March 28, 2014
Last Sunday, we had Keith and Elsie Gerner
with us from Ireland. Keith is one of God's Generals -- a man who was heavily
involved in the birth of the Charismatic Renewal 40+ years ago in Ireland, and
saw Holy Spirit break down the walls between those who called themselves
"Protestants" and those who were Catholic as the Spirit of God fell
upon people who desired all that God had for them.
Following a time of teaching and sharing, Keith began to walk
among the folks in our gathering, prophesying over them, ministering healing as
well as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Della was back in the group praying
with him over Ashley, who received her prayer language rather liberally. :-)
Keith turned around and began prophesying over Della and when he took her hand,
the power of God hit her and she started to fall. Keith grabbed her by one arm
while Gary hustled behind her to stop her from hitting the concrete floor.
Della twisted her body as she struggled to regain her balance and in that
moment her hip, which had been severely dislocated in a fall the day before,
slid into place and extreme pain she'd been suffering vanished. Funny, isn't
it? Brother! Never put God in a box when it comes to healing.
Holy Spirit launched us into this area of study some weeks back, I freely admit
that I had no idea of the ramifications and the depth of revelation to which we
would be taken.
I am sharing from a place of current and still unfolding revelation, it is
obvious that Della and I have both been recipients of some pretty amazing areas
of healing where we had no previous awareness of demonic footholds and
opportunities for the Enemy to afflict us.
began His ministry by reading from the Isaiah Scroll in order to reveal the
priorities He would follow for restoring people to a proper relationship with
Isaiah 61:1-3: 1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because
the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek (åéð?òÈ -?aònaòyv:depressed in mind and
circumstances, humble, lowly, poor); he hath sent me to bind up (Lá?ç? - chaòbash:to wrap fully, to
heal, to gather back together) the brokenhearted (øá?LÜ - shaòbar:crushed, broken in pieces, torn apart -- + -- áìÅ - leòb:[the heart,
metaphorically] feelings, the emotions, the will or intellect), to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the
prison to them that are bound; 2To proclaim
the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort (íç?ð? - naòcham:to breathe strongly
upon, to ease) all that
mourn; 3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto
them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for
the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the
planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
the sequence of Jesus’ priorities once He’s been anointed:
1. To preach the good news that
those in poverty no longer need live that way;
2. To heal wounded, shattered,
splintered and fragmented souls;
3. To publish and declare liberty
and freedom for those held in demonic bondage;
4. To open the doors of mental,
emotional, and spiritual prisons; to untie the cords that hold people captive.
healing that Jesus provides begins with the revelation of how the Enemy has
gained his footholds in our souls, our minds and our emotions.
a rather dramatic picture in Mark Chapter 5 that most of our English
Mark 5:1-17: "And they came
over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship,
immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean
spirit, Who had his dwelling(*) among the tombs;
and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often
bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him,
and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame
"And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and
in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw
Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and
said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the Most
High God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him,
Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
"And he asked him, What is thy name? And
he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And
he besought him much that he would not send them away
out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of
swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine,
that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the
unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran
violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and
were choked in the sea.
"And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in
the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was
done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil,
and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were
afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him
that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the
swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts."
Matthew and Luke record this event as well (See Matthew 8:28 and Luke 8:26).
Three times in the passage from Mark’s Gospel we are told that this man had his
dwelling among “the tombs.”
the years and many dozens of times I’ve read these Scripture passages, I’d
never actually read this in the Greek text – which is revelatory to say the
least – until Della and I heard Katy Souza share in one of her teachings.
the word “tomb” occurs the Greek word is: ìíçìåsïí - mnemion. This word may not strike an immediate chord for some folks, but we have
a word in the English language which is a direct derivative of the Greek: mnemonics.
