It is by the finger of God that I drive out demons (Luke 11:20
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March 23, 2017
Meditation(The Word Among Us)
23 March 2017
_It is by the finger of God that I drive out demons._
The people were amazed by the display of power that Jesus had just demonstrated. How could he drive out demons? They were strong, fearsome enemies of God and his people. So how could Jesus, who was just another man, possibly overpower one of them? The only way he could have had so much power was if he were an agent of the devil as well.
Imagine how absurd such an accusation must have sounded on a closer examination. Satan isn’t in the business of healing and restoring. He’s too busy dividing and destroying. No, it had to be God’s power at work. Jesus affirmed this when he told them, “If it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20).
The kingdom of God! The kingdom of One who is always good. The kingdom of One who created everything and sustains all things in love. The kingdom of One who forgives, comforts, and redeems. This is your King, and his kingdom has come!
God is not engaged in a power struggle with the devil. He is above everything, so no opposition can pose a credible threat to him or his kingdom. His strength is absolute, his intentions are pure, and his plans for us are perfect. So why should he—or any of his followers—fear the devil? Remember: all his enemies, even Satan, cringe before him (Psalm 66:3).
Today’s Gospel passage demonstrates the ease with which we can be freed from the devil’s temptation. But there is one condition: we need to “gather” with Jesus. We need to be connected with him in prayer, and we need to be connected with each other in fellowship, love, and respect. Jesus promised that when two or more are gathered in his name, he is present (Matthew 18:20). So if you want to know the grace and the freedom of life in the kingdom of God, seek out your fellow citizens in your parish. Get to know them. Start to share your life with them. Pray for each other, and support each other. Then watch as the devil flees.
_“Thank you, Jesus, for calling me into your kingdom! I am yours, Lord, and I trust that you will shield me and guide me today.”_
September 26, 2018