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Why Demons Do Not Expel

Updated: Jul 7

Why Some Demons Will not Come Out
Why Some Demons Will not Come Out

Why Some Demons Will Not Come Out During a Deliverance Ministry Session

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  • Unbelief

  • Through Fasting Only

  • Unforgiveness

  • Self Unforgiveness After observing Jesus cast out a demon, which they could not, the disciples asked Him, "Why could not we cast him out?" These disciples had commanded demons to come out of people before, and it normally worked. This particular incident did not yield the expected results. Their faith was shaken, and they wanted an explanation. Jesus answers, "Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, 'Remove hence to yonder place;' and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." [Read Matthew 17:14-21 & Mark 9:17-29]

The Works of the Flesh - Learn Why Demons Do Not Expel?

Who is to blame whenever a demon does not come out? Jesus addressed the disciples

by saying, "Because of your unbelief." So, the disciples' belief was absent in this particular incident. However, Jesus also told the demonized son's father, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." The father replied, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." Apparently, the father was struggling to believe this, too. Belief had to be there for all concerned, or else God's power to expel the demon might not have demonic manifestation itself. Since Jesus was there, God's power was there, too. The demon had to go but would not have had to without God's power.

Second, demons will not come out of a person because of bitterness and unforgiveness. If a person does not forgive his brother, the Word says that Jesus will not forgive you. That means you will not receive deliverance and healing because you are separated from Christ. Christ does not separate us from Him, but we separate ourselves from Him through sin, and Jesus is precise about unforgiveness. Here are some examples in scripture:

Matthew 6:11-15 "11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as

we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, power, and the glory, forever. Amen." 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive them."

Matthew 18:20-22 "20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in the midst of them. 21 Then Peter came to him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."

Habitual Sin

Sometimes, depending on the damage the other person has done, we must continue forgiving them. You know that you have forgiven your brother when the person enters the room, and you have no anger; try to avoid them, or when you hear their name mentioned, no ping or anger rises. That does not mean if they are abusive, you get back in their lives. You can love them from a distance. Every time you get a rise or a ping, forgive them. That is what it is meant to forgive 70 x 7.

Matthew 18:32-34 "32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desirest me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him." 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

Jesus forgave us much when we did not deserve it! If we know the word and choose

not to forgive but try to get even, then we are delivered to the tormentors of our minds to torment us with thoughts and images. This will not stop until you forgive the person that hurt you.

Mark 11:25-26 "25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."

We are commanded to forgive. If we forgive, the Lord can move on their hearts, but if we do not forgive, we bind them, and the Lord cannot deal with them.

Luke 6:36-37 "36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

We are not the judge of anyone. You forgive and allow the Lord to judge them.

Luke 17:3-4 "3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him."

2 Corinthians 2:9-11 "9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."

We see here that it is the devices of the enemy to get you not to forgive so that the enemy will torment you.

Whose job is it to fast and pray to expel certain kinds of demons? It follows a similar pattern as believing that all concerned should fast and pray. However, I think it needs to be broken down into certain facets that most people fail to consider.

Fasting Both the minister and the one being ministered might have to fast.

The purposes for the fast should include... To increase the awareness of our dependence on God for all things.

To humble ourselves. Fasting is a humbling experience.

The hunger pains remind us to pray.

Prayer Both the minister and the one being ministered to need to pray. Prayer that seeks forgiveness of sin.

Prayer that petitions God for deliverance.

Prayer that seeks revelation, wisdom, and the spiritual/physical/emotional/mental strength necessary to confront and drive out the demon.

Prayer that expresses gratitude and praise to God.

Prayer that lets God know we have chosen to look at matters from the perspective of the Cross, thereby renouncing our sins and forgiving those who have hurt and abused us.

After reading the Scripture in Matthew chapter 17, it is a good idea to read Matthew chapter 18, too. In Matthew chapter 18 Jesus says, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." That's the kind of humility fasting and prayer should seek to obtain. That is the kind of faith, acceptance and belief in Jesus required to confront and expel demons. [Read Matthew 18:1-4]

Reading further in Matthew chapter 18 we get a clearer picture of why some demons could not come out of someone even if they wanted to. The Scripture says, "Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, 'O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desirest me: Shouldest, not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee?' And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses." Matthew 18:32-35 (KJV)

God may not make a demon come out of someone whom He has handed over to the tormentors (demons). Matthew chapter 18 makes this clear. This explains why unforgiving people continue having emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual difficulties even though the episodes of abuse ended long ago. Even should the unforgiving person believe in Jesus, the attitude of resentment, bitterness, and hatred defeat any hopes of being free. To continue commanding demons to come out in a situation like this is foolish and, most of the time, futile. Once it is known that this is a case of unforgiveness, the focus should be shifted toward fasting, prayer, and encouragement. The unforgiving person needs to learn to forgive everyone, including those who did harm and abuse.

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