Unclean Spirits: Part 1
Today, we will be using Mark Chapter 5 as a guide for talking about unclean spirits and their behavior. Today, we will be answering the question: how do I know if someone has an unclean spirit?
In Mark Chapter 5, we see that Jesus is going over with the disciples to the other side of sea of Galilee, into the country of Gadara. We see that immediately after Jesus came out of the ship, the Bible tells us that a man with an unclean spirit met Jesus “out of the tombs.” If we look at all three accounts of this story, Matthew, Mark, and Luke all agree that unclean spirits reside in the tombs (or among the deceased). In the next few verses, it doesn’t take long for us to discern the behavior of these unclean spirits:
Mark 5:4-5 (KJV)
The Bible says that the man that had the unclean spirits had been bound with chains, but even the chains were broke by him, and “neither could any man tame him.” Unclean spirits often exhibit their limited amount of power with excessive force and rage and they are essentially untamable. In verse five, we learn that unclean spirits will also drive people who are possessed by them into remote places and will cause them to become sadistic. The Bible says that “always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.” The unclean spirits caused the man to be tormented day and night and to cry incessantly and cut himself for gratification of the unclean spirits. While not all unclean spirits will cause this type of erratic behavior, any spirit that takes total control over you, and causes you to do things contrary to will of God is an unclean spirit. As in the case of the Gadarene, he had no control over his actions. The unclean spirits were controlling him and telling him to do whatever they told him to do. Therefore, it is quite easy to recognize if someone has an unclean spirit based upon the Bible.
In our next post on this subject, we will talk about the limited power of the unclean spirits, and that ALL unclean spirits MUST worship the most High God. Stay tuned for next week’s post!