Sunday Devotional: He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him

Mark 1:21-28

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Jesus cast out demons

Only one of the following three can be true:

  1. The author of the Gospel of Mark was lying.
  2. Jesus was delusional in believing there are demons and that He has the ability to cast out demons.
  3. Mark was telling the truth — Jesus did drive out demons. That makes any priest or minister who refuses to address this subject a coward at best or, at worst, a liar by omission.

“The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist. (La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas.)” -Charles Baudelaire, Le Joueur généreux, 1864.

The pusillanimous avoidance of all mention of devil, demons, and Hell by too many priests and ministers may account for why Americans increasingly no longer believe in the Devil.

A 2013 Harris Poll found that although a majority (74%) of U.S. adults still said they believed in God, that’s down from the 82% in earlier years. Nearly one-fourth of Americans (23%) identified themselves as “not at all” religious, nearly double the 12% of six years ago in 2007. Belief in miracles, Heaven and other religious teachings also declined, including:

  • 68% believed that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72%;
  • 65% believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70%;
  • Only 58% (fewer than 6 out of every 10 Americans) believed in the devil and Hell, down from 62%.

How curious it is that while 68% believed that Jesus is God, only 58% believed in the devil, which would imply that those 10% think our Lord Jesus Christ was lying or hallucinating when He exorcised demons in Gospel passages like Mark 1:21-28. And these are Christians!

How can we armor ourselves against the Devil if we don’t even believe he exists? No wonder Americans increasingly are debauched and depraved. Increasingly, Satanism is a cool thing. See:

The real irony is, as recounted in Mark 1:21-28, the Devil and other demons most certainly believe in and fear Christ our Lord:

“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

In fact, we know from countless first-person testimonies that just invoking the name of Jesus Christ repels demons. And did you know that Richard Gallagher, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College, says demonic possession is real?

What’s the best defense against the Devil and demonic possession?

Put on the armor of God; keep pure your body, mind, and soul; and be true to the First and Greatest Commandment of All (Mark 12:30):

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

Jesus, I trust in You!

~Éowyn

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23 responses to “Sunday Devotional: He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him

  1. The Older & Wiser I get, – The More Certain I become That Jesus Christ is Lord of my Life Here & Here After..

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  2. Amen!
    even the devil quoted scripture to Jesus: “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Matthew 4:6
    Jesus used those unclean spirits to reveal His glory.

    too many churches today present God as everyone’s ‘friend’, like a happy hippy. it seems to go against today’s newest PC norm to show Christ as one who is angered and strong. God will seek vengeance in His time.
    Jesus cleared the temple courts, whipped, and yelled. When the jews questioned His authority:
    “Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”” John 2:19…who else has ever made that declaration and proved it?

    If one sees God as only their friend then there is no need to fear Him or heed Him; there is no need to repent and seek forgiveness or even believe in going to hell, or that there is a place called “hell”.
    satan is very wicked and cunning and by convincing people that Jesus is just their ‘friend’, not Lord and Savior, then they don’t see Him in all His glory. They, foolishly, see Jesus as someone who satan has cunningly relegated to their level.
    They don’t see God, in all His glory, who can destroy the world with a flood with only a thought, yet who would come to the world in flesh and humble himself before sinners and offer himself as The Sacrifice for our salvation and redemption.
    I pray people “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6
    “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:8-9

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    • MomOfIV . . . . God Bless you, the longer I know you the more I become convinced that we are related, because our thoughts and beliefs are certainly intertwined. Perhaps we are sisters born to different mothers’.

      Satan absolutely temped Jesus Christ to “prove that he was The Christ” by evoking his innate powers; when you think of this, it should be apparent that IF Christ had arisen to the challenge which was put forth by that Father of Lies, Christ would have been in the position of almost subjugating himself to the power and will of Satan. Christ in and of Himself, knew, and does know that He and He alone has all power. Yet he fails to show his power in all instances, because this might cause some people to “believe in him because of His power, rather than to invoke the Law of Faith.

