A SIGN OF YOUR DELIVERANCE
Throughout my years of ministry – not only in South Africa, but all across the World – I have come across many, many believers who are bound by strongholds. To be quite frank, believers often take a lot longer to be free from strongholds than they do from tormenting spirits, spirits of addiction or spirits of lust, anger, etc.
The reason for this is because strongholds are fortresses, erected in the mind over a lengthy period of time, and thus can’t simply be cast out. They must be broken down!
A stronghold is broken down by replacing it with truth.
We’re going to be looking at a portion of scripture about Jesus, and when He arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. Specifically, we’ll be looking at the demon-possessed man who met Jesus as soon as He stepped out of the boat.
What happened was, just before Jesus arrived there, He went through a massive storm out at sea which tried to attack the boat. Scholars record that the storm was sent by a principality which had possessed the man who they called “the mad man of Galilee”. He was possessed by a principality, which is why they recall that it was a legion inside of him.
This principality possessing this one man was controlling that whole city, which comes from the tribe of GAD.
Luke 8:27-37 “And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!”
In Mark 5:7 it says these words “I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.”
The word “adjure” means to command us… Jesus carried such an anointing on Him that when His feet touched the land, the demons ran out to him and said, “We command you in the Name of God to leave us and stop tormenting us!”
There is an anointing that can come onto your life that the demons will even try to call upon God to look for help. They realise that the devil cannot help them with this… Even the demons realise that they need God.
29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.
This word “Legion” confirmed that he had a principality that was binding the man and holding the whole city.
In fact, the whole city was upset with Jesus because he had stirred this madman, and brought upset to the city of Galilee. This can be likened to your city / nation, and the upset which is stirred by the Spirit which rests upon you!
31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. 32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.
We need to have a realisation today of the power that we carry!
If you read this verse, the Bible says that Jesus permitted them. You have the ability to do the same! Demons can beg you to cast them out, and you can permit them or not. You have control over them simply by the words that you speak.
Didn’t Jesus say that you will do greater works than Him?
You have the ability to allow a demon to do something or not.
What many Christians don’t realise when they read this passage is that the demons ended up exactly where they came from. Isn’t it funny that the same demonic spirits which caused the storm that tried to prevent Jesus from reaching Galilee, ended up in those same waters?
That principality saw Jesus approaching and said… “Look, that Man is going to bring deliverance… We must stop Him before He even touches the shore.” Thus, that principality sent a storm. Jesus looked at this principality, cast him out and put him into the swine, and the swine sent them back into the exact place that the storm came from.
The hidden promise for you in this is that every curse that has been spoken against you, you have anointing to send it back to its sender!
34 When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.”
Notice that the first sign to the onlookers that there had been a change in this man, was that they saw him clothed… That’s why I always say that one of the first signs of someone being truly delivered is that there will be a change in their clothing.
I am speaking of a cleaning up, when people can look and see that a person has been delivered. We have set bad examples for the World out there. Everything about you should be full of light and completely changed.
I am here to prophesy, and this is the message God has given me is that there is much more to you than what the enemy has led you to believe!
When you carry the anointing, and when you have been delivered, money will find you somehow.
When your value increases, the Bible says in the book of Isaiah that the wealth of the Gentiles will come to you because of your light. It will look and find somebody that is shining full of light… and princes, nobleman and royal people will come from afar to come and see you.