KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 16:17 KJV” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”
The Lord stated the identification signs for those who would believe in the gospel in Mark 16:15-18. One of the signs is that they would receive power to cast out devils. Every Christian is a candidate to cast out or expel devils from people. Unfortunately, a number of Christians have not been successful in this ministry. As the disciples asked Jesus in Matt17:19
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, why could not we cast him out? “The Lord answered them,” because of your unbelieve”. Faith in God and His word is the fundamental condition for casting out devils.
One may have titles attached to his name yet cannot cast out a fly, it takes a child of God with a simple childlike trust in God’s word to deal with these devils. The scripture said submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Faith is submission to God. A man of consistent prayer would also see success in dealing with devils. The truth is, a consistent prayer life creates an aura of God’s presence that increases one’s confidence in God and in His word. The Lord spoke about fasting as well. Just as prayer would create an atmosphere of a close relationship with God, adding fasting would increase that awareness.
There is also a class of people who easily deal with these devils. These are people with a special calling or divine appointment. These are men and women with ministerial gifts like, apostles’ prophets, evangelists, Pastor’s and teachers. This ability to cast out devils is more profound with apostles, prophets and evangelists. Among all these offices the underlining condition is the individual’s relationship with the Lord. Success in any area of ministry is as a result of one’s relationship with the Lord. John 15:4 KJV” Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me”. Your strong relationship with Jesus cements an effective ministry in whatever form it may be.
Jesus, you are my heart longing and commitment. I live to please you and to bring honor and glory to your name. My works are only a product of that close relationship. Be glorified in my life o Lord.
John 15:4. “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me”.
Mark 3:14-15,”. And He appointed twelve to continue to be with Him, and that He might send them out to preach [as apostles or special messengers]. And to have authority and power to heal the sick and to drive out demons:”