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Have you considered how much God has done for you and then sought to tell others? This is a clear call that each one of us receives from our Lord.
In Mark 5:1-20 we read of how Jesus restores a man possessed by an “impure spirit”. The change in the man is dramatic. He once lived among the tombs, chained hand and foot (though the chains could not hold him), crying out night and day and cutting himself with stones. But now through the power of Jesus, the man sits peacefully, dressed, and “in his right mind.”
The people of the region become afraid and begin to plead with Jesus to leave. He honors their request and as he is getting into the boat the demon possessed man begs to go with him. But Jesus says to him, “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.” (Mark 5:19)
Each one of us has a story of how Jesus has worked in our lives. If you believe in Jesus you have been rescued from a life chained to sin and death. You’ve been saved, restored, and made whole. Now Jesus calls you to tell others “how much the Lord has done for you.”
This week it is our privilege to host a team from Teen Challenge. This ministry has its roots way back in 1958 when Pastor David Wilkerson reached out to troubled street youth in New York City. Teen Challenge was created to meet the needs of these youths. Today, it is a 12-month, faith-based, in-residence alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation program. The testimonies of the women who have gone through the program are truly inspiring and I know it will be a morning in which you will be blessed (so be sure to invite your friends). Each testimony will tell of “how much the Lord has done and how he has had mercy on them.”
Before Sunday morning can I encourage you to sit down with a piece of paper and write out how much God has done for you through faith in Jesus Christ. He may not have saved you from cutting yourself with stones, or from a life of alcohol addiction, but he has saved you. He has transformed you. He has had mercy on you.
After you have written out your testimony go and tell another what God has done and watch how he will work through you. The demon possessed man obeyed Jesus and we are told that all the “people were amazed” at his testimony. (Mark 5:20) God will bless your testimony as you faithfully tell all that the Lord has done for you.
With thanksgiving for you,