Matthew 8:30-34 (AMP)
30Now at some distance from there a drove of many hogs was grazing. 31And the demons begged Him, If You drive us out, send us into the drove of hogs. 32And He said to them, Begone! So they came out and went into the hogs, and behold, the whole drove rushed down the steep bank into the sea and died in the water. 33The herdsmen fled and went into the town and reported everything, including what had happened to the men under the power of demons. 34And behold, the whole town went out to meet Jesus; and as soon as they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their locality.
These demons begged Jesus if He was to cast them out of these men, to send them to something else that was alive and breathing. Demons like to possess living things and so they go from one place to another trying to find rest. What’s interesting is that Jesus sends them out to unclean animals. If we look at the story in Mark 5:9, one of the men weren’t dealing with just one demon, there were legions among him.
Matthew 12:43-45 (AMP)
43But when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through dry [arid] places in search of rest, but it does not find any. 44Then it says, I will go back to my house from which I came out. And when it arrives, it finds the place unoccupied, swept, put in order, and decorated. 45Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and make their home there. And the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first. So also shall it be with this wicked generation.
Do you think these men who were in the tombs probably were doing this same thing? Playing games back and forth between living for the world or living for the Lord? The scripture above makes it clear what happens when we bounce back and forth. Our temple and home is cleaned out but once we go back to our old ways, seven other sprits tag team with that one demon and wreaks havoc on us day in and day out!
I hope I have given you something to truly think about as you make decisions on a daily basis. The Lord is always here to protect us but we have to remember that the enemy is going to try his hardest to get us down. We can’t allow the enemy’s tactics to enter into our temple.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMP)
19Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 20You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
Is it God’s business to be in your business? It sure is! He wants to dwell in you in order to work through you. He accomplishes that when you allow your body, mind, and soul to surrender to His Will.
Surrender – to give oneself up into the power of another.
Please keep in mind that we ALWAYS surrender to a higher power; God allows us to choose. We may say, “Just because I’m not ready to surrender my life to the Lord, I’m not serving the enemy!” That’s when we get in trouble.
Matthew 6:24-25 (AMP)
24No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in). 25Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
Scripture above states, “No one can serve two masters.” What master are you serving?