Pentecost Devotional (30 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Fifty-Ninth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Joshua 5:14

'''Neither,' he answered. 'I am here because I am the commander of the LORD's army.'
Joshua fell to his knees and bowed down to the ground. 'I am your servant,' he said. 'Tell me what to do.''' Joshua 5:14

We like to think of God being on our side, when we should be thinking of our being on God's side, instead. It's more than semantics, it's about purpose, direction, and priorities. We want God to back up our plans, our purposes, our dreams, and our ambitions. We consider that we want what is best and are able to envision what God must want. Whether we recognize it or not, we want God to serve us like a jinn in a lamp. We want God to get us out of each tight spot and resolve our all of difficulties. We want God to obey our wishes and designs.


Sixtieth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Mark 1:34

''Jesus healed all kinds of terrible diseases and forced out a lot of demons. But the demons knew who he was, and he did not let them speak.'' Mark 1:34

Sometimes we encounter passages and themes in the Bible that make us somewhat uncomfortable. We don't know exactly what to do with passages like this one in Mark, as we are rather determined to deny the existence of demons. Often as not, we want to consider that demons existed and acted in earlier times, but have somehow been left aside in our more advanced understanding of the world of God's creation.
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