Wednesday, May 13 2020
And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains. Mark 5:2,3
Please understand that I am telling these testimonies of God's grace as it happened without embellishing anything and I am giving you the good, bad and the ugly! Ministry is not always clean and nice but sometimes resembles an operating room!
Jesus had met a man with a legion (over 5000) of demons running naked in the graveyard cutting himself and with supernatural strength, breaking steel chains. I have seen a 16-year-old girl pick up a copy machine with one hand and many other demonic feats of strength on my journey. The boy I will tell you about was found by a friend who saw him jumping out in front of cars in order to beg money from those who almost ran over him! He was a real nut job, totally demonized! His name was Scott.
At this time before we opened any residential ministry I would refer men to Teen Challenge, one of the largest and most successful Christian rehabs in the world founded by David Wilkerson. I arranged to have Scott transferred to Amarillo and my pastor, Brother Jesse and I went to pick him up at a motel where we found him laying on the curb naked as a jaybird wearing only a towel. We got him dressed and went to the bus station where he disappeared into the night, so we looked all over for him, when all of a sudden he jumped out of the bushes holding his hands together like he had a gun in front of Jesse who almost had a heart attack!
We finally got him settled down and went out to meet the bus and when he was about to get on, he told the bus driver he was Charles Manson and the driver said, "I'm not taking him anywhere!" We put him in the car and went back to the motel and on the way he opened the door pretending to jump out when I reached into the back seat to help him when Jesse calmed me down. My maturity level wasn't very high yet! We were never able to help this boy and I don't know what ever happened to him although Jesse got a check in the mail from him not long after that for a million dollars, the check, obviously was no good!
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down with no walls. Proverbs 25:28
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin