Tommy Tenney (Peniel Sunday 16 August 2015)
Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 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. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.Mark 5:1-6
The bible passage tells that when Jesus came out of the boat He met a man with unclean spirit, and no one could bind this man, not even with chains. The phrase “no one could bind him” tells us some demonic spirits were restraining the man because he has pulled the chains apart and the shackles were broken into pieces. Listen to this! vs. 5 says he was always in the mountain and in the tombs crying out and cutting himself with stones, please note that demonic forces left unchallenged will always try to bring harm to the person they are affecting. The in-result is that Satan wants you dead and off the scene and it is God that wants you alive and working in your favour.
We have created a picture of a man that nothing can be done, the interesting thing is that in our religion mind we would have expected the next verse to read something like “and Jesus went to Peniel camp meeting and stood behind the wonderful podium and began to preach and the wild man got saved.” Remember! This was a wild man, who breaks the chains and no one could bind him. But vs. 6 says when he saw Jesus from afar he ran and worshipped Him. Let us review this verse thoroughly, nothing yet has happened because Jesus has not even performed a miracle for him so the only thing that has happened at this point is this wild man saw Jesus and he ran and worshipped him.
Now let us examine and dissect what happens when you see Jesus. When the wild man saw Jesus, he ran and worshipped Him. And guess what happened! The demonic forces rearranged themselves and they began to speak “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.” Note that this is not the young man speaking anymore; it is the demonic forces speaking. It is possible this is the first time of him seeing Jesus, but I would have to say Jesus has seen him long before he saw Jesus, in fact Jesus saw him from the other side of the sea. Then Jesus said to Himself I am going to cross the Sea of Galilee to that place where they raise pigs, to talk to a man who lives in the cemetery.
It is almost like a divine appointment when Jesus stepped out of the boat and this young man from the cemetery sees Him. Obviously, he did not know who Jesus was but something inside of him recognised that Jesus is here and He is the only hope for him. Listen to this! Before now, nobody could talked to him nor could stopped him and although they tried to stop him with physical chains but there were spiritual chains in him that were stronger than the physical chains, the demonic forces made him cut himself and do all sort of crazy things. If those demonic forces are that strong, it seemed to me then the demonic forces could have stopped or overwhelmed him from running to Jesus.
But there is something in the power of “the first glance” There is something in the power of when you actually see Jesus for who He really is, that no matter how many demons the man had, they could not stop him from running to Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, the devil will normally make you to feel like you`re just fighting against one demon whereas sometimes, you are fighting against thousands of demons. And if you get a mental picture of the fact that you weren`t just in a battle with one but with thousands, even though you walk away with a bruise on your leg or a black eye you`ll feel a little better understanding how many demons you were fighting against. The bible says he bruise our heel but we bruise his head. Halleluiah! Heel wound may cause you to limp but the head bruise is a failure. Sometimes in the process of fighting a demonic attack, you may end up with a limp but keep bruising on his head. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in high places.
Demons do not occupy space but they occupy your mind. The capacity of our mind can remember two thousand names, which means the mind can occupy two thousands demons and this make me to believe this young man was fill up with two thousands of demonic interference. Because of the demonic attack on this man, he could not run to meet his mother but he was able to run to Jesus. So what is it that gave him the power to run to Jesus? It is because when you see Jesus, chains fall. When you see Jesus chains breaks. Not when Jesus sees you, for He has been fixing his eyes on you a long time.
May be your case may not be fighting against two thousands demons but may be demonic oppression thereby making you to feel depressed, but the key fact is that, whatever the case may be, in your long dark night you have to keep your eyes on Jesus because there is something in the power of keeping your eyes on Jesus. When Peter was walking on the water, he did fine as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. That is the key factor to this young man deliverance because the moment he looked at Jesus, for one moment he felt a breadth of fresh air.
There is something inside humanity that long for freedom and that is why as a nation, as a church and as people we need freedom. And that is why the moment the young man saw a crack on the door he said to himself this may be my only chance to freedom and hence he ran to Jesus, and the moment after that, the demons had no power over him because Jesus reached out to him and took the spiritual chains off him.
What happens when you see Jesus, you say to yourself this is my chance and you`ve got to take advantage of that chance. Don’t let it pass you bye.
When Jesus set the man free from the demonic spirit, the demons pleaded with Jesus that He shouldn`t send them out of the country (vs, 10), that He should send them to the pig that they may enter them. And at once, Jesus gave them permission to enter the pigs and all the demons went out and entered the pigs and the pigs started running into the ocean and jumped into the ocean and drown themselves in the ocean. O I learnt from that, is that people can live with something that pigs can’t stand. Another thing I learnt from that, is that the first action the demonic spirit took was to destroy the things they inhabit, I believed if they have been left inside that man, and since he`s been cutting himself already, the next action he would have taken would have been suicide. So Jesus came to stop the suicide. He cast the demonic spirit into the pigs, the pigs couldn’t stand it, and they killed themselves. And then the villages got so upset that Jesus killed all their pigs and they said to Jesus, no you cannot stay here any longer, you have just caused us so many money, two thousands pig have been destroyed, No! You must leave now.
I want you to understand that, if two thousands demons could not stop this man from running to Jesus, then the devil can’t stop you, the devil can’t stop your children, the devil can’t stop your breakthrough, the devil can’t stop your deliverance, the devil can’t stop your healing, because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. By his grace, you are more than a conqueror.
In the just concluded Peniel, chains have been broken, sicknesses have be banned. All you have to do is to keep looking onto Jesus. Keep your eyes on Jesus. If this is what set you, this is what is going to keep you free. As you look onto Jesus, the gate of hell will not prevail over you. “Why will the gate of hell not prevail?” Because when Jesus died, He went to hell and took back the keys of life and He gave it to the church and say “here is the keys to the kingdom, whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven. This means the devil no longer have the keys to life and so he cannot lock the door, therefore you`ve to understand the devil cannot keep you in sickness, cannot keep you in poverty because the gate of hell will not prevail. You are free. You are free. You are free in Jesus name.
Remain blessed and have a great week.