Posted: April 20, 2014 in Bible Truths, Demons, GOD, Jesus Christ, Warfare


1. Study the following examples of how Jesus dealt with demonic powers:
Incident: Woman in the synagogue with the spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:10-17).
Summary: This woman was attending Sabbath day services and Jesus called her a “daughter of Abraham”. We can assume she was a righteous, God fearing person. Yet a spirit of infirmity had bound her for 18 years.
In His ministry, Jesus distinguished between normal physical illnesses, which were cured by laying on of hands or anointing with oil, and cases of demonic affliction. In cases of a believer being bound from the outside as a result of demonic affliction, the binding spirit was loosed. If it was an unbeliever with physical infirmities resulting from demonic possession, the demons were cast out.
The deliverance of this woman occurred during a regular church service. It raised opposition from the spiritual leaders, including the ruler of the synagogue. Dealing with demonic powers still raises objections from many spiritual leaders. Some deny their existence. Others deny their power to oppress or possess.
In this deliverance, Jesus laid hands on the bound woman. Immediately, she was made straight and glorified God. In all true ministry to demonic oppressed or possessed, God should receive the glory, not the person used of God in the deliverance process.
Incident: The Syrophonenican woman’s daughter (Mark 7:24-30; Matthew 15:21-28).
Summary: This young girl and had an unclean spirit which her mother recognized by outward manifestations of the spirit. She described her daughter as being “grievously vexed”.
Jesus healed the girl because of the great faith shown by her mother. The daughter was never in the presence of Jesus, which demonstrates actual physical presence is not necessary for effective ministry to those oppressed or possessed by Satan. This and the following incident prove children can be possessed and oppressed by Satan.
Incident: The deaf mute boy (Mark 9:14-29; Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-43).
Summary: The father of an only son sought Jesus for the healing of his boy. The demonic possession of this boy included physical deafness and dumbness. The combined descriptions of Matthew, Mark, and Luke reveal that the demon sorely vexed the boy, causing him to fall into the fire and water.
At times the demon would tear him and cause fits with foaming at the mouth and grinding of teeth. He was often bruised (injured) by the spirit, and the demonic presence caused a general pining away physically. His father called him a “lunatic”, which indicated there were also mental problems associated with his condition. The disciples of Jesus tried to cast out the demon in the boy, but failed.
Luke records that as the boy was coming to Jesus, the demon caused him to have a fit. Jesus rebuked the spirit and healed the child. Matthew records that Jesus rebuked the devil and he departed and the lad was cured that very hour.
Mark’s record of this demonic encounter is more extensive than those of Matthew and Luke. He records that Jesus questioned the father as to how long the boy had been possessed. The father said the condition had existed from early childhood.
Jesus stressed to the father the importance of belief, then spoke to the deaf and dumb spirit and told it to come out and enter no more. The spirit cried and came out leaving him in such a condition that many thought him dead. But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up.
When the disciples asked Jesus why they were unable to cast out the demon, Jesus answered:
If ye shall have faith as a grain of mustard seed ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place: and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Howbeit, this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:20- 21)
His answer reveals the importance of faith, prayer, and fasting in dealing with demonic powers. It also proves some demons are more difficult to cast out than others because Jesus said “THIS KIND goeth not out” without prayer and fasting.
Incident: Demon in the synagogue (Mark 1:23-28; Luke 4:31-37).
Summary: Although this man was present in the synagogue, Jesus does not refer to him as a son
of Abraham or indicate He was a follower of God. There can be those present in a church fellowship who are unbelievers and demon possessed. Church attendance does not guarantee a born again experience or freedom from demonic powers.
This possession was indicated by “us,” revealing the presence of more than one demon. One demon was the spokesman, however, for he said “I.”
When the demon began to speak, Jesus told it to “hold its peace,” which means to be quiet. He rebuked the demons, they tore the man, cried out, threw him down, and came out. The witnesses of this event marveled at the authority and power with which Jesus dealt with unclean spirits.
Incident: The blind and dumb demoniac (Matthew 12:22-29; Mark 3:22-27; Luke 11:14-22).
Summary: Possession here included the physical afflictions of blindness and dumbness. Jesus healed this man by casting the demon out of him. He was able to speak and see after the deliverance. It was in connection with this deliverance that Jesus gave His most extensive teaching regarding the casting out of demons. A summary of this teaching reveals:
