And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts (Matthew 8:28-34).
Today’s Morsel: When the demons asked Jesus to let them go into the swine, I wonder if this is where the term “Deviled ham” came from? Sometime when you read through scripture we can get some good humor, as laughter is the best medicine for the soul.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like it when I hear saints of God glorifying the devil at every turn in their life by saying what the devil is doing to them. Why so much elevation of the enemy? Are they not aware that each time they glorify and elevate the enemy of their soul they give him ammunition to defeat them and other weak Christians as well? When they do such things, either they themselves are outside of the sheepfold or they do not have a strong relationship with Jesus. You see, people who glorify the devil by talking about what the devil is doing in their life instead of what Jesus is doing in their life do not understand their God. People who do this are working and operating in their own strength and power and have forgotten that Jesus gave them power over every enemy of their soul. In Matthew 10, scripture says, “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease…. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” ((Matthew 10:1;7-8). Are you a disciple of Jesus? Friend, if you say that you are a born again believer, you must be it in more than just word only, you must be it in action and demonstration of God’s Spirit and power working in and through your life. The same way the devils begged Jesus to let them go into the swine, they should be requesting the same thing from you when you step on the scene.
Sing: God is great, and greatly to be praised, God is great in my soul. God is great, and greatly to be praised, God is great in my soul.