You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
– James 2:19 (NIV)
Halloween is a season where scary things are showcased and our fears are exploited through images of frightful creatures and horror movies. Evil is depicted as a powerful and unstoppable force, but the Scripture paints a different picture—all of hell trembles before the living God. Not only did Jesus defeat ALL the power of fear at the cross, he gave that same victory to us! To stand in the power of Jesus’ name is the opportunity given to every believer. Even demons shudder before those who know this!
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! 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 words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!”
– Luke 4:33-36 (NIV)
The Scripture acknowledges a dimension of demons and angels. This is more than a superstition of the ancient world; this is a biblical reality. Notice what happens when these worlds collide: demons screaming while Jesus quietly but sternly casting them out. Even though evil may have a louder voice, it is only the sound of desperation. The authority that Jesus has doesn’t need a lot of fanfare; it only needs someone who is willing to speak. God’s whisper is greater than all of hell’s cries.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.
– Psalm 133:1-2 (NIV)
Unity has a high value in Scripture. The analogy used here is oil, which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. In other words, when God’s people are united, the Holy Spirit begins to flow from the head to the feet. Do you want more of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your community? Learn to live together in unity. It may cause a revolution!