Sunday, 9th January, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues" (Mark 16:17 KJV)
Once, I asked a devil to come out of a certain fellow and the devil said, “I’m not going” and turned violent. The ushers were trying to hold the man back, but I beckoned on them to leave him. As he charged at me angrily, I remained calm and said, “You’re gone!” Suddenly, the man became very calm and fell down as the devil left him.
One of the officials who was with me later said to me, “Pastor, I don’t understand exactly what happened. You asked the devil to go, but he didn’t go. Then you said, ‘You’re gone’ and then he went out.” So, I said, “Well, every word of God is a name; and what He says is what becomes.”
We find a very inspiring, similar scenario with Jesus in Mark 7:25-30. A Syrophenician woman had come to Jesus and besought Him to cast the devil out of her daughter. Jesus said to her, “…go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter” (Mark 7:29). That devil had to answer the name that Jesus just called him— “…is gone out.”
The Bible says the woman got home and found the devil was gone from her daughter. Sometimes, you need to know how to address demons when you cast them out. There’re times you’re led of the Spirit to say to that devil, “Come out and return no more.”
Even in praying against their activities in the nations, it’s important to say the right things: cut off their influence on your nation and tell them, “You’re gone from this nation! Your influence has been broken; your dominion has been stopped!” Hallelujah!
Someone said what we see around the world now (referring to the activities of devils) are mere kicks of a dying horse. But we’re full of power and have the dominion over them. They’re frustrated, and paralyzed; their works have been brought to nothing. We’re triumphant; we’re victorious; we’re reigning through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit over Satan and his cohorts of darkness. Hallelujah!
"Dear Father, thank you for the authority granted us in Christ with which we exercise dominion over Satan and his demons. Their influence is cut off from the nations! We put an end to their rampage. The Church is triumphant, reigning through Christ in the earth by the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Mark 7:25-30; Luke 10:19
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 7:7-29 & Genesis 23-24
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 7:54-60 & Nehemiah 13