For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. Luke 8:29
Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. Luke 8:30
And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. Luke 8:31
Jesus has the power and the authority of God because he is his only begotten son. Even demons know this and tremble at his very name. Notice these demons beg Jesus not to thru them into hell, why would they say this?
Because they know the power Jesus has, also they know that the book of Revelation is true. Jesus will one day throw Satan and his followers in Hell. There is power in the name of Jesus!
“What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Matthew 8:29
Another account of the story in Matthew, the demons not only beg Jesus not to torture them but confirm he is the “Son of God”
If Demons, who are the enemy of God and you, understand the power and authority of Jesus shouldn’t you? There is no attack on this Earth whether it be sickness or death that can’t be overcome by the power and blood of Jesus.
“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!” Mark 1:24
Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” Mark 1:25
During one of Jesus sermons, a man possessed with demons cried out. Why? Because demons shudder at the name of Jesus, they also confirmed he is “The One of God” meaning the only begotten one.
If you reject Jesus or deny his power, you are not only condemning your future but leaving yourself defenseless to an evil prey that will devour you like a Lion.
You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.. James 2:19
Be aware that there is an enemy against you on this Earth, the reason is you are Gods creation his child. Satan hates you because he wants to be God, therefor he’s wants to destroy you. But God sent us a savior his name is Jesus Amen
Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. 1 Kings 18:21
The Israelites had forgotten about God, left him to worship a false idol named Baal. But God sent Elijah to bring his people back, to show them our God is the one and only true God
How many of us waver today between God and this world? As it says in the Book of James to be doubleminded is unstable, you must choose who you are going to worship
Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire–he is God.” Then all the people said, “What you say is good.” 1 Kings 18:24
The challenge is now set, Elijah called out the follower of Baal to prove their false idol is real. Many today still ask God to reveal himself, but he did reveal himself thru our Lord Jesus Christ. The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us.
So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made. 1 Kings 18:26
The followers of Baal called out to their false idol all day but nothing happened. Why did nothing happen? Simple because Baal was just a manmade statue. This is why God strictly prohibits Idolatry because people become mesmerized by manmade objects that have no real purpose
What false idols are people relying on today? How about money? When times get tough everyone believes green paper is going to save their soul, but there is only one who can save your soul, the same way he created your soul, Jehovah Jireh our Lord and provider
At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 1 Kings 18:36-37
Finally after the followers of Baal gave up, Elijah said this prayer to God. Notice he comes to The Lord as his faithful servant and not arrogantly. Its important we approach God humbly and not full of pride because its let his will be done and not our own
Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD–he is God! The LORD–he is God!” 1 Kings 18:38-:39
The God immediately answered Elijah’s prayer and sent fire down from the sky and consumed the sacrifice. All the followers of Baal immediately fell down and worshipped God because they knew now who the real true God is.
What’s it going to take for you to realize who the real God is? You can start by getting to know his Son Jesus, because nobody gets to The Father without going thru the Son. Call out to him and he will answer you in Jesus Name Amen
“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Isaiah 40:25
Many today still deny or don’t know God is, but if you want a personal relationship with God it starts with Jesus Christ. Yet people still find other idols such as money and drugs to try and fill there void. These things never created anything but destroy life. They are creations of Satan to rob and steal you of your existence.
Who could make the Heavens and The Earth? Who could breathe life into dust and make us? Who is the “intelligent designer” behind all creation?
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26
God not only created every star but knows each one by name. Did you ever try to count all the stars? God knows every strand of hair on your head. Even though we are just a vapor in the wind, God cares for us deeply.
He showed his love and mercy by sacrificing his only begotten Son Jesus so we may be freed from the slavery of sin and consequences of death.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom Isaiah 40:28
Jesus is the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Kingdoms and nations will rise and fall but our Lord Jesus will reign forever. He is the King of Kings, Immanuel, all governments will rest on his shoulders and he will rule with a rod of iron.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
To those who are weary, he will give you rest. I can do all things thru Christ that gives us strength. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead is living inside of us.
Do you know God? Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way nobody gets to The Father except thru him, you want to know God, get to know Jesus Amen
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
What a bold proclamation by Paul, as Christians we often feel abused and rejected from the world. But the truth is we are in a win/win situation. Thanks to our Lord Jesus who gave us grace thru his sacrifice on the cross, we will live forever and we can be empowered thru the Holy Spirit.
As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing” When you understand who Jesus truly is and what he truly did for us. Then you can live with the peace and confidence of To Live is Christ and To Die is Gain
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Philippians 1:23-24
As we read John 14 and Revelations we know Heaven is going to be awesome, however our work here is not done yet. God has sent us here for a purpose and your mission is not completed until God says it is.
Don’t keep avoiding the present and assume for the future. Remember as Jesus taught us in Matthew 20, everyone’s reward will be based on the work you have performed. God has blessed you with gifts and talents, he expects you to use them for his glory.
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. Philippians 1:25-26
Paul realizes this, God has giving him a mission and he still had a lot of work to do. Paul boldness and deep insight of Jesus. He received lots of opposition also including persecution, however Paul knew whichever way it was going to go we are victorious thru our Lord Jesus Amen