they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the
Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him
out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,”
His disciples took a trip across the Sea of Galilee to the opposite coast
close to the city of Gadara for one purpose. A
man with an unclean spirit needed Him. Each person on the face of this earth
is important to Jesus, and this man who was possessed by a legion of demons
was no different. History tells us that a Roman Legion consisted of
something in the neighborhood of 6,000 men. Some Bible teachers say there
were probably much fewerthan
6,000 demons and perhaps the demons used the large number as a ploy as an
attempt to intimidate Jesus by lying about their number. After all the
demons were only following Satan’s example, he being the father of all
for a Rabbi, in those days, to effectually cast out a demon he had to first
ask for the name of the demon. Jesus didn’t ask the demon how many were
inside the man but He did ask him his name. The demon refused to give Jesus
his name or the names of any of the others with him. The demon,from
the beginning of the encounter with Jesus,was
trying to get the upper hand,which
of course was futile. When Jesus obliged the demons by fulfilling their
request to be sent into the herd of swine, Jesus wasn’t concerned with the
herd of swine so much but in eliminating the demons from the scene. Jesus
accomplished what He set out to doby
releasing that demonic possessed man from his torture.
seek embodiment, because for a demon to be without a body to inhabit places
them in idleness which is the same for them as being in Hell. Demons hate
humans and have a deep seeded desire to destroy us. Why do they hate humans?
Because we are created in the image of God. They can’t destroy God or even
touch Him so they embody humans whenever possible to destroy us. In that way
they are able to destroy the image of God Himself.
can’t be embodied by evil spirits, there is no more room inside
of us because the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in us and He takes up
the entire area. Not to mention the fact that demons are terrified of the
Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, and the demons fear God and
appropriately so. But believers can suffer demonic attacks, and sometimescome
under demonic oppression. These attacks can deplete a Christian’s joy and
drag him/her into a state of uselessness. A Christian without joy is a
Christian who has become of no effect for the Kingdom of God. They’ve lost their saltiness. Since
Satan no longer owns us, he’ll settle for destroying our effectiveness.
who remain in unbelief have a huge invisible target on their heads and
demonic entities are always contriving ways to enter those individuals.
Satan is behind many sinister devices which allow humans to be embodied
(everyone who is not born again belongs to Satan) drinking alcohol to excess
or partaking in mind altering drugs as well as getting involved with
“seemingly innocent” distractions such as Ouija boards, séances, dungeons
and dragons, and of course the not so “seemingly innocent” distractions such
as witchcraft, mysticism, and the occult,even
New Age practices which included many on the aforementioned list.
wants is for humans to come to a point in life where their common sense
tells them that to believe in such things as demons, evil spirits, or even
Satan himself is foolishness. People have been bombarded with silly
characterizations of Satan, and from times past they’ve contrived the idea
that he was sort of a comical character. He comes on the scene dressed in a
red suit with cloven hoofs, a long pointed tail, horns, and he carries a
pitchfork. The devil prefers to be thought of in this way.
think of Satan as a comical character they lose their fear of him….he
becomes as real as Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck. When the fear is gone then a
person is wide open for a demon to enter and take up residence inside them.
All humans should have a healthy fear of Satan and his minions for they are
indeed quite real.
told how the Gadarene Demoniac was embodied,but
we are told he had supernatural power and interestingly he was continually
trying to harm himself. Actually he wasn’t the one doing the harmingit
was the demons who wanted to destroy him. How long he lived in among the
tombs and up on the mountain we aren’t told, but we are told that the folks
around the area tried to subdue him with chains and that he was able, with
his incredible strength, to break those chains. They could not contain him.
about people cutting themselves and even turning it into some sort of an
addiction. That’s one of the things the demoniac did to harm himself, he cut
himself with sharp rocks. “And always, night and day, he was in the
mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones,”
Could it be that there is even more demonic activity surrounding us
we are aware of? Why would healthy young boys and girls, and adults too,
want to cut themselves until they bleed and scar up their bodies? What else
could be behind this unhealthy and seemingly satanic activity? Would
perfectly sane people actually indulge in such arcane practices? Not hardly.
But demon possessed people could and would perform all sorts of unnatural
acts of self-destruction. Time to insert a little controversy, and, as
always, I’m ready for the onslaught of emails from irate readers. Piercing
and tattooing may well be demonic in nature. Okay, I said it now let me have
If you want
to find out God’s feelings on these subjects, read the Torah. No, we aren’t
still under the Law, but you will find there a plethora of information on
just how God views these and other abominations as well. You might say
something like “Yes, well, our culture has changed we’re
different than those folks who lived back then and who got into all sorts of
Baal worship. Tattooing and piercing is a way to show our independence, a
way to show who we are as Christians. We now have a freedom in Christ and as
such all things are lawful.”
young and oldare
becoming more and more involved in what they deem
“pleasurable activities” which speak of a complete lack of morals that
to the born again Christian observer seem to be totally demonic in nature.
