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#71 The Takeover of the Self

 

The possessed man never intended to be a spectacle, an embarrassment to his family. He was captivated by pleasure and thought he would make life delightful. He had been attracted into enemy territory and now they had complete control.

When he would have sacrificed everything to regain personal power, he was helpless. Satan had nearly taken over his power to think and decide. He can’t even speak his own words to ask for help!

Israel was ignorant of their worst enemies. They wanted a Messiah to conquer their Roman oppressors, but the only army Jesus takes on is Satan’s, whose success with Eve,* empowered evil angels to try and take over the minds and bodies of humans, blaming their resulting misery on God.

Jesus hears this man’s unspoken request.

His words break Satan’s power, who summons all of his forces to oppose Jesus at every step.

Jesus is revealing God’s character, bringing freedom and new life.

Jesus’ life on earth caused feverish intensity in the dark side. A conflict that is building into one final confrontation. Now Satan’s side works most effectively disguised as angels of light, and people listen. The only means for recognizing deception and defeating evil spirits is knowing God personally.**

No cry to God, no attempt to reconnect with Him, goes unnoticed, even it if doesn’t have words. No matter how broken or weak we are, as long as we want a relationship with God we are not left to Satan’s power or our own helplessness.***

*Genesis 6:5, 12-13 **2Corinthians 11:14, 1Timothy 4:1, 2Thessalonians 2:8-10, John 17:3 ***Matthew 28:20, John 7:17

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