Luke and The Lost
There is that moment in time that is so holy you are speechless. You just sit there in awe of what God has just done. If it happens in God’s church, the gathering is thankful, grateful, loving and smiling. The individuals all agree it was God and recognize it as a holy moment. They are in awe of Him and what He has done. In that moment, they are one in Spirit with God. Oh, how that must please God to see His people, as one group, worshiping with awe, together in agreement at last.
But then the enemy, satan along with his demons, stir the pot of divisiveness by placing seeds of doubt that lead to fear in the minds of those whose faith is weak. This group almost shouts out loud, “Too much change too fast!” The enemy swoops in almost immediately after Holy Moments. Expect it.
Holy Moments will continually be led and produced by God (not us) for He loves His people whose hearts are completely His. Don’t fear the moment, embrace it. Be ready for the enemy’s only weapon, fear and doubt, and pray in the Name of Jesus that He will help you defeat this foe.
Look what happened when Jesus met the demons head on who knew him well and defeated them in a magnificent Holy Moment in Gerasene.
Luke 8, The Message
26-29 They sailed on to the country of the Gerasenes, directly opposite Galilee. As he stepped out onto land, a madman from town met him; he was a victim of demons. He hadn’t worn clothes for a long time, nor lived at home; he lived in the cemetery. When he saw Jesus he screamed, fell before him, and bellowed, “What business do you have messing with me? You’re Jesus, Son of the High God, but don’t give me a hard time!” (The man said this because Jesus had started to order the unclean spirit out of him.) Time after time the demon threw the man into convulsions. He had been placed under constant guard and tied with chains and shackles, but crazed and driven wild by the demon, he would shatter the bonds.
30-31 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Mob. My name is Mob,” he said, because many demons afflicted him. And they begged Jesus desperately not to order them to the bottomless pit.
32-33 A large herd of pigs was browsing and rooting on a nearby hill. The demons begged Jesus to order them into the pigs. He gave the order. It was even worse for the pigs than for the man. Crazed, they stampeded over a cliff into the lake and drowned.
34-36 Those tending the pigs, scared to death, bolted and told their story in town and country. People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had been sent, sitting there at Jesus’ feet, wearing decent clothes and making sense. It was a holy moment, and for a short time they were more reverent than curious. Then those who had seen it happen told how the demoniac had been saved.
37-39 Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave—too much change, too fast, and they were scared. So Jesus got back in the boat and set off. The man whom he had delivered from the demons asked to go with him, but he sent him back, saying, “Go home and tell everything God did in you.” So he went back and preached all over town everything Jesus had done in him.
Think about it…
We must build our faith on the Holy Moments in our lives, not ignore, deny or take credit for them. We must give God the glory for these moments, learn from them and grow deeper in love with the creator of these Holy Moments.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Hallowed and holy is Your very Name! Help us to recognize Holy Moments created by You to build our faith and bring us to our knees in awe before You. Defeat the foe within us who wants to bring us down with fear and doubt. Go with us this day.
In Jesus Name, Amen