Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read Mark 5 – 8 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
- What is the main point of this portion?
- What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
- What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
- What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
I am going to concentrate this post on the story of the demon possessed man found in Mark 5. I heard a sermon preached on this very subject this summer and want to share some insight that I received from that message.
“It is possible to look free, but not really be free at all.”
You may be sitting at your computer reading the above sentence and thinking that those words don’t have much of a punch until you consider the demon-possessed man in Mark 5.
This man was so strong that shackles and chains could not hold him. He looked like he was free, until you met him in the burial caves and watched him howling and cutting himself on the stones, that’s when the reality of his situation became obvious. This man was bound by something stronger than chains and shackles, he was bound by the demons in own head.
He was tormented and he was in need of someone who could heal him and make him whole. Jesus came along and offered true freedom to the demon possessed man.
Jesus has offered the same thing to you and to me.
Jesus came to set us free.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Let’s break this verse down and really meditate on what Paul is saying in Galatians 5:1.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…Our freedom is already available because Paul says “that Christ HAS set us free.” Freedom has already been provided to us…we just have to accept His gift and then…
Stand firm…don’t let yourself be burdened by chains that others put around your neck.
Stand firm…don’t let others tell you that you still need to live as a slave to your sin.
Stand firm…remove the yoke from around your neck and surrender to the truth that Christ has set you free!
People who do not know Jesus have not understood the word and they will continue to live enslaved. You have read the word and you have heard the word…you know that you have FREEDOM through Jesus!
Remember, God is not intimidated by any sin you might be carrying around…release it to Jesus and find true freedom.
Jesus came to set the prisoner free; that’s you and that’s me!!!
His grace has saved you and His grace will sustain you!
Lord, How glorious it is to enjoy freedom from sin, thanks to the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus, on our behalf. Our lives, once enslaved to sin, now enjoy the freedom from that which once held us captive to Satan’s bondage. We live in victory because You have set us free and we are now free indeed. Thank You, Father, for delivering us from the domain of darkness and transferring us into the kingdom of Your Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins! Thank You God that it is possible to look free and to be free in Jesus. In His Name I pray, Amen.