      We can see in in the life of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, that any number of times he has called on the elements to Obey His Will . . . . sometimes this resulted in instances which were to the benefit of men, and at other times it destroyed various groups of men. Let us first look at instances where Our God used his powers to make the elements obey His will. We have recorded history that tells of our Earth being formed by having the elements of the Earth come together to form a habitation for us, His children. This was accomplished by via the elements obeying the mind and will of God. We later see that when the Hebrews were fleeing Egypt, the river Nile obeyed the person who was given God’s authority to command it to stop flowing and allow the children of Israel to cross to safety. There are even events in our American history where the normal laws of physics were stayed. Such is the case of the young George Washington, who at about the time of the French-Indian Wars, was shot at numerous times by Indian tribes . . . yet his clothing never showed the signs of being punctured. Later a great Indian Chief, who visited Washington remarked that “his men’s aim was true,” there was no reason why Washington was not taken down . . . that same Chief gave the order to his men that they were to cease and desist from firing on Washington because he was evidently protected by The Great Spirit. Then we have the instance during the American Revolution where the siege at Boston port was raging. The British had any number of cannon laden ships blocking the harbor. Yet there was an “unseasonably rare, dense fog” that socked in the harbor; at this very time, the Americans were hauling cannon up the steep hill that overlooked the harbor–they were able to accomplish this because they were undetectable to the British. After the American cannon were in place and functioning–the fog lifted, only to find that the British were dumbfounded by the site of American cannon overlooking their position in the harbor. The British commander was heard to say, “my men would have taken six months to accomplish what the American’s did in six days.” There is the instance where the American ships were moving on Japan; the one Japanese plane that would have spotted the American flotilla . . . un-expectantly developed engine trouble and had to turn back to their homeland. The instances where the very elements have obeyed the voice and thoughts of Our God are too numerous to state . . .

      Now let us look at instances where the voice of God has caused negative consequences in the lives of His children, by commanding the elements to obey Him. First, we have our first parents kicked out of the Garden of Eden, with the placement of a guard to keep them from returning to eat of the fruit of Eternal Life, which would have prevented them from progressing, and eventually allowing you and I to come to Earth. Then we have the Tower of Babel, where The Lord was enraged at the very thought that His children would attempt to built an edifice that would reach the Heavens–so he confounded their speech, and drove them to different places on the Earth. We see that due to the evil at Sodom & Gomorrah, the city was utterly destroyed, no doubt by normal elements obeying the commands of God–and this was due to the evil of the people living there. Then we look at Noah and his family, who were found to be the only righteous people on the whole entire place of the Earth–all the other evil inhabitants were swept off, and God instituted another family with which to populate the Earth. We can see from various battles that the House of Israel fought against enemies–which they were righteous, the elements would combine to cause various situations that would defeat their foes. This principal always worked in conjunction with the righteousness of the people . . . this is the very reason why it is so important that all those who believe in Jesus Christ, obey His commandments . . . . . and allow Him to fight our battles, or give aid when necessary. Those who drown themselves in evil doing will be the very ones who are at jeopardy of their lives . . . both here on the Earth, and in Eternity.

      I cannot in words alone agree enough with the idea that God is not our friend. That is a ludicrous idea. The very fact that He alone made atonement for our sins does not make him our friend, we are not His equal. No doubt about it He Loves you and I without measure. We should have an attitude of love and gratitude for the great gift He gave us.

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      • ditto Auntie!
        great minds think alike! 🙂
        God bless

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      • “I do not call you servants, for servants do not know what the master is doing. I will call you friends.” These are the Words of Our Lord to His Apostles.
        It is also interesting to note that Aristotle (a pagan) ran up against this very idea in his philosophy. Having declared that “All men by nature desire to know,” he worked on this idea and came to the conclusion that if there was a “god” of any sort (I use the lower-case G because the Ancient Greeks lacked the benefit of Revelation and believed in many gods), then men, by their rational nature, would be, by that fact, on an almost-equal or even level with such a god. But then he backed off that conclusion, holding that men must, of necessity, be lower than a god, and that any god and men could not be friends.
        As a sinful and imperfect Christian, I admit that Christ is the Master: I don’t tell Him what to do; He tells me what to do (or He Will, at my particular judgment). Christ is both True God and True Man, hence, He will always be the Master of Men, as He is the Author of Creation and Human Nature and all human beings. And yet, if we get to Heaven, we will get to actually share in His Divine Nature, according to our degree of sanctity. I think this is what the pagan Aristotle, lacking Revelation, wanted to get to but could not.

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      • God’s fingerprints are everywhere and in every time….
        He is everpresent…..wonderful examples Auntie.

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      • Here is some more information on George Washington’s life being preserved in battle during the French and Indian War:

        The Bullet Proof President
        https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/the-bullet-proof-president-george-washington/

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  3. I have been delivered of probably hundreds of demons in my life. Here is some more on deliverance from demons:

    New Testament Circumcision
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/wearing-a-rough-garment/

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  4. “Have You come to torment us before the time?” they asked Jesus.
    This is a very telling and very cryptic response, and I still do not know the entirety of its meaning. I do not believe the full meaning can be known in this life, as evil or iniquity is a mystery—a horrible mystery, but a mystery nonetheless.
    I do believe in God and His Power and Authority. I also believe that the Devil does exist. As Paul VI has stated, “There is a spirit, perverted and perverting” that has been and is attacking all of humanity.
    Again, I have witnessed demonic activity on a number of occasions in life, and I am absolutely convinced he is a real and non-human person. He has lost his happiness forever, but he has not lost his powers as an angel. But those powers have been perverted and warped, and he uses his influence to confuse and tempt us, so he can attack us.

