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What Has God Done For Us?

Mark 5:20

So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

IMG_0435-0What has God done for us? Let us begin to name in our minds the number of things that we believe God has done for us. We might begin with the amazing things that God has done for all – like dying on the cross – sending the Holy Spirit – ordaining the Body of Christ – and more.

What has God done for us? After a long list of things God has done for all of humanity – maybe we could begin a list of things that God has done for our families. Can we think of any? Are there any blessings you can name for your family?

What has God done for us? Next we might begin to name the things that God has done for us as individuals. Our personal salvation should be number one on the hit list!

It is through our telling of the story of God’s involvement in our lives that we testify about God to others. In today’s passage we see a person so touched by God’s action in his life – he had to go and tell somebody!

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Mark 5:1–20 – 1 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. 11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. 14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. 18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Now – God may not have delivered us from legions of demons – but God has probably delivered us from something. A whole sermon series is being planned dealing with how the church can be used of God to help folks take off the grave clothes – the past – and live free with God – alive and well again.

What has God done for us? We have to tell the glorious story of what God has done for us. We need to testify about what God has done for us – just like the man delivered from demons did – So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. People will indeed be amazed at what God has done!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 10, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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