READING: MARK 9:14-29
[a] In our Bible reading we have quite a typical Biblical story of the
authority of Christ being shown over demons!
[b] In OUR so-called enlightened age, people think you're a wee bit
peculiar if you believe in demons!
[c] "Surely that went out with the dark ages! People aren't
that gullible anymore!"
[d] They will tell us that Jesus only spoke in the idiom of His day, in
describing mental illness, epilepsy, dumbness and other things as
[*] Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6, that "We fight not against flesh
and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of darkness in high places!"
[e] We've become too civilised, to believe in an uncivilised devil
working through his demons!
[f] Sometimes when demons are mentioned it is only by way of a joke,
you know, a bit like the imaginary gremlins, or perhaps as a
description of a mischievous child.
[a] In fact we find our minds being conditioned from inside the Church,
to think in this way!
[b] A modern translation of our Bible story as it is found in Matthew's
Gospel, chapter 17, says, "Sir, have mercy on my son! He is an
epileptic and has such terrible fits, that he often falls in the fire,
or into water."
[c] Another translation speaks of the boy being "mentally deranged."
[d] The late Professor William Barclay, highly respected, and much
quoted author, (by me as well as many others) has this to say about the
event in question;
A man had brought his epileptic boy to the disciples in the absence of
Jesus...... As was inevitable in that age, the father attributed the
boy's condition to the malign influence of evil spirits.
(Gospel of Matthew Vol 2)
[a] The renowned preacher and author, Dr Martin Loyd-Jones, tells how
he ministered to a woman suspected of being demon possessed.
He says, that as soon as he mentioned the Name of Jesus Christ, the
woman began to shout in the most unearthly voice he had ever heard!
She went down on her hands and knees and began to bark like a dog! But
through the Name of Christ she found deliverance. ("Healing and
[b] Doreen Irvine, former queen of Black Witches for all of Europe, and
author of "From Witchcraft to Christ", was delivered from the
possession of many demons, similar to the Gadarene demoniac. (Mark 5)
[c] The 'casting out' of these demons was done by Rev. Arthur Neil, who
in recent years was principle of the Faith Mission Bible College
[d] He says, "I have referred to the background and the nature of the
diabolical conflict with supernatural forces of evil, in which it was
my terrible responsibility to be implicated. Throughout the years since
Doreen's gracious deliverance from demonic possession....... I
have marvelled at the way she has been brought through many
circumstances which have been contested, , at times viciously and
violently, by the strategy and power of Satan."
(Foreword in 'Set Free to Serve Christ' by Doreen Irvine)
[e] There are countless stories in similar vein which show us that
demon-possession is as real today as it ever was in Bible days.
[a] Whilst we were stationed in the Edinburgh area, here in Scotland,
one of the issues of the Edinburgh Evening News carried a startling
report! (Friday 13/7/90)
[b] There was a report about the involvement of children in
Lothian schools in demon centred activities.
[c] It said that in some of the classes, up to three-quarters of the
children had in some way been involved in some sort of satanic
[d] Now that included everything, from those contacting spirits through
Ouija boards, to those involved in awful sexual satanic and
[e] The article stated, "Active (Witchcraft) covens and satanic groups
have sprung up throughout Lothian.... East Lothian.... has a long
history associated with witchcraft."
[f] The Church of Scotland had such a concern about the problem and
the connected ritualistic sexual abuse of Children which it brings,
that, they set up a special team to do a two year investigation!
[g] And let me say, for those playing with ouija boards, and feel there
is no harm in it, IT IS NO GAME! People have been known to become
demon possessed through playing this so called harmless game!
[*] Just the other day, I heard someone on the radio, in what was not a
religious programme, speak about their horrendous experience with a
OUIJA BOARD, and how they had contacted some powerful forces that
[h] In the newspaper, which I spoke of a moment ago, an expert in
the field, Occult writer Charles Cameron, who had just completed a
book on Scottish witches, said, about Ouija boards, "No matter what
you believe, no one should dabble with them. Using a board is not a
parlour game, and people, particularly youngsters, can become
hooked on them. The board can end up ruling their lives, and some will
not make a decision, without using one. it is a very dangerous
practice, and can lead to all sorts of problems."
Concerning witchcraft, he stated that covens exist all over Scotland,
and went on to say, "It is as perhaps as rife today as it was in the
Middle Ages. I understand that there is at least one group who
regularly indulge in satanic worship in and around Edinburgh."
[f] In my young and innocent days, I remember with a group of friends,
deciding to have some "fun" by playing with a OUIJA BOARD. It all went
fine, until the OUIJA BOARD spelt out a name. The name was that of the
recently deceased mother of one of the group. As you can guess, this
caused great fright and upset to the person concerned!
IT CAN SO EASILY BE THE THIN END OF THE DEVIL'S WEDGE!
[g] The devil has many doors to the occult and the bondage he seeks to
impose upon every soul. We must RECOGNISE those doors, we must face up
to the DANGER, and we must WARN others.
WE MUST NOT SIT BACK AND LET IT HAPPEN!
[a] One of the most important aspects of examination of evil around us,
must be the realisation that GOD IS OMNIPOTENT!!
In our Bible Reading, JESUS TOOK COMMAND OF THE SITUATION AND CAST THE
DEMON OUT OF THE CHILD!
THE DISCIPLES HAD TRIED - IN THEIR OWN STRENGTH - AND FAILED MISERABLY!
[b] We have a God Who is ALL POWERFUL, and one Who gives us as
Christians, "POWER ..... OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY" (Luke 10:19)
[c] The words of Jesus in verse 17 of Mark 16 as translated in the
Living Bible, says, "Those who believe, shall use My authority to cast
[d] There is no need for the born again Christian, who is living close
to their Lord, to be afraid of demons, because we have the protection,
and the authority of the Lord of Glory, and we have the all powerful
Name of Jesus, at which demons must flee.
[e] Perhaps there is someone here, who perhaps feels that their
relationship with the Lord is a somewhat distant one, and you feel
somewhat exposed to the forces of Satan, and the evil which seeks
to destroy you.
Perhaps you feel bound hand and foot by the forces of evil!
[f] Jesus came to bring deliverance and Salvation, and He offers it
freely to all!
[*] Jesus says in Luke 4:18, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath
sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the
captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised!"
[g] He does not expect us to make our own way in this world and somehow
overcome evil in our own strength. THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
[h] He offers to walk with us through life - IF WE WILL LET HIM!
[i] If you are not sure you are walking with Him, why not make sure
tonight! It's too risky to be a lone traveller on the road of life!
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