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"WHO CROSSES YOUR PATH" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-07-05


Who Crosses Your Path


LUKE 10:29 - 'But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?'





This question of 'who is my neighbour' can be used by Satan to deceive us in more than one way. Not only can he deceive men into thinking they have fulfilled the command to 'love thy neighbor as thyself' when they haven't, but he will also try to apply this command in a way that condemns those who are seeking to fulfill it, by making them think they are not doing enough.

We cannot meet the needs of every single person in the world. Jesus wasn't teaching that. This wounded man was directly in the path of these three men. The priest and the Levite had to walk around him. Jesus is simply teaching that we should take advantage of the opportunities we have. The fact that we can't help everyone is no excuse not to help anyone.

Jesus, through this parable, defined a neighbor as any fellow human being who crosses our path and is in need of our assistance. The Samaritan went to the full extent of his ability and beyond to help the man. The priest and Levite did nothing.

There was a racial and religious hatred between Jews and Samaritans. Devout Jews would not associate with or even talk to a Samaritan. The priest and the Levite that passed by this wounded man were his fellow-countrymen, and yet they didn't help him. This Samaritan, who was considered by religious Jews to be of another nationality, was the true neighbor. Jesus made it clear that you could not define 'neighbor' on the basis of geographic origin or your familiarity with someone. A neighbor is anyone that God puts in your path.



"GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-07-05
















GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES




THE LORD HAS GIVEN US SO MANY PROMISES IN THE BIBLE AND THERE ARE SO MANY CHRISTIANS THAT DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THEM.  PETER TELLS US THAT WE ARE GIVEN "EXCEEDING" GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES AND LOOK WHAT IT DOES FOR US.  2ND PETER 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  DID YOU SEE THAT....."THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM"....AND HOW DO WE GET THAT KNOWLEDGE....THROUGH HIS WORD.  I KNOW YOU GET TIRED OF ME HARPING ON READING THE BIBLE BUT YOU CAN SEE WHY.  THE GREATEST AND MOST PRECIOUS PROMISE IS OUR SALVATION.  HE DID IT ALL FOR US BUT WE HAVE TO ACCEPT HIM AS OUR SAVIOR TO RECEIVE IT.  MATTHEW 6:33 SAYS "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."





I LIKE WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT MAKING US PARTAKES OF THE DIVINE NATURE SO WE CAN ESCAPE THE CORRUPTION THAT IS IN THE WORLD THROUGH LUST.  JAMES 1 HAS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT LUST IN VERSES 14-15 WHEN HE SAYS "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  ACCORDING TO STRONG'S CONCORDANCE THE LUST TRANSLATED HERE MEANS "A LONGING, ESPECIALLY FOR WHAT IS FORBIDDEN".  I THINK WE KNOW, ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD, WHAT HE SAYS IS FORBIDDEN. 

 

VERSE 5 OF 2ND PETER 1 GOES ON TO TALKS ABOUT KNOWLEDGE WHEN IT SAYS "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge".  YOU DO HAVE FAITH TO DO THIS AND WHERE DOES FAITH COME FROM....."HEARING THE WORD OF GOD".  ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  SO, GET INTO YOUR BIBLE AND BUILD YOUR FAITH SO YOU WILL BE PREPARED TO RECEIVE THOSE OTHER "GREAT" AND "PRECIOUS" PROMISES. 





GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


















"WHY I DO WHAT I DO" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-07-04

 WHY I DO, WHAT I DO

GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY.  I PRAY THAT YOU ALL WILL HAVE A BLESSED 4TH AND THAT YOU ALL WILL BE SAFE.  BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE DOING FIREWORKS THIS YEAR.  I SUSPECT A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE DOING THAT BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS AND KEEPING THEIR DISTANCES FROM OTHERS.  THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON AND I FEEL WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO OUR NORMAL SITUATIONS.  

