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February 1, 2021 7:00 am
It is my life just your life. Dr. Tony Evans shares once we come to terms with the existence of the act understand their agenda one call celebrating faithfulness.
This is the alternative Dr. Tony Abbott, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the urban alternative. Some Christians who believe everything the Bible says about God don't necessarily believe what the Bible says about Satan or the demons that serve him will Dr. Evans will shed light on that issue today as he talks about how to reverse the consequences of demonic influence. Let's join him. Jesus's life and ministry. He had to deal with demons. One of the more famous encounters of Jesus with demons is in Mark chapter 5 Jesus is cross the sea in verse one of chapter 5 of Mark and immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit of this man's problem was engagement demonic involvement that had created with him a mental illness. So the thing is real.
The problem, if it's unseen, visible because of spiritual life has been taken over by now control Jesus in verse six he ran up and bow down before him, worship and submission and shouting with a loud voice he said, what do we have with each other, Jesus, son of the most high God, I implore you by God to not torment me okay this now is getting very confusing. The man runs and drops down in a posture of worship. The man says.
What do we have to do when you saw what the man is he drags his demons to Jesus because the game and got inside of him that controlling him but brings demons to Jesus. And so the question now is a group question what do we have to do with you son of God, torment me. We got back because the man is battling with himself when did take over. But Jesus is brought into the equation conflict inside of him that if between the Jesus he's bound to the demons do not want their lifestyle interrupted. They don't want to come out today, holding on for dear life tormenting me caught between bowing before you and will that will not let me go you ever been standing before the Lord, wanting to please the Lord, to please the Lord, you keep pulling you back when nothing was bigger than a desire quite possibly could be the demons that do not want to leave Jesus ask him.
In verse nine.
What is your name what is your name, tell me your name my name is Legion for we on many will I Legion was a group of up to 6000 Roman soldiers of the 6000 Roman soldiers made up allegiance to discover in a moment. This guy had 2000, the more demons you have the crazy, the more addicted you become, the more you can't control yourself your anger your speech your tongue your passions your whatever it is more demons that are in control. The more out-of-control you become we on Legion for we are many. So whatever the uncleanness was in this guy's life. Enjoy Legion since he uses a Roman term since the demons use a Roman term Legion €6000 of the Roman legion Roman legions operated in unison to see the parade on soldiers there there there may have been marching in unison while because they operate together. That's why the Bible makes such a big thing about unity and that's why the devil keeps us fighting he can keep us in this unified flock. He gives unified he can run the show can control the agenda in the home and the church in the country speaking control the agenda for the Bible says that demons that watch over the whole nation in the book of Daniel that nations have demons assigned to it to keep the races divided the class divided the call to divide the politics divided.
You don't believe in payment. If you don't believe that that the spiritual covering out there that's creating the division while they march in unison so that they can control the shelf that you will have meetings and conferences. Can we all get along without addressing the spiritual reality that is at the root of the problem. The legions operated you to know. Also if you have until roach. Not that I know anything about that. But if you have a kilo roach you need to understand.
It has cousins, nieces, nephews, what you killed was the scout you killed the lookout. Roach you kill the one was sent out before you call this piece become joining so you get all excited because you stepped on a crack in the roach goes down you not solve the problem because by the wall of the cupboards behind the whole family family.
Just wait for just wait for not darkness seeks the doctor gets the more cowardly when his bright light. But if I can see some.that's what you need, or can guidance about who can get dark places that are unseen. Jesus is saying, now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain. The demons employed him saying, send us into the swine so that we may eat them. Jesus gave them permission, unclean spirits entered the swine. The herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea about to founders and of them, and they were drowned in the sea. Number one. The demons asked for permission.
That's because even the devil can't do anything without God allowing they asked for permission and what they ask for it.
If you going to make us leave this man give us another place to go because as you see in the movie. Demons need host.
They need something alive in order for them to express themselves because they are spirit their invisible, although they are persons they have intellect emotion will still be our person, but they are invisible persons and so they need a physical thing in order to express themselves so Luke chapter 11 verses 24 to 26 says that when they're in waterless places. That is, places without life with one of his life with her in one of those places look like they're looking for a place they got to express themselves and so when they see Jordan now lives unaddressed.
Then they come upon us, so that they can express their uncleanness in uncleanness making uncleanness worse than the uncleanness it was before the and so they express themselves.
Jesus says come out.
They say what will you allow us to go to the peaks one you go to the principal. Unclean animals, so he lets them leave an unclean man, unclean because they can only flow when there's uncleanness. Dr. Evans will hear a story about how to keyboard God drives out of our lives from finding its way back in when we return in just a moment. Stay with us so many ways God is demonstrate his faithfulness to me into this ministry over these 40 years, and there were times when we just weren't sure we were going to make it. We got down to our last paycheck.
