I recently wrote an article that outlined three keys for deliverance from demons. If we are going to minister effectively in the area of deliverance, we must have a keen awareness of the authority that we have over evil spirits. This authority is what we use when we command demons to leave a person.
It was this authority over demons that got the attention of the people of Israel at the beginning of the ministry of Jesus. Notice how the people responded after witnessing Him cast out a demon:
“Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, ‘What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.’ “ (Mark 1:27)
But Jesus was not the only one who exercised authority over demons. When He sent out a group of 70 disciples to preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick, this was their report upon returning: “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name” (Luke 10:17). Notice that the demons were not only subject to Jesus, but to His disciples. They said, “ … the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
Jesus went on to explain the authority of believers like this:
“And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 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 10:18-19)
Jesus is the One with all of the authority (see Matthew 28:18). But He delegates His authority to His followers. Since we are in Christ, we can use His name to expel demons and set captives free. I used to be afraid at the prospect of casting out a demon, but that is because I was not aware of the authority I have in the name of Jesus. As we have a revelation of His ultimate dominion over the devil, we can have peace as we confront the powers of darkness that are keeping others enslaved.
In Mark 16:17 Jesus said this: “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons.” Our authority over demons is rooted in the name of Jesus and in the Word of God. Simply put, we have authority over demons because God says we do. It’s not because we are special or powerful, but because of the victory of Jesus over the devil.
So, don’t be afraid of casting out demons. Ask for the Holy Spirit to give you discernment, learn some keys for deliverance, and step out in the authority of Jesus!
Do you struggle to believe in your authority over demons? Why? Please share any examples of times you have taken authority over demons.