Day 108 – Encounter With Evil
On: February 16, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. Luke 8:26-29

Part of me thinks “how great to have the spiritual presence to be immediately recognised as a man of God and the authority to command demons to flee.” Another part thinks “how scary, I really don’t want to be in such an unpleasant place.”

Both thoughts, though, are off the mark. For those of us walking in the footsteps of the King are called to engage with the evil in the world – not seek a quiet life. And we have indeed been given authority to command demons to flee. And it will be for the Father’s glory, not ours!

The basis for these statements? We will soon arrive at Luke 9:1, which tells us:- “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.” Was this just for the disciples, or for you and me today?

Hop forward with me to John 14:12:- “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Is it too simplistic to suggest that whether I am able to “do the works” Jesus did should not be an academic/theological debate over whether Jesus’ words were just for His hearers or for you and me today. Rather, it is the entirely practical matter of whether I will take Jesus’ words as alive and active, and act accordingly.

Writing as the 2014 World Cup has just concluded – am I a spectator in the stands of history or a living player on the pitch? Tweaking the metaphor – walking boots or reading spectacles?

I know which I’d prefer … but have I got the faith and courage (sometimes the same thing) to step out and do it?

he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases

Prayer:

Father God, please give me the courage to do what I believe. Amen

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