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Demons are fallen angels who rebelled with Satan against God before the creation of the human being (Revelation. 12:3-4; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19). They are spirit beings with intelligence and will and they are personal (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:7-9). Demons are wicked creatures and they know who Christ is. They are unclean, fierce and they believe the bible literally (Matthew 8:29; 10:1; 8:28; James 2:19). They are spirit beings without bodies, but for some reason have an ardent desire to occupy a body (Mark 5:1-13; Luke 11:24-26). This is one of the reasons they put up such a fight if confronted to leave their host body (Matthew.8:31). Our real battle as believers in Christ Paul says in Ephesians chapter six is not against flesh and blood, “but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, saved by his blood and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we have been given Christ's authority over the devil and all the evil spirits (Luke 10:19). The only power the devil has over God's children is the power of lies (John 8:44). From Luke 4:31-41, we are taught that Jesus Christ has authority over all the evil spirits who work to fulfill the devils bidding on earth. Some of us remember our junior church teachings and experience. Some of the staple lessons faithfully taught by our teachers were passages about the healing ministry of Jesus. He went around healing the sick, made the blind see, the lame walk, the mute speak, demon possessed people were set free, and the dead brought back to life. These are important lessons to learn in all ages because they remind us of Jesus' power and authority over diseases, over nature and over the whole world. The teachings remind us that we have a God who is sovereign and all powerful. We have a Saviour who makes the devil and his demons tremble, at his command they leaves God's people in peace without harming them (Luke 4:35).

The encounter of Jesus and the man with an evil spirit in Luke 4:31ff teaches firstly, the evil spirit knows who Jesus is. Verse 34 says “… let us alone, what have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy one of God”. Secondly, the evil spirit knows the mission of Jesus – He came to destroy them. The purpose the Lord Jesus came, “that he might destroy the works of the devil”, and “to seek and save that which was lost (1 John 3:8; Luke 19:10). The demon could not withstand the presence of Jesus.

Thirdly, the evil spirit tries to shun the presence of Jesus- “let us alone, what have we to do with you”. This is something the devil will try to do to God's children. He will put barriers on our way and his mission is to stop us from obeying our master and thus missing out on our destiny.

Fourthly, we learn from verse 35 that Jesus' mission is restorative, “But Jesus rebuked him, saying, be quiet, and come out of him, and when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him”. Jesus came to restore his people into perfect health physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually – “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b). Finally we learn that the word of Jesus has both convicting and converting power – “And they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. … Then they were amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, what a word this is, for with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out” (vs. 32, 36).

In conclusion it helps to emphasize that Satan and his horde of demons are under no illusions as to the power of God. They tremble and fear because they are powerless before it (James 2:19; Colossians 3:18). Let us be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might, let us fight the good fight of faith knowing that greater is he who is in us than Satan and his hosts of unclean spirits who are in the world (1 John 4:4).

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