Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Luke 4:33-34 “In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Let us alone!  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.’”

I believe in demons.  Bear with me on this, if you will.  Demons are not physical monsters like we have seen in the movies but they are real.  Spiritual warfare is real.  We are a people who struggle with believing what we cannot see.  Most of us like to see it to believe it, as the saying goes.  The bible has several stories about Jesus battling demons and even the disciples were given power and authority over demons.  Throughout time there is a big debate over who Jesus of Nazareth really was.  Was he a prophet or a rabbi?  Maybe he was a cult leader.  These verses confirm who Jesus of Nazareth is.  Even the demon, his adversary, knows without doubt who Jesus is and the power He holds.  In the book of Acts, chapter two, God sends his Spirit to dwell in the disciples and through Peter He promises to send His Spirit upon all flesh.  In Jesus sacrifice; His death and resurrection on the cross, he defeated the demons.  They no longer have power over us that we do not allow.  Cast the voices of doubt and darkness away from you today, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we have been given that strength!  Alleluia and Amen!

You are amazing!  I cannot begin to understand the power you have and then the love that you have for each and every one of us.  Encourage us with your words today.  Empower us with the knowledge of your Spirit in us.  Thank you for rescuing us from darkness, help us remain in your light and love.  Amen.