Lesson 11
Jesus authority over sickness and demons


Mark 3 1-5…..
' And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.  And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse him.  And He saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.  And He saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.  And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other'.
I chose this healing for two reasons:- Firstly, I have seen a number of crippled hands healed.  And, secondly, we often have to pray for someone in difficult surroundings, like Jesus did.  Today, with whole countries turning their backs on Jesus, it has become difficult for Christians to pray for the sick in public.  This is because, as in the times of Jesus, many hearts have become hardened against the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making it difficult for Christians to share their faith.
  In Africa it is easy to pray for the sick, it's just getting them to believe.  The first African with the crippled hand that I prayed for - did not believe.
He kept saying,
“I have not been able to move my hand for 20 years”.
So I told him to get his brain out of the way and stretch out his hand, in Jesus name.  So he stretched out his hand, in Jesus name, and was instantly healed.  In Asia it was easier, the sermon was enough, a crippled hand gets healed in a mass prayer, because the healing was received with such faith. 
  But in England or America it is much harder because faith and belief in God has been educated out of people. Worst still political correctness has made it hard for us to witness, or pray for people in public. Who do we obey, man or God?  God of course!  This means that  we need to be even closer to Jesus to receive His discernment, His knowledge and His wisdom.  Sometimes, the Lord may tell you to pray for a person in a difficult place.  On the way back from India, we stopped at Dubai airport to change planes for England.  As I was approaching our terminal, I passed a man in a wheelchair and the Lord told me to go back and pray for him.  It was the week after television news reported that two people had been arrested for kissing each other in a public place.  Now, in obedience to the Lord, I had to pray for a Moslem in that airport, furthermore, I was a woman having to approach a man. 
The Lord said to me, a second time,
“Pray for the man in the wheelchair”. 
I turned around to go back to him.  How do I pray for him? How do I even approach him, and where do I start, is going though my head?  I walked backwards and forwards a couple of times, I got nearer and then I sat down next to him with my luggage.
“Hello!” I said. 
Then, he said,
“Hello” back!.
I try again,
“Are you in pain?” 
Yes”, he replied.
He continued to say that, following a car accident, he had damaged his legs and that he was travelling to America.
 “Would you like me to pray for you?  I almost blurted out! 
Oh, yes please!”, he replied.
So I prayed for him. Jesus healed him, and then he accepted Jesus as Lord of his life! No one noticed that I had prayed for him and I left for England in the joy of the Lord!


Jesus Authority over demons 
  Casting out demons is not something we would readily choose to do, but the Lord spent much of his ministry doing this.  Let us look at the passage of Scripture in Luke 9:37-42, where Jesus corrects His disciples,

 ' And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.  And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.  And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.  And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.  And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.  And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father'.

And in Matthew 17:19-20 Jesus taught them,

'Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye 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.“

  The disciples were ordinary people, just like us, growing in Christ and having to learn how to take authority over demons, by taking command over them, in Jesus name.
  There are different levels of demons.  Some demons are easier to cast out than others, the more difficult ones will require prayer and fasting.  You only have as much authority that you think you have expectations for.  I teach horse riding, and horses will sometimes challenge you.  One may refuse to move forward when you are trying to lead him.
It would be no use looking at the horse and saying,
Please come and pull on the lead rope”.
Because a horse will see that you have little authority and, therefore, challenge you and refuse to move.  Do not give the horse a choice, take authority over him, turning him slightly looking ahead and say,
“We are going now!”
Amazingly the horse will give up and obey you and come.  If you deal with demons in the same way, you will have the victory, you have to mean what you say, don’t give in to them one inch, but take full authority IN JESUS NAME.  Expect them to come out NOW in Jesus name!  You will be amazed at how they will obey the name of Jesus. 
  If you do come across a difficult demon that will not budge, be prepared to pray and fast for two to three days, or even seven days, before you try again, show it you mean what you say.  Prayer will get you closer to God and fasting will help you come into the spiritual realm more easily.  Here the Lord will build up your faith and give you specific instructions on how to deal with that particular demon and give you extra courage and power of the Holy Spirit together with the authority of the name of Jesus to cast it out.  You may also need to confess any sin or difficulty in your own life first, because any sin, however small, can weaken you spiritually, whereas righteousness makes you strong.
  It is also advisable not to cast out demons alone.  Jesus always sent out His disciples two by two.  So get someone who is also strong in faith to cast out the demon with you.
  There are many different ways that demons come out.  They may come out of the mouth in vomit or green slime, or they may be coughed out.  Other times they may throw the person to the ground and then come out. Witch doctor spirits can put the person into a supernatural spin first then as the spinning slows down  the evil spirit will come out.  Snake demons can cause a person to fall, slither on the floor and then come out.  Practising yoga can cause snake demons to come into a person, this person was set free when she came to an Anglican house group.
  We struggled with one witch doctor for three days, eventually twenty two demons came out of her before she was set free.  Do not be alarmed at the different manifestations of  demons just take authority over them in the name of Jesus, and firmly take command in Jesus name and  they will come out.
  In Africa, once a pastor has cast out the demon, he gives it no more attention, but rather gets his congregation to praise God and, within five to ten minutes, the demon leaves the person and the person stands up totally set free and begins to praise God with the rest of the congregation.
  In Ghana, people who need deliverance are sent to prayer camps.  Here dangerously possessed people are chained to trees on a lawn.  Sick people come for their healing and they are prayed for around this  grassy area seven times twice a day. Sermons can be heard being preached close by to these chained people.  The results are, that between three days and a month, all the demons have come out.  The chains are cut, and the person is sent home totally delivered and accepted Christ who has set him free.  Demons hate prayer, the Word of God being preached, and praise and worship. 
  Remember that in Christ, you are far stronger than the demons.  That is why Jesus said, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you will have victory.

Think:
*Healing happens when we get our reasoning out of the way and believe God? Why?
*Healing happens when we obey God?  Why?
*How do we cast out a demon? Discuss.
*The Lord teaches us to trust Him level by level.  Explain.

 

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