BONDAGE— FREEDOM!

BONDAGE— FREEDOM!

Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. —Mark 1:23-26

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. —Mark 5:1-15

How does the world interpret the above portions about these men being demon possessed? It is not from a spiritual perspective and so it has to be from a mental perspective. They would see these men as having a mental illness. How many people are being misdiagnosed today? Surely there are some genetic disorders, but as we see above there are demonic bondages as well. How many people who are said to have mental disorders are actually bond by demons?

In 2 Timothy 2:26 we read that the lost need to “come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” Again we know in 1 Peter 5:8 that our “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

These recent school shootings these past years are happening by people who are being driven to do Satan’s will. Until our culture understands this, there will be no worldly remedy to resolve this problem. The Lord God Almighty is the only answer.

Dear Father, please give wisdom to those who are working with the demon bound people. You alone are the One who frees people by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Please give Your church wisdom in this area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2HwtWLokSc

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