Obsessed is one term which scares me to death. It took me many years to really realize what this obsessed meant and what it is doing in people's life. I realized that there are many people who are obsessed about their either successor failure or something or someone or faith. They don't realize that they are hurting others.
2 Samuel 13:2Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.
Acts 26:11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.
(Before I knew Jesus) Being a very weak person (both body and mind) and I used to be a potential victim of obsessed people. I used to think everyone is the same from inside. I used to think all people are good and they think logically and they think right.I used to be confident that because of my good nature people will also be good. But there were certain times when situations becomes so bad and I used to end up being hurt. Now I realize that the people whom I was interacting withwere obsessed, and obsession made them different from whom I thought they really were.
Romans 8:6-8The mind governed by the flesh is death,but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God;it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
(Initiallywhen I came to Know Jesus) Though I did not have the complete understanding of the underlying issue, but still I somehow, managed to hold on to Jesus and escape from the people who were obsessed.I know that the other person is obsessedwhen my heart starts fearing. With some interaction and looking into their eyes I used get to know if they were obsessed. I started praying to God to save me from such people. I somehow managed to escape from such people. But I could not help others, because I really did not know how to explain, that the person is not good, there is something wrong with that person, I can feel it in my heart.
Mark 7:20-23 And he said, What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
(Learning to Fight in the name of Jesus) I sat down and wrote all the bible verses where Jesus drove the demon or healed the devil possessed. I used to read that and I used to prepare myself to drive the demons in the Name of Jesus. Then slowly I started gathering strength to resistthe obsessedfrom my heart, though I don't reveal it to them. Even now when I meet people who are obsessed for the first time,I have the fear, but I pray to the Lord for help and he gives me the strength to resist.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
(Keeping myself clean) I always to Pray God, I will never want to be someone who is obsessed. Please keep me free of any form of obsession. Jesus is the name which keeps me safe from all forms of obsession. But I am so grateful to God and I always pray to God to keep me away from both being obsessed and being with anyone who is obsessed.
Philippians 4:8-9Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.What you have learned andreceived and heard and seenin me - practice these things, andthe God of peace will be with you.
Yes. Obsession is a big sin because it drives people to various horrendous deeds. I was also one of the slaves of obsession. Praise the LORD for HIS grace. Thanks for your sharings with are with a lot of good verses from the Bible. In Christ, Amen!