“Jesus shut him up: ‘Quiet! Get out of him!’ The demonic spirit threw the man down in front of them all and left. The demon didn’t hurt him.”
When my youngest son was 11 he was afraid of monsters. He would not go upstairs at night alone. If his younger sister accompanied him, then together they would find the courage to ascend the steps and fend off fiends they found lurking behind doors or shower curtains.
My boy has never seen A Nightmare on Elm Street (and with any luck, he never will), but somehow he knew who Freddy Krueger is. He thought Freddy lived under his bed. You and I know Freddy Krueger is a fictional character in Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street horror film series. We know Freddy is actor Robert Englund under pounds of believable makeup. We all know Freddy Krueger cannot hurt anyone. But still, he’s pretty scary.
Horror is not my artistic genre of choice. I’ve never seen, nor do I ever care to see, a ‘slasher’ film. I did not watch The Exorcist in 1973 nor did I preview the sequels, Exorcist II and III in 1977 or 1990. I hear the 2004 Exorcist prequel is just silly. I won’t allow movies that portray the demonic into my mind or home. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the obvious creativity and hard work that must go into an excellent horror flick. It’s just that I choose not to tempt my imagination with the fears a frightening film might arouse in me or my family. Demons are real and I choose not to play around the edge of where fantasy and reality meet.
Demons have the power to influence and control human lives: “The demonic spirit threw the man down”. But the power of Jesus is even greater. In the presence of Christ, the demon knocked a man down but it “didn’t hurt him”. Jesus made the angel of darkness be “quiet” and “get out”. Thankfully, demonic impact is minimal for those who remain in contact with Jesus. Jesus is greater than all the demons I will ever face. They cannot hurt me. The devil may throw a good “man down”, but he cannot “hurt” him because...
“greater is He who is in you [and me] than he who is in the world.”
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In spite of the inspired efforts of prophets like Elijah and Elisha, the northern nation of Israel with its capital city of Samaria suffered under a parade of unworthy kings who led the people into destruction and captivity at the hands of Assyria approximately 722 years before the birth of Christ. The author of 2nd Kings offered this explanation…
“All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD their God” 2nd Kings 17.7
Following the persecution and dispersion of the church in Jerusalem (Acts 8.1-4), chief accuser Saul miraculously converted to Christianity and together with Barnabas was appointed by the Holy Spirit to embark on a missionary journey (Acts 13.1-3). Being rejected by the Jews, Saul (later called Paul) brought the message of Jesus to the Gentiles in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13.47).
Twenty centuries later, believers are still bringing this message of power, hope, and salvation to “the ends of the earth”…
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” Acts 16.31
Bible Reading Plan
There are 52 weeks and 260 weekdays in any given year (52 X 5 = 260). Coincidentally, there are also 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter of the New Testament every Monday through Friday, you will finish the entire New Testament in a year.
If you are a little more ambitious, you may want to read the whole Old Testament in a year on this 5 day a week reading plan.
Avid Bible students may accomplish the entire Bible each year by simply reading both Old and New Testament columns in the reading plan provided at the link below.
If you fall behind, use the weekends to catch up. If you fall far behind, don’t worry about it. Just pick up your reading for the day. The study of God’s Word should not be approached as a competition or legal requirement for believers. You don’t have to read the Bible. You get to. Enjoy your time in the Scriptures and read with a spirit of anticipation. Jesus will speak to you through His Word.
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