Yesterday, Pastor Mark called me and asked if I would go with him to help an older woman with a need. She was asking us to come and move a piece of furniture from one storage unit to another. Mark and I both knew we had a Kingdom appointment and we were interested to see what God was going to do.
When we picked up the lady, she got into the car and began to speak… non-stop. I mean, she never used a period on any one sentence. I’m not even sure she took a breath.
I put my finger over my mouth…
As the three of us drove to the storage units, I couldn’t help but think, “God, what happened to this lady that she would speak like this?” I knew in my heart that she was lonely and a broken woman. Filled with sin over a lifetime.
We got to the storage unit and quickly moved the piece of furniture to a different unit. Then I looked at the lady and asked her if I could pray for her. She just kept talking. “Excuse me! Can I pray for you?” She didn’t miss a beat. “Yes!” But then kept telling us a story. It was like she was stuck in talk mode…
I put my index finger over my mouth and waited until she got the message. Her sin was doing all the speaking and it was time for them to stop. You see, when a human gets filled with sin, we give them voice. As I looked at her, I knew she was filled. Smiling inside, I also knew it wouldn’t be for long.
You might be tripping over this a little so let me show you how this works in the scriptures.
Mark 5:1-10 (NKJV)
1 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains,
4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
8 For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”
9 Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”
10 Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.
What should we learn from this story? First of all, the man who was filled with demons ran to Jesus. He was strong and mighty in strength and terrorized everyone around him. Nobody could tame him.
Asking Jesus to forgive her…
Does this sound familiar to you? Don’t we see people today who just can’t be tamed? Children who are so disobedient to the point of breaking every law and becoming vessels of dishonor before God. That’s what I see everywhere I look. A people who are becoming possessed of everything but Christ.
The man in the story spoke to Jesus, but notice when Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” What’s interesting is that Jesus didn’t need to ask. He already knew. But for the purposes of the scriptures, He asked. We need to know what is going on in people.
When the man answered, we clearly are shown it wasn’t even him. “My name is Legion; for we are many” I hope you are getting this. He was filled with demons. Thousands. And they were given voice by the man. Welcome to sin at its worst.
She began to sway back and forth…
As I stood in front of the woman, Mark moved and stood behind her in case she was tossed down. This is why so many people go down in ministry services. As the demons come out, they turn and toss the person down like rag dolls. Truly they are ticked to lose their homes.
I began to ask Jesus to forgive her for the sin in her life. The moment I did, Pastor Mark saw Jesus step up right behind her. I love it when Mark sees Him. He always tears up. What a gift!
The woman began to shake and sway as the legions began to fall right out of her. Literally. They couldn’t get out fast enough. Jesus was standing there.
What what even more outstanding in this kingdom appointment with her, was Pastor Mark saw something he had never seen before. Jesus reached into her and pulled out some very large demons. He grabbed them and yanked them right out of her. By the time we were done, she was completely healed.
I had her twist around and check her body for pain and any disease. Her pain was gone! Her asthma was gone. She knew she had been delivered and healed. I prayed over her life and called back her destiny which had been stolen from her.
On the drive back, she was a completely different person. Grateful and calm. It was amazing. Jesus is still able to deliver the most unclean person. All He needs is for someone to stand in the gap for Him. He will show up and do the heavy lifting. We just need to be His voice.
I want to finish with this truth. There are many times we speak with people but don’t realize it isn’t them we are speaking with. If you want to be able to discern this, you should go to the Lord and ask for the gift of discerning of spirits. He will grant it if you are really going to use it. When you receive this gift, you will all of the sudden discern who it is that you are speaking with.
I’m sharing this story with you for one reason alone. To get you out of your comfort level and stretch your understanding of the demonic realm. It’s time to take back the captives. Are you in?
With love for your life
Pastor Jeff Mauer