I’ve read through the major Holy Spirit gift lists in scripture such as 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. There is something noticeably missing. A big part of Jesus’ ministry was casting out demons yet I don’t see that listed anywhere as a spiritual gift.
I think I’ve discovered the reason. You don’t need a special gifting to cast out demons– any believer can do it. In fact, the criterion is stated clearly in the end of the gospel of Mark. ”’And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons”’ (Mark 16:17) See?
This ministry of deliverance is too scarcely practiced (particularly in the American church) and I think I know why that is too. We lack training and understanding; we don’t quite believe demons still possess and oppress people and we are often afraid to mess with this unfamiliar realm so far out of our comfort zone.
Believe me, demonic activity of every kind is just as commonplace today as it was in Jesus’ day. I know by the many emails I receive about the demon spirits directly harassing people all the time. Those afflicted are anxiously looking for someone to do for them what Jesus did.
If you don’t feel you are gifted to cast out demons that’s okay. No one is. But are you one ‘who has believed’? Step forward as needed. You are equipped!