“And they went into Capernaum; and straightway
on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue,
and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught
them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was
in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with
thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to
destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when
the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out
of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among
themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new
doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do
obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.” (Mark 1:21-28)
This is the first
record we have of Jesus performing a miracle in Capernaum. He had just
arrived from Galilee and headed immediately for the
synagogue. He began teaching with such wisdom and power that the
people who heard were absolutely astonished at what He had to say.
They had never before heard anyone speak by the power of God. They
were accustomed to the dry, wordy, powerless rhetoric of the Scribes.
Scribes Were Unfamiliar with the Power of God
The Scribes were
men who copied the Scriptures by hand. They had much of God’s Word
committed to memory from writing it over and over. They also merely
repeated the traditions they had learned from their elders. They were
actually little more than echoes of the law to the people.
had a fresh revelation from God nor were they accustomed to God confirming
what they said with healings, signs
and wonders. They had no power to set people free
from demon powers. If they had, there never would have been people
sitting in their congregations so comfortably, yet so full of evil
This is true of too
many “Christian” churches today. Satan himself is not threatened by
too many of today’s Preachers.
The Apostle Paul said that this would
happen in the Last Days. He warned against Preachers who come on
religiously but say things like, “There are no demons
anymore. They all left when Jesus did.” “The days of
miracles have passed.” and other unscriptural nonsense. Paul said to
come away from preachers like that.
“Having a form of
godliness, but denying the power thereof: From such turn away.” (2Timothy
People all across America are sitting
comfortably in some churches. Yet those very same people are full of demon spirits. The Pastor would not dare try to set
them free for many reasons that we will not go into. But I will say
Satan and demon
powers know exactly where they can go to church and whom they can
control. But they start squirming and crying out for mercy when a
true man of God comes to town.
& Demons Recognize the Anointing of God
That is why the
spirits in that man began crying out for Jesus to leave them alone.
Jesus never even addressed them. They just started squirming and
screaming because He preached the Word with authority. They knew that
anybody who spoke with authority the way that Jesus did was probably about
to clobber them at any moment. They were terrified of Him.
Yes, Jesus referred
to the Law of Moses and even approved of some tradition. But beyond
that, He had miracles of deliverance to
back up everything He taught. The Scribes and the Pharisees did
Jesus always taught the people truth to stir up their faith for miracles, and then He allowed His
Father to perform the miracles through Him. (John 14:10) This
happened everywhere Jesus went.
“And Jesus went
about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and
preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every
disease among the people.” (Matthew 9:35)
Jesus is present
wherever you are today to restore your life
to its natural order, if only you will reach out to Him by faith.
Powers Still Fear the Anointing of God
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: The
devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19)
Demon spirits live
in absolute fear of an anointed man or woman of God coming along with
satanic discernment. They are tormented
by anointed Ministers who could not care less about what some skeptic might
say about their casting out demons by the power of God.
They still recognize Jesus as their superior. They still know Jesus
as Creator God in the flesh and easily
recognize when Jesus confronts them through a human being.
screamed in the presence of Jesus. He just told them to shut
up. He never allowed demons to talk to Him unless He was asking the
questions. He did not allow them to vomit on Him, or to crawl across
the carpet with slime coming out of their ears and noses. He did not
allow demonic manifestations and neither do we.
In the presence of
Jesus Christ, demon spirits are dominated and humanity is delivered by the supernatural power of the Most High
Now it would not be
right and I would not be honest if I closed without emphasizing one final
fact from our text Scripture.
Man Was a Church-Goer
“And there was in
their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out …” (Mark )
It is hard to tell
how long that man had been sitting there but it had probably been for quite
some time. How long those demon spirits were inside of that man the
Bible does not say. But it is pretty clear from our text that he was
apparently quite comfortable in that church. He was just sitting
there feeling good and going along for the ride until Jesus showed
The anointing on Jesus’ life absolutely agitated those demon
spirits, scaring the daylights out of them and spoiling all of their fun.
As I said, still
today demon spirits are hanging around in some churches, possessing people,
sitting there, feeling good and just going along for the ride. That
is, until someone comes along who knows their Blood-bought authority over
all evil spirits. Someone who knows that
Jesus spoiled and stripped of power every level of demonic government.
spoiled principalities and powers, He [Jesus] made a shew
of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)
You may be a
church-goer, sitting comfortably every Sunday and
Wednesday, but on the remaining weekdays you are driven to do things
against your will. Dishonest things. Immoral things.
Hateful things. You need help and you know it. You need the
supernatural help that only God can give.
If you are bold enough to
acknowledge that you need help, Jesus is bold enough to set you free.
Satan’s power has
already been broken off of your life. You just need to enforce his
defeat. He must obey the Spirit of God when you address him. He
knows he must obey you when you call on the Name of Jesus. He knows
he must obey you when you use the Name of Jesus. Let’s look at
something Jesus said about the power He has given you over Satan.
“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
When Jesus said
“serpents and scorpions” He was speaking symbolically. In the Bible
serpents and scorpions are symbolic of Satan and demon spirits. Jesus
has given you power to tread on Satan and demon spirits. They are
subject to you. Once you give your life to God through Jesus, they
know they have no choice but to obey you.
therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Can you see
that? First, you give your life to God through Jesus. Second,
resist the devil and he will flee from you. When someone gives their
life to God through Jesus, Jesus shares His power with them. This
power gives them the same authority that He has. (John 14:12) This
power enables the obedient child of God to tie Satan up, so to speak, and
take back everything he took from you. Jesus said so.
“…how can one enter
into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the
strong man? and then HE will spoil his house.”
Did you see
that? You have power to bind the strong man. That’s what Jesus
called Satan. “The strong man.” You have greater strength than
the strong man. The Bible says, “Greater is He who is in you than he
[Satan] who is in the world.” (1John 4:4)
There is an
anointing on the Word of God to set you free no matter where in the world
you are when you read this. That’s why you are aware of demons
trembling right now. If you are a churchgoing Christian and you’ve
been tormented by compulsive human or demonic behavior, you have the
authority to rise up and make it stop.
Open your mouth and
say, “Satan, this is the end of the line. This is where you get
off. This is where your torment ends and my joy begins. I
address the rulers of the darkness of this present evil world. I
address all demonic principalities and powers. I bind you. I
disable you now. In Jesus’ Name I command you to cease and desist every assignment against me. Go, go, go, in Jesus’ Name.”
Do not bind the devil over and over. Once you bind him, just remind
him, “Satan, you are bound and I am free, in Jesus’ Name.”
Now get yourself
into a Church by the leading of the Holy Spirit
where the Pastor does not
tolerate evil spirits tormenting his flock. There are lots of good
ones around. Ask God to show you where yours is, in Jesus’
Name. That Name not only works against Satan and evil spirits, it
also works in prayer.
Possibly you have
read this study and have not yet made the Prophet Jesus Lord of your
life. You need to be Born Again. Just say, “Jesus, You’re my choice” (Romans ) and you will be
translated from the kingdom of darkness directly over into the Kingdom of Light. (Colossians
That is when things will stop happening TO you and start
happening FOR you.