    It would seem to me that many people who no longer believe in the existence of Satan are able to take that stance because they have successfully rid themselves of the idea of GUILT. If I no longer feel the emotion of guilt, if I no longer believe in the rational impulse of the conviction that I have done wrong, well, then, I am not to be judged, am I? Two conclusions are possible: Either Satan does not exist (and Hell is empty) or I pose the (hypothetical) question, “So who is Satan to me?” as if this would innoculate the sinner against him! (Which only goes to prove the fundamental truth that, outside of outright possession, Satan cannot make one sin without his consent!)

    I have witnessed demonic activity on a number of occasions in life, and I have had to deal with people who, upon reflection, I believe were possessed. We have seen them in the public sphere. I believe that both Clintons, Bush the Elder and Obama are actually possessed. I believe that Hugh Hefner and Margaret Sanger were possessed. I believe that Madonna and a number of rappers may very well be possessed. Again, the Catholic Rule of Thumb applies, regardless of who or what these people are: Possession, under normal circumstances implies a prior consent. I do believe that this prior consent, a grave sin, can be forgiven with confession and exorcism. But let us remember the fundamental truth here: God will never drive out a demon without that possessed person’s consent.

    I believe that Jesus Christ Our Lord is the God-Man He Says he Is, and I believe He has Power and Authority over all of Creation.

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    • Steven . . . . God Bless you for using the very words that had escaped me . . . “God in His Power and Authority . . .” That just about says all there is to say about Our God.

      I too am mystified that people would not believe in Satan and his power, although it is Eternally, a lesser power than that of “God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Ghost.” In order to test the children of God, when they have been sent to Earth–there must be opposites that pull at their allegiance. For those who align themselves with God, those who follow God, their Eternal life is assured. Those who have aligned themselves with Satan, and have spent a life of evil doing–then where they spend Eternity is also assured, and it will not be with the children of God.

      I hope that anyone who is beset by issues of “dwelling on their personal sins” remembers that Jesus Christ made the sublime sacrifice that paid the debt of our sins. That if we would repent and sin no more–the Atonement does away with our personal responsibility for atoning for our own sins. To keep the remembrance of our sins, is to lessen the great gift of The Atonement.

      I am in total agreement as to the demonic possession of those you have listed. For instance, how could Slick Willy and Killary be associated with so many, many deaths . . . and not have surrendered their very souls to Satan? I don’t think that is even conceivable.

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  5. Dr Eowyn . . . . this is such a magnificent lesson for today. God Bless you for continuing to feed The Lord’s sheep with messages of such spiritual significance.

    I am particularly taken with the fact that you quoted Mark 12:30 . . .”And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” That scriptural advice is just as pertinent as it was two thousand years ago as it is today.

    It is an appalling fact that the numbers of those who believe in The Savior, Jesus Christ, are dwindling. If it is true, which I think we must accept, that The Lord does not decimate a population until such time as the vast majority of people have turned from His ways, and are “ripe in iniquity,” then it well behooves you and I to remain a righteous people, and to attempt to influence all those around us. That is the only real safeguard to ensure that there are righteous people here on the Earth to welcome the returning Christ.

    I am glad that you included in this lesson, the idea that “demonic possession” is an actual thing. In order to guard against it, we must know and accept that it is real. If we can accept it as being real, then perhaps when we come in contact with people that we believe to be “demonically possessed” we can either choose to “avoid them like the devil,” (I just had to say that) or if it is a family member, or loved one, then we must seek help from those who are spiritually qualified to deal with the problem.

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  7. If people would remember that our God is a just God, they would also know what awaits those who reject Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;

    And also, I believe that it is impossible for a Christian to be possessed by a demon. A Christian is perfect by the sacrifice of Christ. Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.
    If we are perfected forever, because we have been set apart, which is what the word sanctified means here, then we are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, and the Spirit and a Demon could not dwell in the same place.

