A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for January 11, 2019
|Don't Celebrate Conquests Over Demons|
Text: ". . . do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven" Luke 10:20.
Fifty years ago deliverance ministries among solid evangelicals were rare or non-existent. The only such ministry I knew about was one conducted by Rev. J. A. MacMillan on the campus of what is now Nyack College. MacMillan is known for two widely circulated pamphlets entitled, The Authority of the Believer and The Authority of the Intercessor. Such rarity is not the case today-- an era in which authors like Neil Anderson and others find access and acceptance within nearly every sector of evangelicalism.
My wife and I were thrust into this difficult ministry in 1963. In later years, in our own denomination, it was possible to say that in every one of more than thirty districts in North America and on the mission fields around the world, deliverance ministry was part of the scene.
Increasingly, Christian workers are confronting demon powers and driving them out. Sometimes the exit-phenomena are spectacular, the making of dramatic story-telling materials. It is heady stuff, frankly, to command out evil spirits in the Name of Jesus Christ who walked this earth 2,000 years ago and still dramatically exerts His authority today. The temptation of the Christian worker who sees such spectacular events is to assume somehow that he or she has latent personal power.
Not so! Not so at all. Such authority comes from above to the believer who is seated with Christ in the heavenlies at the right hand of the Father.
A word of warning: We must not rejoice that the spirits are subject to us-- though they are. And we must resist the temptation to arrogance-- God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.