And He (Jesus) came to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.
Someone who carries authority knows what they are doing. Master technicians, surgeons, carpenters, plumbers, etc., walk in authority because they know what they are doing, and they know that they know what they are doing. Furthermore, everyone in the room knows that they know what they are doing.
When a person of authority enters a room, every other person, object, or idea becomes subject to the authority of the master workman. If a subservient notion or attitude does not submit to the master in the room, we call it rebellion, and a conflict ensues.
We have not seen many demonic manifestations in the Western Church today because, in this realm, we have had virtually no master worker who walked with enough authority to cause a conflict. I do not say that demonic manifestations haven't happened in our Churches; they certainly have. But we haven't “seen” these manifestations because we have not had people with experience and authority in the room to identify and deal with demonic manifestations. If someone acts unbecomingly in Church, we usually remove the person, not the demon.
When Jesus entered Capernaum, teaching with authority, Luke says a man with a demon cried out, “Leave us alone! What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth?” (Luke 4:34). When the man of authority walks into the room, the room comes under his jurisdiction. But there are sometimes rivals in the room who resent the presence of the master. These people resist and challenge the man in authority. They try to rebel against him, slander him, or humiliate him. The master workman is not threatened by their rants, accusations, and rebellious declarations because his authority includes knowing how to deal with disgruntled and jealous personalities. Luke says Jesus rebuked the demon, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” (Luke 4:35). Jesus knew precisely what to do.
We are seeing a revival in deliverance ministry today because there are once again people in our midst who know enough about dealing with demons that demons get skittish when they walk in the room. When these men and women teach and preach, they do so with authority because they know what they are talking about, and they know what to do when the inevitable conflict with rebellious demons arises, and this is how it is meant to be.
Jesus told His disciples:
“Behold, I have given you authority to walk on snakes and scorpions and authority over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” Luke 10:19
We are supposed to walk with enough authority to cause a conflict with demons. So, what do you need to walk in the power Jesus called you to? First, you need to accept the reality of demonic influence in the lives of people all around, Christians and non-Christians alike. Second, you need to accept the authority Jesus has already given you. Act as if you have the authority Jesus had over demons because, if you are a Christian, this is reality. Thirdly, you need to get exposed to deliverance ministry. You need to get your hands dirty and start getting experience under your belt. Start by watching, listening, and learning. Even better, go through deliverance prayer yourself. Seeing is believing. In a short time, you will walk with the confidence you might now only confess.
Finally, why should you become a demon slayer? Because the world needs it, and Jesus calls you to do it. If you are afraid of demons or talking about demons, it doesn’t make them go away. It simply gives demons more cover to wreak havoc. We must confront demons to make them go away. And if you don’t confront them, who will?