We must disciple, train and teach our people the whole counsel of the Word of God! We must warn our people of the severe dangers of animistic practices; we must warn them against the use of ANY magical or mystical powers. We have been charged by God to faithfully serve as undershepherds, submitted to Jesus, the Great Shepherd – “as those who must give account” (Heb 13:17) in caring for the flock of God (Acts 20:28; !Pet 5:2-4).
This may require us to confront the demonic realm, as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and the instruction of the Word of God in bringing people to full deliverance.
Confronting the demonic is not something a Christian should approach lightly; but neither should they be afraid. We must be strong in the Word and in prayer; we must understand our authority in Christ and the strategies of spiritual warfare.
The Bible instructs that the “weapons of our warfare” are prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29), the declaring of God’s Word (Heb 4: 12), our authority in Christ (Matt 16:18; Col 1:13-15), and our spiritual armor (Eph 6: 10-18).
Victory In Christ
If, as a faithful undershepherd, you must confront the demonic, you can have every reason for unswerving confidence! For God’s eternal, unchanging, living and powerful Word declares:
- “No weapon formed against you shall prosper … This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD” (Isa 54: 17).
- “A curse without cause shall not alight” (Prov 26:2).
- “Most assuredly, I [Jesus] say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14: 12).
- “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God ” (2 Cor 10:3-5).
- “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
- “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
- “For God has not given us a spirit often but of power and of love and of a sound mind ” (2 Tim 1:7).
Christ has already defeated Satan and his kingdom at the Cross (Col 2: 13-15). Because of Christ’s victory, He invites us and empowers us by the Holy Spirit to join with Him in bringing the light of the glorious Gospel to a sin-darkened world (Eph 5:8-14; l Pet 2:9). The “gates” of Satan’s kingdom cannot halt or hinder the Church of the Living God as we go forth under the direction and power of the Holy Spirit and are led by our Commander, the Lord Jesus Christ! (Matt 16:1 8, 19; Eph 6:10-17).