Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Based Upon Luke 4:31-37
Among the scariest things that could ever happen to a human being, is to be under the complete control of the devil. For millennia, we have seen the destruction he leaves in his wake. We have seen mass suicides, horrendous child abuse, prison riots, spousal abuse, genocides, cannibalism, heinous acts perpetrated under a religious guise, frothing fits of unintelligible recklessness, and more. Many times, it seems that the devil has been given the green light to cause havoc on earth. He seems to run to and fro, and up and down on the earth, doing whatever he pleases with only destruction in his wake.
While Jesus was living on earth, he encountered people who had been overcome by the enemy of souls. On one such occasion, Jesus was teaching His message of salvation in the synagogue and evil spirit who possessed a man caused a disturbance. He cried with a loud voice “Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.” (Luke 4:34). Not willing to allow the devil to divert the people’s minds from eternal life He said, “Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.” (Luke 4:35). And when the people saw how easily Jesus handled the situation, “they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.” (Luke 4:36).
You see, demon possession represented the worst-case scenario of hopelessness to the people. And when the enemy sought to terrorize the minds of the onlookers with his exhibition of control over this poor man during worship service, it was an opportunity for Jesus to exhibit His best-case scenario. With the authority of Godly prerogative, He simply commanded the devils to release the man, and they were compelled to do so. There was no fight. There was no back-and-forth, show of force between good and evil. No! Jesus commanded, and the man was delivered!
Is there any problem in your life wherein the enemy causing havoc? Are you overcome with temptations or trials? Are your children out of control? Is your marriage on the rocks? Have you lost your job? Is your health failing? Continue to cry out to God in the name of Jesus and let Him loose you from the enemy’s grasp. Let Him release His best-case scenario into your life today. I don’t know what the answer to your prayers will be, but I am confident that the God who created and redeemed you will take care of you, if you continue to rest your faith in Him