DayBreaks for 1/28/15 – Jesus, Demons and God’s Design for Us

DayBreaks for 01/28/15 – Jesus, Demons and God’s Design for Us

In Mark 5, Jesus encounters Legion – and the man that was possessed by Legion.  Interestingly, that man with the unclean spirit (or at least Legion!) understood who Jesus was better than anyone else Jesus had encountered in the gospel up until that point in time. This poor man was on the very margins of society and perhaps even beyond the margins of sanity, but make no mistake – he knows exactly who Jesus is. Even the disciples don’t figure it out until Mark 8, when Peter says, “You are the messiah, the one sent by God.” This man of unclean spirit is way ahead of everyone, and he wants to know, in essence, “What are you going to do with people like me? Are you going to destroy us?”

“Be silent and come out of him!” Jesus commands. And then the man convulses and cries out loudly and the unclean spirit leaves him. I’ve had some interesting discussions about spirits with other Christians, and while I may not fully understand what an unclean spirit is, it is clear that Jesus believed in them – and I am impressed with Jesus’ power over them! Mark’s gospel still hasn’t told us a thing about what Jesus taught, but he has showed us that Jesus had a power over things that people label as unclean.

I believe Mark is making this point: that God’s will and purpose as present in Jesus is engaging and fighting against all the purposes of evil that exist among humanity. This battle is not fought just at the highest levels of government or industry, but right in the middle of common folk like us. The battle of good versus evil, right versus wrong, life versus death even happens amidst the people who are gathered for worship.

Christ came to shatter all the domineering designs and forces that shackle people to lower standards for life than God intends for us. Christ has come to free us not just from real demons like Legion, but also from demons like prejudice and pride, greed and guile.

Christ is among us, whenever we gather in church, to demonstrate a power among us. If we devote ourselves to anything less than a divinely directed destiny, we have missed the goal of faith.

PRAYER: Help us to see, understand and grasp by faith all that You intend for us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NOTE: Galen is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) and must raise his own support.  DayBreaks is free – but if you wish to help support his mission work, you may donate (one-time or recurring) by going to this link, then scroll down until you see SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Below that header, on the left, scroll and then find and click on “Galen Dalrymple” and you’ll be taken to where you can make your donation.  If you prefer to donate via check, you may do so by writing your check payable to Medical Ambassadors International and put S090 in the “memo” field. Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.  MAI is a 501.c.3 organizations so all donations are tax deductible and Medical Ambassadors takes NO administrative fees of any kind out of your donations! Your support would be deeply appreciated!

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