Abimelech ruled over Israel three years.  And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the leaders of Shechem, and the leaders of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech. —Judges 9:22-23

Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. —Luke 8:26-39

While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened. —Luke 8:49-56

            Demonic spirits are in submission to Jesus.  They have no power over Him.  What He says to them, they have to do.  He works through them to accomplish His will.  He allows them, in judgment, to bring conflict and chaos.  This is what we are seeing in our nation today.  Demonic influence is taking over our nation.  God is allowing it.  This is what happens when a nation doesn’t want anything to do with Him.  He gives them over to their own desires and lets them go in the directions they lust over (Romans 1:18-32).  Demons, like men, know that judgment is coming…

            Our Lord also has authority over the spirit that is in every man.  When the little girl died, Jesus called her spirit back into her and her spirit returned and she got up at once.  He did the same thing with Lazarus after he was dead 4 days! (John 11:38-44).  So, let us take great comfort in knowing our Lord is Sovereign over all… even death.  We are safe in His hands (John 10:27-30).  And, Dear Father, I am so grateful to know these things.  Now may I live faithfully for You by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. Natalie Grant – Your Great Name (

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