Saturday, Second Week of Epiphany January 23

Text: Isaiah 46:1-13, Ephesians 6:10-24, Mark 5:1-20

Be strong in the LORD, and in His mighty power! Ephesians 6:10

As we move past the election and inauguration of a new president for our country, millions having opposing political viewpoints are ever more separated by anger, resentment, fear, and animosity directed toward anyone having the opposing political position. Amidst the name-calling, finger-pointing and outright violence, it is easy to be distracted by earthly events, and to not appreciate the true identity of the foe we are facing. It is not our fellow man against whom we are struggling, but a much more cunning, much more powerful foe. This is explained clearly in Ephesians 6:12- “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” How can we prevail against such a foe?

God challenges those who worship lifeless idols, who can do nothing to help and make weary those who bear them around, “To whom will you liken Me that we may be compared?”. “Remember this, you rebels- I am God, there is no other; I am God, there is none like Me”. This is the almighty, transcendent God, the LORD, sovereign over all of creation, Who has come to us in human form in Jesus Christ. During His ministry on earth, Jesus often cast out demons and restored those who were tormented to a normal life. Even a vast legion of demons called Him by name, Jesus, The Son of the Most High and they begged Him for mercy. They had no power against Him; neither do those who assail us. Our LORD has provided us weapons to use in this struggle, and He expects us to use them (Ephesians 6:13-17) to depend on His strength, not in our own.

In our daily struggles, we can take comfort in knowing that our LORD is our mighty fortress, and that in Him, we have the victory over the forces of evil that assault us. In Him, we can love and pray for those with whom we disagree. In loving, we show that we are His disciples, and bring praise and glory to His holy Name.

~ Gary Stuhlmiller

Lay Minister of Outreach


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