Every Knee Will Bow

20th September

When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw Him, ran to meet Him, and bowed low before Him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are You interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the Name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!””

Mark 5:6-7

As Jesus arrived in Gerasenes, a demon possessed man came out from ‘a cemetery to meet Him.’ This man had so many demons in him, that not even chains or shackles could keep him down. Yet there was one thing that could. Jesus’ presence. Jesus came and the man possessed by the demon fell at His feet. He acknowledged who Jesus was and fell in submission to Him. Isn’t that a great picture who our God is? This is the God we serve friends. Even demons can’t help but fall to the feet of Jesus in submission. There was no fighting. There was no arguing. There was no physical contact. It was just Jesus’ presence that caused ‘legion’ to submit to Jesus’ authority. In the previous chapter, in Mark 4, Jesus demonstrated that even the wind and waves submitted to His voice when He calmed the storm with just His word ‘Silence’!

When we understand the God we serve, every circumstance we face, every opposition we meet, both physically and spiritually, that seems to tower over us, falls into submission to our powerful God. This powerful God, this King Jesus, is our God and our King. He is on our side. There is nothing or no-one, no circumstance or opposition that can even stand against the power of Jesus. Submit all to Him, invite Jesus’ presence into your situation and watch the victory you have in Him.

Practical Spiritual Warfare

19th September

For though we walk in flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God….”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5a

(NKJV)

Spiritual warfare’ is often a word that scares people or conjures up images of dark rooms fighting off evil spirits. So to begin, there is one thing to encourage you with…. There is nothing to fear. We have Jesus Christ on our side, and, at the Name of Jesus Christ, every knee will bow, both flesh and spiritual. In Him we have the victory over every power, spirit, demon and even over the enemy!! You are a son and daughter of victory.

That being said, we are in a spiritual battle and we do need to equip ourselves with the right ‘weapons of warfare’. Yet we do not fight from a place of trying to win, because the battle has already been won when Christ rose victorious from the dead. We fight, to invite that victory into our lives, into our communities, into our circles of friends and family and into our world. We fight to break down the strongholds the enemy has built up, both in the spiritual realm and in the physical.

So how to we do that practically? Through Prayer and through inviting Jesus into our everyday situations. We pray ‘Let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it in Heaven’. That is praying in the victory of Christ and that is spiritual warfare. When we live in the victory of the cross, we are actively and practically engaging in spiritual warfare. We are inviting the Mighty Lion of Judah, our King and Saviour, Jesus Christ to rule and reign wherever we go and beyond. We ask Jesus to remove the darkness and replace it with light. We ask that strongholds be torn down, that people’s false images of who God is will be changed and that ‘every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God’ will fall to its knees in surrender of the one true God, Jesus Christ, our Messiah.