Power over Demons

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19).

It was a major breakthrough for me when I discovered that demons were really at work in my life, and the life of others around me, and that I could get free of them by applying the principles mentioned on this site. Any Christian who learns to cast out demons will be far more effective in their service for the Lord. Certainly it helped me to get free of many negative features in my personality, which I had thought were “just me”. It cleared the way for my faith to effectually operate in the gifts of healing. As a result of this, I have been able to make more impact as a witness of Jesus Christ than would have been possible otherwise.

Jesus gave the disciples their marching orders to cast out demons in Mark 16:17 and also in John 20:21 where He said, “As the Father sent me, so I send you.” The disciples, in turn, were instructed to teach us to obey all things that Jesus commanded them (Matthew 28:20) which obviously includes the command to train up more disciples who would cast out demons. It is quite logical then that we have authority in Jesus’ name over demons – to cast them out. We don’t have authority to try to send them to do things for us – this is what witches try to do and it is an activity that God hates. We should cast them out by the Spirit of God and then keep them out.

I don’t believe that we are all called to major on deliverance ministry. Some are called to spend more time on it that others, but God knows that there is a vast need in the church for this kind of ministry. Relatively few people in the body of Christ have been willing to make the personal sacrifices necessary to sustain this kind of ministry for a serious length of time. We should pray for those who are involved in this ministry, as they surely need prayer support. God needs more people willing to do this ministry out of love for Him and for others.

The Authority of the Believer

“Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have authority (Gk: exousia) to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.”
(Mark 3:14,15).

We see in this passage that “being with Jesus” comes before receiving the authority to cast out demons. In order to cast out demons, we must first “be with Him”. Otherwise demons may treat us as the did the sons of Sceva, saying, “Jesus we know, and Paul we are acquainted with, but who are you?” Just saying that we belong to God will not impress demons greatly if they know our hearts are divided. Being with Jesus, spending time in His presence, is the key to effectively destroying Satan’s works. Our life is in Him. Demons will try to distract us and keep us out of the place of intimacy with God, because they know when we are close to God, they cannot stand before us.

Legally we have been purchased by the blood of Jesus. To the extent that we truly give ourselves to Christ, and keep abiding in Him, Satan cannot touch us. In fact, when we have our spiritual armor on (see Ephesians 6:12-18), when we are clothed with Christ, we are armed with authority “in Jesus’ name” to cast out demons. Added to this authority we must receive “power” through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4) for maximum results in casting out demons.

Incidentally, if you live carelessly, it is not enough to say, “I am a born again child of God” and expect demons to flee from you in terror. Effective authority over Satan and his demons comes through true submission to God. Jesus never did anything unless the Father showed it to Him or spoke it (John 5:17). It is presumption to think that we can go off independently of God and destroy Satan’s strongholds. Nothing “independent” of God will cut any ice in spiritual warfare.

Having said this, I want to encourage you to believe that you have been given authority to cast out demons. It is not something you have to be “ordained into the ministry” to do. It is something that Jesus will teach you to do as you stay in His presence, especially if others around you can model faith and wisdom in these areas. That is the advantage of being in a church where the people take the power of the name of Jesus seriously.

Begin with yourself

My advice is this: if you are new to casting out demons, make sure you are full of the Holy Spirit before attempting to help anybody who needs deliverance. And if you struggle to be filled with the Holy Spirit and live full of the Holy Spirit, you should learn how to cast demons out of yourself – or find someone else who can help you! This might sound extreme at first, but believe me, this is the way it is. Many times demons of doubt and unbelief have wrapped themselves around the minds of Christians. The result is that although they would like to believe from the heart, something just stops them. Demons are tormentors in the realm of the mind as well as the body and emotions. Many times persistent evil attitudes and thoughts in us – a critical spirit, an ungrateful complaining spirit, a spirit of hurt – are linked to the presence of demons at work in us. These sins must be confessed and renounced so that the demons associated with them can be driven out.

A lot of Christian ministers would do well to drop some of their present ministry activities to spend some time attending to these matters. Failure to do this could be likened to a woodchopper who insists he has no time to sharpen his blunt and ineffective ax.

You must be a Person of Prayer

It is no accident that revival breaks out only in places where God finds people who are truly devoted to prayer, and usually fasting as well. We are exhorted to pray always and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). Satan fears our prayers more than we realise. Casting out demons requires faith, but it also requires prayer. Prayer is the secret of power with God and power over demons. Prayer attracts the Spirit of God, who is more than a match for any demonic spirit or fallen angel.

Confessions Relating to Casting out Demons

I have previously compiled some verbal confessions on the subject of casting out demons which you can use to build your faith in this area. There are other Scriptures also which are relevant to this area. The Holy Spirit can show you these things. Those who want to see and use these confessions may click here.

Be Encouraged

You were born to win. You are more than a conqueror through Christ. Through the cross and His subsequent resurrection from death, Jesus has made the way for you to be victorious over every work of the devil. If you have never given your life to Christ and would like to, please click here. Please let me know about your victories in God as time goes by.

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  1. I have the same problem as above. This demons is attached in my back and is a sexual demons so moves inside my body day and night. Now I used to be a Jehovahs witness but left the church…then cant sleep for two years now. They shake me in my sleep then that demon is on top of me..then follows me on my back it so distressing…I am saved now and born again stopped all my previous sins but they still there. Specially since I stopped masturbation and porn…

  2. Jesus_Iz_Lord says:

    I take back right now in the name of Jesus everything that the enemy has stole from me, I no longer walk in fear but in faith in the name of Jesus Christ. Father I renounce all involvement in things in this world or the spirit realm that is not pleasing to you. Father God I fully turn toward you and acknowledge you God as the only true and living God. I turn from my sins and I pick up my cross and follow your son Jesus. I bind up all the lies out here about me, and I command for the truth to be told in Jesus name. Satan I command you to let my soul go in Jesus name! I claim the blood of Jesus, I rounounce this world. I call it done, im free in Jesus name. God I love you, lead me by your spirit oh God. Amen.

