Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Ha! 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!”
(Luke 4:33-34 (NIV))
I find it interesting that an evil spirit knows who Jesus is and proclaims it loudly, yet, we, as His church, are often afraid to proclaim what we know. What have we not been able to grasp and then communicate to others since Jesus walked this earth?
Perhaps we should think of this in terms of warfare. If an enemy army takes over a country, they will be the first ones to recognize someone who has come to overthrow them. They will taunt and brandish anything and everything that they can pull together to show that they are in charge. Satan and his evil spirits are that army. They have taken over the earth. Jesus is the conquering army. The enemy recognizes who they need to battle.
Put yourself into this picture, but not as Jesus or as an evil spirit. Picture yourself as a citizen of the country. You hope and pray for salvation from the enemy, but you are not trained sufficiently to recognize the liberating army when you initially see it. You would not proclaim that liberation simply because you do not comprehend that it is at hand.
We are all still subject to that enemy that Jesus has come to destroy. Each of us prays for the salvation that we earnestly desire. We recognize the spiritual salvation. We embrace the fact that proclaiming a faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior will provide us with grace and mercy. What we do not recognize is that it also provides us with the weapons to defeat the enemy. Far too many of those who profess a faith in Jesus never embrace the power that we inherit. This power allows us to overcome the enemy. We cower at the mention of his name. To make things worse, we cower at the thought of his attack. We are still so afraid of the enemy that we fail to realize that Jesus has defeated him and that we do not need to fear him.
Imagine yourself as a citizen of the previously mentioned country. It has been liberated. Only a few of the enemy are still around, and they are in hiding. Would you fear the enemy or would you proclaim the name of the liberating army?
Jesus is that liberator. He is our savior.
Do you proclaim the name and authority of Jesus?