The Enemy Hates The Name Of Jesus
“The man shouted in a loud voice, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I command you in God’s name not to torture me!’” Mark 5:7 NCV
Several churches in my city combined their resources many years ago to create a local, non-denominational outreach to help the underprivileged. It’s called, “Caring & Sharing.” They serve over 1000 families per month primarily with food and clothing. Many volunteers from several local groups are involved with helping on a regular basis.
One day there was a problem with one of the applicants. This woman was anxious and quite upset; so much so that she starting yelling and causing a commotion. Some of the volunteers who were nearby tried to jump in and help, working to calm her. But it wasn’t helping.
One of the volunteers was a good friend of mine. She quickly came to try and calm the situation, dismissing the other workers and taking over. She talked quietly and softly as they were seated, assuring the woman that she would be served as quickly as possible. It began to work. Everything was improving until she said something that upset the lady.
“We love you,” she intoned. “We are going to make sure you are helped.”
The woman got quiet, nodding and settling down markedly.
“And Jesus loves you,” she continued.
At the name of Jesus, the woman went crazy. She jerked her head away quickly yelling and screaming, “No.”
At first the worker didn’t make the connection. She had been making progress until something had set the woman off. What was it?
The worker’s gentle calming voice again assured this woman that she would be taken care of.
“We love you,” she said again, “and Jesus loves you.”
It was the same automatic, frantic response from the woman in need. She screamed and yelled and moved away waving her arms in frustration.
That was it. The name of Jesus is offensive to people who have a demon.
The volunteer went on to tell me that she felt sure this woman was possessed. “It was almost like foaming at the mouth,” she explained, “It was that wild.”
“A man out of the crowd answered, ‘Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn’t.’”
Mark 9:17-18 The Message
Lord, deliver me from evil, but help me to help deliver others from evil, too. Many are possessed and need Your divine intervention. Tell me what to say and teach me what to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Bible-Based Thoughts Based On This Event:
Demons absolutely hate the name of Jesus Christ.
“What Are The Stakes?” (God Markers On the Land), by Steve Hemphill – Pages 14-15