Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 50)
Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
Luke 8:1-3 (NIV)
In Christ's work as a traveling Preacher, certain key women traveled with Him, too. Apparently, they were women of means who were cured of various maladies and supporting Him became their mission. One was Mary, who was demon-possessed.
How did those seven demons affect her? Today, would we call her schizophrenic? Did she have fits? Was she suicidal? Was she controlled by evil impulses? We aren't told, but in most modern churches, deliverance from demons is ignored.
Back to Mary: we know she was special. God chose her to see the risen Christ first. Her words and witness are memorials to the world's best ending--which we can share.
What can we learn from this strong heroine?
1) Evil spirits harm life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness--then and now. Ignoring them won't make them go away.*
2) Amazing lives follow deliverance, as heroes-to-be fulfill their callings. Both men and women are called to this show.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion Series (50 parts). Link to part one: http://amtcdevotions.org/deliverance-part-1-what-about-it
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.