June 23

Luke 8:35-39

“Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.” vs. 35

Luke makes an interesting observation in recounting the story of the Gerasene demoniac. He says that when the demons departed the man was left in his “right mind.” In other words,he had become once more the person God had created him to be. We don’t know when or why the demons had taken control…if our own experience is any guide, we can get messed at any number of places on life’s journey. We do know that when our crisis occurs, it doesn’t take long for the demons to move in and mask our true being. From that point on we are restrained and bound in our interactions and relationships…it’s like being imprisoned. If we sense what has happened (not all people do) we can spend a lot of time and energy trying to break the chains. The problem is that demons are remarkably resilient But they do have a weakness! They’re helpless in the presence of the powerful grace and compassion of the Christ. Through the centuries Jesus has come again and again to bring release and healing. He speaks words of love to the light that dwells within and we are restored. The demons flee and we are set free. In our right minds once more, our light shines forth and we’re filled with joy and peace.

Thought for the Day: What demons have I had to deal with?

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