by Johnny Hunt

Pursuit of Happiness: Changed Lives
Johnny Hunt
Mark 5:1-20
April 29, 2007

INTRODUCTION: The question was once asked, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the waves obey Him?" Not only has Jesus proven through the demonstration of power that He has authority over nature, but He also has power/authority over Satan and sin.

This story is a picture of what Satan can do to people.

John 10:10, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

Satan is a thief and his ultimate purpose is to destroy you. He seeks to destroy your life, your home, your marriage, your children, etc.

We are told how demons entered this man and took control, but possibly it was the result of his yielding to sin. Demons are unclean spirits and can easily get a foothold in the lives of people who cultivate sinful practices. Because this man yielded to Satan, he lost everything. He lost his home and the fellowship of his family and friends. He lost his decency as he ran around in the tombs naked. He lost his self-control and lived like a wild animal, screaming, cutting himself, and frightening the citizens. He lost his peace and purpose for living, and he would have remained in that plight had Jesus not come through a storm to rescue him. Never underestimate the destructive power of Satan!

1 Peter 5:8-9, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world."

Ephesians 2:2-3, "in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind ...

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