Archive for April, 2023

The Most Powerful Witness


Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gaderenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” For He had said to him, Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Then He asked him, What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” Also he begged Him earnestly that he would not send them out of the country. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine that we may enter them. And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine […] and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened. Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine. Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region. And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. (Mark 5: 1 – 20)


In this passage we read about a demonically possessed man living an isolated life in a graveyard. No one could subdue him; thus enabling him to abandon his family and friends. The naked man cried out day and night, uttering strange and frightening things. He had also begun cutting his own flesh with sharp stones (a form of self-injury indicative of demonic possession.) Without warning, the suffering man stumbled out of the tombs and met Jesus, who cast out the evil spirits living within him. The man’s sanity was immediately restored. Those who came out from the city to investigate what had occurred saw him “sitting and clothed and in his right mind.” This simple observation was so powerful that they became frightened and begged Jesus to leave their area. Although the restored man yearned to follow the Lord, Jesus commanded him to return home and share his miraculous transformation with his family and friends. A transformed life is the most powerful testimony anyone can offer as evidence for God’s divine presence.

We read in John 12 that Jesus went to Bethany six days before the Passover to dine with Lazarus in his home. Lazarus was the man Jesus had previously raised from the dead; calling him out of the tomb where his body had been lying for many days. We read in verse 9 – 11, “Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.” A man who had been dead and brought back to life was a walking testament of God’s power and authority. His mere existence was drawing many to the Lord.

Like Lazarus and the demon possessed man, those who have been healed and reborn are living examples of God’s transformational power. He can heal the sick, raise the dead to life, and turn sinners into saints. For those of us who have been healed, the sanity, the purity, and the goodness of our new lives is the most powerful message we have to pass along to others. If we share about the miracle that God has performed in our lives, others will be drawn to Jesus Christ. Our testimony is beautiful, it is powerful, and it is productive.

“Lord Heavenly Father, we praise you for healing our hearts, our minds, and our bodies. You have taken what was dead and brought it back to life again. May we continue to live as committed Christians; reborn and transformed by the power of Your Holy Spirit. May we continue to share our testimony with others; that they might see a miracle in us and be drawn to You. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

The Purpose of Every Christian


When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God.” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ. Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them; but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee. (Luke 4: 40 – 44)


During His Earthly ministry Jesus performed many miracles; He healed the sick, cast out demons, and even raised the dead. And yet these divine feats were somewhat secondary. According to Christ His primary purpose was to “preach the kingdom of God.” Thus spreading the gospel message was paramount. The gospel is an invitation to be reconciled to God and thus walk in eternal fellowship with Him; an invitation which can be accepted or rejected. Those who choose to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are called to repent from evil and be reborn (an act of submission and transformation expressed through baptism.) Those who are washed by the blood of Christ are then called to continue spreading the gospel message to others.

As the story goes, Dr. Len G. Broughton once told of a minister who called his leaders together and said that he was about to resign his ministry at that church because he had seen no more people converted for a considerable period. They begged him to stay, and pointed out how edified they were by his preaching. “Edified for what?” he asked. Turning to one leader he asked him if he had ever led a soul to Christ. “No” was the answer; so the question was put to the next man with the same result, and to the next man again. Finally the minister got all the members at the meeting to promise that they also would resign with him, if within a short period they had not led anyone to Christ. On Monday morning one leader began with his confidential clerk, and by the next Sunday he had eleven saved men with him in church for company. The rest of the meeting brought the tally up to thirty.

As followers of Christ we share His purpose; to spread the gospel message and to reconcile those who are lost to God. This is our work; this is our mission. We must be bold and brave. We must step out in faith and be obedient to God’s calling. There are souls that need saving; and the fields are ripe for the harvest.

“Lord Heavenly Father, may we continue Your work upon this Earth. Remove our fears and fill our hearts with faith. May we spread Your gospel message to all those who are willing to listen; so that many may be reconciled to you and receive the eternal gift of salvation through the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.” God bless all of you!

The Power of Forgiveness


     “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” (Luke 17: 3-4)


    Those who desire God’s mercy must also be merciful; and those who yearn for His forgiveness must not withhold forgiveness from others. Hatred, anger, and resentment have no place in the heart of a believer. Unresolved bitterness creates division between God and His disciples. Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Everyone who truly seeks to follow the Lord must also attempt to imitate Him. And so, forgiving those who repent without restriction or exception is necessary. God’s mercy is immeasurable, and those who practice unconditional forgiveness are splendid examples of His limitless love.

In 1956, five American missionaries flew into the jungles of Ecuador in an effort to make contact with a hostile and war-like tribe of Indians known as the Waodani. All five men were speared to death. Their families were devastated by the loss; in a single day, many wives were widowed, and a number of children were orphaned. And yet the remaining family members didn’t seek vengeance or cry out for justice. Instead Elizabeth Elliot (who had lost her husband), and Rachael Saint (who had lost her brother), remained obedient to God; unconditionally forgiving the murderous tribesman. Elizabeth and Rachael continued evangelizing to the natives. Eventually the Waodani people invited them into their community. One by one, the members of the tribe began committing their lives to Jesus Christ. The men who had perpetrated the murders expressed great joy in knowing that they had been forgiven. The women eventually formed lifelong friendships with the individuals who had killed their loved ones. This unconditional forgiveness has given birth to the Waodani Church; a church that is currently thriving. They have abandoned their spears and picked up their bibles; going so far as to evangelize the other neighboring tribes (at great personal risk to themselves.) This amazing work of God was made possible because two women were willing to forgive without restriction.

Forgiving other repentant souls is not a suggestion, a recommendation, or a request; it is a command; a command that heals both the forgiver and those who are forgiven. Is there anyone you are angry with? Has someone caused you great pain? Forgive them and move forward. Search your heart and ask God to give you the courage and the strength to let go of your resentments and bitterness. If you forgive others, God will fill your heart with joy and peace, and you will walk in eternal fellowship with the almighty and everlasting Father.

“Lord Heavenly Father, search our hearts and reveal to us any hidden resentments we may be harboring. Give us the strength and the courage to forgive those repentant sinners without restriction. May we love as You have loved. May we forgive as You have forgiven; and may we always do what pleases You. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You; and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

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