Recognizing Power and Authority

In Matthew chapter 8, FATHER openly revealed:

28 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.

29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”

30 Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.

31 So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”

32 And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.

33 Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.

34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.

The anointing on Jesus was quickly recognized by the possessed men who have been plagued by a “legion” of demons.  The townspeople were well acquainted with the men and clearly had no solution to their problem.  They simply steered clear of them.  However Jesus was not moved by the threat of the demon-possessed men for He knew His authority to deal with these demons.

The other accounts of this encounter focus on one of the men.  Jesus spoke directly to the demons and they quickly acknowledged His power and authority and ask to be cast into a herd of two thousand swine close by.  Under FATHER’S directive, Jesus commands them to enter into the swine.  The self-destructive nature left the man and when it entered the swine they ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.  As a result of the removal of the demonic influence the man was clothed and now in his right mind.

In the coming days we can expect conflict with the powers of darkness.  Walking in peace is not the absence of conflict but having it in the midst of conflict.  Jesus was not moved by the demon-possessed man and neither should we.  As our faith matures we will trust FATHER to have us encounter whomever HE determines to be delivered from death and destruction.  The life in us will swallow up death and destruction.

The townspeople rejected the ministry of Jesus because their intent was destructive and worldly.  Jesus was upsetting their economy by the sudden loss of two thousand swine.  Was that reasonable for Jesus to take the livelihood from those who owned the swine?  Clearly there were grounds to confront their business practices or Jesus would not have acted in such a manner.  This is proved by the response of the town.  They were rejecting life in order to keep the status quo.  Surely the demonic presence wasn’t limited to the two men Jesus first encountered.

FATHER has the first right of full ownership of all HE has created.  Mankind must submit to HIS title of ownership.  In the end, FATHER’S power and authority will be given to whomever HE designates to correct the path of men and return the land to its rightful inheritance.  This include everything within that land as well.  The Promised Land represents our bodies and FATHER will take back HIS possession from any who would attempt to take up residence contrary to HIS Divine Intent of Love.  The demons knew this reality as Jesus’ power and anointing approached them.

As we take on the power and authority granted by FATHER we will be fully clothed and in our right mind to go forth and deal with adversities in the same manner as Jesus.  There will be people who beg us to depart from their midst because of their unwillingness to give up their worldly state.  FATHER will direct us according to HIS Intent for the situation at hand.  Jesus departed from their midst for it was not time for them to receive a full deliverance from their situation.  We too must be sensitive to FATHER’S directives and understand each man and woman enters the Kingdom at an appointed time and manner.  Some will reject the Kingdom and others will embrace the Kingdom.  Either way, the power and authority from Above will prevail.

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