Commissioned and Commanded

It’s Not Just a Sunday School Suggestion

By Pastor John Hamel


“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.” (Ephesians 6:12-13)


We are studying one of the most pertinent, exciting doctrines in all of the Bible - the Doctrine of Satanology and Demonology and the Believers Divine dominion over these normally unseen, unnatural powers.  


Next to the Holy Trinity, Satan is referred to in Scripture more than any other personality.  There are over 200 references in the Bible to his character, attributes, works and destiny, as well as the Believer’s authority over him.  Until the Christian goes to the Bible, for the express purpose of seeing what the Bible says about Satan, the Christian will live in submission to him. There is no neutral ground here.


Far too many Believers, including many preachers, are afraid of Satan and demons.  They wrongly believe that by ignoring these supernatural entities they will not be encountered by them.  This could not possibly be further from the truth.  Those who ignore Satan and demon powers become their biggest targets and easiest captives.


The occult, Satanism, seducing spirits and false doctrines of demons, even within the Church of Jesus Christ, are growing faster than any other time in human history.  As a spokesperson for Jesus Christ, you need information about the devil in order to help those who are being deceived by him.


Someone always says, "It's not my job to deal with the devil.  That's the Minister's job alone."  But that is not what the Bible says.


“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” (2 Corinthians 5:18)  


All Believers have been given the ministry of telling lost souls that God loves them, will save them and that they can be free from Satan and demon powers.  


The Christian who has been freely delivered from the control of Satan must freely offer deliverance to those who remain bound.  Christians are not reservoirs.  We are not to store up blessings unto ourselves.  Christians are rivers who are to be flowing with revelation and deliverance into the lives of those around them. 


One day every Believer in Jesus Christ is going to stand before Him at what the Bible calls the Judgment Seat of Christ.  At that time they will have rewards given to them or taken away from them all based upon how effectively they fulfilled Christ's Commission to go and set the captives free.   


The world has never known such an overwhelming acceptance of witchcraft, Satanism, astrology, magic, the occult, false religions, seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.  


The Church itself must resist new deceptions from within on a daily basis.  The Transformation Movement, the Emerging Church and "Chrislam" (the unholy merging of Christianity and Islam) are all denying that Jesus is the only way to liberation and deliverance.  


Even "seeker friendly" Churches encourage their people, "Don't speak about Jesus openly. It will turn seekers away.  Talk about God. Talk about the Bible. But don't talk about Jesus, even though we believe in Jesus.  People won't want to join with us because of Him." 


Our children are being deliberately indoctrinated with magic, witchcraft, false doctrines and homosexuality right under our noses and even within our school systems and libraries.  


The Internet, cartoons, videos, computer games, food packaging, band-aids, clothing, toys, backpacks and book covers are all splashed with sexual immorality, witchcraft and supernatural powers beyond human powers.  


The forces of darkness seek to destroy the human world before Christ can return to complete His plan of Redemption.  


Demon powers are no longer found only in jungle villages or in sleazy back alleys.  They plague the American government, cities, suburbs, schools, libraries, public places and, yes, even the Church of Jesus Christ.  


This would be very distressing were it not for God's promise of supernatural deliverance from these supernatural entities.


The Great Commission


“And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)


Here Jesus commissions all of His disciples to set people free from demon powers for the express purpose of plundering Hell to populate Heaven.  Yet, so many disciples of Christ ignore Christ’s Commission.  They say, "That is not my job.  That is the Minister's job."  But that is not what Jesus said.  He said, "He that believeth" shall cast out demons.  He did not say to leave it to the Pastor or the traveling Minister. 


Other rebellious Believers refuse to submit to the leadership of a Pastor.  Rather, they choose to gather in living rooms without any Pastoral oversight, conducting prophecy meetings, dream interpretation meetings and other unbiblical gatherings.  These meetings offer snacks, refreshments, in some cases even alcohol and spiritual entertainment for self-edification opening up the participants to infestation of demon spirits.  All the while they ignore the millions who are in demonic bondage and suffering.  


This is exactly what Paul said would happen in the Last Days. 


