Part 5: An Identity Recovery Story!
May 16, 2021
Mark 4:35 (GW)
Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side.”
Mark 5:1-8 (GW)
They arrived in the territory of the Gerasenes on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. 2 As Jesus stepped out of the boat, a man came out of the tombs and met him. The man was controlled by an evil spirit 3 and lived among the tombs. No one could restrain him any longer, not even with a chain. 4 He had often been chained hand and foot. However, he snapped the chains off his hands and broke the chains from his feet. No one could control him. 5 Night and day he was among the tombs and on the mountainsides screaming and cutting himself with stones.
6 The man saw Jesus at a distance. So he ran to Jesus, bowed down in front of him, 7 and shouted, “Why are you bothering me now, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me.” 8 He shouted this because Jesus had said, “You evil spirit, come out of the man.”
Recovery Key #1: Jesus doesn’t on anyone!
Colossians 2:15 (NLT)
(Jesus) disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
1 John 3:8 (NIV)
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Recovery Key #2: Jesus can everyone!
Mark 5:12-13 (GW)
The demons begged him, “Send us into the pigs! Let us enter them!” 13 Jesus let them (ordered them) do this. The evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea and drowned.
Luke 8:35 (NIV) — 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,
Luke 8:35 (NIV)
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;
Recommended Books by Neil T. Anderson:
The Bondage Breaker
Victory Over The Darkness
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Mark 5:18-20 (MSG)
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the demon-delivered man begged to go along, 19 but he wouldn’t let him. Jesus said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story—what the Master did, how he had mercy on you.” 20 The man went back and began to preach in the Ten Towns area about what Jesus had done for him.