The Deliverer

Many of us parents, grandparents, other relatives, and friends agonize, have sleepless nights, and worry and search for answers over the fact that some of our loved ones have been caught up in addictions, homelessness, depression, and other desolations. We struggle to assist them in whatever ways we can, and using all our human forces and strength, and our prayers, that they would get off the addictions that they are caught up into. It could be sexual, drugs, alcohol, anything that our loved ones are caught up in and cannot find deliverance, healing and freedom from all these shackles that torture their minds and bodies. We genuinely pray (as we should and it is good) as we bring all our efforts towards getting rid of these problems for them, and we do everything we possibly can for them, sacrifice, spending our human efforts, money, support, detox, yet we can find nothing seems to work. It is not that it is wrong what we do for them, it is that they have not yet met the true Deliverer face to face! Well, the answer is in this story about a very, very troubled man in Mark 5. Jesus appeared to him, and He revealed Himself. The man met Jesus face to face and the Deliverer was revealed to him!

 

Here we see what happened to one person who no human could help – but Jesus did…

 

Mark 5: 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!”
9 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.

 

I believe that the most important thing we have to do as loved ones is TRUST the Deliverer. While we trust, we can rest, and have hope. I read somewhere that while we sleep, God works, but while we work, He sleeps! That is to say that we can trust Him and be at peace with Him. After all, He is the Prince of Peace. And the scripture also says that He brings us the Peace that passes ALL understanding.

 

So today, as Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts, let Him in! Trust Him and enjoy Him. He will accomplish what He promises!

 

We love you and God loves you very, very much!

 

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That Ol’ Mustard Seed!

When I grew up, and all my life, I always loved hearing stories! From people, from books, from anywhere. I liked telling stories too! One thing I discovered when I first started reading my Bible was that Jesus loved to do that too – as a matter of fact, He gave so many parables to explain things – man, they really made sense to me… One parable that Jesus used, in Matthew 17:20, was this: Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Now apparently a mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds around and it can grow anywhere – it can grow under rocks, under water, and apparently mustard seed can grow in Israel up to 16 feet high!! You can ride underneath it on horseback!
Now Jesus was not talking about the size of the mustard seed – he was talking about the energy and the power IN the mustard seed. He likened it to faith! So it is not how MUCH faith we have, it is faith in Who?? And our faith is in Jesus!
When we first have a revelation about following God in our lives, we begin to trust Him and believe in Him; that means we are walking in faith, just trusting Him! But, many times we have had faith and it didn’t work….
A guy that knows me met up with us at the mall one day, and he knows I am from the “religious” side of things, and I had coffee with him. And he said to me, “Listen Henry, I want to talk to you a bit.” He told me that when he was younger, he had tried “this religion thing.” He had gone to university and he really found what made sense to him, because this religion thing didn’t make sense to him. He said that the thing that really made sense to him that he discovered in university, was math! And my friend said, “With math, you end up with solutions, while in the religion end there is no logic.” He is right, math is so important for the world! I agreed with him! So after he told me all this, he shared with me that he was having major problems in his business, that he could not cope with or handle anymore. It was not working out for him at all. And since the fellow was not a believer at all, I was quite a bit hesitant to tackle him with my “religious” ideas. Finally after a few drinks of coffee, I just said to him, “Can I pray for you?” and he agreed! He said I guess it won’t hurt! Well, I tell you, by that time, my own faith was way, way, WAAAAYY smaller than a mustard seed! And my prayer was not very long and not very exciting! I just asked Jesus to meet his needs.
About a month later, he ran into me. He grabbed me by the arm and shook my hand and said “You will not believe this!” What really happened was God fixed that business problem he had like no one else could fix it! Apparently even a stranger came in from another province and got right into it to help solve his problem! He was so overjoyed, relieved, and thankful!! And couldn’t stop shaking my hand!
Now when my first wife Betty died, we were so devastated, we cried, we prayed, we wanted God to let her live. There were prayer chains going around the world which we really appreciated! Some were fasting, others lighting candles, all trying to help us. But in the end, she died, and we were crushed. But, now, the thing with it all, is God knows everything, beginning to the end, and what is the best for us, so we should never stop trusting Him! No matter what happens, we should never walk simply by sight, but by faith, trusting, believing He who delivered us and gives us eternal life! How he answers us does not change our faith in Him. Father knows best!
Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Many of us can feel like, well I do trust Jesus but my faith is so little – Remember though… it doesn’t matter the size of the seed, it is what is behind it – and it is the Power of Jesus! Faith and just trusting in Him…
Our blessed assurance we have in pleasing God, is having faith, trusting Him for what He said, what He promised and what He is doing! That is all we have to do to please God, nothing else – Faith in Him, the Son of God, who said “The Father and I are one; if you have seen me, you have seen the Father!” And He also says “I have come that you may have life and life abundant” which means eternal life in the end of things, plus abundant life now on earth!
What a merciful, gracious, and loving God we have!
Be of good courage. Exercise that tiny bit of mustard seed faith we have and we will see what miracles come… Amen and God bless you all today, we love you and God loves you so much!
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We appreciate you folks sharing this today, because we never know who is sick, sad, dying, neglected, or abandoned, or just needs a word of encouragement. I recommend as you share this word around the globe, on Facebook or wherever, that it may be a miracle for a hurting, suffering person somewhere, to be touched by the love of God, miracles…. will happen.
Thanks for sharing it!