Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have authority to cast out the demons.
Cessationists think miracle gifts stopped with the original disciples: that God may do wonders, but not through men. Continuationists think miracles still happen through the hands of saints today: that God's Spirit empowers the faithful.*
I support and respect all true Christians, but I am a continuationist. I've witnessed miracles and believe my friends who've seen even more.
The casting out of demons is noted over 20 times within the Gospels and was a key part of Christ's ministry.** Demonic oppression was a great curse: a torment to men, women and children, even faithful worshippers of the Lord.***
Since Satan still rules this earth for a time,**** his afflictions certainly have not ceased. Quite the opposite: they've increased greatly. Are we supposed to just pray and bear them? Or are we commissioned differently?
'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation... These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My Name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover' (Mark 16:15-18).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Many U.S. churches disregard the ministry of deliverance. But pleasing the church isn't my job. Instead, it's speaking up for Jesus and following Him as best I can. Rolling into a ball of defense isn't what soldiers are called to do. The best defense is a good offense, under the Word and power of God.
To Be Continued...
* Short, Bible-referenced article explaining and supporting cessationism: https://gotquestions.org/cessationism.html
* Slightly longer, Bible-referenced article explaining continuationism (in which I believe):
** Bible Gateway search results for casting out demons:
*** Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+13:10-17
**** Jesus defeated Satan, but he remains as earth's temporary king until the Lord returns to evict him forever. The reasons for his continued tenure are worth consideration. Here is a link to an excellent article, Satan's Part in God's Perfect Plan: https://bible.org/seriespage/3-satan-s-part-god-s-perfect-plan
**** Previous 2-part AMTC Devotion series: Demons:
**** Previous 50-part AMTC Devotion series: Deliverance:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.