Casting Out Devils
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;…”
So, in my (Jesus) name shall they (Christians) cast out devils.
Jesus has all power:
- “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Matthew 28:18
And Jesus gives us some of this power:
- “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19
This includes power over devils:
- “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10: 17-20
The chief devil is Satan:
- “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:…” Revelation 12:9
When Satan (the Devil) and one third of the angels rebelled in heaven they were defeated and cast out of Heaven and into earth:
- “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:7-9
So, Satan is the chief devil, and the angels that were cast out with him are the rest of the devils. So when you cast out devils, you can include Satan because he also is a devil.
So, from where do we cast out devils? Where are devils found?
a) In people and in animals:
- “Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.” Luke 8:33
b) The whole world:
- “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world…” Revelation 16:14
And they walk about:
- “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8
c) They can also be in the flesh of a Christian:
- “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing…” Romans 7:18
- “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” Romans 7:20-23
In Romans 7:18, and in Romans 7:20-23, Paul, who obviously is a Christian, is speaking (as directed by the Holy Spirit). Paul notes that sin dwelleth in me (in his flesh), and evil is present with me and wars against the law of my mind. If something is going to war with your mind it has to have a mind of its own. So, sin lives in his flesh, it is evil, and has a mind, and is the law of sin. This would be a devil. This is like the non-Christians who have devils, except in the case of the Christians there is no devil in the heart, the mind: in the inward man: “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:” Romans 7:22
So, we cast devils (including Satan) out of all these places. We do it in the name of Jesus. For example:
- “I cast you devil out in the name of Jesus.”
- “I cast you devils out, in the name of Jesus.”
- “I cast you devils out of me, in Jesus name.”
- “All you devils in my house, I cast you out, in Jesus name.”
- “All you devils of anger in me, I cast you out in Jesus name.”
- “All you devils of anger in me, and attacking me, I cast you out in Jesus name.”
- “I cast you out, Satan, in the name of Jesus.”
- “Satan, I cast you out of (me, my family, my home, etc.) in the name of Jesus.”
- “All you devils of (fear /anger /stress/ confusion/ flu/ heart disease/ etc) I cast you out of (me/ my son/ wife /family/ dog/ home/ trip/ etc) in Jesus name.”
In addition to the operation of casting out, you may want to add:
a) BIND the devils:
- “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18
b) REBUKE (smite/hit) the devils. Sometimes you need to repeat 5 or 6 times:
- “And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.
And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands.
And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord's deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.” 2 Kings 13:15-19
c) RESIST the devils:
- “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
So, for example:
“All you devils in me, I bind you, rebuke you, resist you, and cast you out, in Jesus' name.”
“Satan, I bind you, rebuke you, resist you, and cast you out, in Jesus' name.”
Ask God to show you. It takes practice. The above narrative is by no means complete or exhaustive, but is intended to be a help, to get you started.
Some times they don’t always go, if God wants to leave them for his purposes. Sometimes only some of them go. Sometimes they or others come back. God decides. It is a constant battle. Don’t be discouraged, but keep fighting: “...withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
- “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:12-18