I went through the abject terror and trauma of a person close to me cutting themselves with knives and scissors and sharp implements until they bled and bled and caused themselves much harm. Their eventual intent was suicide. It began quietly and quickly built to an out-of-control situation that affected several lives.
Twelve months later the scars are there but the damage could have been much worse. Thankfully, God mercifully intervened and fixed everything as suddenly as all the problems began.
Recently, as I did my usual Bible reading, I was surprised when reading an account in Mark 5:1-20 Mark 5:1-20 1 And they came over to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the most high God? I adjure you by God, that you torment me not.
8 For he said to him, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is your name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he sought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there near to the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils sought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And immediately Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
19 However, Jesus suffered him not, but said to him, Go home to your friends, and tell them how great things the Lord has done for you, and has had compassion on you.
20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
American King James Version×about a demon-possessed man who was healed by Jesus Christ. I had read this passage quite a number of times previously, but this time one verse jumped out at me as if reading it for the first time.
Mark 5:5 Mark 5:5And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
American King James Version×states, “And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.” Could this be the very first documented account of cutting/self-harm? It may be. Does it mean that everyone who cuts themselves is demon-possessed? I’m really not sure.
All I can write about is the case I encountered. The person clearly was not themselves. They initially were very frightened and eventually confided that they had something inside of them trying to control them. As days and weeks progressed, the behaviors became more overt and obvious to the point where one could not simply ignore it. The person was hysterical at times while at others like an empty vessel unable to function who no longer had any belief in praying to God. They stopped praying just three days before this all began (there were additional problems that began many months prior).
Demons are very real
Initially I was shocked with the situation and in a state of paralysis. I lost weeks of my life living in a daze wondering what to do to help this person. I sought help from psychologists, psychiatrists, hospitals, many professionals who only deal with this sort of thing. Some of them admitted to knowing about demons but they always relied on medications. For some reason they would say that medications interfere with the process somehow. Eventually I relented and allowed medications. It did help somewhat.
Then things escalated out of control and it got to the point where police and authorities became involved.
Throughout the whole experience I did pray and ask God for help but it wasn’t until I really dug down deep and implored God to do something because no one else could do anything that helped that I saw a change. I had to verbalize to God that I knew wholeheartedly that He was the only One who had the power to change things and heal this person. My faith was always unwavering but I learnt a very hard lesson that I had a history of looking to people and others for physical help when what was needed was going to God first and foremost for a supernatural solution to a supernatural problem.
Blessings of spiritual peace and healing
The biggest blessing God gave to me was the peace I experienced throughout this trial of terror. I cannot put the deep level of peace He gave me into words or describe it aside from saying that I knew inside of me that God’s Spirit within me was greater than all those demonic influences no matter how many there were, just like in the example given in Mark 5:9 Mark 5:9And he asked him, What is your name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
American King James Version×where mention is made of a legion of demons. God is so incredibly powerful He could crush legions of legions. This is nothing for God. This is just inconsequential. His power is absolute!
I am ashamed of myself now. It was the hardest trial experienced to date and I cannot imagine experiencing much worse. If I can share anything at all, it is that God must literally come first in everything. Prayer is so powerful, more than I had ever realized before. Pray with belief. Ask God to help your unbelief like the man in Mark 9:23-24 Mark 9:23-24 23 Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help you my unbelief.
American King James Version×. Interestingly enough, this account deals with another unclean spirit.
Just because we do not see demons doesn’t mean they are not there. We know the earth is saturated with them—the fallen angels that were banished here along with Satan (Jude 6; Revelation 12:4 Revelation 12:4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
American King James Version×).
This trial came out of nowhere at a time in my life where I was joyously content (something Satan always tries to destroy).
Everyone must pray every day for protection from spiritual enemies as seen in the Model Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 Matthew 6:9-13 9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
American King James Version×. Don’t leave even a crack in your armor but put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18 Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
American King James Version×) in order to have the necessary defense against evil.
For more information about Satan, who is extremely skilled in flying under the radar, read our free Bible study aid Is There Really a Devil?