Inner Demons. We all have them. They’re around every corner, behind every temptation. We wrestle with them. We stuff them down so we don’t have to deal with them. We avoid them. We lie to ourselves and pretend they don’t exist. But they are there. Always lurking around, waiting to take hold of us, to control our lives. If we’re not careful these inner demons can lead us to places we don’t want to be and take us captive to the point of destruction.
One boy in the Bible, reminds me of what can happen when inner demons take control of our lives. We don’t know his name, but we all can relate to his story.
In Mark 9, we see the desperate plea of a Father who is frantic to find help for his son. He approaches Jesus and says, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not” (Mark 9:17-18).
Jesus then says to the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” (Mark 9:21). The Father answers, “From childhood.” We have no idea how old his son is or how long he’s been possessed. But the father paints the picture of torment the boy has endured, telling Jesus the impure spirit often throws the boy into fire and water trying to kill him. He begs Jesus, ‘if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us’ (Mark9:21-22).
“If you can?” said Jesus.'Everything is possible for one who believes' (Mark 9:23). Click To Tweet
How patient God is with us. Jesus had performed many miracles upto this point. What was it going to take for people to believe?Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, 'I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!' (Mark 9:24).Click To Tweet
Jesus then rebuked the impure spirit and said, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again. The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up (Mark 9:25-27).”
How many times have we been there, doubting God that He is able? Everything is possible for one who believes. When we believe, the unbelievable happens. Everyone was amazed and shocked at this scene. The disciples who had previously tried to cast out the demon questioned, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” (Mark 9:28).Jesus replied, 'This kind can come out only by prayer' (Mark 9:29). Click To Tweet
Wait, you’re telling me the disciples forgot to pray!?!?! We too can be guilty of trying to handle our demons in our own way by ourselves, forgetting to allow God to handle it.
This story shows me how powerful prayer really is. Prayer is the language the deaf can hear and the mute can speak. Back in biblical times, it was believed only the Messiah Himself could cast out mute and deaf demons. But Jesus tells us, prayer is what the demon understood and what drove it out.
Maybe you’re wrestling with deep, dark hidden demons right now.
Maybe you struggle with finding your worth and value in status, money, external beauty and things of this world. Maybe you’re trying to fill a void by seeking attention in not so good places. Maybe your demons are shame, doubt, guilt, keeping you in an ugly cycle of brokenness not allowing you to move forward.
We can all relate to effects the demon had on the little boy’s life. The demon took away his ability to speak, it seized him, paralyzing him from living life. The demon placed him in harm’s way almost destroying his life to the point of death.Whatever your demon is--it needs prayer to drive it out so it will never enter again.Click To Tweet
There is freedom when we release our demons to God. I promise when we give our demons to God in prayer He will take us by the hand, lift us up, so we can stand just like he did for the boy.
Do you believe everything is possible for the one who believes?
Do you have inner demons that hold you captive from what God desires?
Spend time with God today, ask Him, ‘what are my inner demons that hold me back from what you desire?’ Ask for prayer from a friend or a pastor. Write out your prayer to address your inner demon, give it to God so you can live the abundant life God desires for you, free from strongholds holding you captive.
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