Mark 5:1-13 Jesus' words in red - The demon's words in blue - My words in green
Then they (Jesus and His disciples) came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 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, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains (supernatural strength). And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones (self destructive, one of Satan's gigs).
When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And 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." For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!" Then He asked him, What is your name?" And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many." Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them." And 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.
This is an interesting situation, the demons acknowledge, actually acknowledge Jesus, as the "Son of the Most High God." They understand that Jesus' authority comes from the Father when they said, "I implore You by God that You do not torment me." Just by His words, Jesus shows His authority over this legion of demons.
Like the demons, just because we acknowledge who Jesus is, does not save us. What saves us is this:
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
We believe in who Jesus was, the Son of God, and we believe and trust on what He accomplished on the cross, taking the punishment for our sins. This is a relying trust that we rely on Him each day. This is a relationship, not a religion. Reading God's Word, (the Bible), and prayer, as well as, having a desire to please God with the conduct of our lives, are evidence that we are trusting and relying on Him. Being obedient to His Word and doing good things simply is a way to say "thanks" to God for what He has done, namely, sending Jesus to save us.
Satan is, among a number of things, the destroyer of all things. His special target is to destroy people because they are created in God's image and he hates God. It is his way of trying to somehow get "one up" on God. He always operates in the same manner by luring/seducing people into things, situations, or power, that will distract them from any attention they would give to God. Oh, Satan's suggestions sound so nice at the time, so pleasurable, liberating, progressive and empowering. But later, when the destructive nature of Satan's offer is clearly recognized, be it a divorce, addiction or hopelessness, Satan, the destroyer, will be back with some more enticing words like, "Hey, you sure are a piece of work, look how you have destroyed your marriage, your employment and your health. Who could possibly love you now? Look at all the pain you're in. Did you know that there is an escape? Just kill yourself." Often, the hopeless person is in so much pain, emotional and otherwise, that Satan's suggestion of self destruction actually seems like a good idea, a way out from the pain. Sadly, many complete Satan's suggestion by taking their own lives and entering eternal destruction.
this is you, and you are being "worked" by Satan, the real solution for the
pain of a series of wrong choices, is to restore your relationship with
God. Satan says, "Who could possibly love you now?" The answer is that there
is nothing you have ever done that can separate you from the love of God.
(Romans 8:38-39) It is only your will that is the barrier. God's eternal
desire is that you are restored to Him. The Bible's story of
the prodigal son, is all about God's love for us. Luke 15:11-31