Turn the Page:
Mark 5:5-7 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones. 6Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7and shouting with a loud voice, he said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!”…
For the first time the Lord gave me the verse rather than the concept or image for Turn the Page. ‘Mark 5:6’, the Holy Spirit directed. Why this verse Lord? When I opened to the passage, I gasped. This poor demon possessed man is tortured and hopeless! If you and I saw him today, more than likely we, would be scared and avoid him. He might be medicated and institutionalized. Heal him?? Impossible! But, that is exactly what Jesus did! He drew close enough for the demons to recognize that he is “Jesus, Son of the Most High.” They also know that he has the power to destroy them.
Hopeless is a word I’ve heard a lot more clearly as I walk through my daily encounters with people. Many of us have or are currently feeling hopeless about our circumstances, our loss, our desires for a better life, our families, our friends. If you are a believer in Christ, guess what. We have the very same power that Jesus had. Miracles still happen today! When our enemy Satan, and him minions see a Christian coming their way do they tremble in fear? They should if we take the authority, passed to us through Jesus!
More than anything else, I am starting to wake up every day and see that the world needs hope, and I can offer it! Hope for deliverance, hope out of depression, hope for our marriages, hope to live our lives to the fullest measure! Jesus came that we can have life and have it abundantly. There are so many like this man, left to wander life tortured and miserable. I hit so many obstacles in trying to get Jonathan the help that he needed. Jesus broke the cycle of apathy and gave us the opportunity to offer hope. Let’s offer it boldly!