Demons and Drug Addictions

The story of the Gerasene demoniac has been one of the most useful texts for helping kids think about bondage. The picture of a man living in the darkest of places among the dead and trying to destroy himself is a major connecting point for guys addicted to drugs. The result of this man’s encounter with Jesus was deliverance, a clear mind, and a purpose. The key thing that brought about this transformation was an encounter with the Lord Jesus. There are many connecting points for addicts with this text that I have seen the Lord use over and over again. It is the heart of God to deliver those in bondage. This does not mean the path to freedom is short or easy. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. But it does mean that Jesus is all about breaking the chains of our slavery and forging the chains of joyful service to him.

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