Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. Mark 5:5
There are individuals like the man described above who have become miserable against their will. They are being held captive by a power greater than them. They sleep with pain and emotional turmoil and wake up with it. Their tears have become their food day and night. Like this man their body is full of markings because of self-harm. The constant cry of this man signifies his desire for deliverance, but help seems a distance away.
While there are those who cut themselves to end their misery, there are many others whose cutting is not natural. Powerful spiritual forces engage them in their sleep, in their dreams, and they wake up with all kinds of markings on their bodies, so real.
But how does this happen, someone may ask.
There’s an African proverb that says if there’s no crack/opening in the wall, a creeper cannot enter. Through ignorance or carelessness, we may inadvertently open doors or give access to some negative things/forces in our life.
Jesus shared a parable in Matthew 13:24 where he talked about how a certain man’s enemy came to plant tares in his garden of wheat in the night while the man was sleeping. That sleeping could be a matter of spiritual carelessness.
What’s the way out?
If you can, the first step to take is disengagement. You need to break connections with whatever has brought this negative situation into your life. It could be a relationship, a friendship or an association. It could be a certain habit, game, or an engagement with whatever. It has to end if you want it to stop.
While I’ll be the first to admit that this may not be an easy task, you might need a higher power than the one holding you down to make this happen. It literally took Jesus walking into this man’s life to get him his freedom.
If you call upon Jesus, He can set you free as well. There are also people who are empowered to help in this kind of situation. The most important thing is to seek help.
I see you walking out of that captivity.