Top 7 Bible Verses To Cast Out Demons

The concept of demonic possession has long been a touchy topic in religious circles, including Christianity. For years, many Christians practiced a sloppy exegesis with Scriptures, leading them to come up with supposed ways to tell if someone was demonically possessed or oppressed. In fact, many sad parts of history (even in our own nation) are a result of this; for example, even though the Salem Witch Trials were technically about the townspeople believing some members to be witches, the underlying belief is that they were all demonically possessed. It’s difficult to say, at least in 21st century America, how and when demonic possession takes place. Some Christians lean towards saying it comes as a result of certain mental illnesses or pharmaceuticals, while others tend to believe that anybody who is a drug addict, alcoholic, etc. are demonically possessed. The Bible does not tell us specifically how to tell who may or may not be demonically possessed, but it certainly does talk about demons, and even talks about casting them out. Many churches around the world have ministries devoted to casting out demons, while another great majority of churches believe that to be weird and would never practice it themselves. So, in the effort to put out some information regarding this topic, I will give some passages that refer to demon possession/casting out demons in the Old Testament times as well as in Jesus’ day. From there, it is up to you to do further study and come to a decision for yourself.

Matthew 12:43-45 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.” ESV

Here, Jesus is making mention of a profound principle: sometimes people get worse, not better. They may appear to be better for a little while, but seem to fall deeper into their sin, or in this case into demonic possession.

Luke 10:17 “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” ESV

bible verses to cast out demons

The disciples learned a valuable truth which they did not believe until it actually worked: Jesus name has power!

Mark 3:11 “And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” ESV

Throughout the New Testament you will see demons understanding who Jesus truly was, even when his own disciples didn’t quite get it!

Acts 16:16-18 “As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.” ESV

Notice that, whenever the disciples or Paul wanted to cast out a demon, they did it in the name of Jesus!

Luke 4:33-36 “And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” ESV

Jesus casted out demons with ease, and anyone who witnessed was baffled at the power Jesus had over the unclean spirits.

Mark 9:29 “And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” ESV

According to Jesus, there were some demons who could only be driven out with prayer.

Mark 16:17 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;” ESV

Jesus told His disciples what to expect. By His power, they could and would cast out demons.

Conclusion

Demon possession is a tricky and very scary subject. Although it’s pretty safe to assume it’s nothing like what is shown in the movies, Jesus did show that it was a real thing that was happening. Christians argue over if and how it happens today, but at the very least we can all agree that Jesus cast out demons and the Bible verses above reference demon possession.

Article By Michael Krauzer

Michael Krauszer is the founder of ChristianLitReview.com, a website dedicated to providing a Christian perspective on all forms of literature. Additionally, Michael has been a full-time staff member at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge for the last four years, working as a Ministry Assistant and Pastoral Intern. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from The College of New Jersey and is currently in pursuit of his MA in Theological Studies from Veritas Evangelical Seminary.

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  • Rachelle Fernandez

    Many news said that some of the sufferers of this topic are demonically possessed.
    But the fact that even science has a explanation about it. And I know that the only way to know if someone is possess is by the leading of the Holy spirit.

  • Ludo

    I have been hearing voices for the last four years, and they have made several pop culture references, as well as mentioning current events of which I was not aware until they prompted me to look it up. I do not believe in god(s), spirits, ghosts, angels, demons, or aliens. I also do not believe in targeted harassment as such. There is no way that anyone is following me around and using radios frequency to harass me. I have traveled on plane from Hawaii to Florida and the voices persist uninterrupted. This is not something I believe can be done easily with cellular towers or satellites as there would be no way they could relay the messages fast enough or at that elevation. I suspect they are human, and spend a lot of time watching television. If your experience is similar please contact me at ludoplex@boxkek.com so we can compare notes regarding our experiences. I am uninterested in the rantings of crazy people, so please do not poffer explanations which rely on reptilians, the illuminati, or the devil.

    • Seth Weber

      Take your criticism elsewhere; we do not welcome your kind to challenge our faith.

      • Bill Onderlinde

        SW: Shouldn’t we rise up to challenge/defend our faith, as Jesus did? Jesus turned away every bogus attempt by the hypocritical Pharisees , showing them the error of their thinking.

    • Matrixa

      Although you don’t believe in the spirit realm, your suffering has brought you to this website. Ignorance to spiritual warfare is only keeping you this way. You need the Lord.
      I hope you find peace, God bless you.

