A Faith You Can Sleep On
What if casting out demons is not a big, complicated, intimidating task? What if it can be super simple and easy to see real freedom?
I slept ten solid hours each night. I felt like one of those old Samsung cell phones, which took forever to charge. It took all night to fully charge.
Some days I would sleep less, but then my brain would become like rice pudding. I couldn’t function well. Sleep would overcome me for twelve hours or more.
That night I tried not to sleep ten hours. I woke up a few times, but I wasn’t refreshed. Attempting to sleep less by simply trying harder didn’t work.
I knew I needed some help to get over this hurdle. That day I prayed, expecting to hear from God about the situation. I didn’t try to force a thought or arrive at a solution on my own. I heard a thought, not from my head but from deep within at core/belly level, that said, “It’s a spirit."
In response, I didn't tell the spirit to go. In my heart I expected that spirit to lose its hold from that day forward. I wasn’t going to sleep more than a normal person.
Soon after, a family member told me, “Go sleep ten hours."
I believed, therefore I spoke, “No, I won’t!” Though this person was well meaning, they weren’t working for the things of God at that moment. I responded out of the spirit to that word, rather than as a fleshly reaction. That directive to sleep ten hours was a seed that I didn’t want to take root in me.
That night as well as the nights that followed, I slept eight hours and woke up fully refreshed!
Exhilarated, I thought to myself, Normal people have this much time in a day?
I was free from oppression that had stolen my time and imparted a sense of shame. Now, I could get more done in a day and I had more time to invest with Father without guilt.
Biblical and Practical Reflections
Before God revealed it to me, I didn’t understand that the source of the problem was demonic oppression.
If you think it’s impossible for Christians to have demons, I would encourage you to seek after that aha moment.
In Acts 15, they ran into a challenge that could have caused division in the church. But to solve the dilemma, they based their resolution on two things: 1) What has the Holy Spirit done? 2) What do the scriptures say?
If you’re a Christian and you’re experiencing oppression, be encouraged. Do not beat yourself up. It is as though you would remove a tick from your body. You don’t beat yourself up for having a tick. You remove its influence.
Since the fall of man, to have a demon is an extraordinarily common affliction.
God didn’t reveal it so that I could mope about having a demon. I used that knowledge to center my focus so that I could be set free. I experienced an effortless release from the shame and from the oppression that I had accepted as normal. I didn’t have to be the family’s Sleeping Beauty.
“And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38 New Living Translation)
The devil didn’t even have to show up for the fight.
Deliverance doesn’t have to be complicated or a drawn out process. The devil is already defeated. Jesus made a public spectacle of him.
“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:15 Berean Study Bible)
I couldn't beat a devil by just trying harder. However, by setting my trust in the Lord, I had a faith I could sleep on. I overcame by faith, not by will power and you can too!
“For everyone having been born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory having overcome the world: our faith." (1 John 5:4 Berean Literal Bible)
How you can apply this
Don’t rely on will power to beat something only grace can overcome.
You don’t always have to tell a demon to go in order to be delivered. Intend with your heart, and watch healing and deliverance emanate from you even when you don’t speak. However, don’t be afraid to speak, as it’s a great way to release the kingdom.
Be creative. Tell us in the comments how you uniquely applied this.
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Edited by Paul Lowery and Esther Tsai