Demons and healings and other things
Luke 9: 37-43 “The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” 41 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” 42 Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.”
Yesterday Peter, James and John were in the cloud of glory, the brilliance of Christ’s majesty, they heard the voice of God, Christ was transfigured and they were changed forever. Today they are off the mountain, with the crowd and importantly facing reality.
What is your reality today?
It could be a reality that is out of control. You have tried but you cannot change it. You have gone to everyone, even the disciples of Jesus, but still there is no change.
The enemy of your life may have taken your only son. Your enemy may be plaguing what is so precious to you, like a lion with its kill, the boy was alive but only just, the father knew one of these days a seizure would finally finish him.
Is this your reality today? If not, it is certainly the reality of those around you.
“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”
I have heard many sermons on this question of Jesus. Some saying he was speaking to his disciples, others that he was addressing the crowd.
All I know is that it doesn’t look like he was questioning the distressed father nor his broken son. It was not to them that he was challenging a lack of belief or a twisted path of life. It was not to them that he was wondering how long he could keep on doing this. No, to them, he wanted them to come and He is still calling the broken to Him today.
Now, I don’t know if Peter, James and John rolled their
eyes disapprovingly at the disciples having come off the glory mountain. I don’t know if they whispered to the other 9, “What’s matter with you? You are so weak!” It does sound like something that could have been said. Certainly in the age of spiritual competition and arrogance of 2019 we can believe it. We do know that the disciples asked Jesus about this later as Matthew and Mark record it and Jesus tells them they could have done this if they had been praying and fasting.
I think perhaps the reason why they could not deal with this father’s reality is because the condition of their heart, the state of their mind was not in a good place. Breaking demonic power does not come about because of saying a few words or laying your hands on a person. It comes about because of the authority and power in your life at that moment. If you live in a place of prayer and fasting or if you have been on the glory mountain and seen the Son of Man then you are carrying the power that is needed.
The times when I have backed off in ministry are the times when I know I feel inadequate not because of ability or gifting but because of His Presence which I have not had time or the will to pursue and practice.
In order to drive out the demonic you need to be with who the demonic has broken. Bring the boy to me. Broken, scarred, battered and bruised in the hands of Jesus.
In order to rebuke the demonic you need His Presence. Fostering the presence and the glory in your life.
We are called to bring wholeness to people’s lives and repair broken families. It doesn’t matter how this is done. There is no style to copy. The demonic is realised differently in different nations and cultures of the world. But as people of the Glory mountain and people who pursue His Presence we engage with the humanity of people and do all we can to heal a broken world.