Daily Read – Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32; Luke 8:22-39; Psalm 70:1-5; Proverbs 12:4
Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him.
But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house,
and tell what great things God has done for you."
And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city
what great things Jesus had done for him.
Ahhh, freedom, such sweet freedom for a man bound in the chains and shackles of evil for so many years. Away from his home and living among the tombs of the dead. How awful for a man created in the image of God to wander hopelessly through life locked in a prison of misery and torment.
The moment Yeshua Jesus stepped foot on the land, the Bible says this man of Gadarenes met Him screaming, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" The demons possessing this precious man knew their time was finished; the Deliverer had come stripping them of all territorial rights to that land. They knew Jesus, and knew they were no match for the Son of the Living God!
Believers, understand you also possess this same authority and dominion over darkness. Every place on which your foot treads belongs to you for the Kingdom according to Joshua 1:3. Do you fully understand that the steps of the righteous are ordered of the Lord and every place your feet take you is territory waiting to be reclaimed and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb?
Jesus, the Deliverer spoke and all darkness fell off this man in submission to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They lost all power and melted like wax in the presence of God Almighty. How Satan must have screamed from his hellish domain as he saw one of God's beautiful children loosed from darkness and brought into the glorious light of redeeming love. He could only stand by watching powerless as another one was rescued from his destructive grip.
Can you imagine what this man felt the moment light entered into his life? His entire being, spirit, soul, and body transformed in a twinkling of an eye. What joy filled his soul; what triumph filled the earth! All he wanted to do was to follow Jesus wherever He went, never leaving His side. Jesus had other plans however for He commissioned him to return to his home and proclaim the goodness of God, taking back his city for the Kingdom.
Every believer knows what this encounter feels like. Jesus rescued each of us from the ash heap of destruction and brought us into the beauty of His holiness. Each of us has a story to tell of His redeeming touch on our lives.
Many believe that we can only be near to Jesus when we are on our knees in a quiet place of solitude, but nothing could be further from the truth. As the man in Gadarenes came to realize, Jesus goes where we go because He lives within us and you cannot get closer than that.
Yes, we are to come away in prayer and communion as Jesus did with His Father, but He then came down from the mountain with renewed vision and empowerment to heal the broken hearted, to open the prison doors, and to set the captives free.
He is calling you, He is calling the church to return to our homes, families, schools, neighborhoods, and cities and tell everyone what great things God has done!
If each person in the body of Christ would share their awe - inspiring story with those they encounter, the world around us will dramatically transform.
Go, and wreak havoc on darkness,
tell everyone you meet your story and take the Kingdom by force!