Jesus Christ was no stranger to spiritual warfare deliverance. He is the first person to regularly and effectively use the power of God to manifest Discerning of Spirits and be casting out devils. It is from his example that we can learn about how to obtain deliverance from spiritual warfare by casting out devils. Matt. 9:33-34: “As they went out, behold, they brought to him (Jesus) a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.”
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Jesus was well known for healing people. Why did he cast out a devil spirit instead of trying to heal this person who could not speak? Because Jesus was manifesting Discerning of Spirits and he knew this person was suffering from possession by a devil spirit and not from a physical ailment.
Not everyone who appears to be sick or infirm has a devil spirit. They might just need healing. But also remember this example from Matt 9:33 that not everyone who looks sick or handicapped requires healing. Sometimes they are possessed or being influenced by a devil spirit. Only God knows for sure so always check with Him first.
Let’s look at another example of Discerning of Spirits in action. Acts 16:16-18
16) And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying (fortune telling, a pagan counterpart of prophecy):
17) The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. (Sounds like very kind and truthful accurate words that a faithful follower and supporter might say.)
18) And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Through Discerning of Spirits Paul knew that the soothsayer who was following and praising him was not a supporter, but someone under the influence of a demon, and he also knew the proper time to cast it out, after having put up with her distractions “many days”.
A Warning about onfronting and Casting out Devil Spirits
If you ever find yourself squaring off face to face with a demon, DO NOT do anything without permission from God first along with EXACT instructions on precisely what to do and when. Do not under any circumstances engage in conversation or speak to a devil in any other way than what God tells you to do or say.
When doing what God tells you to do, for example, if he says to lay hands on someone then reach out and touch them. God will not move your hands like a puppet on strings. You have to do it. If God did not say to lay hands on someone then DO NOT DO IT just because you think that’s what you are supposed to do. Once again, follow God’s instructions EXACTLY. Do not add to God’s instruction or take away from it.
NEVER UNDER ESTIMATE A DEVIL SPIRIT!
They are way older than you. Almost as old as time itself. They are way smarter than you, they are crafty and they are very powerful. They will trip you up and you will never see it coming. But do not be afraid of them, that only gives them more power over you and diminishes your connection to God’s power over them. It’s kind of like confronting a wild animal, if they sense fear in you then you are done for. Remember 1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Never engage a devil spirit on your own power. Remember, you have none! The power you manifest is coming from God, not from you. God’s power is flowing through you. What is within your power is to do nothing, which is effectively turning off God’s power from flowing through you. – OR- you can keep the power on and act on what God tells you to do.
For example, consider a dimmer switch for operating a light in your home. You can turn it all the way up giving full power to your light bulb or anywhere in between thus limiting the level and intensity of the power to the light. You can even turn the power all the way off and be in the dark. Manifesting the power of the Holy Spirit is very much the same. Your spiritual dimmer switch is operated by your actions and your level of believing. Spiritual warfare deliverance is very advanced stuff. You have to be in perfect tune with God and spot on his word in order to confront and be casting out devils.
How to Manifest Discerning of Spirits
Practice makes perfect. Pray a lot. Speak in tongues a lot. Be spiritually strong and prepared for the day that you need to manifest Discerning of Spirits. When you are "dialed in" and staying in tune with the Holy Spirit, in most cases, you will just know when a devil spirit is near. In all the examples found in the bible where people were manifesting Discerning of Spirits, they seemed to know instantly. There is no record of anyone waiting for the information or praying for a sign or fasting or getting a vision in a dream. They just knew. It’s like that.
Most times the devil spirit instantly knows who you are too. They can see the light of God pouring out from around you. Oddly, they usually make the first move. Usually that move will be in the form of a defense mechanism. Rarely do they readily flee from before you. Sometimes they will try to hide from you, or distract you with something else, or speak out in a crowd and attempt to discredit you and sometimes they will even outright physically attack you! So beware; but fear not, because: Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. Remember that. Repeat it with me- Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
After some practice and experience operating the other manifestations, you will be ready to go up against a devil spirit. Although a newly born again Christian will be able to manifest Discerning of Spirits, most new and inexperienced Christians will not be called upon by God to confront, engage or cast out the demon(s). Like I said before, they are very powerful beings and engaging them is advanced warfare. God will not put you into a situation that you are not ready to handle.
Example: Let’s say you’ve had one or two karate lessons. And you seem to show some talent and you are pretty good at it for a beginner. If you were to go up against a black belt with 20 years experience as a world class champion competitor, do you think you would stand even a remote chance of winning a fight with him? Probably not. Do you think you might even last 5 seconds with him, especially if he HATES you, wants you dead and is not pulling any punches?
So if you discern a devil spirit presence but do not get revelation on what to do about it, then be safe and do nothing... other than move yourself away from it as quickly as possible! If God tells you what to do, then do it with boldness. Always ask God what to do. Just like when you operate the other manifestations of the holy spirit, you must be calm, have no fear and believe that God will show you what to do. Clear your mind and open your heart to God. He will give you the right instructions you need in the very moment you need them. So hang loose, but hang on. Walking with God is always a wild ride!
Remember, the Gift of Holy Spirit along with the manifestation of Discerning of Spirits enables Christians to operate the power of God and overcome evil with good. We can override and conquer most if not all of the bad influences that the devil throws our way. We must use our wonderful gift like Christ and the apostles did in their lives, with love, trust, humility, accuracy, and boldness!
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