Jesus asked a father how long his son had been throwing himself on the ground, into fire, foaming out his mouth, being rigid, and robbed of speech. The father answered, From Childhood. Parents, our children can be possessed by demons from childhood.
DEMONS AND DARKNESS
By Pastor Delbert Young
Demon From Childhood
Demon from Childhood
Scriptures: Mark 9:14-24, Mark 7:25, James 1:21, Mark 9:22-24, Mark 9:25-29, Mark 9:19
We want to continue our look at DEMONS AND DARKNESS today. I want to thank you for the encouraging comments regarding last week’s lesson. I think we were able to see that this is real and something we need to understand. If you read the New Testament, DEMONS AND DARKNESS is a difficult topic to sweep under the rug. In the Gospel According to Mark alone, there are many encounters with demoniacs. In chapter one (1:17-20), Jesus chose his twelve disciples. Interestingly, the first thing Jesus did was take them to a synagogue. There, in church, they encounter a man with an EVIL SPIRIT (1:21-27). After that encounter, Jesus went about teaching and healing. In Mark 1:34, it says Jesus DROVE OUT MANY DEMONS. Mark 1:39 says, So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and DRIVING OUT DEMONS. In Mark 3:15, Jesus gave his disciples authority to DRIVE OUT DEMONS. We talked about the event that took place in Mark 5 with the Legion demoniac of Gerasenes who Jesus delivered from demons. In Mark 6:7, Jesus again sends his disciples out with authority over EVIL SPIRITS. Mark 6:13 says, They drove out MANY DEMONS and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. In Mark 7:24-30, Jesus casts a demon out of the daughter of the Syrophonecian woman. MY POINT IS, IF A PERSON IS SERIOUS ABOUT JESUS AND SERIOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING HIM AND BEING A DISCIPLE, THEY WILL ENCOUNTER DEMONIACS. The places Jesus will lead us will have people needing deliverance. They are places where hurting people dwell. Jesus literally sends and leads his disciples to those places to help people. DEMONS AND DARKNESS ARE NOT FICTIONAL FORCES OF EVIL.
On one occasion, Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a mountain referred to as the Mount of Transfiguration. There Jesus experienced a visitation from Father God, Moses, and Elijah. Jesus transfigured and glowed (Mark 9:2-13). However, guess what they encountered as soon as they came down? You got it… a demon. My point is that there will be mountain top experiences following Jesus, but when we come down, we better be ready to face demons.
Mark 9:14-24 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” “O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “HOW LONG HAS HE BEEN LIKE THIS?” “FROM CHILDHOOD,” “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But IF YOU CAN do anything, TAKE PITY ON US AND HELP US.” ‘IF YOU CAN?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who BELIEVES.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I DO BELIEVE; HELP ME OVERCOME MY UNBELIEF!”
We will read the remainder of the story shortly. There are several points I want to draw from this amazing story about a Demon From Childhood.
Mark 9:14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law ARGUING with them.
Mark 9:16 “What are you ARGUING with them about?” he asked.
While religious people who do not believe in DEMONS AND DARKNESS are ARGUING about the reality of DEMONS AND DARKNESS, a child is having seizures and convulsing on the ground. While society laughs at a religious boogieman in a red suit with two horns, a pointed tail, and a pitchfork, our children are foaming at the mouth, chewing their tongues, and going into convulsions of rebellion, rage, drugs, alcohol, and homosexuality. As parent’s, our hearts break. While we ARGUE, Satan is ripping children’s bodies, destroying children’s lives, and devastating families. Satan is the fullness of evil and if he can, he will possess and destroy your child and devastate your family through your child.
What I want you to hear today is a parent’s cry and plea for help for his child during the child’s childhood. We know the father brought the child to Jesus, but I have to believe that mom was there too. He said take pity on US and help US.
Mark 9:22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, TAKE PITY ON US AND HELP US.”
The possession doesn’t affect the boy alone. It affects US – parents, siblings, relatives, friends, etc. Can you hear the pain? The possession affected US. One of the saddest parts of my job is to watch the hearts of parents break in pieces when a child comes under attack of DEMONS AND DARKNESS.
Mark 9:21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “FROM CHILDHOOD,”he answered.
FROM CHILDHOOD? Parents do not want to think about that. You do not want to think that something so evil could come upon, overtake, and possess your child when young, causing them to act with such strange behavior later. We read of another child possession in the scriptures. There is such a thing as a Demon From Childhood.
Mark 7:25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose LITTLE DAUGHTER WAS POSSESSED BY AN EVIL SPIRIT came and fell at his feet.
How young is a little daughter? When we ponder the thought of demonic activity in children, we wonder if this is common. When we think about it, children are far more innocent and vulnerable for attack than adults should be. Think of molestation. The child trusts the adult and is vulnerable to the adult. If molestation happened and was never dealt with, what entrance would that give demonic activity? It is the same with physical or mental abuse from a parent. Would that not cause serious open doors for demonic activity? THE TRUTH IS THAT MANY SERIOUS STRUGGLES PEOPLE EXPERIENCE THROUGH LIFE HAPPEN FROM CHILDHOOD. Did you know that the parents of Adolf Hitler, the insane German dictator responsible for the deaths of millions of people, physically and mentally abused him as a child? Alice Miller, Ph.D. writes, “The Führer once told his secretary that during one of the regular beatings given him by his father he was able to stop crying, to feel nothing, and even to count the thirty-two blows he received. In this way, by totally denying his pain, his feelings of powerlessness, and his despair – in other words, by denying the truth – Hitler made himself into a master of violence and of contempt for human beings. The result was a very primitive person, incapable of any empathy for other people. He was mercilessly and constantly driven to new destructive acts by his latent feelings of hatred and revenge. After millions had been forced to die for this reason, those feelings still haunted him in his sleep.”