“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)


This is what is happening all across America and in other civilized nations of the world.  Millions of Believers who lack humility and who are possessed with personal ambition are being sucked right into false "prophetic movements,” hyper-prosperity and hyper-grace.  Millions are deceived by self-appointed false prophets and false prophecy.  Many of these false prophets charge entry fees to their meetings and actually sell personal prophecy through their websites with a simple swiping of one's credit card.  In recent years thousands of participants in the misleading "prophetic movement" have been led into outright deception by the appearance to their leading "prophets" of an unbiblical female angel named Emma.  


This would all be quite distressing if Jesus had not prophesied that this day would come and there was something we could do about it. 


“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 10:19-20)


Here we see not only has Jesus commissioned all Believers to rise up against demon powers, but He has given them supernatural power to do so.  It is time to stop the living room “Bless Me Clubs” and get out there preaching the Gospel and setting captives free.  


Jesus never commissioned anyone to charge $150 registration fees for conferences where everybody gets a personal prophecy.  Where do you see that in the Bible?  The Prophet Elisha literally forbad taking money while the Spirit of God was moving. He pronounced a curse on his servant and his servant's family for his servant having done so. (2 Kings 5:1-27)


Defying these principles of God's Word and rebelliously charging for operations and manifestations of the Holy Spirit is one of the quickest ways for Ministers and their followers to open themselves up to deceiving, evil spirits. 


The time has come for millions of Believers to stop fishing for prophecies and to start fishing for men.  It is time for Believers worldwide to accept the truth and the responsibility of “The Great Commission” and setting the captives free. 


No Christian has a right being free while leaving others in bondage.  Millions who cannot get free of what they have been deceived into need help.  One does not need licensing, ordination or the approval of any man to be called into a full-time Ministry of setting captives free.  All one needs is Jesus on the inside, a little knowledge of the Believer's authority and a dose of boldness.   


It does not matter if you are 8 years old or 108 years old.  All you need to know is that God’s work at Calvary whipped the fire out of Satan’s work in the Garden of Eden.  All you need to know is that the most microscopic drop of Jesus’ Blood is far superior to the greatest concentration of evil.  


God’s work in Jesus far, far outweighs Satan’s work in Adam.  You never need to fear Satan or demon powers in your life or in the lives of others.  They fear the bold, informed Believer.


Ministers of the Gospel Worldwide Need to Be Alerted


Jesus said, “These signs shall follow those who believe,” not “…shall only follow Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists and Teachers.” 


Yes, Ministers must lead the way for Believers, but Believers must never leave the work of liberation and deliverance from demon powers to Ministry leaders alone. 


Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12)


Do you believe in Jesus?  Did Jesus cast out demons?  Then you are commissioned and commanded to break the power of the devil over your own life and over the lives of others.  This is a command, not a suggestion.  


There is no need to wait for someone to prophesy to you that you should be casting out demons. There are enough "Confused Convention Christians" already.  Jesus did not tell you to abandon “The Great Commission” while you run around from this prophetic convention to that prophetic convention, seeking a prophecy to tell you what to do.  


Jesus has already told you what to do.  He said to cast out demons and heal the sick. Just do it.


Catholic, Protestant and Charismatic Leaders Agree


Pope Paul of the Roman Catholic Church said, “Whole societies have fallen under the dominion of the devil.  Sex and narcotics provide openings for Satan’s infiltration of mankind.  One of the greatest needs of our time is a defense against the evil which we call the devil.  We are all under an obscure domination.  It is Satan, the prince of this world, [who is] the number one enemy.”


After over fifty years in Protestant Ministry, the Rev. Billy Graham said, “The devil is actually engaged in combating America’s growing religious revival.  The proof of the devil’s work is the increasing interest in the occult, including astrology, tarot card readings, Ouija boards, palmistry, fortune-telling and particularly witchcraft.  It is perfectly obvious to all of us in spiritual work that people can be possessed by demons, harassed by them and controlled by them.  More and more, Ministers will have to learn to use the power of God to release people from these terrible possessions of the devil.”


Dr. Lester Sumrall, a world-renown authority on demon powers, said, "I don't know who caused it or who is to blame for it but millions of Christian Americans are afraid of the devil. You talk about him and they tremble. The devil's a mean devil and he's a lying devil.  If you don't learn that pretty early he'll gain victories that he should never gain in your life.  You are a conqueror.  You have the victory.  Get on with the job.  Let's get it done!"


