What Jesus Did! 'Identity Theft' — Mark 5:9

Monday March 21st, 2016

Then Jesus asked the man, "What is your name?" The man answered, "My name is Legion, because there are many spirits inside me."
— Mark 5:9

Key Thought

Today, because of all the e-commerce and the widespread use of credit cards, identity theft has become a huge concern. People find our key identification numbers and then take over "our identity" and charge up enormous bills in our names stealing our money using our credit. Satan, however, is the greatest identity thief. When he gains control over a human heart, that heart can lose its identity—the values, the commitments, the purposes of that person become lost as a new "evil" personality begins to display itself. For this unfortunate demon-possessed man, identity theft is complete. He lives alone in the place of death spending countless hours in sub-human behavior harming himself. He can't even give his name. His identity has become fused with the evil presences that now live inside him. Let's never forget Satan's intentions for us. He longs to rob us of our character, our will, and our identity. Yet we can resist and overcome him by God's power. The key to doing so, however, is a commitment to vigilance and passion for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.

Today's Prayer

O LORD, Sovereign God of all the earth, come and rule over my heart and drive out from me the influence of the Deceiver and his demonic angels. Purify my heart and remove from me any residue of sin that would open the door for Satan to invade my heart and influence my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus and his followers went across the lake to the area where the Gerasene people lived. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man came to him from the caves where dead people are buried. This man had an evil spirit {from the devil} living inside of him. This man lived in the burial caves. No person could tie him. Even chains could not keep this man tied. Many times people had used chains to tie the man's hands and feet. But the man broke the chains on his hands and feet. No person was strong enough to control him. Day and night the man walked around the burial caves and on the hills. The man would scream and cut himself with rocks. While Jesus was far away, the man saw him. The man ran to Jesus and bowed down before him. Jesus said to the man, "You evil spirit, come out of that man." So the man shouted with a loud voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you to promise to God that you will not punish me!" Then Jesus asked the man, "What is your name?" The man answered, "My name is Legion, because there are many spirits inside me." The spirits inside the man begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of that area. A large herd of pigs was eating on a hill near there. The evil spirits begged Jesus, "Send us to the pigs. Let us go into them." So Jesus allowed them to do this. The evil spirits left the man and went into the pigs. Then the herd of pigs ran down the hill and into the lake. All the pigs were drowned. There were about 2,000 pigs in that herd. The men that had the work of caring for the pigs ran away. The men ran to the town and to the farms. They told all the people what happened. The people went out to see what happened. The people came to Jesus. They saw the man that had the many evil spirits. The man was sitting and was wearing clothes. He was in his right mind again. The people were afraid. Some people were there and saw what Jesus did. These people told the other people what happened to the man that had the demonsliving in him. And they also told about the pigs. Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their area. Jesus was preparing to leave in the boat. The man that was freed from the demons begged to go with Jesus. But Jesus did not allow the man to go. Jesus said, "Go home to your family and friends. Tell them about all the things the Lord did for you. Tell them that the Lord was good to you." So the man left and told the people in the Ten Towns about the great things Jesus did for him. All the people were amazed.

Mark 5:1-20

Related Scripture Readings

So give yourselves to God. Be against the devil, and the devil will run away from you.

James 4:7

Dear children, don't let any person lead you into the wrong way. Christ is righteous (good). To be good like Christ, a person must do what is right (good). The devil has been sinning since the beginning. The person who continues to sin belongs to the devil. The Son of God (Christ) came for this: to destroy the devil's work. When God makes a person his child, that person does not continue to sin. Why? Because the new life God gave that person stays in him. So that person is not able to continue sinning. Why? Because he has become a child of God. So we can see who God's children are. Also, we can know who the children of the devil are. The people who don't do what is right are not children of God. And the person who does not love his brothers and sisters {in Christ} is not a child of God.

1 John 3:7-10

Wear the full armor (protection) of God. Wear God's armor so that you can fight against the devil's evil tricks.

Ephesians 6:11

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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