AS THE OCCASION ARISES


Ferris Wheel


Scripture: Matthew 9:32-34

When they left, (after Jesus healed the 2 blind men) some people brought to Him a man who couldn't speak because he was possessed by a demon. So Jesus cast out the demon, and instantly the man could talk. The crowds marveled.

"Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!" they exclaimed.

But the Pharisees said, "He can cast out demons because He is empowered by the prince of demons."


First, if you are born again / saved / have Jesus in your heart . . however you want to verbalize it . . . you have the Holy Spirit within you.

Demons hate Jesus and cannot (and certainly do not want to) enter you.

They still try to hurt us by tempting us . . throwing bad & evil thoughts our way. It helps to either say the name 'Jesus' or sing a song about Him.


At the turn of the century Jerry and I were in Florida and attended the Strawberry Festival. We had strawberry shortcake for breakfast! Yum! Later we walked the midway (as in between booths at a fair).


Callers from the booths yelled loudly at Jerry to 'win your sweetie a Terry Bear', etc. From tossing balls to throwing darts they continued the whole length of the midway. There is an unwritten law that those men could not jump over their booths and accost Jerry and pull him over to play their game. They could yell all day but could not MAKE him play.


That is what demons do. They can yell at us and tempt us all day, but they cannot bodily grab ahold of us and MAKE us do anything. We are free because Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and set us free. (Romans 6:1-14).

We do not need to give in to fear. (That does not mean that we go looking for demons to fight them.).


Here is a portion of my favorite devotional book,

The One Year Book of Quiet Times with God by Jill Briscoe from August 13 titled

JEHOVAH YAHWEH:

From Exodus 3 Moses was talking with God and asked His name. God replied,

"I am". God told Moses He has heard the people of Israel crying because the Egyptian taskmasters were cruel. God chose to redeem His people. The book states God promised Moses the following:

"I am all that you will need as the occasion arises". Then this:


"He is all that is needed as our occasions arise as well!"


Think about that! No matter what happens, God will help us with the occasion.


Let's end with a quote from Romans 8:37-39 NIV


"No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."


Also, in response to the comment by the Pharisees . . .

In Matthew 12:25-28 Jesus said:

Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household

divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by

Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.










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