Mark 5:15 -
And they come to Jesus, and see the demon possessed man, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind, and having had the legion and they were afraid [seized with alarm].
What we see in today's scripture the man possessed with a legion of evil spirits and was delivered by Jesus was completely normal. Before that he roamed naked and was very violent and now he was n clothed and acted normal like any other person. There was a vast difference between his behaviour when he was possessed and when he was free from the bondage.
If the man was asked about how he felt after being free he sure would tell you the joy he had in him. It is written he wanted to follow Jesus for the rest of his life but then Jesus sent him back to his family and told him to tell his people how merciful God was with him. He went back and not only told his people but went about the whole city proclaiming about Jesus.
Most do not like to be under any bondage even if it is not demonic but of the flesh. Some may enjoy it in the start but most hate it over a period of time and look out for an escape from it. Their helplessness and weakness may cause them to remain in it but given a choice of freedom they would jump at it.
It was only the mercy of God that set him free from his bondage, and abundant mercy or grace can only be received by faith. Therefore if we need to be set free from whatever bondage we are it we need to build our faith. No all of us may have the privilege to meet a person of authority like that man did when he met Jesus. Even after being set free to remain free we need to have faith. Jesus said a house from which an evil spirit is driven out and if kept empty may cause that spirit to come back bringing many more spirit even worse than it with it.
We all have bondages in varying measures, some very small and some large and we all need deliverance. So let us concentrate on building faith in those weak areas and cause that bondage to be broken. We should target not only to be free from the bondage but also remain free with abundant faith in us and always full of grace.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, with You came grace, for in You faith was made easy for man. You made available your Spirit and through your Spirit of Truth You help us multiply our faith. Help us Holy Spirit in our areas of weakness so that by the revelation of the Truth we may be set free. We specially prayer of those who are possessed or tormented by spirits and are your children, we prayer Lord that your Messengers reach them and having authority deliver them...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for often he falls into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him here to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for truly I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.
21 However, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he said, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also to this wicked generation.
15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.
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