Luke 4:33 – 37 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
“Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!” And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.
This passage reminds me of the story of the Alamo. Okay, yes, I am a Texan. And true, it doesn’t take much to remind a Texan of Texas – we are very proud of our state. But hear me out.
In 1836, Santa Anna decided to take back control of Texas. He took a huge army of men and invaded a little mission called the Alamo. By comparison, there were only a few men inside the Alamo, yet they fought off the Mexican army a first time, then a second time. The third time, Santa Anna’s men scaled the walls of the mission and defeated the men inside.
Now, the thing that always comes to mind when I hear this story is: Why would Santa Anna invade a mission? I thought missions and churches were supposed to be safe places. But then I remember, all’s fair in love and war. The one who is trying to win the war doesn’t care about playing by the rules. He just wants to win.
Satan doesn’t play by the rules, either. There was Jesus, teaching in the synagogue – a holy place, right? If Satan had been minding his manners that day, he would have stayed out. But Satan doesn’t care. He has no manners. He is fighting a war, and yes, he will come right into the church in order to win. He doesn’t play fair.
But I haven’t told you the end of the Alamo story yet. When news spread of the Alamo massacre, Texans became outraged. They joined Sam Houston’s army in record numbers. They had a renewed purpose. As they fought other battles around the state of Texas, one could hear cries of “Remember the Alamo!” The Texans eventually won against Santa Anna, and went on to become the greatest state win freedom. 😉
Sometimes, Satan wins his dirty little battles. But the truth is, he is no match for Christ. James 4:7 tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. When we resist Satan in the name of Christ, he and all his demons tuck tail and run! The only reason he wins in so many of our churches is because we don’t resist him. Too often, we just welcome him in, offer him a cup of coffee, and move over so he can have a comfortable seat.
When Satan attacks, we must do exactly what Jesus did on that day. We must tell him to be quiet, and throw him out! Oh, he will keep coming back. But he will never win. He will never win, as long as we remember who we are and Whose we are, and resist the one who wants to destroy us. We must become outraged at Satan’s schemes, and cry out, “Remember the cross!”
And you can rest assured of the outcome, my friends. We will win.
Dear Father, I know You are more powerful than Satan could ever hope to be. Please help me to remember that when Satan attacks. Help me to fight back in Your power.