The point is that Satan begins, early in their lives, attacking our children with DEMONS AND DARKNESS. If Satan begins early, then parents and grandparents must begin early to protect our children. Obviously, the best deliverance is prevention of oppression and possession. If parents can prevent the attack, there will be no possession. So, before we look at the deliverance Jesus provided for the child in our text, let’s look at prevention. What are some things you can do to help guard your children from demonic oppression and possession? I am going to give 5 points that should protect your child from demonic oppression and possession. Score yourself as a parent. See how you are doing.
- Bring your children to a good church where they can not only meet Jesus, but receive biblical teaching that will keep them aware of spiritual activity. Also, in a good church, deliverance is available if needed.
It was never optional in our home if our children went to church. Nor was it optional as to what church our children attended. I would occasionally allow them to visit other churches with their friends, but I wanted to know what the preacher taught them. But, I guess we could argue about that.
- Are you aware of influences over your child? To what spirits are they subjected? To what music do they listen? What movies do they watch? From whom do they receive instructions? We do not know what happened in the boy’s childhood in our text. We do not know what opened a door for possession, BUT SOMETHING DID. Who or what brought into the boy’s presence the demonic influence that eventually possessed him? Pay close attention to all influences in your children’s lives. You cannot be too cautious. But, I guess we could argue about that.
- Do you know your children’s friends? Do you know anything about the parents of your children’s friends? All you parents were once children. Do not stick your head in the sand and pretend the temptations you had as a child are not going to tempt your child. Instead, raise your head up and look around. Realize that today’s temptations are stronger and more deadly than were your temptations. One bad friend with a bad spirit can ruin your child’s life forever. But, I guess we could argue about that.
- How frequently do you talk about scriptures with your children? Do you encourage them to read their Bibles? This is difficult to do unless you read your Bible. It is the Word of God that is able to save their souls.
James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, WHICH IS ABLE TO SAVE YOUR SOULS.
It is difficult to save a soul without the Word of God. Do you discuss spiritual things with your children? Are your children aware evil is real? Can they recognize evil? You and they need to read the Word of God. But, I guess we could argue about that.
- Do you pray with and for your children? That may sound strange, but you would be amazed how many parents never or seldom pray, much less pray with and for their children. As we will see at the end of this lesson, only prayer will handle some demonic activity. But, I guess we could argue about that.
How did you score as a parent protecting your child from demonic attack?
Let’s go back to our text and see what happened to the young boy possessed with an evil spirit. The heart broken father said…
Mark 9:22-24 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him whoBELIEVES.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I DO BELIEVE; HELP ME OVERCOME MY UNBELIEF!“
The Father said IF YOU CAN do anything… Notice how Jesus threw it back to him. “IF YOU CAN?” said Jesus. The issue is not if Jesus can. It has nothing to do with if God can. Jesus said, “Everything is possible for him who BELIEVES.” The issue is belief. Do you believe? Do you believe that a demon could attack your child? Could a demon oppress, or possess your child? Or, is your child immune to anything like this? Maybe we could just argue about it. It’s not only if Jesus can.
Belief is wonderful and necessary for our own selves. However, parent, what you must see is Jesus told the father that his belief was necessary for his child’s well being. Jesus did not say the child needed to believe. Jesus specifically told the father that his belief was necessary here. Mom and dad, it is your belief and your faithfulness to God that will change your child’s life.
I love the man’s response. He said, I DO BELIEVE, BUT HELP ME BELIEVE WHAT I NEED TO BELIEVE TO HELP MY CHILD. I am constantly amazed at parents who are not faithful to express their belief. Do you believe? Are you faithful to God? Do you do what believers do? Parent’s, don’t miss this point. YOUR BELIEF is necessary to deliver your child.
Mark 9:25-29 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” HE SAID, “I command you, COME OUT OF HIM and never enter him again.” The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “THIS KIND CAN COME OUT ONLY BY PRAYER.”
Jesus delivered the boy even though the boy could not hear a word Jesus said. How did that happen? It was because of the parent’s belief.
Alone, the disciples wanted to know why they could not deliver the child. They had cast out demons before but not a childhood situation. Jesus had even given them power to cast out demons. What was wrong this time? Were they using the wrong words? Did they scream loud enough? Did they need to talk in tongues or chant? Did they need oil, or a tiny cross, or to wave their Bibles? Is not the answer of Jesus classic? No, the problem was none of the reasons you think. Jesus said the problem was they had not been praying. THIS KIND… Obviously, some do not require prayer, but THIS KIND… The point we need to see is prayer will EVEN defeat THIS KIND. Are you praying with and for your children or anyone under the attack of DEMONS AND DARKNESS?
Mark 9:19 “O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
This reaction, by Jesus, seemed so out of place when first read. However, when we learn that the boy was in this condition because someone was not praying, it makes perfect sense. It upsets the Lord and people suffer when we do not pray.
I believe that God is saying today to watch your children, cover your children, and pray for your children. I want to close today by doing just that. I want every child and student in here to come to this altar. We are going to pray for you. School starts in a few weeks. God wants you to shut the doors to which demons can access your soul. He wants your children strong and confident, not weak and vulnerable. Say this. IN JESUS NAME, I SEAL MY FAMILY WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. LORD, SEAL MY CHILDREN AND BLESS MY CHILDREN. LORD, MAKE MY CHILDREN WHOLE SPIRITUALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND PHYSICALLY. I REBUKE ANY DARK ACTIVITY OF SATAN, IN JESUS’ NAME. If you mean it, give him praise!
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