To Heal The Sick 9 - Demons, Diseases, and the Authority of the Believer!

We must be able to discern the spirits!

by: Pastor Ovet T. Tamayo

When we talk of demons, we are talking of “disembodied spirits” or spirits without a body, they are the command of Satan and they bring sickness, disease, heartache and sufferings into this world. They seek to live in human beings, and often, the nature and condition of those spirits become the nature and condition of the person they live in; such as anger, lust, diabetes, cancer. To live inside a human body is their prized possession because they can find expression through the soul and physical body of that person – they find freedom there so they seek it.

John 10:10 NIV “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

When a person becomes born-again, it takes up the nature of Jesus and that affects your body, but demonic spirits under Satan come and invade you, they bring death and disease, and their nature to your body. The quality of life that we live depend on how our spirits are – when we are joined to the Spirit of God as one, we are tremendously blessed, but when we are demonized, we suffer. We must be able to discern the spirits!

1 Corinthians 12:10 NIV “to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.” In the KJV it is “discerning of spirits”.

There is no gift in the bible called “the gift of discernment”; most of what people call discernment is actually suspicion on the part of the one discerning. Discerning mostly targets and focuses on what the person is thinking or what his motives are! The gift of “distinguishing between spirits” or “discerning of spirits” is a function of the Holy Spirit that reveals to the person as to who or what kind of spirit is operating behind the person or situation. It could be thru the Holy Spirit -- that would bring Glory to God, or by a demonic spirit which only seeks to manipulate or deceive others that always result in troubles. When the “gift of discernment” is not operating the church or child of God, that church or even a Christian is susceptible to manipulations and deception by the enemy.

Positive thinking is thinking the way God thinks, it is saying what God has said about you, about your circumstances, your future and what He wants you to do today. The “gift of discernment” will not happen if we don’t meditate on His Word and allow it to be engrafted in our lives – the Word of God is Truth. Agree with Gods Words, “And the truth will set you free”, if you know the truth, you are going to start talking about it.

Proverbs 18:21 NIV“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 18:14 NKJV “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit?”

We need to keep our spirit strong as immunity; during a demonic attack, if your spirit is strong, you will be sustained, but if you have a wounded spirit, you have an opening so you are vulnerable. If there is any wound in your spirit that is not properly dealt with, like bitterness or anger, or lust, or unforgiveness – demons see them and attack where you are weak and open. We need to understand the believer’s authority in this realm – the realm of the spirit. You don’t deal with demons with ‘Power’; you deal with them with ‘Authority’. These demons have more power than you – especially when your generator is low, that’s when a Christian doesn’t pray, read the Word and worship God – you will be in deep trouble. We don’t want problems, but we also don’t want to keep ourselves strong so we can stand during times of troubles. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POWER AND AUTHORITY.

Luke 10:17-20 NIV “17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.18 He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

“POWER” is the Greek word “dunamis” (doo'-nam-is) which when translated in English is the word force, control, influence, authority, supremacy, rule, command, clout (informal), muscle (informal), sway, dominance, dominion, sovereignty. It also means ability, capacity, faculty, potential, capability, competence, function, aptitude, skill. But the word “AUTHORITY” is the Greek word “exousia” (ex-oo-see'-ah); which when translated in English means ability, privilege, or delegated influence.

It is the right to command or the power to enforce rules or give orders; Authority is one who is a Holder of power: somebody or something with official power

Luke 10:19 NIV “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

To cure the diseases, you need power; but to deal with demons, you need authority. A policeman may not have power to stop a truck physically, but he does have the authority to go out and stretch his hand to stop the truck. If the truck runs the policeman down, the government, the seat of authority is going to arrest the driver and put him behind bars.

WHAT IS THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER?

Ephesians 1:17- 18 NIV “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation* in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understandingbeing enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”

Ephesians 1:19-21 NKJV19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, *according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”

The heavenly places simply mean the realm or territory of the spirits; it could be heaven, hell, or in between, even on earth – invisible to the naked eye but discernible in the spirit. To be in the “Right Hand of God”  ‘having equal power and authority as that of God the Father. It is talking about RANK! Jesus has the HIGHEST RANK in the spirit realm in this whole universe. His rank is above every principality, powers, and fallen angels – even all of Gods Angels. HIS NAME IS ABOVE EVERY NAME! In the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that JESUS IS LORD.

Ephesians 2:1-2/6-7 NIVAs for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient, 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

If the position of Christ is higher than those of all the forces of hell – and if we are seated with Him – our position or rank is higher than all these demons as well. WE HAVE A HIGHER RANK THAN DEMONS -- WE AREGENERALS! If you believe it, then it is so! If you don’t believe it, then it is not so!

Your position is undisputed – it is not open for debate or discussion. By reason of your salvation, as a child of the King, you have been given this authority and rank, it is all by His Grace, not by your works. But if a demon has a legal right in the life of the person, you cannot deal with it – it can be unforgiveness or rebellion – it needs to be confessed and the person has to repent. It takes faith to do that, but your position and authority is established – that is the truth. You don’t have to be a pastor or evangelist to have that authority, (we must not lust for titles), you only need to be a child of God – but you need to live a “HOLY LIFE!” A HOLY MAN IS A POWERFUL MAN!

You can be confronted by demons, and they can have more power than you, But remember you have been given authority over them! Demons will resist you as they resisted Jesus, but He never backed off – He knew who He was and He knew the authority that he had. Jesus stood His ground and the demons always obeyed Him – we have been sent by Jesus; He is standing behind us, backing us up. HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU –THAT’S HIS PROMISE!

When we use His name there is no higher authority. When you know it, the demons know that you know it. When you don’t know it, they also know that you don’t know it. They know who you are, they know what you believe – they are watching you; they are listening to every word you are saying – what you say reflects what is in your heart. WORDS REVEAL THOUGHTS!

Maybe you don’t have a huge calling on your life; Jesus is saying to you – “I AM SENDING YOU!”

But you have to know your place and your position in Christ – we are GENERALS OF THE KING! Do the same things He did, we are authorized – sent by the HIGHEST AUTHORITY in the universe!