Posts Tagged ‘demonic possession’

  

“And certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities…provided for Him from their substance.” (Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭2-3‬ NKJV)

As a fire chaplain, I once responded to a call with our department to a house in our community for a non-emergency assistance need. As I stopped by later to follow up with the family, they exclaimed how grateful they were for the much needed help. Although they were of very modest means, they wanted to do something to show their appreciation for our firemen. So, with boxes of chocolates and homemade goodies, our guys were blessed by these for doing the job our department was called to do!

The Bible speaks of a group of women that Jesus helped, having compassion on and delivering them from demonic issues, possibly possession, and restoring them to a better life. In gratitude, though they were also of modest means, they served Jesus with whatever they had: a bit of money, food preparation, camp cleaning, laundry… They gave of themselves which enabled Jesus and His disciples to focus on the ministry which would impact even more lives. Every bit helped.

Like the women that followed Jesus, we all have reasons to be grateful to the Lord. These reasons should compel us naturally to somehow serve Him in return. Don’t look at what you don’t have or can’t do, but start with what you got and who you are! You’re greatest gifts and talents are already in your grasp! It will all make a difference and be appreciated! You are loved today! Be a servant! 

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The demons begged Jesus, ‘Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.'” (Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭12‬ NIV)

While touring Israel in 2009, I saw the area where this story took place. I can’t even imagine what 2,000 pigs drowning in a lake looks like! Just consider the terror and manipulation that this demonic legion could conjure up in these animals that would cause them to commit suicide. That’s a devastating display of power.

With Jesus’ Bay of Pigs fiasco in mind, consider how susceptible we are to Satan’s mind games. We’re it not for the grace of God, you and I would’ve already ran off our cliffs! We have a brilliantly deceptive enemy, one that seeks to destroy you everyday. But with Jesus as your Lord, you cannot be touched!

Don’t live in fear of the demonic, but don’t underestimate them either. Trust that God has your every step guarded. Live holy so that your enemy gains no footholds on you. You are loved today!