July 29, 2014
READ: Mark 5:1-15
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
The madman of Gadara, fully under the influence of Satan, cut himself with stones. This is a very important manifestation of the presence of Satan. There are many satanic and demonic diseases that are self-destructive. Diseases like asthma are over reactions of the body to foreign bodies, which results in self-destruction.
Unforgiveness is one such demonic foothold. Many do not understand that it is self-destructive. By keeping the hurts and the pain, many people destroy themselves. Demons encourage us to bear grudges and to revenge on all those who hurt us. God will forgive every sin we commit but He will not forgive us when we do not forgive others. There is nothing more self destructive than bitterness and hurts.
Self-destruction is one of the key strategies of demonic attacks. The story of the prodigal son is typical of someone with a self-destructive spirit. By one decision, he destroyed himself and his future. No external force contributed to his demise. It was all self-inflicting; he virtually cut himself with stones.
God raises up fathers and gives them sons. Sometimes the spirit of Satan possesses the sons and they go very far from their fathers. When all is said and done, the prodigal sons are all but destroyed. This is an evil that I have seen under the sun and it is common among pastors. May God save us from the spirit that makes us put a knife to our own throats.