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WALK WITH GOD
October 8, 2020, 9:00 AM

Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? I know who you are—The Holy One of God!” -Mark 1:23-24

The synagogue wasn't the temple. It was a man-made substitute which arose during Israel's exile - a time of divine disciple for idolatry and rebellion against God Almighty. The synagogue was a synthetically manufactured replacement for sacred space. It was not a place of worship, per se, but rather one of intellectual religious endeavors.

It's no coincidence demonic activity flourished therein.

We are inclined to pervert and pollute our relationship with Jesus. We twist it into one of Scripture memory, Bible trivia, stories, attendance, ceremonies, ritual, and intellectual religious endeavors rather than simply walking with God (Gen 5:21-24). Then, we're shocked when legitimate demonic activity, i.e. fits of anger, emotional upheavals, mental and physical illness abound in our lives.

That's the true nature and reality of demonic possession.

The only cure? Christ.

The only vehicle? His Bride.

There is great simplicity in the Gospel: Jesus is King.

There is great simplicity in authentic worship: "Enoch walked with God."

 

Our Adversary, the Eternally Defeated One, still deploys his dark minions to steal, kill, and destroy. Demonic activity is just as real today as it was two-thousand years ago. It's still prevalent in "religious centers" and Christian churches. It still invades and destroys hearts, minds, relationships, and the lives of those practicing a superficial form of religion, while underneath desperately holding onto self.

To answer the demoniac's question, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?" He wants infinitely more than we could ever offer. He desires for us to turn from sin and to abandon unto Him for eternal life. Simply put, Jesus wants us to walk with Him - to walk with God.

Blessings,
-Pastor Kevin