Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Demons Witness

Have you ever felt like you were not the smartest person in the room. You saw something or heard something and were sitting there scratching your head while someone else seemed to just get it? As I was reading this morning I came across the following passage:
Acts 16: 16-17 - 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”
Here is a girl, with an evil spirit in her, who was speaking the truth about the Gospel. As I thought about this I also thought about another encounter where something similar happened.
Matthew 8: 28, 29 - 28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
These two demon possessed men recognized who Christ was when even his disciples were having a hard time seeing who Christ was! These passages reminded me of a couple of other verses:
I Corinthians 2: 13, 14 - 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Ephesians 6: 12 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
As I thought about this it made me realize how blinded we are at times. How the enemy has blinded us, how sin has blinded us how difficult it can be at times to see the truth and how it is impossible to truly understand the Gospel without the power of the Holy Spirit. As we engage in battle on a daily basis we have to remember that we, on our own, cannot convert anyone, we cannot remove the blindness, we are to share the truth with those around us and let the Holy Spirit do His work.

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