Day 150 – Set Free
On: March 30, 2015 | By: admin
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Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven. Luke 11:14-16
The first 20 words here are significant. It was the demon who was mute, not the man. When the demon was removed, the man’s speech was set free.
It’s worth thinking how this principle applies to you and me. Here’s Paul writing to one of the early churches:
“Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:21-25
Do I believe that, like Paul, I am beleaguered by powers waging war within me? One of the more ridiculous, but entertaining traditions of a pantomime is the audience calling out “behind you” when a villain approaches from the rear of the stage. “What?!” comes the reply. “Behind you!” roars the audience at doubled volume. “There’s no one there.” “Oh yes there is.” “Oh no, there isn’t!” …
If I don’t recognise, or accept, that there is spiritual warfare going on, not just around me but within me, like the pantomime character, I will be in imminent danger of being pounced on and overcome.
And then, let’s change the focus of the words “behind you”: if you recognise your vulnerability and bring it to Jesus, trusting Him to deal with that which would otherwise render you helpless, He will set you free so that the source and manifestation of the problem will indeed be behind you. Hallelujah!
Lord Jesus, please set me free from forces at work within me that would distort who you have made me to be and restrict the things you have prepared for me to do. Amen