This morning I was reading from Psalm 44.
I God we have heard of the glorious miracles you did in the days of long ago. Our forefathers have told us how you drove out heathen nations and gave us the land. They did not conquer by their own strength and skill but by your mighty power . You are my King and my God. Decree victories for your people. For it is only by your power and through your name that we treaddown our enemies. I do not trust in my own weapons.
God gave his people success as they trusted him. We read from other stories like David, Nehemiah and Esther to name a few how God helped them when their enemies were out to defeat them.
The same God revealed himself through Jesus his Son when he came on earth. A most powerful demonstration of the God’s power used by Jesus is told in the story of the Gedarene man in Mark 5.
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
This man was so used by demons that he couldn’t live a normal life. There was no point trying to make him good. He wasn’t able to. The demons tortured him and he went about mad. No one could bind him. He had been tied up with chains but always broke free. Jesus comes along and with a word delivers him from a legion of demons. He was healed and restored to his right mind. The local people were scared. This man was once wild but was now fully clothed and in his right mind. They knew Jesus was different. He was able to help the man when no one else could.
This story shows the power of Jesus. He gives his followers the power to do the same as He did. Cast out demons and heal the sick in His name.
Jesus followers were with him when Jesus delivered the Gedarene man. After this Jesus sent his disciples out to cast out demons and heal the sick. Jesus demonstrated to them what to do.
In our western world we think that following Jesus is to be good, read your bible, don’t smoke or drink and attend church. We try to be good like Jesus but we are doomed to failure. One never can be good in one’s own strength.
To be a disciple of Jesus is to do what He said. And He called his twelve disciples and sent them out two by two with power to cast out demons.
So the disciples went out telling everyone they met to turn from sin. And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people , anointing them with olive oil. Mark 6 v 7
It wasn’t by their own power, or by their own goodness they were successful. It was by using the name of Jesus. Doesn’t that sound simple enough. Do the works Jesus did, using His name.
Seek first God’s kingdom and God will provide all your needs.
Don’t we complicate Jesus gospel. We try to meet our own needs first. Maybe some day we will be holy enough to cast a demon out. And people are not helped or captives set free. We become holy only by believing and obeying Jesus.
Today one is faced with many difficulties, Covid pandemic, fear, loss, family crisis, and much more. Add your difficulty to the list. I am sure of one thing is that Jesus will help you if you call on his name.
It is by the power of the name of Jesus I was delivered from the spirits of rebellion and bitterness. I turned from my sin. Afterwards I was healed from fourth stage cancer. Jesus is the truth. There is no other power can deliver and heal completely.