• A house with division cannot stand. Demons call the bodies in which they reside their “house.” It is not possible for demons and the spirit of God to exist in the same house.
• Kingdoms or cities divided also cannot stand.
• Satan cannot cast out Satan.
• Casting out of demons is part of the ministry of God’s Kingdom.
• Demons are cast out by the Spirit of God.
• It is necessary to bind the strong man (Satan) before attempting to cast him out (spoil his works).
• There is no neutral ground in this spiritual battle. If you are not with Jesus, you are against Him.
• When an unclean spirit is cast out of a person, it seeks reentry into a human body.
• If the person from whom the demon has departed does not fill his spiritual house, the demon will return with other demons. The final condition of that person will be worse than in the beginning.
Incident: Demoniac of Gadarene (Mark 5:1-20; Matthew 8:28-34; Luke 8:26-34).
Summary: According to Matthew, two men possessed by demons, so fierce that no man could control them, lived in the tombs. Mark and Luke stress the terrible condition and the deliverance of one of the two, whose condition was perhaps the worst ever encountered during the ministry of Jesus.
Possession here was by many demons. Both men were so affected that they could not live in normal society. They lived in the graveyard. The demons in one man called themselves “Legion” for they were many. They made it impossible to bind him even with chains. The demons tormented him so badly that he went around crying out, cut himself with stones, and did not wear clothing.
The demons recognized Jesus and asked if He had come to torment them before their time. “Their time” refers to their final judgment to the lake of fire (Hell). That they requested not to be sent out of the country indicates demons may be assigned by Satan to specific territories. Jesus permitted them to enter a herd of pigs when He cast them out which resulted in the death of the pigs. The residents of the city asked Jesus to leave. Pigs, which was their livelihood, were more important to them than the deliverance of men from demonic powers.
Other incidents: In addition to these specific encounters of Jesus, the Bible makes general
references of His ministry to those affected by demonic powers.
• In the following references the term “healed” is used to describe how Jesus dealt with the demons: Matthew 4:24; Luke 6:18.
• In the following references the term “cast out” is used to describe His strategy: Mark 1:32- 34,39; 6:13.
• Luke 4:41 simply records that the devils “came out.” Luke 7:21 states that He “cured” them. Matthew 8:16 records that He “cast them out with His word”.
• Mark 16:9 and Luke 8:2-3 state that Jesus cast seven devils out of Mary Magdalene.
2. Sometimes God uses demons to accomplish His purposes. See I Samuel 16:14 and II II
Corinthians 12:7. Wicked Ahab was punished for his sin by a lying spirit which God put in the mouth of his prophets to lead him to disaster. See I Kings 22:23. Demons will lure the armies of Armageddon to a similar fate. (See Revelation 16:13-16).
3. Demonic powers can exercise control over nations as well as men and women. See the example in Daniel 10 of the “prince of the kingdom of Persia.” This demonic power seemed to be in charge of the affairs of this region. The book of Revelation also mentions evil spirits and their activities in regards to nations. See Revelation 16:13-16.
4. Joking about demons or Satan is not wise. See II Peter 2:10-11. Neither do we have the power in ourselves to rebuke Satan. See Jude 9.
5. Jesus gave His disciples power to cast out demons. Study the following accounts of their use of this power: Mark 9:38; Luke 10:17; Acts 5:16; 8:7; 16:16-18; 19:11-12.
6. Study the following references where the word “possessed” is used: Matthew 4:24; 8:16,28,33; 9:32; 12:22; Mark 1:32; 5:15-18; Luke 8:36; Acts 8:7; 16:16.
7. Jesus was oppressed, but without sin: Isaiah 53:7. When Hezekiah was oppressed, he asked God to undertake for him: Isaiah 38:14. Jesus Christ healed all who were oppressed of the Devil: Acts 10:38.
Study further about oppression:
• By the wicked: Psalms 17:9
• By our enemies: Psalms 106:42
• By the proud: Psalms 119:122
• By the rich: James 2:6


1. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil: for God was with Him. Acts 10:38
2. Seducing spirits, spirits of infirmity, unclean spirits.
3. The gift of discerning of spirits enables a believer to discern the spirits operating in others and to immediately discern whether or not a person has an evil spirit operating through or against him. It prevents deception by seducing or lying spirits. One with this gift can recognize the tactics and evil motives of demonic powers.
4. Demon possession is a condition in which one or more evil spirits (demons) inhabit the body of a human being and take complete control of their victim at will.
5. Compare your list to the list given in Chapter Twenty-One.
6. To be demon obsessed means to be consumed by an interest in demons, Satan, and the occult.
7. Compare your list to the list in Chapter Twenty-One.
8. To be demon oppressed means demonic powers bear down, come against, or bind from the outside.
9. Compare your list to the list given in Chapter Twenty-One.
10. Compare your summary to the discussion in Chapter Twenty-One.


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