Most recent Sermons on Sermon Cloud All Time
Sermons about Demon
Football is on lots of people’s minds today and no doubt a number of us will be racing home to see how the Seahawks are doing against the Atlanta Falcons. Imagine what it would be like if we were watching a football game in which half of the players were invisible. All of a sudden a guy would fall down but we couldn’t see why. The ball would go flying but for no visible reason. Imagine how confusing it would be and hard to figure out or explain. As Christians we have to have a worldview that understands that in history and in our own lives some of the players are invisible. We have to understand that the dominate force in history and in our lives is God and that there are other invisible spiritual forces at work as well. We live too many of our days as practical atheists, never considering that there are invisible forces at work, that God is up to things we can’t see or imagine. We just see the earthly or human, the visible side of things. We see the politics, we see the business decisions, we see the cultural forces and the natural phenomena, but what we don’t see is how God is moving and directing and causing and effecting. Jesus’ incarnation should wake us up to the vast possibilities of how the divine is intertwined with humanity, of how the invisible can invade the visible. There are things going on that are way beyond our finite minds. The followers of Jesus then and today must learn this lesson that the Kingdom of God is far bigger than our own little experience of it and God is doing things and using means, even outsiders, for His purposes and His glory. If we are going to be wise Christians we have to become more mindful of the kind of world we live in. Presumptuousness, jealousy, narrow-mindedness will blind us to much bigger possibilities. If you think you have God’s ways or reasons figured out, you are in for a surprise.
After a break for Advent we are returning to Mark’s Gospel this morning. I usually take time in January to cover other topics of great importance but I want to get to Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem by Palm Sunday so I need to start right back in Mark so we can make it to Jerusalem on time. Let me remind you where we are in Mark. After a couple of years of ministry in the region of Galilee, Jesus was getting ready to set His face toward Jerusalem. After the transfiguration we have five stories that expose several remaining serious deficiencies in the disciples, stories that expose their complete lack of understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, a follower of Jesus. Lessons we all need to learn, of course. The first story was as Jesus came down from the mountain and found the rest of the disciples perplexed because they couldn’t cast a demon out of a little boy for which Jesus rebuked them for their lack of faith and their prayerlessness.
Anyone can be used in a mighty way, no matter how bound, confused or demonized, all it takes is one encounter with Jesus!
The advance of the Kingdom of God faces opposition from demonic forces. As seen in the text, this was the case in the time of Jesus, and it remains a reality today. What is remarkable, is that the demons are fully aware of Jesus identity as the Son of God, and his authority to cast them out. They understand the reality of things! It is the people who are surprised by Jesus' power. But it is they who respond appropriately, not out of fear or with further opposition, but by bringing many to him for healing. With trust in his power and authority, may we also bring many to Jesus to receive his freedom and healing.
Luke 11:24-26, demons and the danger of trying to remain neutral towards Jesus.
In Luke 4:14-44 Jesus announces Himself as the Messiah and begins doing the miraculous to prove his point.
Acknowledging our true Enemy, the Devil, and recognizing his strategies is critical to fighting effectively in the war that Jesus has already won.