 


I DON'T USUALLY INCLUDE POLITICS IN MY MESSAGES BUT I FEEL THE LORD IS TELLING ME TO DO THIS SO I AM GOING TO SAY THIS.  VOTING IS VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR AS WE CHRISTIANS CAN'T AFFORD TO LET THE DEMOCRATS GET IN OFFICE.  THEIR AGREEING WITH ABORTION AND SAME SEX MARRIAGES ARE TWO THINGS SO AGAINST GOD'S LAWS THAT I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW ANYONE COULD BELIEVE THE WAY THEY DO.  THEY HAD BETTER GET RIGHT WITH GOD BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.  HE LOVES THOSE BABIES THAT ARE BEING MURDERED EVERY DAY.  THEY ARE ALSO TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICA AND WE CAN'T LET THIS HAPPEN.  PLEASE VOTE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AS I FEEL HE IS THE BEST PRESIDENT WE HAVE EVER HAD.  WE CAN FINALLY WORSHIP GOD OPENLY AGAIN.    

 

 

I KNOW THIS MESSAGE IS DIFFERENT FROM MY USUAL MESSAGES SO I GUESS I JUST WILL GO ON WITH SOMETHING ELSE AND EXPLAIN A FEW THINGS I HAVE BEEN ASKED ABOUT. YOU WILL NOTICE I PUT A LOT OF SCRIPTURE IN MY MESSAGES RATHER THAN JUST GIVING YOU THE CHAPTER AND VERSE NUMBERS.  SOME PEOPLE TELL ME THIS IS A WASTE OF SPACE BUT I FEEL THAT SOME PEOPLE WOULD NOT BOTHER TO LOOK IT UP IN THE BIBLE AND, LET'S FACE IT, SOME PEOPLE DON'T EVEN HAVE A BIBLE AND THE ONES THAT DO, SOME OF THEM DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY ARE.  THIS IS A SHAME BUT TRUE.



 




YOU WILL ALSO NOTICE THAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE IN A DIFFERENT TYPE THAN WHAT I NORMALLY WRITE.  THIS IS BECAUSE I COPY AND PASTE THEM RATHER THAN TRYING TO TYPE THEM.  THIS WAY I KNOW THAT I HAVE QUOTED THEM CORRECTLY.  SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE MY TYPING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE THEY SAY THIS MEANS I AM SHOUTING.  WELL, SOME PEOPLE NEED TO BE SHOUTED AT BUT THIS IS NOT WHY I WRITE IN ALL CAPS.  I DO THIS BECAUSE, FOR ME, IT IS A LOT EASIER AND FASTER. I HAVE BEEN TYPING FOR 65 YEARS, SINCE I WAS 16.  I TOOK TYPING AND SHORTHAND IN SCHOOL, BECAME SECRETARY AT SOUTHERN RAILWAY WHEN I WAS 18.  I MOVED WITH SOUTHERN RAILWAY TO WASHINGTON, DC, AT AGE 19, TO BE THE SECRETARY TO THE ASSISTANT TO THE VICE PRESIDENT AND WITHIN A YEAR I WAS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE VICE PRESIDENT.  BACK THEN MY FINGERS MOVED MUCH BETTER THAN THEY DO NOW AND IT WAS NOT A PROBLEM.




 



I JUST WANTED ALL OF YOU TO KNOW WHY I DO CERTAIN THINGS IN MY MESSAGES.  I FEEL THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL THIS WAY.  AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, I REALLY ENJOY THIS AND IF IT HELPS SOMEONE IN THEIR EVERY DAY WALK WITH GOD OR, THE MOST IMPORTANT, IF IT BRINGS SOMEONE TO JESUS, THEN I FEEL I AM DOING WHAT JESUS WANTS ME TO DO.  I LOVE ALL OF YOU AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS, HAPPY AND FULL OF GOD'S SPIRIT.  AGAIN, HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY.





 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.





"SAVED BY GRACE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-07-04


Saved By Grace




Luke 10:28-29 - 'And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?'




Just as with this lawyer, pride causes many people to resist the truth of justification by faith in the grace of God. This lawyer loved himself and the public recognition his 'holy acts' gave him. He was not willing to love God first and his fellow man ahead of himself. His was not a sincere question but rather an evasive question to shun responsibility. This man was seeking to be justified in the sight of God through his actions. He knew he had not loved everyone as he loved himself, so he is tried to interpret the scripture (Lev. 19:18) in a way that would conform to his actions. He wanted to define 'neighbor' as just his close friends whom he had treated well.

Self-justification always produces excuses, while repentance and faith toward God produces obedience.

