When your Ship Comes in
Daily Devotional for May 5th
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Mark 5:1-2
It has been said so many times that when our ship comes in, life will be better. This could not have been more true for this demon possessed man from Gadara. It’s not the ship that delivers, it is all about what the ship brings. In this case the ship had Jesus. What a wonderful sight it must have been.
When we’ve been saved for a while, we tend to forget how deep we were in sin. We forget the reality of the bondage Satan had us under. Because of this, many people believe that their life was not as bad as they had first thought, therefore they wind up going back into a life of sin. Did you know that when you turn your back on God after salvation, your journey will go deeper and deeper into sin as it ever was before? It is because, once you have been delivered from Satan’s bondages, the devil will make sure you are enslaved greater than you were before.
Jesus made a voyage across the sea for one person; the maniac of Gadara. He was so tormented by the devil that he could not be tamed by any man. His mind was so tormented that there was no reasoning with him. Did you know that you can become so controlled by the devil that common sense leaves? This man had drifted so far in the darkness from God that Satan had taken complete control. This is what a life is like without God in it.
But his ship finally came in! Praise God! As soon as Jesus stepped off the ship, the man came to him. The remains of the man’s mind called out to Jesus while the spirits who tormented him were resisting. Coming to Jesus for anything, whether before we’re saved or after, will always be fought by Satan. He does not want to give up any territory in your life. Satan cannot, however, overcome Jesus! Whatever ails you now, your ship has come in friend. Jesus is now a present help for you! Are demons tormenting you? If so, call on Jesus! He will deliver!