Today’s Reading: Luke 8
Key Verse: Luke 8:8
“…But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
This reading begins with the deliverance of Mary Magdalene from seven demons. It also contains the deliverance of the man on the other side of the lake who had many demons. What are we to make of this? We hear little of deliverance from demons today. Why? It could be due to a lack of the gift of the Spirit known as “discerning of spirits” (1 Cor. 12:10). 1 Cor. 12:31 tells us to “earnestly desire the best gifts.”
The outward expression of these two tormented people varied. Jesus’ way of dealing with them varied and the results varied. Mary of Magdala was the first at Jesus’ empty tomb, and the second was sent home by Jesus to minister to His family.
The key to a ministry of deliverance is “a hundredfold.” Let us move from 30 and 60 on up to our full potential in Christ. Other spiritual gifts necessary in deliverance are most certainly, “The word of wisdom… the word of knowledge and to another faith” (1 Cor. 12:8). Take note of the word “another.” We need to be in harmony with other believers, pastors and teachers. Pastors also need to be in harmony with the widest possible manifestation of believers in Christ.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You are my Deliverance. In You I trust. Hallelujah. Please send Your Holy Spirit to accelerate my growth towards that 100-fold goal. I desperately need that “more excellent way” spoken of by Paul (1 Cor. 12:31) and described in 1 Cor. 13, “the way of love.” Please fill me with Your love and grant me wisdom in all my ministry. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’ve learned through 60-plus years of ministry that love is essential. Love calls me to care for others, to respect each person as made in God’s image, to work with and submit to each other, and not allow one person to manipulate or lord it over others. “God is love” (1 John 4:8). I’ve taken note that the “Love Chapter” (1 Cor. 13) is sandwiched between chapters 12-14 about the Gifts. Without the Fruit of the Spirit, “love,” the gifts can do more harm than good (Gal 5:22-23). The fruit is the character of Jesus and the gifts are the means through which He ministers to human need. Oh, how I pray fervently for the fullness of God’s Spirit. John wrote, “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).