  3. Hi

    My Dad had violent convulsions, which they call seizures and was admitted to hospital. The seizure attacks came many times and they could not control it even with combination of three sedatives. They put him on a ventilator.

    Now things are under control, however he is not waking up completely or moving his legs or hands. He opens his eyes and looks at people and we don’t know if he is recognizing us. This is his state since the past one month. Although he can breathe on his own they will not remove the ventilator unless he wakes up completely. As he is on ventilator we cannot take him home or a nursing home.

    Doctors don’t know the reason why he is not waking up or why the seizures ? His brain is perfect from the scan reports.They have no hope of recovery.

    I read from an article by Pr.John Osteen, as to how his sister Mary suffered from similar attack from the devil and how he freed her from it. My Dad is suffering from similar condition. We have been praying for him since then. Can you please pray for my Dad.

    Also pray that someone who has power for deliverance from demons, who could come to the hospital and pray for my Dad’s deliverance.
    If someone’s heart is moved with compassion for our family, can you please contact me.

    Also can you give me some guidance as to what to do and how we must pray in this situation ?
    Waiting for your reply,
    Thomas

    • Thomas, I truly hope that your dad gets his deliverance and your family will be free.

      Lord, I pray that you can deliver Thomas’ dad from the demons that are causing him seizures. I pray in Jesus’ name that Satan releases his hold on him. Lord, please send someone to the hospital who has the power to to deliver his dad from these demons so that he and his famiy can be free. I pray for these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

  4. I came to this page, “Power over Demons” searching for a way to rid my house of demons I believe have come to dwell there. As I read the words above I began to understand that I had never truly given MY life to Christ. The opportunity presented itself and I followed the link provided. (click
    here
    ) After that I contacted my pastor and revealed to him that I was (finally and truly) asking Christ into my life.
    A few hours later I am writing this and am feeling comforted and find myself drawing upon new strengths, but I have much work to do. While there are indeed demons to be cast out from my physical dwelling, I realize that Satan is at work on those who dwell within my home. (God knows the details)
    As God finds me and I give my life to Christ, I ask one thing of those who may read these words. Please pray for me, my wife and our children that by faith and the power of Jesus the demons will indeed be cast out from our house and from ourselves and that the grace and peace of God will return. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    • I JUST WANTED TO PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DEAR FATEHR I JUST WANT TO COME BEFORE YOUR PRESENCE RIGHT NOW ASKING YOU LORD FOR GEORGE AND HIS HOME AND HIS FAMILY FATHER GOD I PRAY LORD YOU BREAK ALL CHAINS AND CAST ALL DEMONS OUT OF THIS FAMILIES LIVES AND HOME I PRAY FATHER THAT AS A FAMILY THEY WILL GET CLOSER YOU YOUR WORD AND PRESENCE IN THIER LIES I PRAY FATHER THAT YOU MIGHTY HAND WILL BE APON THEM LORD I PRAYF ATHER THAT YOU RENEW THIER MINDS SO THAT THEY WILL KNOW YOUR PERFECT WILL FOR THEIR LIVES I PRAY LORD THEY PUT YOU FIRST IN ALL THEY DO FATHER THE ENEMY AND HIS DEMONS WILL ALWAYS TRY TO DISTRACT OR TRY TO STOP US FROM SEEKING YOU LORD I THAK YOU FOR GEORGES LIFE EVEN THOUGH I DONT KNOW HIM LOR DI KNOW THAT OUR PRAYER WILL BE ANSWERED FATEHR THAT ALL DEMONS MUST VACATE HIS HOME LORD BECAUSE YOUR PRESENCE WILL REINE THERE LORD IN JESUS LIGHTY NAME I CAST ALL EVIL AWAY FROM THEM LORD AND THAT YOU WILL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH AND GIVE THEM THE PEACE AND -PASSION TO SEEK YOU LORD IN JESUS NAME I PRAY AMEN

  5. could this be generational?
    is their no-one at your church who can help you?
    fear is a powerfull weapon that the enemy uses to paralize us and take our focus of the all powerfull, all seeing,all mighty jesus christ.allow the lord in.your fear is stopping your deliverance.

  6. Joseph Liston says:

    I am 52 years old. I have always believed in the Lord and our God. My wife tells me that demons are tormenting her at night. She has been losing weight and is not getting restful sleep. I see a terrible fear in her eyes. She is a Christian and had given her life to Christ as a young child. This torment has been going on for about over 10 months. She has physically wrestled with a demon that attached itself to her back. She was able to repel it by calling out the Holy Name over and over. Is there more she (or we) can do to make them go away permanently? I was recently baptized to be forgiven of my sins and so that I could exert authority over the evil that is pleging our lives.
    Should I increase my prayers to Jesus and ask for His guidance and power in this matter or should I do more myself to help? I don’t want to tread where I would cause my wife more harm than good.

    • These things can be very real. You need to find out where the stronghold of fear gained access to your wife. You and your wife must go before the Lord and ask Him to search your hearts and lives concerning any sin, disobedience or trauma in your lives. Seek out if there be any unforgiveness in your hearts towards anyone, past or present.

      If you do not have the baptism in the Holy Spirit, ensure that you receive it. And then seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit daily. Speak the promises of God, such as Psalm 121, Psalm 91, 2 Timothy 1:7 and so on. Read the Psalms much.

      Spiritual warfare is very real. It is our ignorance that costs us in these battles. Therefore seek humility, truth and all the other pieces of spiritual armor mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-20.

  7. very interested in learning more about deliverance

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