According to Luke 8 we can extract three characteristics of Demons;
– Demons like solitary places (like seclusion and privacy)
– They don’t like returning to the abyss (must be a awful place)
– They fear Jesus, His authority and Power over them (they thought Jesus was there to torture them)
What captured my attention in this story was how the demon identified Jesus and his authority. The demon immediately was intimidated by Jesus and thought he was going to be tortured! Our saviour has power over creation, man and principalities in spirit dimensions, what a great King He is. Its great to be reminded of the power our saviour has to overcome all circumstances; his intention was to free the demon-possessed man and restore him to his natural state, removing the influence of the evil one.
We are children of the most high, through Christ we have been restored into a right relationship with our Father in heaven. What a blessing it is living each day knowing that Christ now dwells in us through his spirit and the power He has to restore us, strengthen and protect us. He has our best interests close to His heart.
‘They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.’
– Luke 8:26-38