The basis of our salvation is grace - that is, God's undeserved, unmerited favor toward us as expressed in providing redemption through Christ Jesus.

The means of God saving us is through faith. Through faith we accept God's free gift of salvation, which was provided by grace. So we are saved 'by grace ... through faith. 'Notice that we are not saved by grace alone. We are saved by grace through faith. Faith grants us admission to God's grace. Without faith, God's grace is wasted, and without grace, faith is powerless. Faith in God's grace has to be released to receive what God has provided through Christ.

Just as sodium and chloride are poisonous by themselves, so grace or faith used independently of each other are deadly. But when you mix sodium and chloride together in the proper way, you get salt, which you must have to live. Likewise, putting faith in what God has already provided by grace is the key to victorious Christian living.











BEING BORN AGAIN, RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE



I AM WRITING TO YOU AGAIN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR.  I AM SURE YOU HAVE HEARD FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE HOW YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR WAYS AND HOW BAD YOU HAVE BEEN.  I AM NOT GOING TO TELL YOU THAT BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT ALREADY.






WHAT I DO WANT TO TELL YOU IS THAT JESUS LOVES YOU AND DIED FOR YOU AND WHEN HE DID THAT, HE TOOK ALL YOUR SINS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE UPON HIMSELF SO YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO GO TO HELL.  HE DID THAT FOR YOU.  YOUR SINS ARE NOT YOUR PROBLEM ANYMORE. JESUS HANDLED THAT FOR YOU.  THE ONLY REASON YOU WILL GO TO HELL IS FOR NOT RECEIVING HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR AND BELIEVING THAT HE DIED FOR YOUR SINS, WAS BURIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD.  IF YOU WILL CONFESS YOUR SINS TO HIM AND CAN BELIEVE THIS AND ASK HIM TO BE YOUR SAVIOR, YOU WILL BE SAVED.  IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT. SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT.  HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH YOUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, EACH TIME YOU DO SIN, AND YOU WILL BECAUSE WE ALL DO, YOU WILL NEED TO ASK FORGIVENESS FOR THOSE SINS AND THE FORGIVENESS HE HAS GIVEN YOU ALREADY WILL TAKE CARE OF IT.  IF YOU DO THIS, IT WILL SHOW SATAN THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD AND HE NEEDS TO LEAVE YOU ALONE.  





YOU MIGHT THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO BE IN SOME CHURCH TO DO ALL OF THIS BUT YOU DON'T.  YOU CAN DO IT RIGHT THERE WHERE YOU ARE. JUST TELL JESUS YOU KNOW YOU ARE A SINNER AND THAT YOU NEED HIM. HE IS JUST WAITING FOR YOU.  BEFORE I GOT SAVED, I THOUGHT YOU HAD TO BE IN A CHURCH AND STEP OUT IN THAT ISLE AND GO DOWN IN FRONT OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE AND I DELAYED IT FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID TO DO THAT.  I JUST THANK GOD THAT HE LET ME LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO GET SAVED BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHERE I WOULD BE TODAY.  WE DON'T KNOW IF WE WILL BE ALIVE TOMORROW. THINK ABOUT THAT.



AFTER YOU DO THIS, JUST FIND A CHRISTIAN FRIEND AND TELL HIM WHAT YOU DID.  HE WILL BE SO PROUD AND HAPPY FOR YOU.  ASK IF YOU CAN GO TO CHURCH WITH THEM AND GET BAPTIZED.  

 

GET A BIBLE AND START READING IT.  I WOULD START IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AND LEARN ALL ABOUT WHAT JESUS DID FOR YOU.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ASK YOUR CHRISTIAN FRIEND.  I AM SURE HE WILL TELL YOU AND IF HE DOESN'T KNOW, I AM SURE HE WILL FIND OUT.  I AM PRAYING FOR YOU.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.






"FOCUS ON JESUS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-07-03


Focus On Jesus




Luke 10:20 - 'Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.'




We were never instructed to have a Ph.D. in demonology. However, some justify focusing on Satan and his activity to an inordinate degree. This will actually encourage demonic activity and become a device that Satan can use against us.

As Paul said, we should not be 'ignorant' of Satan's devices. We certainly need to know that the devil and demons exist, and we need to recognize when we are facing demonic activity. But we need to keep our focus on the Lord.

