10/26/2022 - Fear & Evil have no Place with Him
“Step on a crack and break your mother’s back.” I watched a kid hopping cracks on a sidewalk while his dad kept calling him to keep up. “I don’t wanna break momma’s back” he said. Fun game. I played it, you probably did too. It’s Halloween and there are a multitude of superstitions that surround October 31st. In Jesus’ day fishermen of the Sea of Galilee were as superstitious as many fishermen in our day. (don’t fish Fridays/don’t step on a boat with your left foot, etc.) Luke 8:22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” Half way across the lake a storm hit them. The superstition of Jesus’ fishermen disciples kicked in. These sudden storms were attributed to evil spirits that lived on the eastern shore of Galilee, the very place they were headed. Jesus rebuked the wind and waves revealing his authority to protect from evil. Then as soon as they set foot on shore a demon-possessed man attacked. (I can hear the fishermen whispering, “I knew this was a bad idea”.) To the evil spirits Jesus ordered (Mark 5:8) “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” In one day the disciples saw Jesus both command and defeat Evil. Evil and the Evil One is real and still cowers at the Name of Jesus! (1 Peter 5:7-9) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.