Summary: I have seen the enemy.....and the enemy is ME!
(Mark 5:1-20 - “1Then they came to the other side of the
sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2And when He had
come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the
tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3who had his dwelling
among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even
with chains, 4because he had often been bound with
shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart
by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could
anyone tame him. 5And always, night and day, he was in
the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting
himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran
and worshipped Him. 7And he cried out with a loud voice
and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the
Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not
torment me.” 8For He said to him, “Come out of the man,
unclean spirit!” 9Then He asked him, “What is your
name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for
we are many.” 10Also he begged Him earnestly that He
would not send them out of the country. 11Now a large
herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. 12So
all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine,
that we may enter them.” 13And at once Jesus gave them
permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered
the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd
ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and
drowned in the sea. 14So those who fed the swine fled, and
they told it in the city and in the country. And they went
out to see what it was that had happened. 15Then they
came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been
demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed
and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 16And those
who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been
demon-possessed, and about the swine. 17Then they began
to plead with Him to depart from their region. 18And when
He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed
begged Him that he might be with Him. 19However, Jesus
did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your
friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done
for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” 20And
he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that
Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.”)
Sin can have some truly terrible effects upon the sinner.
A. Though seldom, if ever, does anyone today
experience the effects of sin in such a terrible way
as this account shows...sin still does produce as
terrifying end results...if we could only see them.
1. We of fleshly eyes cannot see the horrible and
ugly results of the sins that we commit.
a. But whether we see those results, or not...
we need to understand that they are just
as terrible as this scenario.
In the time allotted, today, I wish to go over the effects of
sin on our soul.
A. Perhaps you are astute and fully know thesethings.
1. Then I present them, again to you, as a
review and a warning.
B. There are some, however, who may not
realize the horrors of sin.
1. Only when a person sees the repugnance of
sin will he be prone to shunning sin.
a. Sin is always wrapped up in a desirable
package...it is meant to look appealing...
pleasure is it’s appeal.
1.) Only if we peel away the wrappings
can we see sin in all of its wicked
Let us take a look at sin and its effects so that we might
recognize the ugliness, hurtfulness, and destructiveness of
that which is present to hurt and destroy us.
I. Sin poisons our environment.
(II Peter 2:21-22 - “21For it would have been better for
them not to have known the way of righteousness, than
having known it, to turn from the holy commandment
delivered to them. 22But it has happened to them according
to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and,
“a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”)
A. Each time that we give in to sin, we become
more comfortable with the things that destroy.
1. It’s like snuggling up with a monster who
has dressed up like a white, fuzzy, bunny
(II Cor. 11:13-15 - “13For such are false apostles,
deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of
Christ. 14And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms
himself into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great
thing if his ministers also transform themselves into