A bug bite in my youth would swell up and itch for days. Now, by speaking to the attacker and telling it to go, in Jesus’ name, it must obey.
Nothing shall by any means hurt me. Perhaps I overuse this promise…but I stand on this promise in faith…a lot. Why do I call it a promise? Simple. In my New King James Bible, the words are in red, meaning spoken by the Son of God during His time on earth.
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” This is from Mark 16:17-18. These were Jesus’ departing words – His last words spoken on earth. He had already saved us on the cross, and the very next verse says the Lord went up into Heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
He didn’t say these words, and then offer a 3-hour sermon to the masses on how to put them into practice. His words, combined with the numerous examples left for us through the stories of the New Testament – were meant to be enough.
These two verses are probably my favorite in the Bible. The power and authority of those three little words “In my name” blow me away. It’s as if I was given an open account with unlimited funds and I only have to say I’m with Jesus to cash in. This truth, combined with the knowledge shared by Jesus earlier in His earthly journey – that all sickness and disease is an attack by the evil one, puts Satan and his demons under my feet.
In Jesus’ name the demons must obey. A headache told to leave in Jesus’ name must go. Cancer, when told to leave in Jesus’ name must flee. High blood pressure, diabetes, migraines – all must go when directed to – using the power and authority of Jesus’ name.
As Christians, keeping ourselves healthy should be easy, so we are always ready to help the weak. To feel bad will never prepare us to lay hands on the sick and help them recover. To have supernatural health should be our new normal, so we are always ready, willing, and able to set the captives free.
The phrase “I caught a cold” has all new meaning once you understand a cold is simply a demon looking for somewhere to land. I personally try not to “catch it”. If I feel the symptom trying to attack me, I tell it to go in Jesus’ name.
Last weekend while working in my yard, I was bitten six or seven times by mosquitoes – but I stood on the promise of Mark chapter 16, verse 17 and told those bites they didn’t get to attack me – that nothing can by any means hurt me in Jesus’ name. In spite of spending my youth watching mosquito bites swell, they now disappear as fast as I can tell them to go.
Am I perfect? No. Attacks sometimes get through, but the demon attacking me doesn’t last long, as I remind it I am a child of God, seated at Jesus’ side at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, so any attacker is under the feet of my Jesus.
Satan, you are under my feet, and nothing shall by any means hurt me.