The Men in Christ's Life: Father of a Boy with an Evil Spirit
- Thursday, March 19, 2009
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
8. We have victory over the enemy.
I don't know how many of you ever noticed in verse 25 that it says "and never enter him again." Our salvation comes from Jesus. When we are saved, it brings a power of light over darkness. The devil, the enemy, cannot dwell in us any longer. When I became a Christian, Jesus was rebuking the enemy on my behalf. He was telling him that he had no power over me. That he could not enter into me again. Isn't that amazing? This father could rest in knowing his son would not be the same; he would not only be healed, but the enemy could not enter him again. His son would have victory over the enemy.
When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
9. Jesus is always reaching out to us, but are we reaching back?
What I love about this part of the story is how to the crowd, the boy looked dead. I mean, if you had a demon controlling you, throwing you to the ground, trying to kill you, how would you look? But seriously, they thought he was dead. All the more showing the power of Christ. When Christ heals, he restores. He replenishes. He is the Father of the downpour. Do you need salvation? Restoration? Reconciliation. Do you need to be renewed in Christ? Maybe you just need rest. Jesus went on to reach his hand out to the boy who was on the ground, taking his hand and lifting him to his feet. Jesus never moves, we do. Jesus is always trying to reach us. Are we reaching back?
The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
10. Sometimes it takes prayer.
Wow, sometimes it takes prayer. The disciples asked Jesus in private: "Hey, Jesus, I mean, we have these different gifts. We have healed in the past, and this time we couldn't do anything. What did we do wrong? Did we miss something? I mean, I mean. …" I can just hear them. They were stunned that they couldn't heal this boy. But then Jesus said that this healing could have only come by prayer. It's not that anything we do in Christ we aren't doing prayerfully. But sometimes, due to being a Christian for a while, we don't have to always stop and ask God's direction. We know from experience what we need to do. I believe Christ is showing them that sometimes when we use our gifts for the body, it will take more than just doing something; it will take time, humility, submission, belief and prayer. Not just surface prayer but deep prayer. Prayer that becomes a witness to others. Prayer that takes you into a level with the Lord where you have never been. Prayer that changes you and others. Remember, prayer is our time with God one-on-one. Some things we ask for will not happen unless we are in this type of communication with God. It is through prayer that we hear from God, know the direction for our lives and ultimately change.
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