Casting Out Demons

  • Matthew 4:24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
  • Matthew 8:16-17 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (Mark 1:32-34 states all the sick and demon-possessed, Luke 4:40-41)
  • Matthew 8:28-32 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. (Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:27-38)
  • Matthew 9:32-33 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke.
  • Matthew 12:22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.
  • Matthew 15:22, 25-28 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” …. The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” She said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes, it is Lord,” she said, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. (Mark 7:25-29)
  • Matthew 17:14-18 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. (Mark 9:14-27, Luke 9:38-43)
  • Mark 1:23-26 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?” I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. (Luke 4:31-35)
  • Luke 10:17-19 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
  • Luke 11:14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.
  • Acts 16:16, 18 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future…. Finally Paul became so annoyed 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.

Not only did Jesus cast out demons (commanded them to come out of people), His disciples cast out demons (Mark 6:13, Acts 5:16, Acts 8:6-7, Acts 16:16-18, Acts 19:11-12). It’s something we may not know much about but it’s part of Jesus’ commands to all born-again believers – Mark 16:17 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons…”.   In order to cast out demons, it’s important to know the Word, who we are in Christ, our responsibility in this area, and the power and authority we were given (Matthew 10:1, 10:8, Luke 9:1, 10:17-19, Mark 16:17). We need to understand that demons must bow down at the Name of Jesus.

As we can see in the Word, demons are often cast out as a result of sickness, disease or infirmities. Anxiety, fear, addiction, depression, oppression etc. are also instances where demons may need to be cast out. When it is something that has control over a person rather than a person having control over it, it is most likely a demonic oppression, not to be mistaken with demon possession where the person has little to no control over their mind.

Mary Magdalene was delivered from seven demons (Mark 16:9, Luke 8:2). Christians also can have one or several demons/evil spirits oppressing them without knowing it.

How to cast out demons:
  1. Review scriptures on casting out demons to understand that this is scriptural. Get this truth settled in your heart. Understand that you have authority over the enemy and his evil forces as a born-again believer (Matthew 10:1, 8; Luke 9:1, 10:19; Mark 16:17-18).
  2. The empowerment of the Holy Spirit was deemed essential for the disciples in the early church and Jesus asked them not to leave Jerusalem until they received it (Acts 1:5, 8). Seek the Baptism with the Holy Spirit if you have not already received it. (See topic Holy Spirit Baptism.)
  3. Live a surrendered life to God and know the Word and who you are in Christ. These actions will allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and He will guide you when deliverance is required. He is the Spirit of truth and knows what is taking place in the spiritual realm. He can give you the discernment you need.
  4. Do like Jesus and take authority over unclean spirits. Command the spirit to leave or come out in the Name of Jesus Christ. As the Word indicates, there can be some manifestations (physical reactions) when casting out demons. If this happens, don’t let it stop you and don’t be concerned by it. Claim Luke 10:19 that no harm will come to anyone. We have a responsibility to be set free and to set others free. (Note: You cannot impose your will on someone. They must want to be free and have faith that you are doing God’s work.)
  5. If you have been set free and the same oppression tries to come back, command it to leave in the Name of Jesus Christ. Speak the Word over your situation, e.g. By Jesus’ wounds I was healed. I have a right to divine health. I command you “name of sickness” to leave me now in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Call to action:
Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you (Ephesians 1:17) to the spiritual realm, including casting out demons if you’ve never really heard much about it. Read related scriptures and meditate on them. If you recognize signs of evil spirits in your own life, take authority over them in the Name of Jesus.