I want to draw your attention to something that I think is vital in our attempt to get folks healed and it is something which I think we have overlooked to our great cost.
Let’s look at a familiar passage of Scripture from Mark’s Gospel:
He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved. But he who does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” MARK 16:15-18 MEV
This is known as the Great Commission but what I want us to consider here is that when Jesus describes the signs that follow those who believe, He lists the casting out of demons first. Some scholars and teachers of God’s Word believe that when Jesus lists things, as He does here, we can attach importance to the things He lists in the order He lists them.
In other words, the most important thing is the first thing.
If this is a valid way of interpreting this passage, then we have to conclude that the primary sign following a believer is the casting out of demons. This dramatically changes the way we have to look at ministry because if we are not dealing with the demonic as a priority, we are not touching the heart of the problem.
When we think of signs and wonders we tend to think of healings, miracles and supernatural utterances such as prophecy and tongues. If we are being painfully honest, not many believers would identify deliverance as the primary and thus the most important sign. Could this be why we often hit a brick wall in our prayers and attempts to get people healed i.e. we are not dealing with the root of the problem, which is the presence and influence of a demon spirit?
Sometimes, if we are discerning, we will approach this possibility as a last resort – instead of as the very first consideration. Might the adjustment to the prescribed biblical model here be the answer that will transform our ministries?
Remember that Jesus taught us to pray: “Thy Kingdom, come!” in the Lord’s Prayer.
Another thing the Master said gives us a penetrating insight into how we can actually gauge the results of this:-
But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. LUKE 11:20 KJV
This verse very clearly attributes the casting out of demons as evidence without question that the Kingdom has indeed come upon us.
We can safely say that in praying “Thy Kingdom, come!” we are setting in motion a process that will dislodge and remove demonic spirits from a person, community and situation.
Jesus’ mention of the finger of God reminds us of the story in Daniel chapter 5 when a hand came out of the air and wrote on the wall. Belshazzar was the king of Babylon, considered to be impregnable to invasion and attack. However, at a feast one night fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote an inscription on the wall which basically told Belshazzar his number was up. That very night Belshazzar was slain and old Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians.
Babylon is a type of the kingdom of darkness and it was brought to nothing by a finger delivering God’s message to the king.
As we preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, it delivers a message to the forces of darkness that their time is up.
Let us always remember that the Gospel message we preach is weaponised to dismantle the demonic realm and send evil spirits on the run.
You will know the Kingdom of God has come when you see the devils flee!