    MomofIV, I see it today as you stated, that many see God as only our friend, and many preachers love to preach the so called prosperity Gospel. It is based in a certain group, that I won’t get into, but they like to follow the Purpose Driven Life book and that entire thing. Now, in and of itself, it is not wrong to have a purpose and a drive in your life. What is the problem is that the Gospel that is preached in the Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren is a false Gospel. He talks about having a relationship with God, and about saying some sinners prayer about believing and receiving Jesus into your life. It doesn’t say anything about repentance or Christ’s death or resurrection. He says that God is not mad at sinners, yet there are many places in the Bible that say this very thing. John 3:36King James Version (KJV)
    36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

    I know, I should not pick on Rick Warren, because he is not alone in this kind of belief. It seems that today, Satan has used this counterfeit Gospel to blind people to salvation and the message that Christ intended for them. And millions of people are eating right out of his hand. It’s the old saw, everyone wants something, but nobody wants to have to actually do the work to obtain it. Everybody seeks salvation, because we have a hole where God’s Spirit is designed to fit, inside of us, but nobody is willing to repent of their sin.

    It is understandable, of course. We inherited our sinful nature, and sin makes us happy, it makes us feel good. Face it, sometimes, sin is fun. If sin was not fun, or did not make us happy, we would not do it. And it would be easy to stop. But as we all know, sometimes, even though we try our hardest, we fail. It is only the fact that we have a Savior that we can have confidence in our salvation at all, and that is what can drive our love toward God, and can allow us to share the Gospel with others.
    1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    Dr. Eowyn, I also thank you for you messages on Sunday, and the passages that you include. They always provoke me to thought, and to deeper study of my own. And they are always relevant to the events of the day, which used to be difficult for me, years ago. It seems that the older I get, the more relevant that the scriptures become to the world around us. I can see not only the book of Daniel and Revelation, and some other prophetic books, but I can relate most of the Bible to the world of today. I suspect that many of your visitors can, as well. It just points out to me that God’s Spirit did indeed write the Bible, through human hands.

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  8. I recently viewed a well done , factual video , reviewing the world’s occult near history . ( The Illuminati Are About To Make Their Final Move . 2018 – 2019 , by End Times Productions ) The final summation & proffered solution totally ” dropped the ball “. Mankind is being driven to kneel before JESUS CHRIST , if they will , to receive His deliverance in mortality as well as in heaven . THE GOSPEL is the only hope and way out of this coming hell on earth . THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST , the power of miracles , will be the difference between life and death .

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  9. Dear Dr. Eowyn, You must be Episcopalian, we had the very same reading today in church!

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  10. Wonderful post as always, Dr. E!
    Even the demons know that Jesus Christ is the Holy One of God. It’s sad that more people don’t. Demonic possessions are up, which is not surprising seeing as people are more secularized than ever before.
    As Prince said (before he was gotten rid of by speaking on a show about chemtrail spraying and about manganese spraying over his neighborhood), all we can do is to rely on Prophecy.
    When I had read about the supposed exorcism of the boy (popularized by the movie the Exorcist), I thought it odd that the exorcists did not call upon Jesus Christ to remove the demon, they called upon archangel Michael. If you read Steven LaChance’s book about it (Confrontation with Evil) he seems to think that the demon did not leave….it transferred to another priest that was helping out with the exorcism.
    All the New Agey stuff seems to be a very sneaky way to lead people away from Christ and the Church.
    We as Christians need to spread the word of Christ, especially to others who haven’t thought much about Him lately. If we are embarrassed about Him, He will be embarrassed about us.

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  11. with every generation that comes n go,theres less n less faith in this world,but that is nothing new under the sun,so wen Jesus asked if there will any faith ,wen He will return,i think we all know the answer…many ppl say i believe in Jesus,n thats is,but this is not enuff…the demons knows Him too,n they have fears,Satan know Him too,but he has no choice but to go on ,untill God will restore everything .Theres no words to be tell about our great God! God Bless you all!

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  12. Back in 1990 I was attending the Assembly of God in Ames, Iowa. The Lord told me to give this testimony to that congregation: that the Lord had delivered me from many demons. I gave that testimony twice in two months. The last time I gave that testimony, the pastor rejected it a second time and the Lord told me to take the shoes off my feet and shake the dust off my shoes and leave that church. I didn’t do it because I felt sorry for that pastor.

    As I left the church building after the service, the pastor followed me outside and he was visibly shaken. He told me that, when I gave that testimony, that I was glorifying Satan. When he said that, he blasphemed the Holy Ghost (which means he will never get saved). I went to church there two more times and then I left because I thought the Lord was going to kill me (I was literally shaking in my shoes the last time I was at that church).

    That pastor is Gary Pilcher and he is probably a pastor in Des Moines, Iowa to this day.

    There is no fear of God in the heart of the wicked.

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