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

Monday, March 21, 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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:9 NLT — Then Jesus asked the man, "What is your name?" The man answered, "My name is Legion, because there are many spirits inside me."

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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 4:7
  • 1 John 3:7-10
  • Ephesians 6:11


About This Devotional

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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