February 8, 2021

Authority Over Evil Spirits

February 8, 2021


Mark 5:1-20

James 1:2-8

Psalm 119:9-16


“It turns out the Christian story is a good story in which to learn to fail. As the ethicist Samuel Wells has written, some stories feature heroes and some stories feature saints and the difference between them matters: ‘Stories…told with…heroes at the centre of them…are told to laud the virtues of the heroes—for if the hero failed, all would be lost. By contrast, a saint can fail in a way that the hero can’t, because the failure of the saint reveals the forgiveness and the new possibilities made in God, and the saint is just a small character in a story that’s always fundamentally about God.’

I am not a saint. I am, however, beginning to learn that I am a small character in a story that is always fundamentally about God.”

– Lauren Winner, quoted from Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis (HarperOne), pages 193-194.


  • Who is the “hero” of your life story right now? Is it yourself, or is it God?
  • What recent situations have taught you endurance in the faith? How can God continue to help you on this journey?


  • What character from the Bible reminds you of the value of endurance? What do we learn about God from that person’s story?


Gracious God, you have made us all a part of your story because you love us. Remind us that even in the difficulties of life, you are always there. Teach us the value of endurance so that we might be made into more perfect saints, always striving to be more like Jesus each day. Through Christ’s name we pray, Amen.