You clicked on this blog because you’re curious about the 3 reasons you should avoid playing with demons. You’ve seen them in the past, and although they frightened you, you’ve since considered finding ways to defeat them. As a Christian, you know you have the power and authority through Jesus to move mountains. So, why not move demons?
Not too many decades ago I encountered the spiritual realm on earth, but not in the right way. My husband and I recognized the presence of 4 demons living in a church we were attending. We knew it was the Holy Spirit who gave us discernment, but danger lurked confronting them alone.
We gathered the pastor, and other leaders of the church, to face the problem with the power and authority of the Holy Spirit. Praise God; the church was “cleaned out” quickly. Not all demonic activity is that calm, as far as my understanding goes.
I’m telling you this story because it has several important facts you need to know if you consider finding, or seeking out, evil. Even without realizing it, you invite evil into your life before preparation to defend yourself.
Jesus’ Example of Authority Against Demons
~ Jesus Received Authority
All throughout the Gospels in the New Testament — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – there are many references where Jesus healed people from evil spirits. But he didn’t just heal them; he had the authority to restore their minds. Witnesses to the events recognized Jesus used a different kind of power than the religious men who taught in the synagogue. Jesus received power from God. Specifically, he spoke about who gave it to him.
“…For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (Romans 13:1).
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).
“So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does” (John 5:19).
“I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it” (John 12:49).
“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God” (John 13:3).
Jesus had no problem stepping down from heaven and point to His Father as the actual authority in his life. Although it’s true that Jesus called himself the Son of God (John 5:25), he recognized God’s authority through him to heal the sick, the blind, and demon possessed. He listened to God’s voice and acted.
~ Jesus Used Authority
The Scriptures are replete with examples of how Jesus used the authority he received from God. The first four books of the New Testament testify to the authority he used to heal the demon-possessed.
This passage from Isaiah, which Jesus read in the synagogue to proclaim himself as the subject of the passage, speaks of the authority he received and how he used it:
“‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come’” (Luke 4:18-19).
I want to point your attention to the phrases, “captives will be released” and “the oppressed will be set free.” In both instances, Jesus used God’s authority to free people from demon-possession. They were oppressed and being held captive by these evil spirits.
Here are some examples of Jesus’ miracles:
“Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, ‘Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’ But Jesus reprimanded him. ‘Be quiet! Come out of the man,’ he ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him” (Mark 1:23-26).
“Amazed, the people exclaimed, ‘What authority and power this man’s words possess! Even evil spirits obey him, and they flee at his command’” (John 4:36)!
“That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick” (Matthew 8:16).
“Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see” (Matthew 12:22).
“As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father” (Luke 9:42).
Jesus did more than just receive authority and use it. He also passed it on and gave it away.
~ Jesus Gave Authority
Because Jesus was 100% man and 100% God he had the right to transfer authority through himself to his disciples. He even told them that they would do “far greater things” than he did during the three years of his ministry (John 14:12).
Far greater things? Can you imagine far better things than healing the sick, casting out demons, or raising the dead to life? I certainly can’t! He passed that authority on to all people, not just his disciples.
“Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness” (Matthew 10:1).
“Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons” (Mark 3:14-15).
“And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits” (Mark 6:7).
“‘Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you’” (Luke 10:19).
Jesus received authority, used authority, and gave authority.
Warning #1: Don’t Go Looking for Trouble
First, you must be aware of the devil. I know you’ve heard the verse “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8). The Bible warns you not to forget that he’s trying to interfere with your life. It’s trying to remind you to stay aware. Don’t go looking for him. There’s another passage in Acts 19 describing several men getting battered and bruised for trying to expel demons without the authority of demons. I love how the demons actually speak to these men saying, “We know Jesus, and we know Paul, but who are you?” Don’t go looking for trouble.
Review the miraculous healings of the demon-possessed people above. Not once did Jesus ever go looking for these demons. Either the person came to Jesus via self, friends or family, or he happened upon them. He never said things like “I’m going to kick some demon butt today!” No! Jesus didn’t go looking for trouble. And, since you are 100% human and 0% God, I think it’s wise advice to tell you not to go looking for trouble either.
I must point to my testimony of facing demons at the beginning of this blog. Notice that neither my husband nor myself, went looking to fight demons. They were there, Holy Spirit revealed them to us, and then we followed him into the next phase.
Warning #2: Safety in Numbers
Second, when Jesus encountered demons, there were always witnesses to the miraculous authority Jesus had to “merely” tell demons to leave. He never worked alone in these cases.
If Holy Spirit helps you discern demons around you, you are wise not to attempt to do anything until you have the power of others with you. And by “others” I mean mature Christians who support you by their presence and in prayer.
Pointing back to my personal story again, I want you to notice that neither my husband nor myself, attempted to scare demons out of the church, “bind them,” or exorcise them in any way. Although authority came from the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish what he asked, in our weakness, we could never overcome the demonic world. We gathered the pastor and church leaders for strength to face the battle.
When Jesus sent his disciples out into the world and gave them the authority to do it, he sent them out in pairs. Mark 6:7 cannot be any clearer: “And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.”
You’ve heard the phrase, “Safety in numbers”? Make sure to get your numbers before attempting anything in the demonic world.
Warning #3: Don’t Go Rogue
One thing is for sure – Jesus knew what he was doing before he did it because he had an example.
“So Jesus explained, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does’” (John 5:19).
Jesus didn’t go rogue – he didn’t make up the rules as he went along. He watched what the Father did, and he followed it to the letter. Because God’s authority, he didn’t veer away from what he knew. Jesus didn’t make a private plan.
When a Platoon Leader tells you to clean the latrine, or shine your boots at 2 AM or gives an order that seems out of place, you never question her. You follow her orders because that keeps things from becoming chaotic in the military world. Your Platoon Leader had a plan and knew what to expect from the outcome.
Jesus followed God’s lead because he knew that God had a plan too. He only listened to the voice of God and did what his Father did. He never went rogue on God.
Jesus used the authority given to him by God, his Father. He waited for the right opportunities, had witnesses, and knew what he was doing. He passed down his authority to his disciples. Later they received the authority and power by way of Jesus’ spirit, the Holy Spirit.
You have the same power, but you should never go looking for trouble. IF you believe the Holy Spirit is calling you into the spiritual realm of evil to battle demons with his power, you must follow these criteria:
- You must know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Holy Spirit is in the lead,
- Never go into battle alone, and,
- Always follow God’s playbook.
At the end of the day, when my husband and I faced those demons, we experienced the miraculous victory through God’s power, now our power. All glory to God!