Today's Message: Disturbed | Sean Patterson
This month we are in a message series called DELETING DESTINY. Stay caught up on this series by following the message series playlist on YouTube: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrEv__Oj59Qe2Yj9bym7ag-a24_2fUToa
“Christ, the scriptures, your own hearts, and Satan’s devices are the 4 prime things that should be first and most studied and searched.” - Thomas Brooks
1 in 5 U.S. adults live with mental illness, 1 in 4 families have at least one member on the mental illness spectrum. - The National Institute of Mental Health
“There is no shame in diabetes, there is no shame in high blood pressure, but why is it that if our brains stop working, there is supposed to be shame in that?” - Rick Warren
“They came to the other side of the sea, into the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him. 3 He lived among the tombs; and no one was able to bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces; and no one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and cutting himself with stones. 6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7 and shouting with a loud voice, he *said, “What business do You have with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” 8 For He had already been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he *said to Him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged Him earnestly not to send them out of the region. 11 Now there was a large herd of pigs feeding nearby on the mountain. 12 And the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us into the pigs so that we may enter them.” 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the pigs; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.
14 Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the countryside. And the people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And then they *came to Jesus and *saw the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had previously had the “legion”; and they became frightened. 16 Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed man, and all about the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Him to leave their region. 18 And as He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was begging Him that he might accompany Him. 19 And He did not let him, but He *said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.”
In this one recorded encounter with Jesus, we see both the devil’s deception in mental illness and Jesus’ dominion over it.
The Devil desires to make our lives such hell that we and other people wish us dead before our time.
Satan’s deception is that he wants us all engaging in self harm.
If you don’t heal from what hurt you, you will always find yourself bleeding on people who didn’t cut you.
This man being tormented somehow thought that whatever Jesus could bring into his life would be worse than his current condition.
This man believed he was his condition. His identity was his dysfunction
Every case of mental illness that results in healing produces a platform for the glory of God.
The device and deception of the devil is to do all he can to make sure that Jesus is misunderstood and misrepresented, but the undeniable proof of Christianity is a re-created man and woman.