After that there was no money to pay anyone. I remember a Starbucks special prayer time and asking God to intervene and then out of nowhere a donors heart was touched they wrote us a notice that God placed it on my heart to send you this gift was able to sustain us until we were able to rebuild so I am not a doubter about the greatness of God going to speak and I'm certainly grateful for all the friends he's given us been faithful to her grateful for 40 years. Seems kind hand faith is this radio program. Tony's television ministry work with pastors and congregations all around the world. None of it would be possible without the faithful contributions of people like you and that's why want to let you know about a special package we put together is her way of saying thank you, when you make a donation to keep this ministry going.
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Years ago I had an infestation of bees in my back. Dozens of them would be in the back flat call an exterminator any fines in the destroys the beef painting I thank you and I thought back, but a week later you infestation of being the best I could do professional to do the best he could and I'm still stuck with the same problem and infestation of these God tells me about another guy who says, I think he may solve your problem. I call this guy. He comes over to my house. I said I been killing babies in a cucumber exterminator. Why pay and may still come he said your problem is neither you or the person who paid asked the right question for doing the best you can, but the questions will the question is how many getting into the house since it's a different question, given enough time on the phone how to get them to build another high that will produce more, please keep having to fix up your bathroom so let's go outside and walk around sideline side with a walk around the house school I walk around the house and then he says there's a problem pipe coming out soon look straight to the pipe entering says you see that little space around the pipe that's open since Luke speaks plainly space.
He told me they don't need a lot of space all just a little space because if you give them a little bit of space. They know how to wiggle in that little bit of space called a passive income right behind him and set up a new so they can now come down to do your best bet a little space he said because that space is going on addressed they feel free to in the attic which leads the inter-in your bathroom. They feel free.
So what we gotta do close the gap because you've created what Paul calls an opportunity for the we gotta close that little space like a big thing like a deep thinker look like anything worthy of your attention. They don't need much and if you will just close that space. I think we will solve your problem got a little put the mess in the middle space around the big problem with because I closed up the little guy that allow them into the big house he said to me, you don't have to pay me. I got you covered. That sounded like Jesus to the enemy looks for spaces. We've all given them some at some time or another need a lot of space needed to be open and dirty as he will see to it that space bring his family behind him in order to bring demonic downturn into our lives that has been first, 14th, ran away and reported to the city and in the country and the people came to see what happens when they came to Jesus. They observed the man who had been demon possessed, sitting down clothes and in his right mind, the very man who had legions and became frightened.
All because Jesus overruled the spiritual and with the opening of the spiritual came to be insane way off because he spent 2000, how many demons do you know have to have 200 maybe 2000 demon, the more the oppression influence and possession as long as the opening stays open the demons flooding for 17 and they began to employ him to leave the region they told Jesus how to we don't want you you thought they would be grateful.
You have thought boy to send an apology for the demons to make insane people listen to it work with everybody thought he would've said they would've been glad to get money. Why did it not because he costing us money, see the big so when their pigs drown their money funny. No more pork chop no more. No one should live no more constant and a lot of us keep money. That money cancel, but because folk don't want to lose the money to keep you coming back to, do not try to be non-Christian secular psychologist that I can charge people to under $50 now to tell he wanted me to come back next week. You just keep that thing going to keep the thing will keep the thing going to keep it going, and going to become him to become an inch and Jesus. If you are going to if you're helping people is gonna cut down on our revenue because was more important, not as the transformation of lives when money is made the task and criteria for the transformation of lie so that Jesus has to be put to the side for profit. You know, is not legitimate. Nothing wrong with topics Jesus have to be put to the side.
Let's keep the business coming even if we gotta keep the closes with this statement the man wanted to get in the boat with Jesus in verse 18 was demon possessed, employing him Jesus, that he might accompany Jesus said to him you go home to you people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy that tells a right.
The man needed mercy because of how unclean he was and he went away and began to proclaim in the S what great things Jesus had done for him and everyone was in Dr. Evans will come back in a moment with the final challenge about seeking the Lord's mercy. So stay with us first so I wanted to remind you that you can request your own copy of Tony's current teaching series you turn reversing spiritual consequences. As I mentioned earlier today is the last day to receive all 12 life-changing lessons in this powerful two-volume collection along with his brand-new book U-turns as our gift when you make a donation to help us keep Tony's teaching on the station visit Tony Evans.org to make your donation and request your copy of the U-turns series and be sure to take a look at the U-turns Bible study and DVD kit. This package makes a great addition to your personal study includes tips and teaching guides for leading others in the study of how God can redeem the bad choices they made in the past I get drunk like Tony Evans.org today or call our resource Center at one 800 832, 22 team members are standing by to help you with your request and again the number 1-800-800-3222.
The world believes religion to be so private that it doesn't show up in public, or even have any influence their tomorrow will take a look at what happens when we let that lie go unopposed right now though Dr. Evans is back with this closing challenge to approach life spiritually. First, let's get to the right question. First, the whole first thing by throwing yourself at the feet of Jesus and submission.
And yes, it may be tough because if it's not likely influenced don't want to come out as long as you keep throwing you at the face of Jesus and like Jacob with you, change, going to throw my faith and submission to you Jesus that I am going to do and what it is you probably… Station you better not get back to yourself and you know from the surrounding neighborhood.
Jesus Christ, that would make me know and again you never know.
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