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"L J Got Saved!"

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LJ (name changed) was the coolest guy in our neighborhood. Fast car, cool dad, go carts, music. Snuck me and my friend in to our first drive-in movie! Gave me my first sip of beer-gag!
LJ moved away and years later came back and was a Christian-no way!
Let's take notice of of the events here and discover again, who Jesus is and how He works in our lives.
It's always, all about Jesus! (reminded of this, this week at conference)
It's always, all about Jesus! (reminded of this, this week at conference)
This account is also in Matt & Lk. Matt mentions two demon-possessed men, but Lk & Mark focus on one, probably the worse of the two.
READ MK 5:1-20

The power of Jesus over sin and the Devil. (vv.3-8 [9-13])

Mark 5:3–8 NIV
3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 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. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 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!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
Mark 5:5–8 NIV
5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 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!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
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How many of us are bound in chains to an habitual sin we cannot get free from? (vv. 3-4)
Jesus absolutely is more powerful than the hold sin has on you.
Jesus is really more powerful than the hold that sin has on you.
His Spirit will live inside you and keep you free if you come to him and allow him to unchain and change you.
Jesus is all-powerful.
We see it in the cry of the unclean spirit, “I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.”
We see it in the cry of the unclean spirit, “In God’s name don’t torture me!”.
We see it in the command, “Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit,” and the immediate obedience that followed.
We see it in the command, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit,” and the immediate obedience that followed.
We see it in the change that at once took place in him that was possessed: he was found “sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind.”
We see it in the petition of all the demons,—“send us into the pigs,” confessing their weakness that they could do nothing without His permission.
We see it in the petition of all the deamons,—“send us into the pigs,” confessing their consciousness that they could do nothing without leave.
(humankind invited the devil into the perfect world)
All these things show that one mightier than Satan was there.
All these things show that one mightier than Satan was there.
It is encouraging to note that the demons did not know what Jesus planned to do. This suggests that Satan can know God’s plans only if God reveals them. In fact, there is no evidence in Scripture that Satan can read the mind of a believer, let alone the mind of God. Wiersbe
It is encouraging to note that the demons did not know what Jesus planned to do. This suggests that Satan can know God’s plans only if God reveals them. In fact, there is no evidence in Scripture that Satan can read the mind of a believer, let alone the mind of God. Wiersbe
t is encouraging to note that the demons did not know what Jesus planned to do. This suggests that Satan can know God’s plans only if God reveals them. In fact, there is no evidence in Scripture that Satan can read the mind of a believer, let alone the mind of God. Wiersbe
It is encouraging to note that the demons did not know what Jesus planned to do. This suggests that Satan can know God’s plans only if God reveals them. In fact, there is no evidence in Scripture that Satan can read the mind of a believer, let alone the mind of God. Wiersbe
Strong as the great enemy of man was, he was in the presence of One stronger than he.
Numerous as his hosts were, he was confronted with One who could command more than twelve legions of angels.
Numerous as his hosts were, he was confronted with One who could command more than twelve legions of angels.
“Where the word of the king is, there is power.” (.)
Do you need deliverance from sin today? There is a strong deliver waiting to free you.

The purpose and plan Jesus gives his followers (vv.18-19)

Mark 5:18–19 NIV
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 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.”
The man wanted to go away with Jesus, but Jesus refused to take him.
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The man wanted to go away with Jesus, but Jesus refused to take him.
He thought he could not do better than follow Jesus and the disciples as they were leaving the region.
He thought he could not do better than follow Jesus and the disciples as they were leaving the region.
He was ready to give up home and country, and go after Christ.
He was ready to give up home and country, and go after Christ.
Our Lord had other work for him to do.
Our Lord saw better than he did in what way he could glorify God most.
The place that Christians wish to be in, is not always the place which is best for their souls.
The point is not that all believers should stay at home, but that all believers should be sold-out to Jesus' plan no matter where they are directed.
The position we would choose, if we could have our own way, is not always that which Jesus would have us occupy.
The position that they would choose, if they could have their own way, is not always that which Jesus would have them occupy.
Our Lord saw better than he did in what way he could glorify God most.
The position we would choose, if we could have our own way, is not always that which Jesus would have us occupy.
The place that Christians wish to be in, is not always the place which is best for their souls.
The position that they would choose, if they could have their own way, is not always that which Jesus would have them occupy.
“The great thing is to have no will of our own, and to be where Jesus would have us be.”-
The great thing is to have no will of our own, and to be where Jesus would have us be.*

The persuasiveness of your personal testimony (vv. 19-20)

Mark 5:19–20 NIV
19 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.” 20 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.
(you are the worlds foremost authority on what Jesus did for you.)
You are the worlds’ foremost authority on what Jesus did for you.
Witnessing tends to get complicated when we forget that it is simply telling others how Jesus changed us.
Witnessing tends to get complicated when we forget that it is simply telling others how Jesus changed us.
Yours may not be the story of the maniac that lived in the graveyard, but your story will connect with others because we are all human and sinners.
Yours may not be the story of the maniac that lived in the graveyard, but your story will connect with others because we are all human and sinners.
Our job is not to convince a lost person to follow Christ.
Our job is not to convict a lost person of their sinfulness.
Our job is to communicate that Jesus saved us from the penalty of sin.
But some will reject you because they do not want to admit their need for a powerful Savior.

Take this with you...

Notice the contrast in vv. 15-17 to v. 20.
Mark 5:15–17 NIV
15 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. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
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Mark 5:20 NIV
20 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.
Some who were told what Jesus did were afraid and some were amazed.
Afraid vs. amazed.
Some will walk away, but some will want to know more.
Some will reject you because they do not want to admit their need for a powerful Savior.
This week pray for an opportunity to use a personal story to introduce someone to Jesus.
This week pray for an opportunity to use a personal story to introduce someone to Jesus.
This week pray for an opportunity to use a personal story to introduce someone to Jesus.
Some will reject you because they do not want to admit their need for a powerful Savior.
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