It doesn’t always take a meteorologist or radar to predict a pending storm. Temperatures may drop, wind gusts rise and skies blacken to serve as a warning sign. Before the thunder claps, streams of showers on the horizon begin to fall like a ballet in the distance. However, until it comes, nobody knows what’s hidden in the clouds of darkness.
This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him, Mark 5:3-4.
Besides weather, clouds of darkness can hover over individuals. Elements could be demonic, a product of bad environments or caused by poor decisions. In this state, people can take a change for the worse, often reaching a place where they appear to lose their mind. Loved ones become helpless, unable to snap friends, neighbors and co-workers out of the spell, veiled by a cloud of darkness.
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid, Mark 5:15.
Prior to the arrival of Jesus, those held hostage by these clouds were helpless. However, resurrection power changed the fate of those living in darkness forever. Today, healing is just a prayer away. Complete restoration doesn’t usually occur overnight. Rather, ungodly beliefs take time to be purged, cleansed by the power of the Holy Spirit. If clouds of darkness start to surround you, may the Lord of Light stand with you until the storm is over.
by Jay Mankus