Good Morning all. Today is a glorious day. Why? Because God saw fit to wake me one more day and be healthy. I want to ask all who read, pray for some people I know in Tennessee. From the looks on Facebook, it looks like a terrible storm hit them. Just lift them up. What does evil look like to you? Let's take a look at v. 31. We are still in Chapter 4. Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. (I guess I find it funny because they are amazed at Jesus' teachings. But I know who Jesus is and they did not. It says that his words had authority. Do we have Scripture so bedded in our heart that we proclaim the good news with authority? Do have Jesus' footprints all over our lives that our lives change other lives?) In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit.(What would you say is an impure spirit?) He cried out at the top of his voice, "Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are- the Holy One of God!" (These spirits knew what Jesus' spirit was. Do we listen to the Holy Spirit living in us to warn us of the evil in this world? Also impure spirits are not always a demon inside you. Have you ever heard someone say, 'they are wrestling with their own demons.' What do your demons look like? Maybe it is food, maybe it is pornography, maybe it's money. You see these all can be demons in our lives. We have to tap into the Holy Spirit and know what the demons are in our lives.) "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" (Look how stern Jesus was with the evil. Are we that stern with the evil in our own lives? Do we handed it over to God and say "I have handed over to God, now I am going to do my part and give it my entire being to not have this in my life anymore. Your demons are the not the same as anyone else demons. So please stop comparing yourself to someone else. You and your demons are between you and God unless you seek help.) Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. (Now here the man was not injured. But sometimes when we cut things that are not of God or someone out, it will leave a scar. But it will not kill you. God cuts it out because it produces no fruit and it hinders the growth of the fruit that is growing.) All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!" And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area. We need to stand with authority on Jesus Christ. Guys he died for you. He wants you. We need to start right where God has you planted and stand with authority and say "Not today!" Jesus I need you now more than yesterday. I know that I have messed up and I know that I will mess up but with your grace and mercy. With the blood of Christ, I am giving my all to Jesus. Cut what needs to be cut, bind what needs to be bound. Let me walk straight down the path that you need for me to go. Give me the authority to search your Word and then apply it to my life, so that others will see you in me and want that peace and joy that this world can not provide. Have a blessed day.
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