Good morning, Walter,
May I show you the other side of the coin? I've had many many people since my childhood tell me I was either a witch or demon possessed because I was 'too' quiet, or my eyes were 'too' brown - or the emotional pain I was in was 'too' deep, I was 'too' poor, or 'too' awed by God. . .or struggling in life 'too' much.
Their 'exorcisms' were not the only painful and degrading part of the picture, how they treated me before and afterward were much much worse. This was their ego - not my ailment.
Their judgment was sorely lacking.
"Lord, Lord, did we not cast out demons in Your name?" . . .
"Go away, I never knew you." (He answers)
Because the truth is, even the Priest doesn't cast out demons. We can't turn the hair on our heads black or white. We can't do a fool thing for ourselves or for another without HIM doing it in us.
Before any gift is given, humility must MUST go before it. Why? Because if YOU decide that YOU are going to exorcise a demon, that demon has won. It has done exactly what it intended to do. . .it tempted and succeeded in you making yourself your own god and exalting yourself over the one TRUE God.
So are you gifted with exorcism? Funny, I don't remember any gift of the Holy Spirit in exorcising demons. I recall a commissioning of the disciples when he sent them out two by two. . . but this is not listed in the 'gifts of the Holy Spirit'.
It's not a gift. And when used improperly it is a huge can of worms that can destroy YOUR soul.
Demons are nothing to be played with.
And the lives at stake are not to be played with, either. They are precious precious precious to Him who made every cell. . .every hair, every peptide. . . every enzyme - wrote every single moment of their lives in His holy Book before they were even conceived.
This action has been downsized and degraded by those who think they know better.
This action is HOLY.
Jesus has nothing in Him for the demons to manipulate. You and I have a ton of things. I urgently and seriously caution you to not go there. It's incredibly dangerous and foolish. And if you are wrong and this person is not 'possessed' . . .you will do a lot of damage . . . it's a most unloving thing and judgmental thing to do. It is arrogant to presume that you know. . that you can. . and that it's your job.
I urge you not to be one of those that says "Lord, Lord, didn't **I** do this in Your Name or that in Your Name?"
Don't give OUR ENEMY the chance to use you against the one True God.