28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
Notice how the demon possed man recognized Jesus. Out of all the people there, they identified Jesus as the one having the authority to torture them. This reminds me of the accounter Paul, Silas, and the other people with them had with the possessed slave girl ( Acts 16:16-17). This possessed girl also recognized them and declared it aloud.
Our presence as children of God is not hidden; it is crystal clear to the pit of hell. As children of God’s light, darkness (no matter how thick) recognizes the Spirit of God living in us and trembles. Just as those demons were in the mercies of Christ and the slave girl in the mercies of Paul and the other people with him, so also even today the demons that seek to make our lives uncomfortable are in the mercies of Gods power living in us.
Why then do some Christians suffer oppression from the devil?
The bible says “my people perish for lack of knowledge”. The knowledge of who you are in Christ is important in living a victorious life over darkness. Galatians 3:29 speaks about an heir (Child of God) being a minor until maturity. Until we realize our position in Christ, the devil will always seek to intimidate us. I use the word “Intimidation” here because that is what the devil does. Consider this scenario to understand how satan intimidates Gods children:
A young prince was born into the most powerful royal family in the world. His father’s kingdom had many servants of which some were sincerely loyal to his father and some secretly plotted to destroy his father. Unfortunately, this young child got exposed to the group of bad servants and trusted every word they told him. Since they wished nothing good for the king, they ensured the young prince always saw himself as subjects to them. The prince remains susceptible to them until he discovered his father’s abundant provision towards his safety and needs. These evil servants threatens the child on mistakes he commited in the past ensuring the child remains subject to them. Only the truth of his fathers kingdom revealed the boys identity to him and explained his unwaivering authority over all his fathers servant.
Child of God, the devil will always wish you do not know the truth of God’s kingdom because he knows the moment you know the truth, his petrification, chains, torments, etc. over your life is broken. Seek to know God’s abundant life promised to you by studying His word.
In as much as not knowing the truth makes us prey to the devil, please understand that not all challenges you experience in life are as a result of the devil’s activities. God permits some situations to train us. As a loving father, be rest assured God would pass you through series of training and corrections just to make you a better person.
Never feel empty when challenges come your way, know that the Spirit of God in you is recognized by the devil, and the devil trembles in the presence of Gods Spirit
By Joshua Sopuru