Impossible Healings (Part 12) ***Warning: Parental Discretion Advised***
The Connection Between Demons And Disease
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
Matthew 12:22 (NKJV)
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
Luke 9:1 (NKJV)
And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, 'Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.'
Luke 13:11-12 (NKJV)
Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow...
Luke 13:32 (NKJV)
For me to remind Christian parents to guard their children from evil sounds silly. Of course you do! For me to warn Christian parents this devotion contains references to demons (which might be troubling to children) may be equally silly. Because media mainlines demonology into the heart of our culture. Demons are everywhere--even on our kid's pajamas. Demons are movie stars.
Casting out demons and curing disease are linked in the ministry of Jesus. Modern medicine ignores this spiritual-to-physical link, which might be understandable. But much of the modern church ignores it, too. That's not understandable. Because they are ignoring (rather than copying) the life of Jesus.
On the other hand (which is ours, not His), the casting out process can be ugly: 'Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him' (Luke 9:38-39). As casting-out-demon church-goers, we might get our dresses dirty. It's easier to pray from a distance.
In Luke 13, the story of the faith-filled woman with a spirit of infirmity who had been 'bent over' for 18 years suggests two things: 1) Even the spiritually faithful can be physically crippled by demonic influence.*
2) The Touch and Word of Jesus healed her. In cases where demons and disease are related (I believe they are more numerous than we know), Spirit-filled believers need to intercede as Jesus did: up close and personal.
'They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover' (Mark 16:18).
To Be Continued...
* Article: 'Can a Christian have a demon?'
* Article: 'Do Christian Believe That Demons Are the Cause of Illness?'
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.