I'm reading through the Gospels again. One thing that always strikes me is the incredible number of healings Jesus did. Everywhere He went, he healed and cast out demons, not just a few here and there, but everyone who came to Him
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Matt 4:23
Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all
sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and
those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, Matt 8:16
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matt 9:35
At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. Mark 1:32
These are just a few of the verses. We know Jesus healed entire multitudes of people, but there are also over 40 individual healings recorded. Of particular interest to me is that over one-third of those people were healed by having a demon cast out.
In fact, if you do a search on the word "healed" and then the word "demon" in the Gospels, healed appears 34 times and demon appears 65 times.
The Bible tells us that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But it also tells us that Jesus came for this purpose: To destroy the works of the devil
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8
Why do I bring this up? Because I know so many people who are seriously sick, good friends who I dearly love, and as I read what Jesus did, I can't help but wonder what is missing in our contemporary Christianity? How many of the diseases we suffer are the result of demons? Jesus spent nearly half his ministry dealing with demons, yet when was the last time you heard anything about them in church? When was the last time you witnessed a demon being cast out of someone and that person healed?
Whenever I bring this topic up to other Christians, I always get the inevitable "Well you can't blame everything on demons and you can't live in fear and look for them under every rock." Of course not! But aren't we swinging to the other side of the pendulum by not addressing them at all? People also tell me that Christians can't have demons. Really? I'd like chapter and verse on that one. No, I don't believe a Christian who has the Holy Spirit indwelling his or her heart can be possessed by demons, but I do believe and have seen and experienced demons controlling certain aspects of Christian's personalities.
Many of us cause our own diseases by poor eating and bad health habits. Some illnesses just come from germs and bacteria that live in our fallen world. But I do believe that some diseases are caused by demons. Obviously Jesus did too and so did His disciples. Perhaps we ought to follow their example and cast the nasty suckers out. Take charge in Jesus's name and evict them and forbid them to return. But first you must believe. Ask the Father to show you whether the illness is demon related, ask Him to increase your faith. Read all the examples in the Gospels and in Acts. And then follow what the Word of God say. You don't need a church or a priest. You just need Jesus.
"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they
will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no
means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will
recover.” Mark 16:17-18
Be healed in Jesus' name!