Demons or evil spirits have abilities to take control of one’s body or mind. What they do is possess, subdue, suppress, repress and master.
When possessed it means the person is now owned, and the evil spirits have complete power over that person, and they can be manifested whichever or whatever way they want to through that person’ speech or actions.
They literally take control of that person; have power over, take over, have mastery over, cast a spell over, bewitch, control, dominate, influence, etc.
In Mark chapter 5 we see a demon possessed man. The Bible says this man had an unclean/ evil spirit.
“And when he [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him.” Mark 5:2-6
A quick note there, one can still worship God but still be demon possessed. Actually in scripture, evil spirits were the first to acknowledge Jesus as the son of the most high God. How did they know? It isn’t revelation, but they knew because they’ve been there with him in heaven – remember these are fallen Angels.
Now this man was possessed!
When possessed by an evil spirit, it tears your life apart; it wouldn’t matter how much people try to help you, you’ll still break loose to that state again again – you can’t be tamed, not by flesh or blood. You snap off, and smash everything that’s supposed to help you. No one, nothing, not even education or religion is strong enough to control you. Remember the Lord said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). That’s the reason they invade a life.
So this man ran to Jesus, and worshipped him.
One of these two things could have happened;
- He was ok running to Jesus, but the demon spirit quickly controlled his speech, or
- the demon made him run so it could beg not to be casted.
The man ran to Jesus, and worshipped him, “And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.” Mark 5:7
Today, I think you’ll be able to see that anyone can worship God; “the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19. The man ran to Jesus, and worshipped him, yet he himself needed deliverance. How many continue to worship but all their life they’re tormented? Jesus asked, “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” Luke 13:16
Job 1:6 says, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.” And all he presented himself for was to beg for Job’s life. He said, “…put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” Job 1:11
Now with the legions, the evil spirit begged Jesus with a loud voice,
“What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.” They were comfortable there so they wanted to stay.
It’s just not about this man, but even among believers; they’ve situations begging for them – “I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.” For a very long time this man his dwelling was among tombs. Nothing was happening, he was good as dead, but the devil couldn’t care less. He could not be tamed! That’s how evil spirits torment mankind – no progress! Their lives are stolen from them.
Jesus said “unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit” (Mark 5:8).
The unclean spirit went out, and behold now he is tameable; “…Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” Mark 5:19-20
He had a normal life after this and people were awestruck by his story. When you come to Jesus, this experience can also be for you. He said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Prayer of Salvation
Have you ever made Jesus the Lord and Saviour of your life? If not, pray this prayer and start a new life in Christ.
Dear God in heaven,
I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with you, and I want to be right with you. I ask you to forgive me of all my sins, and come into my heart and change me. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Saviour of my life. Deliver me from all appearances of evil. Thank you for saving me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
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