1 Corinthians 15:57 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Demons and evil / unclean spirits are used interchangeably in the old and new testament.

Most people think that demons don’t exist, and choose to believe they are not really there, but they are, very close. They may even be around you.

Why do you think people don’t believe demons exist?

 Mark 21 23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority[f] He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.

What made Jesus so popular among his people that he had thousands of people looking for Him?

Luke 4:39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

Mark 21 32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. …. 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.

Everywhere Jesus preached, He cast out demons. Preaching, casting out demons, and healing go together. When he healed, he cast out demons. People who need healing at the same time need deliverance. Demons are the cause of many sicknesses. Jesus never separated healing from deliverance.

 Luke 4 41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

Luke 13 11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox (King Herod), Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

How Jesus Equips His Disciples

Do not go evangelize without being equipped and prepared to cast out demons. Jesus never sent out his disciples to spread the gospel without equipping them to deal with evil spirits.

Matt 10 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Luke 10 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us through thy name.

The Great Commission

Mark 16 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Do you see this type of activity in your church?

How not to Cast out Demons

Acts 19 13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.

What do you think went wrong here?

Going Back to Luke 10

It’s not about what I say. It’s about what you know. What God tells you. Not me. What He says is what’s in His Word.

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name! 18 And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven. 19 Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.

21 In that same hour He rejoiced and gloried in the Holy Spirit and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have concealed these things [relating to salvation] from the wise and understanding and learned, and revealed them to babes (the childish, unskilled, and untaught). Yes, Father, for such was Your gracious [c]will and choice and good pleasure.