Christian author, C.S. Lewis said, "There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the demons. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an unhealthy interest in them!  They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and they hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."


Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch survivor of Hitler's worst concentration camps and one of the most remarkable Evangelists of all time, said, "We stand in the power of the Name of Jesus, by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.  Satan is a defeated enemy. It is necessary that we obey the Word of God and cast out demons in His Name."


Catholic, Protestant and Charismatic leaders agree that unless we exercise dominion over unseen, unnatural demonic powers outside of the Church, and seducing spirits and doctrines of demons within the Church, Satan’s foothold and chokehold will continue to grow stronger. 


The Believer must understand that not only has Jesus said we can use His power to set people free, He said we absolutely must use His power to set people free.  


Setting people free is not an option.  Setting people free from the power of the devil is not a good Sunday School suggestion.  All Believers have been commissioned and commanded to set the captives free. 


It Is Simple for Believers to Set People Free


“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)


“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)


“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions (symbolic of Satan and demon powers), 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 10:19-20)


Setting captives free is not difficult or frightening.  It is a simple matter of telling the devil to "Come out" of someone or to "Come away" from them or their circumstances. This is especially easy when someone wants to be free.  


There is no need to worry that someone's head is going to spin around 360 degrees as they vomit pea soup while the chair they are sitting in bounces across the room.  Far too many people have been misled and frightened by foolish movies, TV programs and video games that are intended to mislead and frighten but are not based on Scripture.  


Yes, sometimes it may take a little extra fasting to increase the anointing, but usually it does not take much at all.  Christ did the heavy lifting at Calvary, now we simply enforce Satan's defeat in His Name.


Jesus’ Name is the Name above all names and it’s in His Name, not our own name, that people are liberated from demon powers.  Christians with hearts filled with compassion will not allow fear to stop them from setting captives free. Those who have respect for the Great Commission, Jesus and His command for them to suppress the devil, will rise up, speak up to the devil by faith and fully expect the devil to obey them.  


The Great Commission has nothing to do with natural human ability.  It is all about Jesus Christ and His authority indwelling and equipping His disciples.  All Christians are encouraged to step out of fear and unbelief and to step into faith, believing the Greater One within them drives off demon forces. (1 John 4:4, 17)


We are not the way Adam left us when he fell in the Garden.  We have been redeemed.  We are not who some of our mean, ungodly Mammas and Daddies said we were.  We are not who our abusers say we are.  


None of us were conceived accidentally nor are we in this Earth by coincidence.  We are not what drugs and booze and former hatreds say we are.  This is not all about where someone did or did not go to school, how much they do or do not earn or even how much one does or does not know about the Bible.  


This is about obedience. Plain old-fashioned Bible obedience.  


We are “in Christ” now and we are in this Earth to set people free.  We are on probation while here and we are going to spend Eternity based upon how effectively we did or did not fulfill Christ's commanded, Great Commission to set the captives free. 


Meditate on the following verses of Scripture.  It is in the Scripture where we discover who we really are.  Once we discover who we are in Christ, we become emboldened to break strongholds and loose captives in Jesus' Strong Name.


“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: …  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” (1 Corinthians 1:2, 30)


“We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.” (1 Corinthians 4:10)


“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: … Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;” (2 Corinthians 1:1, 21)


“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)


“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)


There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)


“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15)


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3)


“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: … But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:6, 13)


“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6)


“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5)


“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”  (1 Thessalonians 4:16 )


“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (2 Timothy 1:9)


“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)


Believers must be motivated by compassion and who they are in Christ, not by fear.  When people desire to be set free, we must set them free in Jesus’ Name.  


We have been commissioned and we have been commanded to do so.


There are only three Universal powers.  


First, there is the power of benevolence.  That is the power of good and the power of God.  


Second, there is the power of malevolence.  That is the power of evil and the power of Satan.  


Finally, there is the power of man.  Man is a neutral power who connects to benevolence or malevolence.  To not choose the benevolence connection is to automatically choose the malevolence connection.  


Jesus Christ calls all men to connect with the benevolent power of God and to use His power to crush the power of malevolence over humanity.


It is as simple as telling someone who wants to be free, "I command you to be free in Jesus' Name." 

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