How is it that the demons have been given such a free rein in the lives of
so many? People are, in unimaginable ways, opening their minds and allowing
unfettered demonic involvement in their lives.
out demons and even gave His disciples this ability. Demon possession was
something quite prevalent in those days. That culture certainly didn’t
dismiss demonic possession as fantasy. Demons were real and burdensome to
many people and Jesus knew it. The reason Jesus crossed the
Sea of Galilee that day was for the
sole purpose of healing one demon possessed
individual. Today the world seeks many avenues to the demonic; it’s
as if there’s a store on every corner of every town in which the worldly can
attract and be supplied with a demon. One more thing, though demons are
pervasive we mustn’t attribute every weird or unexplainable experience to
(Wicca) has become main stream in recent years,as
well as many other occult practices, and it now attracts even highly
intellectual people. There are now many places that supply the once shunned
paraphernalia attributed to performing occult rituals. A Google search on
the internet with the intent of finding ways to attract demons will soon
produce pages replete with occult sources. Why anyone would want to attract
a demon to enter their mind rather than use this same effort to seek Godis
humans and they will do their utmost to destroy any human that opens a
door and allows them access to embody them. Their
only purpose is mischief and destruction;they
aren’t capable of feeling or conscience. Their hatred of human kind is
Emerging Church/Contemplative Spirituality is just another avenue to the
occult. When people incorporate a prayer mantra into their new spirituality
they are opening their minds to a spirit guide. The promoters of these
heresies actually promote the concept of allowing a spirit guide access. One
might just as well say demon guide, and let me be perfectly clear,once
you’re possessed by this evil your chances of ever being un-possessed are
slim to nil.
Gadarene Demoniac want that legion of demons living in him? Do you think he
set out to find a new spirit guide to help him through life? My guess is his
answer would be no. But many people today are now actively inviting demons
in and they’ve made it so simple to become possessed that demons hardly have
need of any type of deception whatsoever.The
doors are open for them, and the red carpet is laid, come on in goes the
happened to the man when Jesus had cast out those demons who had taken up
their residency in him? He wanted to stay with Jesus, not to see what else
Jesus could do for him,but
because he was so overwhelmed with the gladness of being set free from demon
possession, and he was so full of love for Jesus that he never wanted to
leave him. Demons hate and destroy lives, Jesus loves and builds lives.
wouldn’t allow the man, once he was healed, to stay with Him. Why? Because
the man now possessed a great witnessing tool, which consisted of his very
own testimony. Jesus told him to go and tell everyone he could about the
great things God had done for him, and how God had compassion on him, so he
did as Jesus commanded.
the reason Christians are no longer available for demon embodiment. When
Jesus Christ died on the cross He defeated Satan and his followers. We must
remember though, it was Jesus whodefeated
Satan not us. “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil
he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing
accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee,” Jude 1:9. Even
Michael the archangel rebuked the devil in the name of Jesus Christ. Michael
didn’t try to battle Satan on his own power but through God’s power.
Christians must do the same.
fallen angels. Just how much strength does an angel have? “And it came to
pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp
of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose
early in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses,” 2 Kings
19:35. One angel killed one hundred and eighty five thousand Assyrian
men in one night. When the angels rebelled along with their leader, Satan,
did they lose their strength? Not likely, just their place in Heaven.
mere human beings have no strength of our own to fight against the powers
and principalities of darkness. We must always be covered with God’s power
in that sense the demons can’t touch us. Left on our own accord, there’s no
way in which to fend off demonic attacks which will most certainly buffet
us. Only through the shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can we
be covered and protected from a demon or demons possessing us. “And the
seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject
unto us through thy name,” Luke 10:17.
Gadarene Demoniac was released from his prison of torture by the only One
who had the power to accomplish that feat, Jesus the Christ. Many today are
held in that same torturous state by evil maniacal demons bent on
destruction. The total relief which that man experienced when
Jesus released him must have given him new life. Isn’t that what Jesus is
all about? He gives those who seek Him new life. Satan and his minions of
evil can have no power over the believer if we are truly in Christ. Are you
power Satan has over those who aren’t cleansed by the blood of Christ.