What demons are you battling this week? this month? this year? this life?
We all have our demons. We have those things that get to us. We have that sin we hold on to. We have that struggle we just can’t ever seem to overcome. We all have SOMETHING.
I know a young woman who is absolutely beautiful. She is tall, just the right size, big beautiful eyes, and a list of other physical attributes that would definitely have anyone judging this book by it’s cover as a classic read. She has it all, right!? NOT. When you look a little deeper, you see a frown. You experience a horrible attitude. You are subjected to a foul disposition and an ugliness that makes you feel like you might be looking at the dark one himself. It truly is a classic case of beauty being only skin deep. God made this young woman. He made her beautiful. He made her intelligent. By the way she is clothed and carries herself, she doesn’t seem to want for anything. Apparently, though, she wants more of something. But what? Who knows. Only she would be able to tell you this IF she feels as if you need to know which probably won’t happen. It’s sad to see. Why someone can be put together so perfect physically yet lack all the heart. She is battling some kind of demon. Perhaps it is her home life, friend status or the horrible self-esteem issues which may compound from the former two. Again, who knows, but she is in a battle. The world does not see her battle. The world sees her beauty and counts her as OK.
BUT GOD…WHAT DOES GOD SEE? What would Jesus say to her? Would he remind her of her beauty and help equip her with the tools she needs to fight the demons? I believe this would definitely be the case. Due to God’s immeasurable love for us, He sent Jesus to cover all of our sins, take away our fears and shortcomings and create a new person in us–washing away all the old!
How does this young lady (or how do we) get to the point where we can fight our demons and WIN?
First, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE!
Also in the story below, the disciples want to know why they couldn’t help the young boy get rid of his demon and JESUS says, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
Read the entire story:
New King James Version (NKJV) from BibleGateway.com
A Boy Is Healed
14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running toHim, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”
17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”
19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it:“Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spiritcried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”
29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
WE MUST BELIEVE….
WE MUST PRAY…
AND WE MUST FAST!
We must do this in order to keep our faith. I believe that sometimes we come to a point where our walk with God becomes routine. We say the same prayers. We throw the same stuff at God. We don’t take time to listen to him. We don’t pray and fast. (Definition: To fast is to do without food. Its purpose is to experience the effects of not eating. It also serves to be a penance or a sacrifice – for the purpose of strengthening us.) We especially do not do this in America where food is something we tend to worship and is most always taking the place of GOD. We need to push away the things that hinder us from a true relationship with God even if it is our dinner plate. As Jesus said, this, along with prayer, is how we can really get rid of those demons.
I know you may not see your struggle as a demon like the story above, but this is what I took as I listened to this story through the Daily Audio Bible this last week. I’ve read this story several times since this day and totally believe it has helped me with my “demons.” THIS KIND CAN COME OUT BY NOTHING BUT PRAYER AND FASTING.
I thank God for His increase. He shows me Himself more and more as I read and study His word.
If you have stories of how He has shown you something through the scripture, I would love to hear it! If you don’t want to reply here, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org