Unabridged Dictionary defines mnemonics like this: The science or art of improving the memory, as by the use
of certain formulas; aids to help in remembering.
word, mnemion, is
drawn from Greek mythology and comes from the name of the goddess Mnemosyne –
the mythological mother of Zeus, and the deity (actually, demonic entity) who
caused people to retain memories of past events.
Mnemion, therefore, literally
means: a remembrance; a monument or marker
which causes a recall of the past.
Thayer, in his Greek-English Lexicon, adds: a
visible monument to the past, a visible marker for preserving a memorial of a
person, a thing, or some past event.
it should become obvious why the Gadarene demoniac
was so tormented. He literally re-lived his past failures, the betrayals of his
past, events which had traumatized his thoughts, his feelings and his emotions.
He lived every day being reminded of how he had been either
sexually abused (the word “unclean” in the Greek text implies this directly) or
belittled – and he was tormented by spirits of fear which literally drove him
worth noting before we continue is the word “dwelling” in verse 2 of Mark 5.
This word in the Greek text is: êáôïßêçóéò - katoikesis: mansion, place of
residence, to reside permanently.
of Gadara, therefore, lived and dwelled permanently in the torment of past
memories. When he came and threw himself at Jesus’ feet, it was not the man who
spoke or cried out. Rather it was the “unclean spirit.” That spirit said a
couple of things that are remarkable for what is said, and what is NOT said, “What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son
of the Most High God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.”
notes the following question, “art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”
be phrased more properly, “What do you and I have in common?”
NOTHING in common with either the man of Gadara, or the evil spirits that had
taken hold of him. Jesus had no place of wounding, no place of offense, no
place of personal hurt by which evil spirits could gain a foothold in his mind,
his thoughts, his emotions or his spirit. There was no place in Jesus that
needed healing or restoration. There was no place in Him where evil spirits had
any kind of foothold. He was ready instead to minister healing and deliverance.
second question put
to Jesus by the demons was revelatory: “Have you come to torment us before the
spirits KNOW with a certainty that there is a day of eternal judgment,
damnation and hell fire that awaits them. They know a day awaits when they will
be bound and cast into “The Pit.” Those spirits also knew that Jesus had
absolute authority from Father Himself – that He could command them to go into
the bottomless pit before that appointed time – and they were fearful that
Jesus would do just that! Time, you see, is nothing more than an envelope to
Jesus spoke to “the unclean spirit” He asked the question, “What is your name?”
Once again we have an answer which reveals the nature of the demonic torment
this man of Gadara suffered.
“My name is Legion, for we are many.”
see it? The “spokesdemon” for the group uses a
specific Roman military term, thus identifying the fact that these evil spirits
had declared war on this man – as well as all those others around him – (and
we’ll cover this more momentarily) using a military strategy.
you’ve never been exposed to this terminology, a Roman Legion consisted of
6,600 foot-soldiers and 172 horse-drawn charioteers with precision bowmen ready
to use their weapons.
folks have speculated that the demon’s answer was more metaphoric than anything
and that it was figurative rather than precise; but I find very little – if any
– Scripture chosen by the Holy Spirit that has not been given for any other
purpose than to draw some very precise and graphic pictures for the sake of our
understanding and revelation. Once you begin to see this overall picture from a
spiritual perspective, you realize that evil spirits look for every opportunity
to work in the lives of people in much the same way as Franco’s “Fifth Column.”
the early days preceding WWII, Spanish General Francisco Franco was recognized
as the head of Nationalist Spain by the Nazi regime. During the next three
years he led a revolt against the Popular Front in Spain and set out to capture
Madrid. One of Hitler’s military aides was sent to question him concerning his
plans to take the city.
have four columns of Infantry – one on the north, one on the south, one on the
east and one on the west.”
which one will you use to take the city,” came the query.
use my Fifth Column,” he responded.
