God Changes Lives: Nothing is Impotent about God’s power! If your life is not in submission to the word of God and is not visibly changing as you respond in obedience to the word of God than your life is destructively out of control. According to Mark 5 concerning the Maniac of Gadara, I can see three characteristics of destructive control. The first is demonic control. The Maniac of Gadara’s mind and behavior was being driven by a power of demonic control.  This type of control will always lead to destructive and devilish behavior that hurts everyone close to them including themselves.  Read (Mark 5:1-6)

The second characteristic of destructive control I see in Mark 5 is man still under unregenerate soul control. This person is out of control because by nature they are at enmity with God and will not be brought under subjection to the rule of God, and neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:7) C.S Lewis said, “Fallen man is not just an imperfect creature who needs improvement, he is a rebel that needs to lay down his arms.”  Until a person get saved destructive behavior is consistent with their fallen nature.

The last characteristic of destructive control in Mark 5, is a person that has been made a new creature with a new nature and now has the choice to yielding his control but is yielding to the power of sin.  As, a born again child of God, you are a new creature in Christ Jesus and have been given the divine nature (II Peter 1:4) However, living for God is not automatic but on purpose. Think of our body as a shell that is driven by a force or power that acts like an engine. Imagine the mind and the will as the engine working together to moves the body toward the motions of sin or to move the body toward obedience unto righteousness. The source (power) that fuels this engines (mind and will) can either be the power of sin in our members or the power of the Spirit of God in our spirit.  For the demonic person, he or she cannot yield control because he or she is already under the control of the power of Satan. In the unregenerate man, he or she cannot yield control to God, because their heart is at enmity with God, and will not be subject to the law of God.

However, the born again believer has been made a new creature through the power of God by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and thus enabled with the power to yield it’s members to that which it delights. In the new creature, the demonic powers has no ownership because the Spirit of God has taken up residence in them, and they are dead to sin no longer enslaved to its demands.  Also ,the natural tendency to rebel is slain in them and thus their nature and the nature of God is now at peace. (Eph 2:16; Rom 7:22)

If a life is changed to walk in obedience to God it must be set free from the enslaving power of sin in its own nature, and empowered by the Spirit of God to move its members to the works of righteousness.  Philippians 2:13  reads, “For it is God which worketh (power) in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

However, it is evident that some who profess to be believers still live like the devil, and others that seemingly have the fruit of repentance and works of righteousness, still attest to a struggle of two natures at war within. Some Christians resolve this conflict with the doctrine of total depravity and unconditional grace which gives struggling and even unruly believers a sense of spiritual abandonment, and condemns them to an electoral damnation.

I tend to strongly believe that the mystery of godliness is found in Romans 6:17 “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obey from the “heart……”  Also in Ephesians 4:20 “But ye have not so learned Christ”  and in Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service,” and furthermore found in I John 3:3 “And every man that hath this hope in him  purifieth himself even as he is pure.” God never bypasses the mind to get to the heart. The grace of God allows a person to receive a regenerate heart, but the doctrines of Christ reward a believer with a rich heart toward God!

God must change the heart, or the life will not change.  If you are demonic or unregenerate not matter how much you cry, mourn, and desire change, change will not happen until you come to Jesus and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, be given a regenerate receptive heart.

If you are a believer, but continue to yield to the power of sin–develop a love relationship with Jesus Christ, through the word of God and allow the doctrine of Christ to constrain the heart that you might learn to yield your members to the influence of the Holy Spirit and that your works might bring forth the fruits of righteousness!  This is a rich heart!