But the Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3:8
We are still in the Gospel of Matthew. After the stormy crossing of the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8, 28-34):
When Jesus came to the other shore, to the region of Gadara, two possessed people ran out of the burial caves to meet Him. They were so dangerous that no one could use the road that led past. Immediately they began to shout: “What have we to do with you, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us ahead of time?” Some distance away, a large herd of pigs was grazing. Then the demons asked Him, “When You cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs!” He said to them, “Go!” So they demons left them and went into the pigs. And the whole herd rushed down the slope into the lake and perished in the floods. The shepherds fled and ran into the town and told everyone there what had happened, including what had happened to the possessed. And the whole city went out to Jesus; when they met Him, they asked Him to leave their territory.
That is how it is: Jesus is the Saviour, HE is stronger than all darkness.
For Jesus it was not a question of whether evil powers existed. He had daily contact with them. He knew which illnesses, disturbances and bondages are caused by these powers and which are not. We know that evil spirits exist, but not everything is caused by them.
We are under the protection of Jesus if we cling closely to Him; – they can then do nothing to us. But if we are proud, or if bitterness and unforgiveness or self-pity take us captive, then we are also quick victims of these powers.
We have often experienced liberation when we prayed with people. But often people also had to change their behaviour in order to become free. It seems to go hand in hand, one cannot exist without the other. Most importantly and as a prerequisite, cling to Jesus, the closer the better.
Paul says we are not fighting against people, but against these powers that work through people and situations. Some Christians misunderstand and end up fighting each other and their opinions, almost to the death. This is awful! The enemy rejoices instead of being attacked. Dear brothers and sisters, let the other have his opinion and rejoice in one another! That is what Jesus wants.
The struggle for liberation and salvation against the power of darkness cannot be won alone. We need brothers and sisters who pray for us and with whom we can talk. That is how Jesus ordained it. The lone Christians, the know-it-alls quickly fall for the tricks of the enemy.
Devote your time to Jesus. Read His Words, talk to Him and do what He says. Then He will stand by you in every battle. Amen!!!
Thank You, Jesus, You are the victor! You are much, much stronger than all other powers, whether human, circumstance or darkness. I cling closely to You because You give me life, support and peace. Thank You!!!