Some people who are excessive in 'spiritual warfare' actually spend more time talking to the devil each day than they do talking to God. That's not right.

The best defense against the devil is to be so 'God-centered' that we give no place to Satan. People who are very sensitive to the devil's presence usually do so at the expense of being sensitive to the Lord's presence. David said, 'If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there' (Ps. 139:8). Any time Satan's oppression is there, God's presence is present too (Heb. 13:5)! It's just a matter of which one we focus on. Focusing on the devil is a trick of the devil.

Our total ability in the Christian life is found in Christ. It is not our ability that makes us strong, but our availability to Christ that enables us.

Paul said, 'For when I am weak, then am I strong' (2 Cor. 12:10). He was saying that when he recognized his inability and, therefore, relied on the Lord, then the Lord's strength flowed through him. We can do all things THROUGH CHRIST.



"MAKING TIME FOR GOD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-07-02

MAKING TIME FOR GOD





SOME PEOPLE DON'T EVER MAKE ANY TIME FOR GOD.  HE WANTS TO FELLOWSHIP WITH US DAILY BUT THE ONLY TIME GOD IS MENTIONED, IN A LOT OF HOMES, IS WHEN BLESSING THE FOOD, IF THAT IS EVEN DONE. THEN, IT IS SAID JUST BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BEFORE EATING AND A LOT OF TIMES IT IS A BLESSING WE HAVE MEMORIZED.  I KNOW, I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO DID THAT.



PRAYER SHOULD BE A PERSONAL TIME WITH GOD.  WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TALKING TO HIM AND NOT JUST SAYING NICE WORDS FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR.  IN THE PAST WHEN I KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE CALLED ON TO PRAY I WOULD MEMORIZE A PRAYER SO PEOPLE WOULD THINK I WAS VERY RELIGIOUS.  THAT WAS NOT PRAYING AND ONE DAY GOD TOLD ME SO. PRAYER IS TALKING TO GOD AND SHOULD BE FROM THE HEART WHETHER YOU ARE IN A CROWD OR NOT.




ANOTHER THING IS THAT WE SHOULD TAKE TIME TO LISTEN. THERE ARE THOSE WHO PRAY AND ASK FOR THINGS AND DON'T STOP TO LISTEN TO WHAT GOD IS SAYING.  HE DOES SPEAK TO US, MAYBE NOT AUDIBLY, BUT IN OUR HEARTS.  HAVEN'T YOU EVER BEEN TALKING WITH GOD ABOUT A PROBLEM IN YOUR LIFE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU GET THE PERFECT SOLUTION TO THAT PROBLEM.  I HAVE AND I KNEW I WAS NOT THAT SMART TO THINK OF THAT ON MY OWN.  I KNEW IT WAS GOD TELLING ME THAT.  HE WILL DO THAT IF WE JUST TAKE TIME TO LISTEN.



MAKE TIME FOR GOD TODAY.  HE TAKES PLEASURE IN OUR FELLOWSHIP. REVELATIONS 4:11 TELLS US WE WERE CREATED FOR HIS PLEASURE "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."  HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH AND IS WAITING TO TALK WITH YOU.   



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.





"FREEDOM FROM TEMPTATION" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-07-02


Freedom From Temptation




Luke 10:19 - 'Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.'




Although these are examples of God's protection from harm caused by the physical creation, this scripture is also speaking of mastery over the spiritual realm of the enemy (i.e., Satan). This Scripture does not say that Satan cannot inflict any harm. The scriptures abound with examples, and warnings of the enemy's damage on the godly and the ungodly alike (2 Cor. 2:11, 2 Tim. 2:26, 1 Pet. 5:8-9). However, he cannot harm us when we are walking in faith in Christ's redemptive work.

There are no unique temptations. The devil likes to make us think there are. If he can convince us that no one understands, no one has ever had this problem before, then he can isolate us and take away our hope. But any temptation we face is just some variation of the same old thing. It may come in a different sized box, be wrapped in a different paper, and have a different bow, but the contents are the same. Understanding this diffuses much of the power of temptation.

