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Day #5 – Living a Life of Ministry, of Following Jesus…

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Mark 5:1-20 (NIV)

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.  He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!”  For Jesus had said to him, ”Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, ”What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.”  And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.  The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.  When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.  Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man-and told about the pigs as well.  Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.  Jesus did not let him, but said, ”Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”  So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Reflection:

So, going back to Mark 4 passage regarding the storm in Day #2’s Transmission.  Where were the disciples  going that caused them to get into a storm?  The answer is Mark 5.  They were going into one of the first Gentile (non Jewish people) missions of Jesus.  They were going into a different storm, perhaps a ‘tempest’ that brought overwhelming anxiety and fear to a particular individual and all those around him.  He was a demoniac that lived in the tombs.  This is what living a life of ministry and following Jesus is all about.  We follow the Lord into other people’s storms!  Imagine the disciples who were also fearful of demoniacs.  After witnessing Jesus calming the storm, they were now filled with faith to witness Jesus calm the storm of a demoniac!  May we grow in our experience of Jesus calming our storms, and follow Him into the storm of people’s lives-and there witness the Lord declare, “Quiet, be still!”

Responding to the Word:

Let us pray and ask that God would fill and increase our faith so that we can move as Jesus moves, living out this life of ministry in other people’s storms.  As we receive and grow in our experience of Jesus calming our storms, let’s pray that we would follow Him into the storms of people’s lives whom He has called us to love.  Let’s as to quickly become witnesses to the Lord declaring in each and every life-storm, “Quiet!  Be Still!”  And may God be glorified through it all.

Day #4 - Direct Our Lives to the Lord and His Word

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Day #3 - What Can Man Do To Me?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Day #2 - The Sovereign Lord Who Calms the Storm

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Day #1 - New Emotional State

Monday, July 1st, 2013