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What New Teaching Is This

  • Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying, 'Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!' Jesus rebuked him, saying, 'Be quiet, and come out of him!' The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, 'What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!' Mark 1:23 WEB

    There is a spiritual battle going on in the heavens and around us daily. We are involved in it, whether we are aware of it or not. Many churches are playing volleyball in the middle of a battlefield, while the enemy is wreaking havoc in the congregation, all the while unnoticed.

    When you begin to do something meaningful for God, there is a backlash of trouble that follows, and you may often become the new target. You cannot see this struggle with the normal eye, but you can certainly feel the effects of it.

    God works through His people. The enemy often works through people too. Our enemy will gladly remain invisible and is perfectly fine with you not believing that he exists at all. When Jesus cast out a demon 2,000 years ago, they asked 'What new teaching is this?' (Mark 1:27) and today, people still ask the same thing if they see it happen.

    We were in a church service in Charleston, South Carolina once when the speaker, Mahesh Chavda, asked everyone to say: 'The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.' When we did a stately lady behind us in her seventies, let out a scream, and fell to floor kicking and screaming 'Nooooooooooo!' as loud as she could. Everyone looked at each other, like 'What new teaching is this?' That was a more rare case, but it goes on every day around us and in the people that we deal with.

    It is normal for people to be stirred up against us by the enemy, but even then, we are not to stoop to their level, no matter how much we would like to. Our weapons are spiritual (Ephesians 6). We are to remain humble and pray (2 Chronicles 7:14), which will bring in the help and power of God. Jesus had to pray even though God certainly knew everything going on in His life and it was planned long before. With the help of God, we can win this. Without Him, we are nothing but canon fodder for the enemy.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please guide me into all that You have for me. I want more of Your presence in my life. Lord use me in some way. Help me to see the world around me through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, 

November 29, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen amen

November 29, 2016
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, I am tormented with this daily. My husband works with a person who feeds him Satan every day. He's not strong enough to know what to do. He brings it home and I battle with him. My husband was a new Christian before and now he struggles. There is no talking to him so I pray for him strong and rebuke the devil to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. Needless to say it's been a battle and I feel helpless for him. Thank you God for helping me be strong.

November 29, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen. 

November 29, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen! Satan is on the prowl and he will try to subtly persuade us to leave our comissioned path. We must pray for a discerning spirit so we will not be led astray.

November 29, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

November 29, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen♡

November 29, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I'm still surprised that so many people deny satan's existence! Sad, but true.

November 29, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen.

November 29, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

November 29, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Believe it, lived it as I went through the process of being freed from his hooks.  Jesus is soo incredibly the One True God!!

November 29, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Lord have mercy.  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, please guide me into all that You have for me. I want more of Your presence in my life. Lord use me in some way. Help me to see the world around me through Your eyes, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

November 30, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen

November 30, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: December 2, 2016

Amne!     Thanks for another devotion means to keep on moving on don't let go God loves us. I want to stay on that narrow path to the stright gate. I don't even like to say my problems out loud. I let Jesus hear my heart soul and mind. Amen <3

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please guide me into all that You have for me. I want more of Your presence in my life. Lord use me in some way. Help me to see the world around me through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

December 1, 2016
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

December 2, 2016
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

December 2, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen. Thank you Pastor Todd. I know I am late reading this.Yet it is so amazing I really needed to read this today.Thank you so much.Praise God for showing me why there has been so much going on in my life.,teaching me why the enemy is attaching.Praise you Jesus for greater are you in me than he that is in the world.Lord I just want to serve you more to hear your voice and do your will.Teach me your ways in all that I do.that you will be given all the Glory.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

December 18, 2016