salvation

Read Luke 8:27 – 39

This is an extreme case of demon possession, but are there not many other people functioning normally  but under demon oppression ? the level of control that demons exert over a person’s life depends on various factors, but the scripture makes it plain that all the unsaved are doing the works of the devil  to some degree and are in need of God’s salvation and deliverance

There is much to learn from this passage:

1. The man who was delivered by Jesus was not even considered to be a man…. he had been “written off” by all the people of the area as an “animal”…. a hopeless case.

2. Many swine were destroyed for this person to be saved…. and that must have meant economic loss for other people….. they would not be pleased by that, in fact, they would prefer their swine over the “man”… and the RSPCA would not have approved either because “such cruelty to animals”….. but the demons killed the swine so they would be free to enter other humans… they must have found  many suitable persons in the town after Jesus left.

3. Jesus may have allowed the demons into the swine for several possible reasons:

a. To test the hearts of the town’s people….. a man is of more value than swine, even a despised “written off” man…. beware of the same problem occuring today where animal welfare takes priority over human welfare….. also the love of money, these swine existed to make their owners rich.

b. But they should not have been keeping swine anyway…..  who were the people raising these pigs and who was going to eat the swine meat ? … swine meat is forbidden to Jews, and this area was within the borders of Israel.

4. The people begged Jesus to leave them alone and He did so…. but what a sad day it was for that town, they refused the Lord of Glory and CHOSE DARKNESS instead of the Light of Life….. even though the manifestation of evil in the delivered man was extreme, it is quite clear from the passage that the rest of the town’s people were under the grip of the devil and in need of deliverance…  but they did not recognize this and deliberately chose to remain as they were.

4. But Jesus left a witness in that town…. by refusing to allow the saved man to join His disciples that town still heard the message of God from one of their own.

Can you see the great truths of this passage are still relevant to Christians TODAY ?

1. First of all, our warped sense of priorities…. even in Christian circles…  we “write off” certain people as “hopeless”…. neither praying for them nor making any attempt to help them.

2. We prefer animals…. money….. all sorts of things over the salvation of the “worst” people…. because these people are just not as important to us as they are to God.

3. Notice the radical change in the man…. nothing superficial about this man’s salvation… “unto whom much is forgiven, the same will love more” (Luke 7:40 – 48)….  the desire of the “saved” man to be with the Lord….. but it was not His will at that time…. when a person is saved today, the natural tendency is to want to serve the Lord in some great capacity BUT this may not be His will……  for many Christians their “mission field” may be their workplace, school or home and God may simply expect them to be faithful right were they are….. and indeed, somtimes, it may be harder to live for Him among your friends than going to some strange land with the Gospel.

How about you ?  is today your day to meet the Lord Jesus ?  do not send Him away as they did because the darkness will only get worse.

Have you been saved a long time already ?…… do not settle down contentedly (because we are not in heaven yet)….. we have been saved with a purpose to be a blessing to others… this is God’s desire for us because we are His messengers here on earth….. right where you are now God can use you… and you owe it to Him to make yourself available for His service.

Please write me if you need prayer or guidance…. I know what it is like to be lost in sin…. even after deliverance and salvation comes into a person’s life, it is not the end… it is only the beginning….. I had someone to pray for me in my hour of need and nobody lives or dies in isolation….  God uses us to help each other because that is part of His plan…… you can find me at smendes@smendes.com or call +12462304818

Deliverance

In this Bible blog we have looked at many ways in which the “world viewpoint” is different from GOD’s viewpoint and we have also seen that many established churches have views that are “of the world” and not of GOD…. amazing, since they are reading the same Bible as all the rest of us.

Do you truly love GOD ? ….. you know many people who say they love GOD have not really analyzed their own heart…… SIN keeps us from fellowship with GOD but cannot really change our love for Him…. we either love Him, in which case our sin causes us much distress…. or we do not love Him, in which case our sin does not cause us much distress.

The greater is your love for GOD then the more problem you are going to have with sin in your life.

