Every year when I read through the four Gospels and study the life of Jesus I love to read again how He healed people.
This year, the situations in which Jesus dealt with demon possessed people really stands out to me. In some of the situations loved ones would come to Jesus and say straight out that the person that needed to be healed was demon possessed. I always take note of how fearful and knowledgeable the demons were of Jesus. I even like to turn it around and use the words of the demons against them when I honor and thank God in prayer. For example, the demons called Jesus the Son of the Most high God. So, I thank Jesus that He is truly the Son of the most high God, my Heavenly Father. Here’s another example, once demons in a possessed person mentioned that they would be tortured by Jesus, so, I thank God that at His appointed time the devil and his demons will be tortured and cast into the lake of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. But when I speak of my enemies ultimate destruction, I say it in Jesus name and realize, as Christians, our lives must be used to prevent human souls from being eternally destroyed. I must tell the Good News of Jesus Christ to others.
Something else that comes to mind is, if as Christians, we want a great revival to come in these end times, part of it will deal with modern day demon possession. If you said someone was demon possessed today that would be a very big insult. The cure for demon possession today is to be medicated and see a psychological professional. So, this question lingers in my mind, how do Christians kindly, compassionately and respectfully love a demon possessed person to Jesus?
17 One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, “Teacher, I brought my son so you could heal him. He is possessed by an evil spirit that won’t let him talk.18 And whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid.[a] So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”
19 Jesus said to them,[b] “You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.
21 “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father.
He replied, “Since he was a little boy.22 The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”
23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?”Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
24 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil[c] spirit. “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said. “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!”
26 Then the spirit screamed and threw the boy into another violent convulsion and left him. The boy appeared to be dead. A murmur ran through the crowd as people said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with his disciples, they asked him, “Why couldn’t we cast out that evil spirit?”
29 Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.[d]”