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The Power of Jesus

Mark 1:23-24, 34

23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil[h] spirit began shouting, 24 “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. 26 At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.

34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.

So, I just started studying the book of Mark and just got an awesome but sobering revelation. In the above verses, Jesus has just arrived to Capernaum and on the Sabbath, being Jesus, shaking up all sorts of stuff, began teaching.  But of course, when the Word is about to go forth, the enemy shows up in this man. Now, verse 24 grabs me, the demons inside the man knew who Jesus was AND they knew that Jesus had the power and ability to destroy them!!!!!!!!!!! They knew that Jesus is the Holy One of God! Why this has never stuck out to me like this before me is crazy but the demons knew who he was and knew what Jesus was capable of. The sobering fact is that we, humans created in the image of God, God’s children, co-heirs with Jesus Christ himself, don’t KNOW who Jesus is and we certainly don’t know His power, but the demons do! OMG! So this just further shows why the enemy works so hard at keeping us deceived! The less we know about the power of Jesus, the more Satan can deceive us, keep us in bondage, keep us in sin, addictions, afflictions, sickness, doubting and questioning the power of God and His existence! Just to show how much power Jesus has over the enemy, in verse 34, Jesus casts out the demons and then doesn’t allow them to speak because the demons know who Jesus is!!! JESUS HAS POWER OVER DEMONS! Rejoice in this! Whatever “demon” you have or are battling with, Jesus is greater! There is truly power in the name of Jesus, don’t ever forget that or let the enemy talk you out of believing that! At the name of Jesus, demons flee!! If the demons know who Jesus is, shouldn’t you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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PAY ATTENTION!!!

Would we all agree that music has a little power to it? If you’re in a bad mood, you listen to your favorite song or encouraging music and you start to feel better.  If you’re trying to “get in the mood” to work out, you listen to something that’s upbeat or has the ability to get you moving and yes, there’s even music you listen to to get you in the mood for “other things” such as sex….My point, we have to be careful as to what we’re feeding our souls.  My ears have become super sensitive lately and I thank God for this because everything with a tight beat ain’t worth listening too and that’s how we all get sucked in.  Before satan was kicked out of heaven, his thing was music.  Now that he’s not in heaven and is on Earth wreaking havoc, the wonder of music has been perverted and corrupted.  Yes, there’s power in music and he knows it and he’s using it to his advantage! I’m posting some videos courtesy of this wonderful ministry called Good Fight Ministries.  Please check out their website here. Also, my worship pastor Montell Jordan, breaks it down beautifully in his sermon on the power of music.

What’s even scarier is that we’re allowing our children to listen to this craziness and we’re not paying attention to what they’re listening to yet we’re wondering why so many senseless deaths are happening not to mention so much careless behavior! Please, watch these videos, please, pay attention to what you’re listening to and please pay attention to what your children are being exposed to!!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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There Just Aren’t Any Good Men Out There!

*Disclaimer: this is not all men or all women, ok?*

Ok, so this is what I hear all the time and I know of a contributing factor as to why there are not as many good men out there…it’s because of us women! Yes, I said it and let me tell you why.

Men were created by God to be our protectors, provider and the priest of our home.  As women our role is to love and respect the man.  None of this is going on in this world.  Women are  taught, told and want to be independent, not in need of a man, so if you don’t need a man, what’s the point of trying to have one?  You’ve taken over his role! Why bother being with you if you have it all together?  If you’re independent then what is the man to do? He’s being forced out of his God-given role and now they have become lazy, have no focus, no ambition and no desire to provide, protect or be a priest!

Say you don’t want to be Ms. Independent you want a man, got to have a man, so you dress and do WHATEVER it takes to get him.  Well, first understand that you will get what you attract! You dress like a whore, you get treated like one. You become a play thing, a toy, amusement for when he’s bored.  Men are stimulated visually.  If all you want him to do is desire you sexually, then dress the part and that’s what you’ll get but if you want love and respect, then love and respect yourself! The mind and eyes are sex organs for men.  We as women have to remember that! We have a lot of power and God didn’t give it to us to misuse especially to use against His sons, our brothers in Christ.  Yes, they are our brothers! When dressing like a prostitute, you’re causing your brother to commit adultery with you in his mind.  Would you want someone to cause your biological brother to commit adultery? Then, not only this but in chasing a man down and going out to get him yourself, you take on the responsibility of being God.  God’s job is to bring you to your husband when the time is right, not you go out and find him and hunt him down!  Men have the innate desire to conquer his woman, when we take that from him, where does that leave him? Our aggressiveness takes away their masculinity.

If a man is married, LEAVE HIM ALONE! Nothing good will come out of it! Would you want someone coming after your husband?

WIVES: TAKE CARE OF YOUR HUSBANDS NEEDS AND YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HIM BEING SEDUCED BY A WOMAN WITH NO MORALS!

Bottom line, ladies, know your place.  God has a beautiful design and purpose for men and women that works wonderfully if we’ll just stay in our lane.  Let a man be a man.  Let God be God. You don’t have to dress like a prostitute to get a good man or get attention or affection, that’s God’s job to fill those places.  You don’t have to go hunt a man down, God will take care of that for you. Don’t buy into the lie that being sexy and being a seductress demonstrates power and femininity, so not true.  This is the total opposite of God’s plan. Focus on the man in your life now, God, and if you don’t have Him, He’s waiting for you!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon