Vexed, Oppressed, & Obsessed

1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank  into the sea and drowned in the waters.  – Matthew 8:29-32

 

“The Devil made me do it”    

“I’m really fighting some demons here”  

“I can feel the enemy pulling at me”    

“The devil’s got a hand in this” 

 

Have you heard some of these sayings? Perhaps said some of these yourself? With a piggy back (no pun intended) on Jeff’s post yesterday I’m offering three platforms in which we battle the devil this morning… vexed, oppressed, & obsessed.

Vexed – The devil is chasing us, attempting to disrupt our lives, searching for his shot at a failure or hang up that he can use against us.   Pretty common right? Happening all of the time in a “non-stop” effort of his to catch soldiers of the King off guard.

Oppressed –  the devil caught up with you. He’s there throwing darts and daggers and some of them may feel like they are penetrating. it may be overwhelming, it may be exhausting, it’s dangerous and feels as though you cannot see the win.

Obsessed – Influenced completely by the devil, overcome and OCCUPIED by the demons.

See in the verses of Matthew when Jesus cast out the demons from ONE man He sends them into a HERD of pigs. This is to show us the VASTNESS of one human soul. What demons may take residence in ONE human soul can fill an entire HERD OF PIG! But see here…   NO ONE who claims belief in Christ is OBSESSED with the devil or by demons. Christ allows NO ROOM for the demons in His Temple. (AKA your soul!) That is a lie to believe it and a false truth to engage in the thought that the devil or a demon may take up residence in a believer. God does not share his children.  Therefore, obsession by demons or the devil will never happen to the believer.

“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”

You, I, we are filled with the Power of God. The Holy Ghost is IN US. Believer you have everything you need and as we read yesterday, the devil wants to oppress and vex those working in the Kingdom yet see here …. THERE IS NO WIN for them. This battle has been fought and won the day God sent Christ to the cross and hence He conquered death there…

The Power of the Holy Ghost is in your heart, in your hands, in your mind, in your pinkie toe!     Though vexed and often oppressed, you are the victor in Christ against demons and the devil. Additionally, with the MIND OF CHRIST, you have the resources and the ability to fight and conquer. Think no different than this brothers. We need to spend more time using the Holy Spirit than we do fearing the battle. God does not instill FEAR in any of His Sons and you are no different. You are created for righteousness and glory and a holy communion with eternity in which you shall celebrate this morning. Brother you got the power and the devil is quivering when the words of Christ leave your tongue. Your foot rests on his neck against the ground in a continuing strangle hold awaiting the earthly return of Christ our brother. Let today be the end of wavering in thought and battle.

“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”

Father, thank you for Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving us the way to glory and the answer for everything in yourself. Father forgive us for the hesitation and self-imposed fears and worry that we KNOW IS NOT FROM YOU. Give us the desire to REACH INTO YOUR SPIRIT more and FIGHT and may our feet press stronger on the neck of the devil crushing his ear to the ground. We know the way to you God, through He who is in us greater than he who is in the world. 

Author: Brenden Kurtz

Kingdom now. A Life interrupted by the Great I am. Project love unto others, both known and unknown, & to elevate one's attitude and aptitude. www.barnabasman.com

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