We are good at irritating each other. Liberals irritating conservatives, both Christian and political… and the return fire is done with equal zest.
But how about the REAL enemy?
He doesn’t mind if we think he doesn’t exist and we want to go with the mantra, “Evil is the absence of someone doing good.”
As a great professor of mine once said, “Some say there is a devil. Others say there is no such thing. Either way, he doesn’t care.”
I am reflecting on Luke 4, but have moved on past a week in the Temptation in the Wilderness. I am now reflecting on Jesus in the synagogue at Capernaum. Jesus is teaching and then a demon manifests itself through a man sitting there.
I am only reflecting lightly on this passage, but it is my estimation that the man was probably a regular attender of the synagogue. Jesus comes with authority, and the demon manifests. All those other times in the synagogue, not one leader with authority…
The question here today is this: Do I irritate the enemy when I come into a place? I know I irritate other people, but do I irritate the enemy?
Is the presence of Jesus so real in my life that the enemy gets agitated when I’m close to something he’s held on to for a long time?
It’s time to live life on purpose and with power.