon, would he spray it with water? Did he have a conversation with it? No, He cast it out with his mouth, He wasn’t afraid, He spoke with all of His authority! Titus 2:15 says, Teach these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. I believe that you have to have a righteous anger when you do it, you have to let that thing know that you mean business. You can’t have fear because they feed off of fear and that is a sign that you are not strong enough. You have to have the full armor of God on before you do any kind of spiritual warfare, especially if you are going to cast out a demon or spirit. You have to have Truth, Faith, the Word of God, Righteousness, Salvation, and Boldness. (You can study more about it in Ephesians 6) Every Christian should have the armor of God on, but not everyone will. Let me explain that, remember when David went to fight Goliath and King Saul gave David his armor but David was way smaller that the King. The armor was fit for Saul and not David so David threw off the armor and fought the giant with no amour on. (grant it that was physical amour) What I am getting at is that the armor of God will be fit for you and you will have to train all of the time to stay in shape and to get stronger. Once you start to neglect your training it will show, your armor will be weaker and you won’t be nearly as strong. (I don’t codon this movie, but don’t be like these guys, these guys were definitely not prepared)
If you know that you are not ready to cast out a demon or evil spirit or even if you are ready but the Holy Ghost tells you not to then you had better not do it! Sometimes when a preacher or pastor cast out a demon, three things will happen; the thing will go into hiding so they think it is gone, they will cast out one and leave the rest, or they will cast it out but not bind it to hell so it is free to return when it wants… You need to be so full of the Holy Ghost that you will be able to tell that, that thing is still in there. If it goes into hiding, you need to be able to hear the Holy Ghost say, “don’t stop he’s still there”! I also believe that most pastors worry to much about the church watching or someone waiting or about them being hungry, so after a 10 minute fight they give up and deal with it later. A true preacher will stay there for as long as it takes, time is nothing when that person is being tormented by that thing! Another thing that I hear a lot of preachers do, they will have a conversation with the demon instead of just casting it out. Dr . Lester Sumrall, was in the mission field in the jungle, when one night he was sleeping and his bed begun to shake and it shook to the middle of the room. Instead of being afraid, he had that righteous anger and he demanded that the bed would stop. The bed stopped right then, and Sumrall commanded that the devil put the bed back to where it was and after the bed was moved back, he cast that thing back to hell. I like that story because it shows you that we truly have command over the demons and things alike. I don’t know about your sleeping habits, but if that thing had woken me up in the middle of the night I would have been mad too, and I wouldn’t had felt like moving the bed back across the room half asleep.
You can command the devil to put the things which he has disrupted back in place. Typically you need to be lead by the Holy Ghost because in that situation you can cause more harm than good. In Matthew 10:8 Jesus commands us to… Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Casting out demons should be free, if someone is trying to get you to pay for that, well then you probably should find someone who actually cares about that persons soul and not just the money. How cool is that? Christ freely gives you that gift, in return you should freely use that gift for the saving of souls! That is flipping cool!