The gospel of Luke tells us of a father who brought his demon-possessed son toJesus. Christ told the father, “Bring thy son hither. And as he was yeta-coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him” (Luke 9:41-42). The wordtare means to violently convulse, to terribly shake.This young man came to Christ and was about to be set free, translated out of
the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. The devil saw he was
about to lose another victim, so in a rage, he threw the young man to the
ground in one last, violent attack. He wanted to kill him and take his soul
before Jesus could deliver him.
Satan will try to do the same thing to you today. The moment you move toward
Christ, he will attempt one last devouring attack. He will put before your eyes
the most alluring temptations. He will try to cast you down with lies, telling
you that you will never be free from sin and lust. He will try to convince you
you’ll always be his, not God’s!
But let me remind you: The instant you move toward Jesus, the devil is rendered
helpless. He cannot stop anyone who is headed to Christ! He could not keep the
demon-possessed young man from reaching Jesus. All Christ had to do was say a
word: “And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and
delivered him again to his father” (verse 42).
James tells us, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
So, how do you resist the enemy? You do it by faith alone! Simply come to
Jesus, trusting that He will rescue you from Satan’s clutches. “Whom resist
steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9).
You can be free today. You can say to Satan, “When I finish reading this
message, I’m going to be a free person. Jesus is going to deliver me from
every lust and ungodly passion. It’s all going to go because He said so.”
The times ahead may get hard for you. But the Father’s glorious, blazing sun
will shine ever brighter for you!
Read this devotion online: http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/26005?src=devo-email