Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We have the Authority, We have the Power!
Good Tuesday Morning All,
Today's text reminds us that as Christians we have a certain power and authority over those negative forces and spirits in our lives.
Mark 1: 21-28
21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ 26And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! Hecommands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
If you are anything like me then you have already had an extremely long week and it's just Tuesday. Over the past week I have been very blessed and many things in my life have went well. However life is full of ups and downs so with the good come the bad. Or should I say it like the text, at the most inopportune times negative forces or spirits arise to disturb, disrupt, and stop us.
In the text Jesus was minding his own business in the Church teaching, (he was doing the right thing/ working). When all of the people were learning and supporting the teachings and unclean spirit in a man cries out. This disrupts the entire flow of what Jesus was currently doing. many times in our lives we are disrupted just like Jesus in the middle of our good thing.
But Jesus does two things; 1) he silences the spirit telling it to shut up and be quiet. We must have faith that because we follow God we two have the ability to silence the negative forces in our lives.
2) Jesus commanded the spirit to come out of the man and be gone. These two things proved that Jesus had authority over the spirit. As followers of Christ we too have authority over the negative forces in our lives. I don't know what negative forces or unclean spirits you may battle against but I know it's hard and at times you are afraid and even loose faith that you can overcome. I feel like this as well at times. But you and I must remember that we have power and authority through Jesus to overcome all obstacles, to make it through all situations.
God loves and protects us, but God also equips with power and authority. As Christians "you got the juice now" -The movie Juice-
Until tomorrow, I pray that God keeps a hedge around you and empowers you to keep the faith silencing all negative forces and keeping all unclean spirits far from you.
Be Well, Love Pastor J