Saturday, October 6, 2018

Swing Away

According to Luke, “The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.’  Jesus said, ‘I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the demons around us were our subjects; that is, in our control?  Frankly, it would be far better if the demons within us were in our control.  We all have dark sides some would call demonic inclining us towards deception, dishonesty, falsehoods, and egotistical behavior.   The dark side can be out of control, sort of like Darth Vader sabering and shredding the good within us.

We need the power or force recognized by Yoda in Luke to tread upon the serpents and scorpions seeking to harm us.  Jesus has given that to us like a light saber, full-force striking Satan causing him to fall and be gone, at least temporarily.

As Mel Gibson said to his baseball bat-wielding brother in the 2002 movie "Signs" about hostile, outer space, evil creatures:  “Swing away!”

Deacon David Pierce

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