What Business Do We Have with You?
“Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, ‘What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!’ And Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be quiet, and come out of him!’” (Mark 1:23-25, NASB)
In this verse, we see that the demonic spirit knew of Jesus and recognized Him as the Holy One of God, as he posed the questions, “What business do we have with each other? Have you come to destroy us?” I’m intrigued that the demonic spirit: (1) recognized Jesus instantly from a distance (2) knew who Jesus was – the Holy One of God (3) understood that holiness, truth and light had nothing in common with darkness, sin and lies (4) was probably aware that Jesus had defeated Satan in the wilderness (5) understood Jesus’ power and authority over evil. In the next verse, we read that the spirit instantly came out of the man. He obeyed Jesus’ spoken command!
As I read this passage, I can’t help but wonder, “Does Satan know who I am?” Has he talked about me and warned his children of darkness, that I am a holy man of God? Do the forces of evil see the Light of Jesus within me from a distance? Do they see me as a threat and fear me? Are they actively planning an assault to undermine and derail my kingdom efforts? Are they plotting a way to rob me of my divine destiny? As a soldier in Jesus’ Kingdom Army, I pray that I walk in the level of anointing, dominion and authority we see in Jesus in this verse.
Child of God, I encourage you to join me today. Put on the whole armor of God, live by faith and boldly declare to Satan and his demons that you have no fear. Starting today, speak to every demon you encounter. Ask them, “What business do we have with each other?” Then boldly command them to go in the name of Jesus. Give them something to talk about!
Lord, thank you for your grace and the power of your Word. Help me to live a holy life, walk in your anointing and power, and to overcome every demonic spirit and evil that comes against me. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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