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Casting Out Demons

 

Acts Chapter 16 verse 18

ďShe kept this up for many days.Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST I COMMAND YOU TO COME OUT OF HER!At that moment the spirit left her.Ē

 

There is so much controversy in todayís church doctrines and denominations about healing the sick, laying on of hands, speaking in tongues, raising the dead, and casting out demons.The difference of opinions on the subject of spiritual gifts is by far the biggest stumbling block of Christian unity.I have seen so many Christians who canít even come together for fellowship or worship because the divisions are so strong.Itís as thou they fear that the others doctrinal beliefs might curse them or worse yet, might rub off on them.This is the reason I have chosen to be a nondenominational Christian and keep our ministry nondenominational.God has called us to bring all Christians together in unity for one common purpose, to fulfill the great commission of going out and making disciples of all people.For us to claim a particular denomination would greatly hinder the calling God has given us in todayís Christian society.I will say this; I believe every word of the Bible to be true, I claim every miracle written in the Bible, I believe that anything is possible through Jesus Christ, and that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

A few weeks ago I went to one of the half way houses in Sioux Falls where I conduct a weekly Bible study.To say the attendance is poor is an understatement.There are some weeks I go there and sit by myself and grumble to God that I am wasting my time, my gas, and my family time.This particular night I started grumbling even before I got there, trying to talk God out of sending me; after all I was tired and had so many things to do.Well, God wouldnít let me stay home so I drove the hour drive, grumbling all the way.When I got there I went to the front desk and asked them to announce that Bible study would be starting in the dining room.I walked down the hall to the dining room and there was a woman there waiting for me.She was pale white and her eyes were so dilated that you couldnít even tell what color they were.She said that she kept hearing voices and that she felt like she had demons inside her.She said she hadnít slept for three days and she wanted help.God took us to the book of Acts and we read about casting out demons.I told her she had that same power within her through the Holy Spirit if she believed.She said she believed and wanted to know how to get relief, I held my hand up and said all you have to do is say in the name of Jesus I command you demons to leave.That very instant, her face got bright red, the pupils in her eyes shrunk down to normal and her eyes just glowed.She started giggling like a school girl and just kept saying how much peace and joy she felt.The Lord took us to Ephesians chapter 6 on the armor of God.We read it verse by verse learning how to use the armor of God to fight off Satan and his demons daily.

I do not believe that I have the gift of casting out demons; as a matter of fact I donít believe I had anything to do with the miracle other then showing her Gods word.I believe it was her faith that made her whole.Donít let denominational doctrine or lack of faith hinder the miracles God wants to pour out.