Fifth Column? Where is that?” Hitler’s aide asked.
in the city already. They are dressed and appear as ordinary Spanish citizens
who go about their day just like everyone else. They run businesses, they serve
in public positions, they teach in the schools, and they are musicians on the
street. But they are loyal to me,” Franco continued. “When I give the word,
they will rise up all at the same time and take over. The city will fall with
very little bloodshed. It will be mine.”
is precisely how Francisco Franco took control of Spain in April of 1939: its
cities and its government fell because of the infiltration of “the Fifth
of Gadara fell to the Fifth Column of evil spirits who took advantage of the
fact that he continued to nurse his wounds of the past. He lived perpetually
amongst the reminders of his wounds. He rehearsed daily the failures or
mistakes of past months and years. One by one this Fifth Column of demons began
to take advantage of each wound, each hurt, each offense, each event in which
he had been taken advantage of, and each place of belittlement. Over a period
of time, because the man was unaware of the tactics and oblivious to the
encroachment of the Enemy, he was taken over and tormented in increasing ways.
hatred filled his being. Rage became his mantra. Vengeance against his past
persecutors or offenders became a driving force. The local magistrates and
officials tried to capture him and hold him in chains to no avail. Every
restraint they put upon him was broken in such demonic displays of power and
might that the whole countryside was put in fear.
Jesus commanded the Legion of evil spirits to come out of the man, they had no
choice but to obey. They requested that they be allowed to enter the herds of
swine feeding nearby – just so they could have physical bodies to dwell in. We
all know the end of that episode. The swine couldn’t handle the presence of the
demons and ran, panic-driven, over the cliff and right into the sea.
of Gadara was set free completely. Jesus healed him of his past wounds and set
him free from the Legion of evil spirits. Not only was the man set free from
the demons, the footholds they had in him were eradicated.
a history lesson in this story as well as a wonderful picture of the healing of
was located in a territory referred to as “the land of the Gergesenes.”
The Gergesenes derived their name from their ancient
father, Gerges, whom we know historically as one of
the sons of Canaan. During the days of the Patriarchs – and more specifically,
the days of Moses and Joshua, they were referred to among the seven condemned
nations as the Girgashites.
the only nation of people who did not stand and fight against Israel. Almost to
a man, they fled before Israel and settled down for centuries among the
Assyrians and the Ammonites (modern-day Jordanians and Iraqis). Most of their
national identity was lost and they intermarried with those among whom they
dwelled, but the cowardly, non-confrontational spirit that epitomized the Girgashites remained.
from Gadara was easily taken by the Legion of evil spirits because there was no
place of resistance to or against the thoughts and memories he could have
This is a
classic lesson for all of us. The apostle Paul wrote the Corinthian Ekklesia and said something that is critical in our
understanding (this is my expansion from the Greek):
Corinthians 10:3-5 (RAC Translation & Amplification): For though we live, deport and comport ourselves by that which we
see, hear, taste, smell and touch, we do not contend with, war after and
execute military strategies [against Satan] by that which we see and hear, know
intellectually, or have opinions of: For the weapons and instruments of our war
and executed actions [against Satan] do not have their origins and [weak,
impotent] operation in natural flesh and human abilities, but they are skillful,
potent and powerful – like dynamite – through God to the demolition and
extinction of all fortified and guarded places of opinions in opposition,
Bringing down violently and demolishing (to total extinction) all mental reasonings and thought processes, and every mental barrier
or arrogant and self-elevated attitude that justifies itself in opposition to
the knowledge of God; bringing into captivity and making a prisoner every
perception of the intellect and every mental purpose or determination to the compliance
and submission of Christ and His anointing [in the same way that He complied
with the will and desire of the Father];
into captivity every thought” means bringing under discipline every single
place where the Enemy attempts to define us by our previous mistakes, our hurts
and offenses. We're talking about another area of healing here, folks! This is
healing which we can partake of on a daily basis as we sit, eat and drink at
the Table of the Lord, breaking the Bread of Life and drinking from the Cup of
Covenant -- the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus!
will continue on!
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