Freeing People from Bondage

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April 6, 2014

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Passage: Mark 5:1-20

2 weeks ago, we saw that Jesus had power to calm the storm on the raging sea.  This week we will see that He has the power to calm the storm inside and protect the person.

 1.   When there is space and focus in our life, we can

see and hear the pain in people’s lives    (Mark 5:1-8)

  • In the violent storm on the sea, the disciples were only concerned with saving their own life
  • Then, with the sea calm, the disciples could hear the shrieks of the tormented man on the shore
  • Christ had not told them that He was headed to see this troubled man; He only said, “Let us go to the other side.”

 

Listen to a person’s words & you will see into their heart!

  • “For out of the overflow (abundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.”                    (Mat. 12:34b)
  • This man was screaming – what does that say?

 

Q) What is a Demon = Fallen Angel = An Evil Spirit

  • Joined Satan in his rebellion against God    (Rev. 12:9)
  • Under Satan’s domain; inflict bodily disease  (Lk. 13:16)
  • Seek to deceive men with errors             (1 Tim. 4:1)
  • Recognize Christ as Lord and future judge  (Mk. 5:6-10)
  • Will instigate rulers at the end of this age

to make war against God                      (Rev. 16:14)

  • Christ had the power to cast them out      (Luke 4:41)
  • Lake of Fire– prepared for Devil & his angels (Mt 25:41)

Evidences of Demonic oppression:

a. Uncleanness, b. Isolation, c. Super-Human Strength

d. Torment, e. Recognize Jesus

 

2. We need to name our giant to deal with it.    (Mk 5:9-10)

     Demon’s name:  “Legion” = 6,826 Roman Soldiers

3. Some people cannot free themselves - they need

      God’s help through us                      (Mark 5:11-13)

  • Christ identified the source of the man’s problem
  • Christ cast out the evil spirits to free the man

 

Note: One of the goals of Dawn and I have had in coming to Vermont 23 years ago was to set 1,000 captives free.

 

4. Freedom for others has personal costs for us                        

                                                          (Mark 5:14-15)

  • The man was found dressed and in his right mind

Q) Where did the man get his clothes?

A) Probably, the disciples gave him some of their clothes

  • Personal costs to help people may include our finances, time, emotional support, encouragement, identification
  • If you want to free someone, you must be free of it first!

 

Q) Are you “setting captives free?” From what? ___________

 

5. Not everyone will applaud our efforts to help others

                                                          (Mark 5:15-17)

  • When the town’s people saw the “crazy” man dressed and in his right mind they were afraid.
  • Rather then praise God, they begged Christ to leave

The world says:  You can do anything you want but,

don’t disturb my:

  1. a.    Comfort
  2. b.   Possessions
  3. c.    Freedom
  4. d.    Beliefs

 

6. Our efforts can eternally change the life

of the one helped.                            (Mark 5:18-20)

  • The man who was healed begged to go with Christ
  • The man was finally treated with respect and loved it
  • He wanted to be around those who accepted him.

 

Instead, Jesus told him to go home & share his “God story”

  • There is awesome power in a person’s “faith story”.

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