When it comes to porn and masturbation, many of you have abandoned yourselves to a life of hopelessness. As soon as one or more episodes of the twin giants has a hold of you, remorse sets in. After doing this for a while, it gives you this seemingly inescapable-ness mentality.
You can’t seem to stop and overcome this.
Tears are shed. The deep cry to be free is released. The pain becomes too much to bear.
Physically sore from countless acts of masturbation, and mentally drained, it’s time to make your move towards the Savior.
Pastor Roger Jamison, of Sword of the Spirit Tabernacle in Brooklyn NY taught me about the man in the tombs.
Mark 5:1-5 says, “Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.
And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains.
And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.”
No not all of us are demon possessed, this is not the point. The point is that we all are dwelling in the tombs. The tombs is defined from Strong’s Concordance as….
g3419. μνημεῖον mnēmeion;
from 3420; a remembrance, i. e. cenotaph (place of interment):— grave, sepulchre, tomb.
“…any visible object for preserving or recalling the memory of any person or thing.”
It would be there that this man was under bondage to this demon.
One of the things about hopelessness is that it is giving up on life. Giving up on getting help.
In a sense, it is a death. But even in hopelessness, there is always a chance for help, healing, and wholeness in Christ.
The fight is in the mind where demons try to hold on to you. That’s because if you make a break for it, they cannot lord it over you any longer. They cannot keep you longer that you want to stay.
Not only is the tombs a place where we remember the departed, for the man in the tombs, it was a reminder of his death to freedom. The tombs reminded him that in death, you are freed from this life. That there is no chance of escape.
As long as the man was in the tombs, he would be reminded of his death to freedom.
If you know anything about burials, the death of a person signifies the end of life. What brings it to a reality is when the dead person is placed in a casket. It is lowered into the pit and then dirt is shoveled on top to cover it up. That’s when reality sets in that they are never coming back.
The last thing that takes place is a grave marker that will remind people on this side of the living who the dead are.
Such is the epitaph of the man in the tombs.
Hopelessness works the same way, except that you are still alive.
The demons give the illusion that you are gone and you will never be remembered for who you once were.
That’s how hopelessness works. Abandoned, all alone, and with no one to help you.
The demons worked in this man to the point that people tried to tie him up instead of help him.
When people do not want to deal with a situation, especially a situation that is beyond their power, they attempt to chain and shackle a person that need help.
His demonic holders plucked the chains because it was disrespectful to the demons. To the demons, they wanted to show people that demons cannot be tamed with chains and shackles.
It came to the people that he couldn’t be tamed the way they want him to be tamed.
Feeling this rejection for his condition, he resorted to the mountains and the tombs.
Isolation is a dangerous place. He didn’t know who to go to or where to go for help.
So night and day, he cried. Demons had no power over his emotions. He cried for freedom. He wanted to be free so badly that he took stones and began cutting himself. Mutilating himself.
The Greek word for “cutting” is from Strong’s Concordance…
g2629. κατακόπτω katakoptō; from 2596 and 2875;
to chop down, i. e. mangle: — cut.
to cut up in pieces, to slay to beat, bruise to cut, gash, mangle.”
We don’t know if he was trying to kill himself but we cannot rule it out entirely.
In a possible quest to be free from his body, he began to gash himself. Mangle himself. Chop down on himself. Cut himself into pieces.
He was not successful in killing himself.
I’ve never attempted to commit suicide but I know the pain of wanting to be free of masturbation.
Then, the man seen Jesus.
“When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.”
The man went from hopelessness to HELP.
Demons do not worship Jesus. The man wrestled free from the demons long enough to get to Jesus and worshipped Him. The act of worship is an acknowledgment of the true Lordship of Jesus. This man didn’t ask for help. He didn’t cry any more. He worshipped long enough to show Jesus his true desire and acknowledged the Lord as the Only One that could help him.
He made a break for it and it worked.
The demons were probably taken aback by this act of the human will. This act of defiance is a revelation of the fact that demons has limits. When a person wants to be free, there is nothing that they could do about it.
When a homosexual wants to be free, they will make a break for it.
When a masturbator wants to be free, they will run to make a break for it.
When an adulterer wants to be free, they will make a break for it.
When a fornicator or bisexual wants to be free, they will make a break for it.
And no prevention of conversion therapy law will stop them.
There are many men that cry tears night and day.
I never cried tears to be free but I ached within me to finally put to rest chronic masturbation. Yes, I cosigned myself to hopelessness until I watched a CNN show of Pastor Erik Jones, author of “My Struggle, Your Struggle,” revealing on international TV about his porn addiction. Masturbation was not discussed, but as I have said before, no one does porn and never acts out sexually in masturbation, prostitution, fornication, bisexuality, or homosexuality.
That one courageous interview gave me hope to make a break for Jesus.
The man in the tombs no longer needed to be remembered as a man in bondage. In fact, he wanted to stay with Jesus to remain free. But the Lord had a better idea in mind.
You could still be in Jesus but it would be by faith and by the power of testifying to others about your deliverance.
“…And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon- possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.”
For many of us, we could stay in the house of the Lord and feel safe but you are safer when you tell someone about what the Lord has done for you. It’s when you tell others that the help you sought for, turned into healing, manifesting in wholeness in Christ.
Some of you have made a break for Jesus to get help, only to retreat to the tombs.
Because if you were to look at the man at the tombs, when he made a break for Jesus, he worshipped Him.
Have you entered that place of worship where you’ve acknowledge the complete Lordship of Jesus over your life? In worship, have you submitted your members to the Lordship of Jesus? In worship, have you surrendered your flesh and mind to the Lordship of Jesus?
For it is in your worship of the Lord Jesus that freedom begins.
Worship demands renunciation of the former lords. It demands a clean break from their evil ways. Worship of Jesus demands a cutting off of these vile lords. Worship of Jesus demands that you give up ownership of your will to do your own thing. If upon seeing Jesus that you do not worship, you will be back in the tombs, cutting and crying out night and day.
Help, healing, and wholeness can only be found in Christ.
You do not have to stay in the tombs one more night.
Make your way out, but this time, when you see Jesus, worship Him.