Friday, September 11, 2009

"There's Only One" by Pastor Kevin Lynch

"There's Only One" by Pastor Kevin Lynch

Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seem to be three. She's convinced...

Father Merrin: There is only one.

~The Exorcist~

Eight years ago. Nineteen terrorists. Three planes. One mastermind.

2,976 dead. The overwhelming majority Americans.

I think it might be helpful if I gave some background on the intricacies of the plot and exactly how many people...

There's only one.

We like to popularize our archenemies. It gives us a face to tape on to a dart board.

Certainly those responsible should be brought to justice, but we are just trying to appease our grief and sense of injustice when we lay the blame on any one person or group.

Let's face it. The truth of the matter is as Paul has explained.

Ephesians 6:12 - "For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere."

Bin Laden was the arms and legs of the Master Plotter. The Evil Strategist. The Wicked Force in the Supernatural Sphere.

Hitler. Manson. Bundy.

The weird dude down the street who poisons the neighborhood dogs.

Untold numbers of evil minions.

Only one Satan.

Luke 22:3 - "But [then] Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve [apostles]."

Either Satan took on this "special" case personally because it involved the murder of Jesus, or it is metaphorical for any number of demonic personalities.

I tend to take it literally because of the magnitude of the crime.

"Whom shall we send for this project, Master?"

"I'll handle this one personally."

Yes, only one Satan.

But only one Jesus as well.

And from the first drop of His blood on Calvary, Satan was a defeated foe.

His power over humanity was reduced. His influence has been broken over those who have given themselves to Jesus Christ.

He is on a leash until Jesus returns.

Satan is not the comic book variety evil mastermind. He can be defeated in his attempts by the average run of the mill blood-washed, born-again, Spirit-filled Christian.

James 4:7 - "So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you."

Allah cannot accomplish this. Buddah cannot accomplish this. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva cannot accomplish this.

Only Jesus.

There is only One!

That's my prayer. Submit yourselves to Christ. Recognize the powers of evil that are seeking to destroy you and demand that they cease and desist in the Name of Jesus. Do it today. Do it right now. I thank God I did it 23 years ago, and I have been free ever since!

Run everything past Jesus first!


Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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