‘The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”  And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  – ( Luke 10:17-20 ESV)

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” – (Luke 14:8 ESV)

If we have been born again, we have experienced spiritual rebirth and now belong to Jesus Christ. According to he Bible all disciples of Jesus have been given authority over demonic spirits. The authority we have been given as followers of Jesus is part of our spiritual inheritance as sons of God. The Father sent Jesus to set spiritual captives free, and Jesus has called us to do the same, in His name. An encounter with the truth of the gospel, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, is the foundation of all true spiritual freedom. There has been a lot of controversy over the last twenty years or so about spiritual warfare. There are legitimate concerns and questions about how our delegated authority over the Devil actually works.

My concern is not about the controversial practices, like binding Satan or rebuking principalities, but seeing captives set free. I believe it is biblical to command a demon to leave the person that is being harassed. Living a life of sexual purity, prayer, fasting and meditation on scripture, makes us more effective at spiritual warfare. Most counselors only address the psychological and emotional aspects of hurting people.While demonic activity is not even considered.

There are three adversaries in our fight to set captives free: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. They all work together to create strongholds, and habits in a person’s life. As we counsel those who are experiencing various kinds of oppression, we must be willing to speak to the spirit that is harassing them, and tell it to leave in Jesus name. We take this action if the person is willing, and desires to be free. Not every problem in our lives is caused by a demon, but we must be discerning, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek to help the oppressed experience the freedom that Jesus died to give us.

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