The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
In the now classic movie, "A Christmas Story", young Ralphie and his buddies are constantly harassed by the obnoxious bully, Farkus, and his sniveling toady, Grover Dill. These two take sadistic pleasure in terrorizing and physically hurting these boys.
No walk home from school is safe from these demons!
One day, when Ralphie is walking alone, an angry snowball comes out of the blue. Hits him hard in the face. Splatters all over his glasses.
The cackling, mocking laughter confirms the source.
Farkus rears his ugly head. Confronts Ralphie who is desperately fighting back tears.
"What are you going to do? Cry?" He taunts. "C'mon, crybaby, cry! Cry!"
But, this time for Ralphie is different from the others. The narrator tells us a "red hot flame" begins to burn within him.
With a warrior's roar and a rush of rage, Ralphie hurls himself at Farkus, tackling him to the ground. And, he gives this bully a thrashing he will never forget.
Nor, will any of the school children looking on.
In one outburst of crazy courage, Ralphie destroys Farkus' reputation as a tough guy and demolishes his power to intimidate.
The demon is vanquished for good.
Are there demons in your life that are bullying you? Telling you you're not pretty enough? Smart enough? Strong enough? Thin enough?
Persuading you that you can't succeed, so why try? Feeding on your weaknesses and perceived short-comings like buzzards on a carcass?
Let Jesus be your "Ralphie".
He'll beat the bullies up. Set things to right. Remind you all the while how much He loves you.
Just. As. You. Are.
Because, you are first and foremost a child of God.
With a right to live a full, abundant life according to His promise.
Will you allow Jesus to be your "Ralphie" today?
Will you join me in prayer?
Help us to remember, Father, that in trying to cast out our demons on our own, we'll probably "shoot our eyes out". Let us, instead, turn to Jesus, our Savior, our Mediator, our Advocate, and ask Him to come to our aid. Thank You for loving us as Your children. Amen.
Psalms 66, 67 or 19, 46
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