With half-shut eyes Legion rested against a boulder and looked at the sea sparkling in the morning sun. Everything seemed so much clearer than usual. A terrible storm had broken suddenly in the middle of the night and had left the sky cloudless and the sea perfectly calm, except for a slight breeze. A small sailboat approached the deserted shore where Legion sat, and for several minutes he watched it. Even though he had watched many, many boats before, he had never felt the way he did now. Inside a tiny voice of hope was speaking to his heart and an excitement welled up in him.
On the other hand, Legion had never felt so much turmoil inside. The evil spirits seemed to be going into a rage about this boat. He felt pulled in two directions at the same time. Part of him felt like running down to the beach, and part of him felt like running away to the desert. Yet the desire of his heart compelled him to go down to the shore.
He could not stop himself from screaming as he ran toward the small boat. One man in the midst of several others stood out to him. It was as if he had known this man from somewhere before. The man seemed to be calling out to him. As he came closer, Legion heard him say with authority, "Come out of him, you unclean spirit!"
How did Legion get this way?
Painful memories of childhood flashed through Legion's mind. He remembered how that evil spirit had first come to him. He would often get very discouraged with himself whenever he did not catch on to things as quickly as the other boys. He began to think of himself as dumb and as one who would never learn. When he made mistakes in his work and got frustrated with himself, he began to think he was the stupidest, clumsiest boy that had ever been born.
Into this dissatisfied state of mind the adversary, the father of lies, finds easy access. An evil angel continually comes to young men and women, adults, and children in this state and tells them lies about themselves. This evil spirit is always on the job, thinking of any discouraging lie he can plant in their minds. He magnifies each little mistake they make and floods them with hopeless thoughts and bad feelings of failure.
This evil spirit is like a little bird that begins to build its nest in someone's mind. He first brings one little twig, one little lie. If he finds a good place to start his nest he will set the twig in place, and go to find another one. Every lie that is received will make the nest a little bit bigger until it is fully ready. It then becomes a home for a whole family of evil spirits. This was exactly what had happened to him.
Soon he began to believe all the lies about himself. No matter how much his parents tried to encourage him, he would not listen to them. In the morning, he would leave their house and not even come home at night to sleep. His parents found out that he was sleeping in a graveyard. As the days passed he became worse. He would run naked through the graveyard, screaming out in a frightening voice. His mother often tried to bring him clothes, but he would only wear them a short time. Then he would rip them off, in total disgust with himself. Though many people tried to talk to him, he refused to believe that he had any value to man or God.
Yet when Yahshua spoke to him, it was different. Legion felt pulled as by a magnet to be at Yahshua's feet. When he looked into his eyes, he saw hope for the first time and he wanted it. Inside him, though, the battle continued to rage. Finally, as Yahshua had commanded, all the evil spirits who lived in the nest in Legion's mind left like the rush of a flood. For the first time in many years he felt a complete rest come over his whole body. With gratitude he moved closer to the feet of the man who had rescued him from the grasp of the evil power. He listened to his Master speaking words of truth to him. Now all the lies were washed from his mind. He was cleansed and forgiven as he heard the words of truth and believed them. He loved the truth. It was life to him.