Freed by Jesus! … Tell Your Story!!

You’ve got to picture this… The guy was plain scary!  Possessed and controlled by, not one, but a host of demons!  When he was asked his name, the demons inside him answered in a distorted voice… “Legion,” they said, “for we are many.”  And violent – uncontrolled!  Any attempt to control this person’s destructive and violent behavior had failed… they tried to chain him, and he tore off the chains apart and broke the shackles.  He lived out in a graveyard.  During the day and late at night you could hear his eerie screams (scared the kids half to death!).  Self-destructive – continually cut himself with sharp stones – a total societal misfit!  Helpless, hopeless, completely out of control!

He showed up just as Jesus got off the boat when He arrived in the Gerasenes.  The guy came screaming out of the tombs and with multiple, creepy, demonically produced voices screamed, “What have You to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  I adjure you by God, do not torment me!”  Imagine it!  What a welcoming committee, eh?

But Jesus spoke to the demons with a divine word of authority… “Come out, you unclean spirit!”  The demons in the man began to beg not to be disembodied and instead asked to be sent into a nearby heard of pigs.  The destructive character of demonic power is clearly revealed in the fact that when Jesus gave them permission to enter the pigs, they rushed down a steep bank and drowned themselves in the sea, nearby. 

But the man was delivered – obviously cured and set free!  When people come up to see him he was sane, clothed, sitting down, listening to Jesus in total mental, physical and emotional control!

As Jesus got into the boat, ready to leave the region, the man begged to go along with Jesus.  But Jesus urged him instead, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you!”  In other words, He told him, “Go share your testimony with others!”  And the Bible says, he did, and “began to proclaim in the entire region how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.” (From Mark 5:1-20)

Your story may – or may not – be as dramatic as this story in the Bible.  However, it is significant!  Share it!  Step out in faith as you have opportunities and tell others what the Lord has done for you!  Your faith will grow and the lives of others will be transformed as they are encouraged to trust God to help them with the seemingly impossible challenges in their lives… DO IT – TELL YOUR STORY!  It will help someone!!

Wealth or Wisdom… Choose wisely!

Materialism is a trap – a delusion.  We think we “can take it with us” … fact is, we can’t.  We think wealth proves we’re wise… but it doesn’t.  The only thing that really matters is what endures beyond the grave – eternal values!!  In fact, I’ve heard incredibly wealthy people pontificate about things as though they were the fount of wisdom for everything.  It appeared as though they felt their wealth had purchased for them a level of influence that should be unquestioned.  They exuded confidence and arrogance… I’m not at all sure however, that their views were accurate and truly characterized by wisdom.

I was reminded of that display of arrogance and confidence this morning as I read Psalm 49 in my Bible…

“Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me?  They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches…They name their lands after themselves, but, despite their wealth, people do not last… Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich and his wealth multiplies!  For he will take nothing with him when he dies; his wealth will not follow him down into the grave.  He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive: ‘May men praise you for you have done well for yourself!’ But wealthy people do not understand they are like animals that perish.”

Now there is nothing wrong with being rich – if the rich person lives in the “fear (or reverence) of the Lord and understands their responsibility for the wise management of what God has allowed them to have.  Here is what Apostle Paul had to say on that subject:  “Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment.  Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others.  In this way they will save up a treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the future and so lay hold of what is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

My prayer today?  Lord help me to keep things in proper perspective and understand that true wisdom and lasting influence do not come from wealth – they are instead sourced in humility and “the fear [reverence] of the Lord!”

The LORD… King over all the earth!

The Lord… the great king over all the earth!  It may not seem like it today if you look around, but one day it will become reality!  I’m looking forward to that day!  Every societal problem will be solved!  Every injustice will be made right!  Every despot destroyed!  Every sick person will be healed!  Peace will flow like a river!  I could go on…

He is “king over all the earth” for me, today … “King of kings and Lord of lords!”  I read about it this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…

“All you nations, clap your hands! Shout out to God in celebration!  For the sovereign Lord is awe-inspiring!  HE IS THE GREAT KING WHO RULES THE WHOLE EARTH!  …God has ascended His throne amid loud shouts; the Lord has ascended his throne amid the blaring of ram’s horns.  Sing to God! Sing! Sing to our king! Sing!  FOR GOD IS KING OF THE WHOLE EARTH! Sing a well-written song!  God reigns over the nations! God sits on his holy throne!  The nobles of the nations assemble… God has authority over the rulers of the earth. He is highly exalted!” (from Psalm 47 the NET Bible)

This prophetic word and vision came to mind today as I read Psalm 47

THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD HAVE BECOME THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND OF HIS CHRIST, AND HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER!  And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign!” (Rev 11:15-17)

Take my word for it… no better take HIS word for it… what is prophetic today will become reality in the future!  “He is king over all the earth!”  I’m anticipating it!  I’m affirming it… TODAY!

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