A beautiful yet commonly quoted story goes thus:
A very poor woman called a Christian radio station asking for some assistance and help.
A man – known to be an unbeliever in God and who highly despised religion – who was listening to this radio program…
…. decided to make something out of it…
>> He decided to play a prank on the woman, and make her a fool.
He got the ladies’ address…
… then called his secretary and ordered her to buy food
>> And take to the woman with the following instruction:
“when the woman asks who sent the food…
… tell her that it’s from the devil.”
When the secretary arrived and delivered the food to the woman…
… the woman was so happy and readily accepted the food and moved inside her little house.
The Secretary, out of curiosity asked her: “But don’t you want to know who sent the food?”
The woman answered:
“NO, it doesn’t matter!
>> Because when GOD orders, even the devil obeys.”
… when God orders, even the devil obeys!
The Gospel of the Day presents this act of encounter…
… where the shackles of captivity and bondage of Satan are broken by the power of release and liberation by Jesus!
… where Kingdom of Satan yields to the Kingdom of God!
Jesus is in the synagogue on the Sabbath Day and addressing the people. (Mk 1:21)
>> His teaching is full of power and conviction…
>> His teaching is filled with passion and fervour…
This presentation of Jesus, with full of power and authority is something remarkable…
… and worth to be imitated and inspired.
Jesus announced in his First Programmatic Speech (Lk 4: 16-30)…
>> “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…
… to proclaim liberty to the captives”
In tune with this announcement, the Lord goes about “preaching liberty to the captives”…
>> Those people, who were captivated…
… by sin
… by oppression
… by evil forces and satanic powers
And this “liberation from captivity”, was done by Jesus…
… with a lot of power and authority
… with immense conviction and passion
When one is deeply convinced of one’s beliefs, it overflows into one’s words and actions
>> When one is highly passionate about one’s faith, it overwhelms one’s deeds and life.
As He thus taught the people, Jesus encountered a man with an unclean spirit, who cried out:
” What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?” (Mk 1: 24)
>> Darkness cannot reign, when light shines!
>> Filth cannot dominate, where there is immense holiness!
>> Satanic powers begin to crumble, when the Word of God is proclaimed!
The man with the unclean spirit could not tolerate the Words and the Presence of Jesus!
>> His heart and mind began to reverberate
>> The depth of his soul was pierced
Irritation began in him..
… Restlessness began to overpower him
And finally, unable to withstand, he yelled out: “What have you got to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?!” (Mk 1: 24)
But the Power of God was much more powerful than this yelling!
>> The Lord with might and power, boldness and audacity ordered:
“QUIET! Come out of him” (Mk 1: 25)
And when God orders, even the devil obeys!
The Gospel says: “The unclean spirit convulsed him, and with a loud cry came out of him” (Mk 1:26)
Our life is a constant battle with the powers of the evil.
Time and again, we have people and situations who discourage us
>> Many times we go through moments when spiritual life doesn’t seem to be encouraging
We often get tied down by the powers of temptation
… We often get disappointed by the struggles of sinful tendencies
But let’s know for sure: The power of the Lord is with us – waiting to save us!
>> We need to know for sure: That when God orders, even the devil obeys!
What is therefore needed is that, we need to…
… yield ourselves to the Orders of God!
… make ourselves open and docile to the Commands of God!
Let’s examine our Christian lives and check:
>> Do I constantly seek live a life, in the Presence of the Lord…
… so that no powers of Satan can touch us?
>> Do I nourish my spiritual life with the daily food of Prayer, Word of God and rec-commitment to holiness…
… so that we are never under the bondage of the evil?
The mighty power of the Lord is with us
>> Always wanting to provide for us!
>> Always wanting to take care of us!
Let’s submit ourselves to His Power and Authority, knowing for sure:
“When God orders, even the devil obeys!”
God Bless! Live Jesus!