ADDICTIONS that you cannot overcome……  like drugs, sex, over-eating or any habit that controls your behavior….. can range from imperceptible to a “serious problem” that everybody can recognize….. because ALL addictions start small and grow gradually… some grow faster than others…. some get bigger than others…  just like plants, every one  is different.

One of the biggest CONFUSIONS is deciding for sure….. whether something is the work of DEMON spirits…. or simply a “natural” condition.

All sickness is not caused by demons….. and all habits are not the work of demons…. but some people preach this.

Other churches who are very confused over this….  simply ignore demons altogether.

So what’s the TRUTH ???

The term “demon possession” is not strictly correct…. because in most cases, the person is still exercising their own will and the demon is merely “influencing” them when possible, and in many cases very subtly.

In my case, the extent of the control of the demon over my body did not become apparent to me UNTIL I DESIRED TO DRAW CLOSER TO GOD…. once I realized the extent of his control over my PHYSICAL HEALTH…. I was VERY SAD AND UPSET…. and I CRIED AND CRIED, because I BLAMED MYSELF FOR BACKSLIDING FROM GOD….. it was in this state, that I HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD speaking to me….. I followed His instructions and HE REMOVED THE DEMON…. although the “deliverance experience” only lasted one night….  I came under “spiritual attack” for nearly a whole month after that….. GOD allowed me to go through this experience to reveal more of Himself to me and to make sure that I would NEVER EVER FORGET the lessons He taught me…. to increase my FAITH and TRUST in Him….. to show me that HE is ALL POWERFUL and OMNIPOTENT….. to show me that I need NOTHING ELSE but HIM (not food, not sleep… all the things  reason would dictate… humans “need” to surviive).

It was a time for me to battle FEAR itself…. doctors wanted to “medicate” me for all sorts of “conditions” they “diagnosed”….. my sister was convinced I would have a “nervous breakdown” and end up a mental patient.

It was an AWEFUL time for me…. I dont want to make it sound GLAMOROUS…. and I would NOT want to go through that again….. but it was BENEFICIAL and NECESSARY….

Here are the LASTING ADVANTAGES… which I list below….

1. Peace and joy in my heart everyday

2. The CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE that “it’s all REAL”….. the BIBLE…. heaven… hell…. angels… demons….. and most of all, JESUS CHRIST…. our SAVIOUR and BEST FRIEND….. the LOVE of GOD the FATHER.

3. Lots of people go to church and pray and love the Lord and do Christian work …. nice people…. who have never commited “aweful” sins (like me) or had a demon “in residence” in their body…. but most of them have NEVER actually HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD either….  or gone through what I went through physically…. and it is AWESOME…. I mean the CREATOR GOD…. MAKER of the UNIVERSE…. actually having a two-way conversation with me …. and working miracles, just like you read about in the old testament prophets…. it is not the experience of the “average” Christian…. and even though I am glad that I am back to living a “normal everyday life”…. because of that experience, the course of my life has been changed forever…. and I will never be the same again, I mean my values, my outlook on life…. everything changed.

4. I have new power over my own body and over my mind and I have power over sin.

I started this Bible blog at the prompting of the Holy Spirit…. and I KNOW that every post I make will ultimately be a blessing to somebody, somewhere in the world….. people I will never know or meet will be helped in their walk with God…. and you know…. that’s ALL that really matters…. this world is just a school to TEACH US ABOUT GOD….  Jesus said “the flesh profiteth NOTHING” (John 6:63)…. because when we leave this world, the ONLY THING that matters beyond the grave is “the fruit” we have born for Him (John 15:16)…. the lives we have touched for Him…. and the growth in our own spiritual character…  in our knowledge, understanding and relationship with HIM.

Look around you today…. no wonder Jesus said “many are called but FEW are chosen” (Matthew 22:14)….. no wonder He said, “narrow is the gate…..  which leads unto life, and FEW there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14)

Will you be one of those FEW ? …… Will you impact the world for Jesus ?

ASK GOD to direct your life and He will, IF you are serious….. if you mean business with Him…. God is no respecter of persons…. He will accept you and deliver you if you are serious…. you must want this with all your heart.