June 10 2018

 

 

1 Samuel 17:32-39

 

Mark 3:20-35

 

 

In spite of victory through Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection, the presence and power of God remains under constant challenge. The rebellious forces may surface as economic, religious or political powers as they did on the day of Christ’s crucifixion and still do today, but they also work away insidiously deep within every human heart trying to undermine God’s work there. Daily we are called to make decisions about whose side we are on, and the worst thing we can do is to get the two sides mixed up – to call the anti-God forces good and the Holy Spirit evil. That’s why we read in Mark 3:30 about an unforgiveable sin. To identify the working of God as the work of the Devil is to so confuse the issues that we cannot receive God’s love and forgiveness when it is staring us in the face. But remember our struggle is not against enemies of flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this present darkness, the spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12). The story of David up against Goliath is sometimes cited as a model for us to follow in this contest. Trust not in humanly devised weaponry like legalism, political influence, financial resources or our own intellectual ability but in the power of God to take on these opponents of God’s love. “The weapons of our warfare are not merely human” (2 Corinthians 10:4) for this is a spiritual contest where the Spirit of God; the Spirit that was in Jesus; the Spirit of creative love, justice and peace, of goodness, purity, holiness and compassion is present and active. It is for us to allow ourselves to be moved by this force and so to live out the victory represented by the resurrection of Jesus over the powers of evil.

 

  • Where do you see the presence and power of God under challenge today and how different is this from seeing the Church under challenge?
  • Through whom did the economic, religious and political powers act in the arrest, trial and death of Jesus?
  • Why is it important to remember that our struggle is not against enemies of flesh and blood but against spiritual powers?
  • Where do you see the Spirit of God working in society today?