Sunday, September 6, 2015
"Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city." Acts 8:4-8 (ESV)
What a remarkable, amazing and Spirit filled Bible study we had this morning! We covered all of Acts 8, but a question that was asked was based on the portion above. The question was concerning the unclean spirits and how it seems that many today feel helpless and lack the same power Philip had when he cast out unclean spirits.
My response was that in today's culture many think of those unclean spirits spoken of in the Bible had to do with demons. And in a way they are demons and have taken hold of Christians today and because we have put God in a box we seem powerless against them.
Unclean spirits are those demons that separate us from a solid relationship with God. Unclean spirits come in many different shapes and forms and a product of Satan, the father of all lies! These unclean spirits are those that infiltrate our lives and are contrary to the laws of God. Each of us have our own unclean spirits that we do battle with.
And just like Philip, we do have the power to cast them out of lives; we just do not tap into the power available to us.
First, follow the instruction given to us in Ephesians 6: 10 - 19 where it tells us to put on "The Whole Armor of God", not just part but ALL of His Armor! Secondly, I John 4:4 reminds us that, "greater is He that is in us, then he who is in the world."
Christ prior to His leaving this earth promised the gift of the Holy Spirit who would empower us, instruct us, convict us and teach us. But the sad fact is that many have failed to unleash His might in their lives. So, while many may think that this power was only for the early church fathers; this power is given to us through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
What unclean spirits do you have that robs you from experiencing great joy in the Lord? Today is the day to deal with them and start living a victorious life over sin!
God bless you and all praise honor and glory to God, my Powerhouse!