Acts 10:38 ”How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
When I was a child, I remember hearing my mother repeatedly telling me to shut the door. I was a slow learner! She would say things like, “Were you born in a barn?” or “Are you trying to heat the outside?”. Closing that door represented security. Closing that door represented a safe environment within our home. Closing that door represented keeping the good in and keeping the bad out. Now that I have children of my own, I find myself saying those same things and reminding my boys to shut the door. The Bible gives us many stories of devils being cast out of people who were possessed by them. The man in our text gives us such an example. He was possessed with a legion of devils. Every aspect of his life was affected by this devil possession: he lived in the tombs, he was in pain and anguish, he was separated from society, he was unclean and mankind tried to put him in bondage. Jesus cast the devils out of him delivering him from the bondage he was in. What a great change took place in his life! At salvation, we are set free from the bondage of sin and Satan. If we are not careful, we leave the door open to those things that held us in bondage before we were saved to entangle us again. We can leave the door cracked or open through the wrong kinds of music, wrong friends, revisiting places that we should not go, listening to gossip or criticism. Sometimes, we simply open the door to see what is out there. The devils is a liar, cheater and destroyer. Learn to close the door behind you as you have decided to follow Jesus – no turning back!
Pastor Dennis Morrello
Lighthouse Baptist Church, Huntington, WV