It is January 1 of a whole new year.  I ponder to myself, is anyone else apprehensive about the violence that 2016 will see.  We have this ability to “see” what is going on all over the world, at almost the instant it happens.  And what is happening, is often times, very frightening.  I find myself questioning why this is happening, and many times throughout the last year, I have asked what kind of people do these things.

And then I saw it.

23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

A man with an unclean spirit?

And again I saw it.

32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.

Possessed with devils, with demons, with something evil.

And again.

34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

And again.

39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

The first chapter of Mark, the mention of people being possessed by unclean spirits is make over and over.  So I think, what did those spirits cause those people to do?  And then I knew just how it is that people are doing things so incredibly awful in our world today.  Things that are sometimes so horrific that it is often beyond my comprehension as to how another human being could be capable of such incredible evil.

The “feel good” worshipping that goes on in our world today doesn’t really touch on the evil one.  Their goal is to bring people into the building and make them feel good about themselves.  So, I’m thinking, the demons are having a hey day feeding off of people in our world.  People cannot really comprehend the unseen and believe it, but what else would cause such evil to reign over our world.  What else could cause someone to break into a home, see a beautiful young blond woman full with child.  The most innocent, and then brutally murder that woman.  Taking her life and the life of her unborn baby.

Is it really that impossible to believe in demons?

So, does that leave us hopeless?  It almost seems like the demons are everywhere and gaining greater ground every single day.  There are millions of people out there, raping children, cutting off innocent people’s heads, and beating little girls that they stole from a school.

You know, in reading that one little chapter of Mark….I also saw this.

24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

It is NOT hopeless.  Jesus can and will overcome this evil.  Let us not get weary, but continue to follow the narrow path.  Let us show people that they do not have to live under the influence of an unclean spirit, but that with the power of Jesus, they can be FREE!

Do not lose hope and grow weary this year.  Live boldly and in the power, the mighty awesome power, of Jesus.


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