and the Holy Scriptures
In the physical as well as in the spiritual worlds, knowing the enemy
is always advantageous. If you are considering praying in earnest to
receive Heavenly protection against the snares of the evil one, we
encourage you to first acquaint yourself with what the Holy Scriptures
say about evil, possessions, exorcisms, etc.
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ones, against the snares of the evil one.
PART 1 [New Testament]
That evening they brought to him many
who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a
word, and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfil what was spoken
by the prophet Isaiah, "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases."
That evening, at sundown, they brought
to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city
was gathered together about the door. And he healed many who were sick
with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not
permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a
lonely place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with
him pursued him, and they found him and said to him, "Every one is searching for you."
And he said to them, "Let us go on
to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came
out." And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their
synagogues and casting out demons.
Now when the sun was setting, all those
who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him;
and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons
also came out of many, crying, "You
are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them, and would not allow
them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
And when he came to the other side, to
the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the
tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they
cried out, "What have you to do with
us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"
Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And
the demons begged him, "If you cast
us out, send us away into the herd of swine." And he said to
So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd
rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters.
The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and
what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out
to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their
They came to the other side of the sea,
to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had come out of the boat,
there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who lived
among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain;
for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he
wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the
strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the
mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones.
And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him; and crying
out with a loud voice, he said, "What
have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you
by God, do not torment me." For he had said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"
And Jesus asked him, "What is your
name?" He replied, "My name
is Legion; for we are many." And he begged him eagerly not to
send them out of the country. Now a great herd of swine was feeding
there on the hillside; and they begged him, "Send us to the swine, let us enter them."
So he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered
the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the
steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea. The herdsmen
fled, and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to
see what it was that had happened. And they came to Jesus, and saw the
demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the man who had
had the legion; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told
what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine.
And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighborhood. And as
he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with
demons begged him that he might be with him. But he refused, and said
to him, "Go home to your friends,
and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had
mercy on you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the
Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and all men marveled.
Let us pray...
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us
in the day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and
snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,
Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the Power of God, thrust into Hell
satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the
ruin of souls. AMEN!
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