“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease” (Matthew 10:1).
The Holy Spirit is graciously given to us. The meaning of ‘Holy Spirit’ is “One who brings the holiness from the heaven for us.” The evil spirit is the opposite of Holy Spirit and it brings all the filthiness from satan to the human beings. Satan is sowing the filthiness in human thoughts.
When I was studying in a college at Palayamkottai, I saw a powerful preacher casting out thousands of demons. Those demons ran out howling, revealing themselves. I saw the divine power descending on him as he was singing the song “Jesus Christ never changes, never changes…..” and casting out the demons with this strength. I was so eager that I also should be able to cast out such demons.
When I was working in the Income Tax Department, I met a man there, being affected by such a demon. He would gnash his teeth. His eyes would pop out and his tongue would dangle out. I had been saved just at that time. Being filled with the zeal of God and the divine love I said, “Come out you evil spirit”. Those spirits got wild and came roaring to attack me. I was frightened.
So, that evening, I approached a servant of God and enquired him about how the demons are to be cast out. He pointed out to me various promises given in the Scripture about this. “In my name, they will cast out demons;” (Mark 16:17). “You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot” (Psalms 91:13). “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). For the whole night, I prayed placing my hands on them, for the power and the authority to descend on me. Next day it was easy for me to cast out the demons.
If you had been born again and had been saved, you too can cast out the demons. You can challenge the magicians too when God fills you with the anointment of fire. “The spirit of Legion was a terrible evil spirit which Jesus Christ cast out. How pathetic the position of the man would have been if six thousand demons were dwelling in him. Dear children, firmly command in the Name of Jesus Christ and cast out the demons. Deliver such people from the demons. After deliverance, guide them towards God.
To meditate: “Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed” (Acts 5:16).