Friday, March 29, 2013

March 29

Luke 8:22-39

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Calms the Storm

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,[a] which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
vs.25: Where is MY faith when the water is up to my neck?
vs.37: Would my community be disappointed if an entire industry was destroyed because of spiritual revival? Or even one person made whole?
vs.39: Can I apply this to myself today? to my family? to my town?
This account in biblical history always amazes me! '
Can you even imagine how the loss of these folks entire herd of pigs would effect them?
Anger, fear, outrage, apprehension, dismay might all be expected when a single event causes such loss.

Sudden losses of our livelihood happen today, don't they?
Severe weather certainly is a cause, and many other disasters such as fire or accidents  can come down on us quickly and always without warning.
We feel that whole gamat of emotion in these times.
What keeps us going when we seem to lose everything?

Only by staying close to the Lord Jesus, can one stand the losses that come our way.
He will hold you when you just cant hold on any longer.
He will guide you through to a better place.
Stay close to Him, tell everyone about His faithfulness to you in those hard times, and know that no matter what may come your way, Our dear Savior, Jesus Christ, will never leave you or forsake you!

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