Going for Just One Needy Person full of Demons

In Matthew 8:28-34 we see that Jesus has left the massive crowds thronging to get a touch of healing or deliverance, and he has left behind the people who say they will follow him but are not yet willing to pay the price of so doing. He told his disciples to get into the boat and go to the other side, and they went through a terrible life-threatening storm in which Jesus slept until He was woken up and dealt with it by a word. What was all this for? It seems that it was for just one man! And a demon-possessed one at that!

The Gadarene demoniac was in bad shape. The demons in him were giving him supernatural strength. The locals did not know how to deal with him. He was tormenting himself – or rather being tormented by these demonic entities.

Jesus left all the busy ministry at the leading of the Father to head off into this new region. You could say they had opposition along the way. But like everything Jesus did, this was at the leading of the Father. So now Jesus arrives and a demon-possessed man (or I should say heavily demonized man) comes out and starts having a go at Jesus.

A lot of us prefer to avoid such encounters, but the truth is we need to embrace them if we are going to break new regions open for the gospel. Before God can even use us in such encounters, we need to “live ready”. We probably need to live what is known as a “fasted lifestyle” in order to “live ready”. When the demoniac came to Jesus crying out, Jesus did not withdraw to pray so He had the power to deal with it. No, He dealt with it then and there.

A lot of us have been tolerating the kinds of indulgences in our lives which are common enough in the religious world but absolutely strip us of power at certain times. I’m talking about things like eating more than we need, just because it feels good, or talking more than we should, or about things that are not helpful. All these things cause the effective working of God’s power to diminish, and you can go on about how full of faith you are, but until I see the actual manifestations of the Kingdom in your life, and real results, I’ll take it all with a grain of salt. We need to be like Jesus, living ready, so that when we speak a word, something is going to happen.

Strategic Individuals are usually NOT the rich and famous

If you were planning a missions trip to a new area, who are you hoping to minister more than anyone? The local politicians? The wealthy people who could finance your mission further? Celebrities? Religious authorities? Jesus went for none of these people. His assignment was to one lonely tormented soul who had been shut out from society. In the spiritual realm, things work differently at times and contrary to “natural wisdom”. It is not that God does not want to save or work with wealthy, rich, noble or famous people – it is usually that He can’t – because they won’t submit their bodies and spirits consistently to God, because they can easily trust in their own resources and soulish skills. Paul said that “not many noble” are chosen for God’s purposes. Its normally the damaged people that have been trashed by the devil that God wants to pick up and transform for His glory. These are the people that become witnesses for the Lord.

So don’t be discouraged if you are not rich, famous, worldly-wise or tremendously good-looking. You could be a strategic person in God’s Kingdom purposes. And when you go out in mission, be led by the Spirit and not by natural considerations. Don’t just always go for the crowds. Go where God sends you.

If you feel you do know a lot, or that you have things together, I urge you to humble yourself a LOT also, so that perhaps God could pick you up and use you for things of ETERNAL value. God does not play favorites. What He is favoring though, is humility and meekness – and if you recall the Sermon on the Mount, these are the qualities of those who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven AND the earth, respectively.

If you are a minister, don’t go only to rich people who you think might give you money. That is carnal and if you start living that way, you could end up in idolatry. Be a Jesus man. Go to the worst of demon-possessed people that God leads you to and see who Christ is in you. This is the challenge of the the hour as I write these words in 2013. There is a desperate shortage of people competent to cast out demons, even as demons are entering the church wholesale through corrupt compromising ministers and ungodly influences on television and the education system.

It is interesting if you follow the story that after this man got freed the locals begged Jesus to leave their region. So he only got to minister to one person that time. But guess what happened? You can follow the Scriptural accounts. Next time Jesus went to the Gadarene region, because of the witness of that one man, everyone came out seeking ministry from Jesus. And they had a great move of God. But it never would have happened if Jesus had not gone to that one individual.

 

 

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About Michael Fackerell

The Christian faith is about Jesus. He came to save the lost. About Jesus Christ, Bible teaching, Testimonies, Salvation, Prayer, Faith, Networking.

Comments

  1. Great article

  2. Yes, the Lord needs us to reach out to the needy people. Are we able to see the needy person/people ? Do we feel compassion when we see needy people around ? Are we willing to help them? Yes this is the challenge and our spiritual blindness can open only if we ask power from above.
    I live in a very crowded city of Mumbai (India). It is occupied with very rich and famous people living in mansions, to the very poor people living in slums. Whether we travel by rail or road or by walk, there is crowd. I was honest with the Lord, I said, “I don’t feel compassion as you felt on seeing the crowd”. Whenever we sang the song in the church “change my heart oh Lord, make it ever new…” it became my desperate prayer. The Holy spirit started working in my heart. My heart was filled with compassion and I started praying with tears for the people just outside our church who were travelling by road and for the receptionists (non Christians). They were so near the temple of God, yet so far away, perishing.
    On another occasion as I was returning after my morning prayer at the church, I saw 3 slum children having their humble breakfast tea with biscuits, my heart was filled with thankfulness for their breakfast and asked the Lord to provide them their meals too. Initially when I saw these slum children, usually begging on road, I used to get angry on their irresponsible parents but now the Lord has changed my perspective and I’m able to pray for them.
    I am not a perfect Christian but when we allow God to work in our hearts, He is willing to mould us and make us like His Son Jesus.

  3. Well I’ve been refused deliverance because i didn’t have $3,500 from a deliverance minister on a website I (used to) visit frequently. Some “deliverance ministers” are influenced by Python, Leviathan, etc. I can name him, he’s gone to Australia.

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