How to take a Cheap shot at Satan Matthew 11:25-30

My family and I love going to local events. Every year here in Saginaw, TX we have what is called “Taste of Northwest”. It is a vendor fair that hosts the local restaurants and businesses and is similar to a carnival. This year was a little less exciting but it is still good to eat dinner from all of the samples.

One particular booth was from a local church. I usually pay particular attention to the church ones to see how they evangelize or recruit for members. This one had a punching buddy (a punching bag that looks like a person) with a red cape around it and horns on his head. When a person would pass by they would say “Hey, take a shot at Satan!” “Punch him out!” Then they would give out some pamphlets about their church. I didn’t have any contact with them so I do not know if there was any evangelizing going on.

In today’s passage Jesus prayed to the Father and thanked Him for revealing who He was to the people. Then he says something like; “Come to me all who are tired and weary and I will give you rest.” Does this mean that after a hard days work that we go to Jesus and He will restore us? Well, He could but in this context Jesus is referring to those that have been battling the BONDAGE of Satan. You see many people think that they have to CLEAN UP THEIR life BEFORE making the decision to follow Jesus. But Jesus says in this passage that it is HE that can and will free us of the bondage and we can REST.

I do not believe that we have to battle Satan at all. Yes the Bible says that we have power over scorpions and snakes but the source of this power does not come from us. It comes from Jesus but I do not think it is actually us but rather Him working through us. Remember when the disciples came to Him and said that they had a hard time getting rid of a demon? What was Jesus’ reply? “This type can only be done with prayer and fasting.” Prayer and Fasting are the two acts that we can do to refocus our source of strength, God. So is teaching people to hit or battle Satan biblical? I do not think so. I believe that our job is to “GO” and “TELL” people about Jesus. The fight between Satan and God is handled by God. Although we can be used by God to do this it is not our mandate.

Kind of freeing huh?

Something to Think About

Ever thought about the reasons why Jesus picked a few people to be His close followers? Well, the obvious ones were that He picked 12 symbolizing the 12 tribes of Israel, He did come to save sinners, and he was considered a Rabbi and therefore had disciples, but why have a few to hang out with?
If you look at at of the teachings from Jesus that were directed specifically to the disciples they were mostly about developing Christian character. After all they are the Patriarchs of the Christian faith and had to develop the image. Sort of being Brand Marketers. The most important aspect of this training Jesus gave them was Personal Evangelism. 
How is your personal evangelism experience? Have you talked to anyone about Jesus? If it is like most and it happens almost none of the time then you are not alone. Perhaps you don’t know how to go about doing it? Or maybe you experience fear of rejection? Either way we are commanded to tell others. 
I’m in the process of developing an online training course to teach and show how to share your faith without fear. 
In the meantime, be in prayer about this process and that it develops into a user friendly course that will assist those who need it. Also, pray for opportunities for you to share your faith and start by building those relationships. The easiest way to start is by fulfilling someone else’s need.
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Carry On!