Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Has the News about Jesus Spread Quickly Throughout your Region?

Mark 1:21-28 NLT  
  21 Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach.  22 The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law. 
  23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting, 24 “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 
  25 Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered.  26 At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him. 
  27 Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” 28 The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.

God's word tells us in many places about the authority associated with even the name of Jesus Christ. Just his name will eventually bring every being to their knees. The authority of God present was always where Jesus stood. When Jesus spoke, God spoke. Demons recognized this but people were so self-absorbed that they most often could not. The same is try today in the 21st century. God's Word speaks about truth but mankind refutes Truth with man's lies. Demons lie to humans to get them to speak falsehoods to the face of God, though they, themselves are powerless to do so.

Those demons were fearful that Jesus had come to destroy them. One day He will, along with all evil and evil ones, as well as all humans who refuse God's grace and prefer their own lies. It is a foolish thing to deny God. When you hear of the brilliant people of science, Dawkins, Hawking, and the like refute God, remember they are willingly embracing lies. When one embraces lie long enough then one loses the ability to discern truth when faced with it. Our society is lead by people embracing lie and fearing truth. God's people today must pray that His grace will turn the hearts and minds of these who are so confounded by the evil in the world that they cannot sense real Truth.

For whom are you praying today?
Your servant in the Lord's Love

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