This week’s reading is in Mark chapter 5:5. It is the story of a man who was a cutter. “And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.” What a sad story, isolated, in severe mental anguish and cutting himself! Yet the story has a great ending. We read in verse 15 that the man was healed by Jesus, in an instant, and restored to his right mind. How did this happen? It was not the result of years of counseling. It was not the result of some medical cure. It was not the result of self will. It was the result of being delivered from a tormenting demon.
Maybe you find yourself sometimes struggling with the thoughts of self injury, such as cutting or burning yourself. This is usually caused by severe emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. But often behind this emotional pain is demonic activity. Just dealing with the emotional pain, anger or frustration may bring temporary relief, but real and lasting healing can actually come with a power encounter with God’s Holy Spirit. Just like in this story, sometimes demons can be active in pushing a person to harm themselves and just like in this story when this man knelt at the knees of Jesus, he was delivered from these demons. This power is still available today. If you find yourself struggling with this issue I invite you to come to church, ask for prayer for deliverance, and kneel at the knees of Jesus. He will set you free! Cast that dark spirit out and invite God’s Holy Spirit in to fill you with His light. You may also need some support and encouragement to walk in this deliverance. Don’t let yourself become isolated. Don’t let yourself be tormented any longer. God has healing and restoration waiting for you in Jesus’ name.