E3 #30. Herd of Pigs

by Jimmy Pruitt

Matthew 8:28-34

The opening line to John Elderidge’s insightful book, Wild at Heart, reads, “You were born into a world at war.” No truer words have been written to describe the fact that we are not alone.

We are quick to acknowledge the activity and work of God’s messengers, angels, but we must also acknowledge that there are malevolent forces at work as well. These evil forces are hell-bent to kill your effectiveness, steal your joy and destroy your testimony of Jesus.

Jesus never steered away from these demonic hosts but would, with a word, drive them out. Sometimes it’s not enough to simply avoid, there are times when you are called upon to walk in your God-given authority and do the business of the kingdom of heaven and render these forces impotent.

The strange response that Jesus was met with is indicative of what can happen when the fight comes into the natural realm. Many will not understand what is at stake and would rather avoid the subject altogether. They take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach. This is not the mandate for the Christ follower. We are called upon to fight the good fight of faith for His glory.

Prayer: Father, teach me Your ways when it comes to dealing with demonic forces at work in the world today. Grant me wisdom, grace and ever increasing levels of authority that I may fight the good fight of faith for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name,  Amen.