“Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.”
Having withstood the temptations of Satan in the desert Jesus now began to exercise His authority over the evil spirits. Such is the power and authority of His word, the word that spoke creation into being, that they had to submit and obey Him. Free of this demonic influence the man was now able to make his own choices about his life.
It is not only the activity of evil spirits that restrict people – so many of us carry within ourselves attitudes and insecurities that enslave us. The longer they are there, and allowed to dominate us, the more difficult it becomes to imagine life without them, and to do something about them.
Whether healing people physically, driving out evil spirits, challenging them with His teaching and calling them to follow Him, one of His underlying truths was always that we do not have to stay as we are for the rest of our lives. Change through healing and the Holy Spirit is always on God’s agenda. Having spoken Light into the first darkness and chaos He set about making something, and someone, of breathtaking beauty. And, when it was spoilt, He put His plan of salvation into effect. Jesus came with His promises of the Holy Spirit, peace, joy, life to the full, fruitfulness and significance – and, instead of isolation and loneliness, His presence with us forever.
Today is the day to look at our own lives and to identify the barriers that have grown there and which prevent us from living a more fruitful, interesting and effective life. As Jesus did we need also to speak sternly to them, to tell them and ourselves that they have no right to be there – and then begin to evict them by taking repossession of those areas a step at a time.
Tackle one of your ‘I cants’ and make something new happen. With Jesus you can!
Father God, please help me to stand up and step more fully into this life that You have given me, to become more of the person that You created me to be – in Jesus name, Amen.