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Acts 16- Rebuking Demons

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour Acts 16:16-18

Here we see a story of a demon possessed woman who was tormenting Paul and Silas day after day. Finally Paul got tired of it and rebuked the demon in the name of Jesus , and the demon immediately fled. How many of us are tormented by demons on a daily basis? Do you rebuke your demons? Instead of allowing these demons to torment you daily, put them in their place. You as a Born Again Child of God have the power and authority of demons. Jesus said “He gives us power and authority over power of Satan, and all demons will submit to you” (Luke 10:18-19) 

Now some will say Jesus only gave this power to the Apostles, however if you start with verse 1 in Luke 10, Jesus is sending out 72 disciples with this authority, this authority was given to his disciples not just Apostles. Remember the Bible says “The Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is living inside of You “ (Romans 8:11) The Holy Spirit , the power of the Living God, is inside of you. Rebuke the demons in Jesus name!

And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. Acts 16:19-22

Now we see the wickedness of people, some would say “Look Paul and Silas are being persecuted, we dont have authority over demons” Jesus never promised we would have an easy life, in fact he taught us the opposite, Jesus said “Those who endure to the end, will be saved “ (Matthew 24:13) Why? Because many will fall away from the faith during hard times. Endure to the end, Jesus has already death and Satan!

And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. Acts 16:23-26

Paul and Silas were being persecuted, beaten and thrown in prison, what was their response? They were singing hymns and praising God. Paul and Silas had unshakable faith, they knew Jesus is Lord and in complete control. Whatever Satan or evil is coming against you , rebuke it in Jesus name!

Notice then God delivered Paul and Silas with a great earthquake, Satan thought he had Paul defeated then God stepped in. Put your faith and trust in Jesus, he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus is in complete control, sitting at the right hand of God The Father Amen!

Mark 5- Legion

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. Mark 5:6-8

Today we see again Jesus demonstrates his power and authority over the supernatural as Lord of Lords. He meets a Gentile who is possessed with multiple demons, living in a cemetery, cutting himself, the man has been overtaken by the demonic forces in his life.

Notice the reaction when the demons see Jesus, first they worship Christ, then they beg Jesus not to torment them. Notice as it is written “Every knee will bow” even the demons bow to the Lord Jesus Christ! Notice the title they address Jesus by “Son of the Most High God” , the demons know Jesus has the power and authority to destroy them

Jesus commands the demons to come out of the man! Notice the power and authority Christ has displayed against the demonic forces, this is a glimpse of the New Covenant

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. Mark 5:9-12

Jesus commanded the demons to identify themselves, and they obeyed and revealed their name was Legion, because there was many of them. The word “Legion” was a Roman term, meaning potential tens of thousands. This man could have been possessed with numerous demons. 

The demons begged Jesus not to send them away, meaning sending them to the Abyss! They beg Jesus to send them into a herd of pigs instead and he allows them to. Again notice the power and authority of Christ

And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. Mark 5:13-15

When the pigs got filled with the demons they ran off a cliff and killed themselves. Notice the symbolism of their death, they drowned off a clif, foreshadowing the Lake of Fire, the future event for Satan and his demons

When the people saw the Gentile man  “in his right mind” they were terrified. Imagine that for a reaction. Instead of rejoicing over the man’s transformation , they wanted Jesus to leave! Does that sound familiar?

And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. Mark 5:18-19

The man begged Jesus to let him go with him but Jesus told him “Go home and tell your friends the great things The Lord has done for you”  Are you telling others the great things Jesus has done for you?

Preach the gospel and tell them about Jesus Amen!

Demons Tremble

Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.” Luke 8:28

We live in a world full of fear, anxiety , and chaos. I had a couple coworkers at lunch tell me about how they were preparing for the “Zombie Apocalypse” and they were serious! This is what Satan does to you, he plays mind games. He uses TV shows, movies, and music to influence people into ungodly behavior

However look what happened when some demons ran into the Lord Jesus Christ. They begged him not to throw them into the Abyss (Hades). Now the demons identified themselves as “Legion” (Luke 8:30)meaning there was many of them. There might have been thousands of them dwelling in this one man, but they all feared the Lord Jesus Christ

Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission. Luke 8:32

The demons begged Jesus to let them enter a herd of pigs instead of going into Abyss. First thing notice the demons cant enter anyone or anything without permission. You will not become possessed by a demon by accident, however if you invite them in through Satanic practices they will enter. This is why its important to be careful what your listening to and watching

Second, why would Jesus allow them into a herd of Pigs? Well pigs in the Bible are considered unclean animals. This is symbolic for unclean “sinful” people, demons will enter those who reject Christ

And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. Luke 8:33

Notice the fate of these pigs, why would Jesus allow them to drown? Again this is symbolic, if you ever read Revelation you know the fate of those who reject Jesus is the Lake of Fire. This is symbolic of eternal judgement, the unclean (sinful) were thrown into the Lake for judgement

“Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39

Notice what Jesus says here “Tell everyone what God has done for you”, then the man tells everyone what Jesus has done for him. This is not an accident , Jesus is revealing his deity here as God in the flesh

Casting Out Demons

And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode inany house, but in the tombs. Luke 8:27

Jesus spent a good part of his ministry casting out demons, but how many churches today teach or even mention this? Why are our churches disabling Christians by not teaching them about the Spiritual Warfare we are all facing?

Yes its easier to pretend Satan and demons don’t exist; but know this they influence our world greater than you can imagine. Unless you acknowledge this and prepare yourself with the Armor of God, you are vulnerable also.

When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. Luke 8:28

Demons tremble at the mention of Jesus, because there is power in his name. When your covered with the blood of Christ, you are protected. However leaving yourself open and vulnerable you can be overcome by evil.

(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) Luke 8:29

Jesus was giving all authority by God the Father, he sits at his right hand and on the throne. There is no power in hell that can overcome Jesus, if your under attack call out his name and he will set you free.

And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.8:30-31

A couple of things learned here, first this man is not just possessed with one demon but multiple demons. Second they identify themselves as Legion, because there are a group of them. Third they beg Jesus not to send them to hell

There’s a lot to learn from this story, For our struggle is not against flesh but against the powers of the dark world (Ephesians 6:12) Don’t be left vulnerable, accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today, by his blood you are redeemed and protected Amen