2021_05_14 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Mark 5-6
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; they were afraid.
Q. What do you get when you cross the Son of God with a demon possessed man and a herd of pigs?
A. A whole lot of frightened people!
Jesus shows his authority over Satan when he restores this demon possessed man in Mark chapter 5. The interplay between Jesus and the legion of demons is fascinating. They know Jesus is in charge and have no power in his presence. They can only do what is allowed by Jesus. Jesus grants their request to be sent into the herd of pigs and by the power of God, the man who had been held captive now walks free.
Satan may have been given temporary dominion over this world (Luke 4:5-7), yet Matthew 28:18 tells us that 'all authority has been given to Jesus.' How do we respond when we feel under attack by the enemy? The accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:20) and the father of lies (John 8:44) prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8), yet greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). We don't have to be afraid or feel powerless against the noise of the enemy. We can be confident that God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into his kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
St. Augustine of Hippo puts it like this “For as a chained dog, can bite none but those who go near him, so the devil cannot harm with his temptations those who do not consent to them. Like the dog he can bark at you, but cannot bite you against your will.”
The way we respond to the temptations of the enemy will allow or disallow his work in our lives. Focusing on a life in the spirit will give us power over Satan. He does not possess the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that the Holy Spirit brings.
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Prayer Team Lead