And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.
Mark 1:34 NASB
Our modern day doesn’t pay much attention to demon activity. When most people read verses like Mark 1:34, they think of uneducated people who didn’t know any better or think about a scary movie they watched before. So did all the demons just pack up and go home?
What gets me is that the demons always knew who Jesus was. There was no question that He was God’s Son and that He could utterly destroy them.
Not once did Jesus encounter a demon that didn’t obey Him! They are all subject to His authority.
The Believer in Christ needs to understand that we live in two worlds, the physical and spiritual. And although we are really used to and understand the physical world, we tend to neglect the spiritual.
The next Scripture in Mark finds Jesus in early morning prayer. Jesus spent time in prayer, because He understood the spiritual. He identified those demons, just like they identified Him. And He cast them out!
If we don’t spend time seeking the things of God, in the spiritual, we are not going to be able to identify when spiritual forces come against us. We will think it is the economy, your boss, people are mean, etc…
Your hour service on Sunday morning isn’t enough! Give God your time!
Things are hard enough even when I do pray, I don’t want to think about the despair that I would feel when I don’t.
Getting close and spending time with God is not an option. I need to protect that time and make sure nothing comes before it.
Lord, thank You for allowing me to come into Your Presence every day and spending time with You. Thank you for allowing me to know what is important. Help me to guard my time and use it to Your glory!