Jesus cast out spirits of demons oppressing the people, filling them with fear and condemnation, thoughts of death and suicide, and so forth. That same power is available to us whenever we might be likewise attacked. Because Jesus destroyed the works of the devil and his principalities and powers by His sacrifice on Calvary, demons flee when commanded to do so in the Name of Jesus. Why? Because when we speak the Name, we activate the power of the blood.
By Carole Keller
The Jewish people were delivered from Egypt through the blood. The blood sprinkled on the doorposts of Israelites’ homes on the night of the Passover was the token of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage (Exodus 12:13). Demonic spirits (represented in false gods) were judged by the plagues, which tormented those under its curse in Egypt. The Egyptians (representing bondage) pursued the Jews in the great exodus, but they could do nothing because God had put a division, or a mark, between them and His children (Exodus 11:7).
The Egyptians were made impotent when confronted by the blood. God said to Israel, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:13). It is important to note that the blood not only protected the people from death as a penalty for sin, but destroyed the power of the demons operating in the Egyptians to execute any further terror upon the people. Notice in the word: “…and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt… and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment…” (Exodus 12:12).
Pleading the Blood: Why, When and How
Why? When we plead the blood, it is like we are running for cover. We are entreating Jesus to protect, deliver and heal. The shedding of Jesus’ blood is the basis for our claim. So when we plead the blood we are reminding Satan that he is powerless over us when we are under the blood. It is a battle cry.
When? Whenever we are under a spiritual attack by Satan, in need of special protection, or are fearful. It becomes our banner, our sword, because the blood is only profitable to those, whose sins are covered by it. We are in covenant with a merciful God.
How? By speaking it forth by faith. Faith is the key. Jesus is our covering THROUGH FAITH IN THE BLOOD, who declares His righteousness for our sins which are past (Romans 3:25). In other words, He does not see the sin.
The Blood and the Word
After we are purged, something has to happen. Otherwise, we would quickly fall back into sin. That something is the planting of the Word, which has the power to free us from all bondage (James 1:21). We put away the old and put on the new by being renewed in knowledge (Colossians 3:10).
Along with prayer, God has given us two mighty weapons to conquer and to overcome: the BLOOD and the WORD: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelations 12:11). The “word” interpreted here is “logos,” meaning the wisdom and intelligence of God. (See John 1:1.) It was the “logos” spoken by Jesus (God manifested in the flesh) that caused the devil to retreat from Him in the wilderness (Matthew 4: 4, 7, 10). Jesus spoke forth the oracles of God to overcome the works of the devil, as it is written, “. . .he cast out the spirits with his word and healed all that were sick” (Matthew 8:16).