Daily Read – Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32; Luke 8:22-39; Psalm 70:1-5; Proverbs 12:4
Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him.
But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house,
and tell what great things God has done for you."
And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city
what great things Jesus had done for him.
Ahhh freedom, such sweet freedom for a man bound in the shackles of evil for so many years. Away from his home and living among the tombs of the dead. How awful for a man created in the image of God to wander hopelessly through life locked in the prison of a false identity.
The moment Yeshua Jesus stepped foot on the land, the Bible says this man of Gadarenes met Him screaming, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" The demons possessing this precious man knew their time was finished; the Deliverer had come stripping them of all territorial rights to that land. They knew Jesus, and knew they were no match for the Son of the Living God! Remember, they were in hell and saw the resurrection power of God raise Christ from the dead. That moment is eternally burned into their memories.
Believers, understand you possess this same authority and dominion over darkness. Every place you walk belongs to you for the Kingdom according to Joshua 1:3. Do you fully understand your righteousness in Christ and that your steps are ordered by Him? That means every time your foot hits the ground, you’re taking ground for the Kingdom. Spiritual and geographical territory is waiting to be reclaimed and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!
When Jesus, the Deliverer spoke, all darkness fell from this man in submission to the King of kings and Lord of lords. They lost all power and melted like wax in the presence of God Almighty. How Satan must have screamed from his hellish domain as he saw one of God's beautiful children loosed from darkness and brought into the glorious light of redeeming love. He could only stand by watching powerless as another one was rescued from his destructive grip.
Can you imagine what this man felt the moment light entered his life? His entire being transformed in a twinkling of an eye. What joy filled his soul; what triumph filled the earth! All he wanted to do was follow Jesus wherever He went. However, Jesus had other plans for him, so commissioned him to return home and proclaim the goodness of God, taking back the spiritual territory of his city for the Kingdom.
Every believer knows what this encounter feels like. Jesus rescued each of us from the ash heap of destruction and brought us into the beauty of His holiness. Each of us has a story to tell of His redeeming touch on our lives.
Many believe we can only be with Jesus on our knees, but nothing could be further from the truth. As the man in Gadarenes came to realize, Jesus goes where we go because He lives within us and you can’t get closer than that.
Yes, we are to come away in prayer and communion as Jesus did with His Father, but He then came down from the mountain with renewed vision and empowerment to heal the broken hearted, open prison doors, and set the captives free.
He is calling you and He is calling the church to return to our homes, families, schools, neighborhoods, and cities and tell everyone what great things God has done! It’s time to take our ground back for God
Go, and wreak havoc on darkness.
Tell everyone you meet your story and take the Kingdom by force!