He Speaks And Demons Flee

23rd May

When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from the cemetery to meet Him… 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!” For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.””

Mark 5:2,6-8

As you start a new day, why not remind yourself that there is no power of hell, no evil spirit and no scheme of man, that can ever compare to the power of Jesus or that can ever separate us from His love. We serve the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the Name above all other names. Even, according to this story in Mark 5, the evil spirits know how great Jesus was and is.

Notice that Mark says in verse 6, that even while Jesus was some way off, the demon ran and fell at His feet, begging Jesus to not torture him. This demon, legion, because there were many inside this man, knew that Jesus was not just a storm quieter, He was the Son of God! The demon, trembled before Jesus, like a weak helpless defeated prisoner. Just by Jesus’ presence, victory was won because He was and is greater than everything demonic. He is POWER. He is STRENGTH. And you are His child!!

Whatever you are facing, invite Jesus into it and see Him change the situation by the strength of His mighty power. He can calm storms, move mountains and set the captives free. He is Jesus Christ. He speak and demon flee.

He Speaks And Storms Obey

22nd May

But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with His head on a cushion. The disciples woke Him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.”

Mark 4:37-39

Do you know that there is nothing in this world, greater or more powerful than our God? No circumstance, no storm and no thing, is greater than Jesus; a point amplified by today’s story.

While Jesus and His disciples were crossing over the lake, a storm began to brew that took a turn for the worse. High waves began crashing against the boat and the boat began to fill with water. It is not mentioned how big this boat was, but it couldn’t have been a big boat, which would have meant that those in it, realised that their lives were in danger. Yet notice the small yet significant detail that Mark chooses to include in his account of this story; ‘Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat WITH HIS HEAD ON A CUSHION’. Isn’t that an interesting point to highlight.

Making mention of this point shows us two things. Firstly, that Jesus was not fazed by the storm, and secondly, even when Jesus was sleeping, He knew He was in control and could rest in who He was and in His power. Some say that Jesus was so tired that He didn’t feel the effects of the storm, hence why He was sound asleep. Yet a more plausible reason why He didn’t wake up, must be the fact that He was in control. Nothing fazed Him. Nothing caused Jesus to fear. He knew who He was and He knew His Father would protect Him too.

Friends, as we too battle through the storms of life, let us spiritually rest, with our heads lying peacefully on a ‘cushion’, knowing that although a storm is raging all around us, we have a God who is more powerful than whatever we are facing. Call out to Him. Reach out to the God above all gods, to the Name above all names, knowing that He has the power to save from and protect you in, any storm you face. We too can rest in the storms.