Acts 13:8 – But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
In our “everything goes” crazy world where fewer and fewer people truly know the difference in right and wrong, where it is, in many places, becoming more and more difficult to tell the distinct difference between one who calls him/herself a Christian and one who does not, people in general have become increasingly ignorant of and blind to true demonic activity. Today, Christian parents send their children to see movies that have obvious demonic influence, if not being absolutely Satanic. Christian leaders seek peace in the name of their fame and notoriety by partnering with enemies of our faith to make themselves look good. All across the American landscape, shops for the palmist and astrologer are open for business, and Christians pass them every day as though they were part of the normal landscape. And new age shops for shoppers who want crystals and skulls to enhance their psychic abilities in communi-cating with the spirit world are in almost every city in America. And all that, dear reader, is just what is clearly seen on the service.
Make no mistake about it, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is in the midst of a spiritual battleground filled with demonic intrusion. What I have shared is merely that which can be seen on a daily basis by simply driving around our communities. Only our Father in heaven knows what is happening in our churches, businesses, schools, homes, and in the social scenes of the world today. Once again, make no mistake about it, we are in a battle filled with demonic intrusion. The question is, “What will you do?”
Jesus cast out demons, cursed fig trees, talked to storms, and took authority over spirits of oppression and infirmity. Paul the Apostle cast out demons, delivered the bound, and openly spoke revealing truth to take the wraps off of demonic intrusion seen in our Text for Today, and in dealing with a demon possessed girl in Acts 16. Peter the Apostle cast out demons, and confronted by Simon the sorcerer in Samaria, uncovered his devious plan and exercised the power of God over him. Clearly, from the Scriptures, we have solid and repeated precedence for our role in taking action in our time, regardless of where you are. Don’t go about looking for demons under every flowering plant, behind every door, or clinging to every doorknob. But PLEASE, join yourself in a closer walk with the Lord than you’ve ever known, open your heart and mind completely to the leadership of Holy Spirit and His ability to reveal that which is happening about you! You have divine authority and ability in your world; your home, your school, your church, your place of employment, in your car, where you live and shop. “What will you do?”
Manna for Today – Acts 13:1-12; Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 18:18; Luke 10:17-20; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10; Acts 16:16-24