CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 36

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:18 ” And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”

  After the young girl with the spirit of divination had followed Paul and his team declaring, these are servants of God who teach the way of salvation, he was grieved in his spirit and rebuked the demon to depart from her in Jesus name. The biblical account said the demon left that same hour or moment.

Many Christians or even a number of Pastors do not experience the casting out of demons in this fashion. During the ministering years of the master, the bible said he cast out devils by the word of his mouth. He never struggled to cast out demons. Why do most people struggle with casting out devils whiles the master and the first apostles always did it with one command, or at most a second?

 In Matthew 17:15 a man brought his son who was tormented by demons to the disciples of Jesus to cast it out. They did whatever they knew, said whatever they heard Jesus say but to no avail. It is at such times that you would see people do all kinds of things. Some of the scenes of casting out demons are rather inhuman. Some people end up beating the candidate seeking help.

The Lord Jesus said the following to his disciples after the father of the sick boy had complained to him about the failure of his disciples.

Matthew 17:17 “Then Jesus answered and said O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him here to me”

 The Lord plainly said it was because of their faithlessness. Faithlessness is the result of the lack of success in casting out demons.  The Lord on that occasion commanded the devil to depart and it left.

 One main reason why some Christians have a hell of time casting out demons is, THEY EXPECT TO HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME with casting out demons. They don’t expect to have the devil leave with one command. It has become a normal practice to strife with devils before getting them out.  Many people have unconsciously accepted this trend. They must keep commanding whiles the spirit talks back. This is not what the Lord said, nor what he practiced. Always expect to get the devils out with one word of command. This expectation become your faith stance and God would honour it for you. Just as we command demons causing diseases to depart and they obey we must do the same to people under the influence of demons. The Lord advised that one way to build faith to handle some of these cases is to fast and pray (Matthew 17:21). Note every Christian has the right and ability to cast our demons. (Mark 16:17)

 CONFESSION

I have been given the authority to cast out demons. I cast them out in Jesus name and they must always obey me because that is God’s decree. No devil can refuse my authority in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDY:

 Matthew 17:20-21 ” And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Mark 16:17 ” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”

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