The first one, well, as I said, it's my musings, assisted by chapel tonight. The text used in chapel tonight was Luke 4:1-13. A story that many of us are probably fairly well knowing of. But there is one thing that I think we read so many times, we forget to realize it. Verse 13. "When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time." Look at the last little bit there, "an opportune time". The devil does not give up. He has been fighting Jesus eternally. However, he is not God. He does not know everything. In fact, I believe he didn't know what Jesus was at the time. But that's another thought for another time. The idea here is that the devil waits for the right moment, then attacks. The right moment comes in many forms. It can come in an individual, in a time of weakness. It can come to a city, in a time of crisis. Or it can come to a nation, in an age of apathy. We have all experienced the first, I am sure. The seccond, we may not have experienced, but we know of. Think about the crime and chaos in New Orleans when it got hit with the hurricane. And the last, we all live in that age now. An age in which spirituality is gloriously alive. There has probably been few to no other times in history where spirituality was not only as accepted, but as exalted as it is now. However, spirituality is anything but well in the world. We live in a world where there are new age movements, alternative religions, wicca, zen, tarrot, and the internet, allowing all to access all the information they could want, without having to worry about what others may think. This is a time in which I believe the devil has found a playground. There are people meddling with forces they do not understand, and inviting evil forces, and demons into their lives, into their hearts, without even knowing what they are doing. This is a time where studies on exorcism, and deliverance, have become more and more popular. Where they are more and more needed. However, this isn't a good thing. To paraphrase from C.S.Lewis, there are two mistakes that can be made. Either ignoring the forces of evil, or an unhealthy fixation. Either makes them equally glad. So there is something we, as christians, have to realize, to avoid the seccond. Yes exorcisms and deliverences happen. But they are not the frontline of this battle we have. The frontline is fighing the devil day to day. Resisting the temptation, fixing our eyes on Christ, and living for him. Every time we resist temptation, we further the kingdom of God, if only a little step.
While that is the important thing to remember, there is another thing I should add. As I said, exorcism and deliverence do happen. There are evil and demonic forces at work in our world. But we have power over them. That power is Jesus Christ, and if we believe that there are evil forces at work, either within us, or around us, we need only command them to leave, through the power of Jesus Christ, and they have no choice. They are forced to submit to his power, and if we ask in his name, he will give us that power.
Anyways, it's getting late, so I'm going to wrap up here. I will do the other one tomorow, as I really need my sleep right now. And for now, I'm not going to fix myself to an exact schedule (i.e. having devotions up every tuesday) but I give you my word that I will do my best to have one up each week, whenever I have internet access.