And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 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. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith 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. (Mark 5:1-13)
Today's Morsel: You know as a child, I thought that Halloween was all fun and games. I used to think what's the purpose of scaring kids for a piece of candy. I had an aunt that hated Halloween. She was terrified at all the images and masks that people wore. As I grew older, and got an understanding of this day, I realized that it isn't all fun and games as it is made out to be. Halloween is all about witchcraft, demonic spirits, and evil. It is amazing that our schools will teach children about demons, and require (or allow) teachers and school administrators to make bulletin boards of witches on brooms, but will ridicule them if they mention Jesus (or prohibit them from mentioning His name) . Even today, we hear and read of people putting drugs and objects in candy given to children during Halloween, and yet parents don't intervene. Haunted houses, evil spirits, and death are all associated with the forces of evil that are a part of Halloween. Paul said, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11). When Jesus came into the country of the Gadarenes, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs. This man was possessed of demons. But when Jesus stepped on shore, his Halloween days were over! No more grave yard. No more torment. No more suffering and no more pain, because Jesus ended his Halloween. "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19). We need to be aware of the celebrations we participate in, and what we allow our children to be a part of. Be not deceived!
Sing: He set me free, yes, He set me free, He broke the bonds of prison for me, I'm glory bound my Jesus to see, glory to God, He set me free.