THE DEMONS FLEE - Week of January 31st
By Judy NicholsJanuary 31, 2016
THE DEMONS FLEE
This Sunday in church we sang a song that had a line about how the demons flee at the mention of the name of Jesus. Later we sang another song that talked about the cross being the place where those who feel accused and condemned can find mercy and grace.
The devil is called the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10); he accuses us before God and he accuses us to ourselves. Those thoughts that come into our minds unbidden, that say we are not forgiven or saved, that God is distant from us or doesn’t care, are all lies that he whispers to us to try to deceive us. Jesus called him "a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). There is no truth in him.
If you are a child of God, who is feeling condemned or defeated, here is what is true about you: Your sins have been washed away by the blood of Christ, removed from you as far as the east is from the west (1 John 1:7, Psalm 103:12). You are clothed in the righteousness of Christ and seated with Him in the heavenly places (Phil. 3:9, Eph. 2:6). There is no condemnation left for you, for Jesus took it all upon Himself at the cross (Rom.8:1, 1 Peter 2:24). You have an inheritance waiting for you in heaven, in the presence of Jesus (1 Peter 1:4, John 14:2-3). In this world you are safe, protected by the power of God (John 10:28-29, I Peter 1:5). And no matter what you are experiencing right now, whether it be sickness, loss, trouble, danger, fear, or anything else, God can and will use it for your good, to conform you to the image of Christ and thereby to bring great glory to Himself (Romans 8:28, 2 Cor. 4:17). You have access to the throne of God where mercy and grace are dispensed by the One who was tempted in all things as we are (Heb. 4: 15-16). This is what the cross of Christ purchased for you. Truly the cross is the place where we need to go when the accuser harasses us.
There will come a day when every knee will bow to Jesus and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Phil.2:10-12). The demons know this and shudder (James 2:19). They know the victory belongs to God and those who belong to Him (Rev. 12:10, 2 Cor. 2:14). Moreover, you have at your disposal the name of Jesus the Son of God, to Whom all power and authority have been given (Matt. 28:18, Luke 10:19). Use it! James 4:7 says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." Tell him what God says is true of you and see him run away with his tail between his legs.
© Judy Nichols 2016