Even though temptation is universal to mankind, we are not left on our own. God is faithful. Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, and yet He overcame every time (Heb. 4:15). Part of His ministry is to specifically aid us in overcoming temptation (Heb. 2:17-18). Most of us have experienced times when we thought we couldn't resist another minute. Either we were wrong, or we were on the verge of a breakthrough. The Lord promised that He would not allow us to be tempted above what we are able to bear. So, at those times when you can't stand another minute, stand two and this promise will pull you through.








THANK HIM BY "DOING" AND NOT JUST "SAYING"


I AM SURE WE ALL ARE THANKFUL FOR WHAT JESUS DID FOR US. NATURALLY, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS OUR SALVATION WHEN HE TOOK OUR SINS AND SICKNESSES TO THE CROSS.  HE ALSO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO GO DIRECTLY TO GOD WITH ANY PROBLEMS WE MIGHT HAVE.  

 

NOW, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER THINGS HE HAS DONE, AND IS DOING, FOR US THAT WE DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT?  THE SAD THING IS THAT THERE ARE NO WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, OR ANY LANGUAGE, THAT CAN EXPRESS THE THANKFULNESS WE SHOULD HAVE FOR ALL HIS BLESSINGS.  I KNOW WE SAY "THANK YOU" BUT THOSE ARE JUST WORDS, EVEN THOUGH WE REALLY MEAN IT.



WHEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHAT TO WRITE THIS MORNING, THE PHRASE "ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS" CAME TO MIND AND I REALIZE THE BEST THING WE CAN DO TO THANK HIM IS TO OBEY WHAT HE SAYS.  (MATTHEW 10"8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.)  IF JESUS DIDN'T EXPECT US TO DO THESE THINGS, WHY WOULD HE HAVE TOLD US TO DO THEM?  AS FOR HEALING, I KNOW JESUS IS THE HEALER BUT HE GAVE US AUTHORITY TO DO THIS THROUGH HIS NAME.  I WOULD THINK THIS WOULD BE A GREAT WAY TO THANK HIM.


WHAT ABOUT SHARING THE GOSPEL, THAT HE DIED, WAS BURIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD.  HE TELLS US TO DO THIS.  MATTHEW 24:14 SAYS "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come".  JESUS ALSO SAYS IN MARK 16:15 "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature".  AND, IN MATTHEW 28:19 HE SAYS "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost".  WOULDN'T DOING ALL THESE THINGS BE A  GREAT WAY OF THANKING HIM?


I KNOW THAT ALL OF US DON'T HAVE A HEALING MINISTRY AND I KNOW THAT THERE ARE VERY FEW THAT HAVE SO GREAT A FAITH THAT THEY CAN RAISE THE DEAD.  HOWEVER, WE CAN TELL EVERYONE WE KNOW ABOUT JESUS AND WHAT HE DID FOR US ALL.  WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE CAN.  IN MATTHEW 10:8 HE SAYS "freely ye have received, freely give".  WE ALL CAN DO THIS.  THANK HIM TODAY BY "DOING" AND NOT JUST "SAYING".

 

HE HAS TOLD US IN HIS WORD WHAT HE COMMANDS US TO DO SO I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH HIS WORDS TO US ALL, JOHN 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments."





GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-07-01


Power In The Name Of Jesus




Luke 10:17 - 'And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.'




It was the power in the name of Jesus plus the disciples' faith in that power that made the demons subject unto them. This can clearly be seen in Acts 19:13-17 where certain Jews called on the name of Jesus in an effort to cast demons out of a man. They used the name of Jesus, but it didn't work because they had not put faith in that name.

These Jews were itinerants who used incantations to effect deliverance for people who were demon possessed. The first-century historian, Josephus, wrote of an exorcism that he witnessed in the presence of Vespasian and many of his soldiers. The exorcist supposedly followed a ritual passed down from King Solomon to effect the deliverance. There is no doubt that men throughout all history have tried to resist demonic spirits, but as this example proves, only Jesus and those who have received His life are successful.

Those who relegate demonic spirits to the realm of superstition do not believe in the entire Word of God. The Gospels alone contain over 90 references to the devil or devils (demons). The Apostle Paul said when writing to these people in Ephesus, 'We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places' (Eph. 6:12). The devil and demons do exist, but all believers in Jesus share in His total victory over them.

The name of Jesus is not magic. It does not work like a charm. As Peter said, 'His name, through faith in his name' (Acts 3:16) is what brings results.



 
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