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Bible Reading: Luke 8

“The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.” – Luke 8:35 NASB

While under the control of demons, this man lived among tombs and wore no clothes. The demons “had seized him many times.” He could not be restrained, even by chains, shackles, or guards. “He would break his bonds” and was driven into the desert. But when Jesus delivered him, the man instantly was freed.

We do not know why the demons targeted this man, but we can speculate that he might have opened himself to their influence and been vulnerable. He also might have been a threat to their kingdom and an effective servant for God. By crippling this man, they silenced his voice and sidelined a person who might have been a spiritual warrior or a witness for God. At the same time, they were preventing him from living up to his full potential. We do not know what this man could have done with his life, but we do know that, without the demons, he was “clothed and in his right mind.”

Satan and his demons are shrewd and manipulative, and they know their impact is threatened by people who want to serve God. If we are Christians, we can expect attacks on ourselves and our families. We also become targets for the enemy’s attacks whenever we experience the joy of our salvation or make an impact for God’s Kingdom..

Today, make sure that you are ready for the attacks and distractions of the enemy. Commit your life to God and seek Him with your whole heart. Commit your way to Him and know that He will direct your path. He has a great plan for Your life.

Total Commitment

Bible Reading: Romans 14

“Not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” – Romans 14:7-8 NASB

It’s natural and instinctive for each of us to think about ourselves first—our own needs and interests, health and feelings, protection and pleasure. But everything changes when we surrender our lives to Jesus. He becomes Lord of our lives. And, if He is our Lord, we don’t need to worry about anything. We can trust Him and allow Him to direct our lives. And instead of remaining self-centered, we live for Him.

If we continue to struggle with the flesh, we can remember the simple guide that Paul gave: We are to make a complete and total commitment to the Kingdom of God. This applies in every part of our lives.

The Bible teaches that success in the Christian life comes to those who make this total commitment. Their life is fully “the Lord’s.” They realize that “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). This kind of commitment solves and prevents problems with other Believers. It frees us from cares and worries about our lives, our reputations, and how our needs will be met. When we are committed to Him, we seek to love and serve Him selflessly and are vessels for His Spirit. And we completely trust Him for everything.

Today, surrender your life anew to God. Consider what this means as you make decisions and react to events in your life. Take joy in serving Him and not seeking credit for yourself. And, trust Him for everything! No matter what happens, you are His. Make a total commitment!

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