Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Demons (Part 1)
And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs.
Luke 8:27 (NAS)
The movie, The Exorcist, changed my young life. I didn't see much of it, because I had my face buried in my hands. But I heard it. Can hearing the wrong words invite evil?
We know hearing the right words invites God, because, 'faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God' (Romans 10:17).
Is demon possession real? The casting out of demons (exorcism) seems ridiculous to the average person--including most Christians. Churches seldom discuss it.
Yet, we live in the midst of an epidemic of mental illness. Depression and anxiety cover the world like a blanket. Serious psychiatric afflictions are common, and suicide is cutting through families like a knife.
The medical and pharmaceutical professions offer expensive solutions, if we can find the perfect doctor, pill, program, or procedure. Like the woman with the issue of blood, 'who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any,' we know it's a matter of life and death (Luke 8:43).
Is the casting out of demons by Jesus a peculiarity of the Bible that has no relevance today? No! Every 'Word of God is living and active' (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus considered returning people to their 'right minds' one of His main jobs, along with teaching and healing (see Luke 8:35).
The Bible is clear that people are not evil. 'Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places' (Ephesians 6:12).
So, if people are not evil, who is? If mental illness is seldom cured by man, how can its victims be healed?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Demons series.