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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EddieBG..
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EddieBG..

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

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

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… Read more »

Tim Shey
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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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Steven Broiles
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“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… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

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… Read more »

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pigpen51
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pigpen51

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… Read more »

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MRP

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… Read more »

MD realtor
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MD realtor

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

chemtrailssuck
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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… Read more »

palcau ioan
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palcau ioan

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!

Tim Shey
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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… Read more »