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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 works through people too. Evil spirits will gladly remain invisible and they are perfectly fine with you not believing that they exist 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. Even Jesus had to pray, 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.

    Note: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Praise You Lod for always being there and having my back! Please heal the struggles going on in my life, and protect me from the enemy.  I feel like it's one thing after another.  I finally get uptrained at work, and a raise, then I miss most of a week due to illness. I feel like the enemy is attacking my health, and I need Your help to heal and fight it. Thank you Lord for always having my back, and me being well enough to work the whole shift today. In Jesus's name, Amen!

May 25
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

By Yeshua's stripes you are healed! So be it!

May 25
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Lift us up Lord. Guide us and protect us. Thank you for all your blessings my God. In Jesus name Amen

May 25
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

May 25
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen! 

May 25
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

May 25
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

May 25
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! May we understand the unseen! 

May 25
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen..."the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin"

May 25
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

God help us to understand your righteousness and love. Amen 

May 25
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

May 25
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Dianne Golden
Dianne Golden

Amen

May 25
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen. Heavenly Father, my heart is heavy. You know my needs, struggles and my future. I need to be patient as you  work things out for my good. Give me the strength and courage to be patient Lord. Thank you, in Jesus name, I pray.

May 25
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I want more of You in my life. Help me to be aware of the needs of others that I can help. In Jesus name I pray,Amen. 

May 25
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Joy Sue Callahan
Joy Sue Callahanedited: May 25

Lord protect me from those who wish harm upon me because I know and live by your words.

Amen

May 25
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Jes Esco
Jes Esco

Father I put my life in your hands.

May 25
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

This reminds me of yesterday's devotion and reinforces what we must do in order when satan attacks: Pray! Emulate Jesus and remind that sneaky devil who is the true conquerer!

May 25
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: May 25

Halleluyah - praise the Lord !!!

May 25
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 26
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  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.

May 26
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Linda Kovacs
Linda Kovacs

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE LEFT BEHIND 2 MOVIE  :)

May 26