Happy Wednesday! I’m praying all God’s best for you today. Stay focused on the Lord. He has it all under control. Today, I will cover six (6) verses, but it is one section, about Jesus showing up and casting out. Do you need Jesus to show up and cast somethings out of your life that have been destructive or is preventing you from flourishing in your Christian walk? Enjoy today’s devotion and your Thanksgiving. I will be back on Monday with more devotions.
BIBLE VERSE – Matthew 8:28-34 NLT
“28 When Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gadarenes, two men who were possessed by demons met him. They came out of the tombs and were so violent that no one could go through that area.
29 They began screaming at him, “Why are you interfering with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before God’s appointed time?”
30 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding in the distance. 31 So the demons begged, “If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs.”
32 “All right, go!” Jesus commanded them. So the demons came out of the men and entered the pigs, and the whole herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.
33 The herdsmen fled to the nearby town, telling everyone what happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.”
Jesus performed miracles. He casted out demons. Yesterday, we were reminded that Jesus is greater than the storms and ocean. Today, we are reminded that He is more powerful than demons. The demons feared Jesus and obeyed. Yet, instead of the people embracing Jesus, “the entire town came out to meet Him and they begged him to go away and leave them alone.”
Sometimes we are just like that crowd. Jesus/God performs miracles in our lives. He changes our circumstances. He shows us that He is more powerful than anything on earth or in the heavens. However, when we don’t understand or are fearful of an outcome, we turn away from God or from His direction or from the Holy Spirits guidance leaving the door open for the enemy to sow doubt, disorder, disobedience, fear and destruction. Brothers and sisters, don’t live in fear, don’t turn back to comfortable things, and don’t turn away when you don’t understand what God is doing. Even when it hurts, trust His plan, trust His purpose for your life and let Him transform you into who He has called you to be. Let Him change your situation. Let us not be so accustom to crazy or unrest that we forget there is a deliverer.
What are you begging the Lord forever? ____.
Father God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and for making away to reconcile us back to you. Lord, forgive us for the times when we turned away from you. Lord, restore our hearts and minds back to you. Lord, help us to focus our attention on the things that concern you. Lord, equip us with your word so that you can change us. Breathe into us new life. Teach us more about you every day. Lord, we lift up our families, friends and neighbors to you. Lord, we lift up the doctor’s reports to you. Lord, we lift up our bosses, our co-workers, teacher’s and students to you today. Lord, work mightily in their lives, transform their hearts and glorify your name. Lord, water the spiritual seeds that were and are being planted. Continue to let your word take root, deep root and flourish in our lives. Lord, remove things from our lives that do not please you (e.g., rage, addiction, lies, gossip, etc.), and deliver us. Lord, help us to lean into you. Speak to us. Lord, bless our homes and gatherings this week. Keep everyone safe. Protect us all from illness and harm. Lord, for those who are traveling, please provide them traveling grace and mercy. In Jesus name, amen.
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