Memorise: And these signs shall follow them that believeth; In my name shall they cast out devils they shall speak with new tongue; Mark 16:17
Read: Mark 16:15-18
Bible in one year: Isaiah 22-24
If you will succeed as a soldier in God's army, you must know how to relate with the devil and his cohorts. We are commanded to steadfastly resist the devil. This is a true statement, but according to 1 Peter 5:8, before doing so, we must be sober and vigilant. Being sober has everything to do with having coordinated, solemn thoughts. A drunk for instance, is not a sober minded fellow. You must be able to think seriously and be in your right mind. This means that those who are under the influence of alcohol once in a while will find it difficult to resist the devil . If you are a very emotional fellow, you will find it challenging to resist the devil. You need to be thinking right to be able to overcome the devil. Similarly, to be vigilant is to be alert, watchful, looking out for possible danger, trouble or attack. In other words, a vigilant fellow is proactive: he preempts the attack of the enemy and moves ahead to forestall them. If you are always on the defensive, you would have been taken in one of Satan's traps before realizing it. Be on your guard always!
As a soldier of the cross, God expects you to dislodge agents of darkness, even before they get at you. Some believers brand themselves deliverance ministers whereas deliverance is part of what every Christian is called to do. According to Mark 16:15-18, you do not need to be a minister to cast out devils; from the day you receive Jesus Christ, if you have acquired knowledge about your new position in Christ, you can easily cast out demons. Casting out demons is deliverance. When last did you command demons out of a given individual or situation? God has empowered you at salvation and much more at Holy Spirit baptism. He now expects you to locate those who need deliverance so that you can deliver them. Take the battle to the gates of the enemy, break it down and liberate the captives. You should be a terror to the kingdom of darkness. They should fear you or quake whenever they hear of you. How is it with you today? What are you using the power of the Holy Spirit to do? How many souls have you won? The greatest deliverance an individual can have is deliverance from sin. How many sick people have you channelled the healing anointing to? Are you proactive or reactive? It shall be well with you.
Key point: Jesus and His disciples casted out devils. If you are like them, you too will cast out devils. How many devils have you casted out since you believed?