    • Bill Onderlinde

      Ludo: Turning away from a source of help will find you wandering in the desert like the foolish Jews who turned their backs on God. No one can put a gun to your head and force you to accept God’s help. Just maybe He’ll step in, like He did when he snatched up Saul, and turned Him into the Apostle Paul; maybe He’ll wait for your invitation. I do not know why, when, or how He’ll step in to relieve you of your burden. I don’t know if it’s a physical”mechanical” issue–brain chemical(s) are off, or whether it is spiritual. Honestly, try a doctor, try God. Your choice, but help yourself–Please!

    • Brandy

      Ok well then you’re schizophrenic and you need medication. Does that sound logical to you? Of course when using man to fix a spiritual problem that God should, it will come with everlasting side effects bc everything man does degenerates into further chaos whether we realize it or not.
      However it IS the devil and demons it would seem to me. You need the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to cast these voices/demons out. Demons will manifest to you however you’re vulnerable to receive them. In your case it’s voices. I’ll pray for you and hopefully others will too. Mental illness IS demonic oppression and/or possession. Mans medicine won’t fix spiritual problems. I’m sorry this is not the answer you want. But it’s truth. Hope it helps. God bless.

  • Matrixa

    Just wanted to show the kjv version of the scripture for Mark 9: 29
    “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

    Fasting is also mentioned in this verse, it is very powerful!
    Remember that Jesus fasted 40 days and Satan tried to tempt him in order to keep him from accomplishing something great!

  • Emmy

    What is fasting and how can I attempt to do that? I have 3 demons but they only reply to me when I talk to them, 1 has left she said she will come back when i change, these months i’ve been focussing on the bible.. but my future finace caught me lying and God sent me verses to cleanse my soul and tell the truth to everyone who i’ve ever hurted. I never told anyone about the lost souls, or demons but i have a young sould that is dying i came back to have a better life.. but i can’t accomplish that if the Devil is inside me. So please help me find my guidens… i’m afraid.

    • Ama-Smith Alyciana

      There are many types of fasting. you can fast from sun down to sun up so lets say from 6pm to 6am no water and not food for as many days depending on your issue. You make your petition to God asking him to liberate you. You tell him in detail what your problem is and how its affecting you he already know but he like to hear it form our perspective.

      Not sure were you live but look up this church they have people with the gift of liberation, http://idmji.org/locations/

      God bless and I wish you the best.

    • Maytanler Sholaun

      Go to worship services on Sunday, and sing songs of praise from your heart, and read your bible every day, just open it up randomly, by the way The Gospel of Christ is where you should want to read, get a red-text bible that denotes everything Christ says with red for it is the most important part in the bible. the worship and the singing are very necessary to establish inner peace, you cannot cast our devils from your life unless you are at peace and have the blessing that christ gives us to tread on devils and never be harmed by them.
      The church of christ will bring the christ Alive to you. And your soul will unify with the Holy spirit, for days at a time even. and christ will send forth scorching white flames to cleanse the unclean spirits around you. You have to keep going to church regularly or you wont be able to hear christ. At least once a week on Sunday, but if you can, go on wednesday too. it keeps the faith Alive.

    • Maytanler Sholaun

      Fasting is when you eat no food, ir very small amounts, for days at a time. it brings you closer to God, the holy spirit, and Jesus. Through fasting I have even learned how to invoke the holy spirit directly into me. I call this a quickening but its the same thing

    • flirtacia wright

      You must reply “yaweh” backwards until the uncleans are sickening of hearing it and they may flee. You will know u will feel lighter.

  • Anthony Duane Fields

    I think I have some demons inside of me torturing me. It has been since 2001 and I cried out to God for deliverance, I need help immediately! Please help me! 256-267-4633 or 256-861-0670, or come to 1329 Odena Rd S in Sylacauga, Alabama 35150.

  • M Seeker

    I can tell you now there is NO If… I have many demons within and have already had some deliverance which freaked me out, but i still need a lot more and will soon be going back for more, I’m just lucky I have a pastor and his wife that have cared enough for me to put up with the amount of times I’ve walked away and for the bad things I’ve said about them and who are well versed in deliverance ministry. I truly believe that a great percentage “70%+” of Christians have demons within and need to get deliverance, I can tell you that the demons have no problem with you going to church and reading the bible, It Is only when you start to focus on the things you say and do and realise they are there then begin to call them out that they will start to manifest. I urge all Christians even Pastors that do not believe in them to start searching yourself and ask the holy spirit to give you discernment in this matter, than start SEEING and HEARING your bible and sermons instead of just reading and listening to them. SEE, HEAR and PRAY Incessantly and buckle up for a sometimes very scary ride… GOD BLESS