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From Mess to Message

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September 15, 2021 8:00 pm

From Mess to Message

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September 15, 2021 8:00 pm

Darryl was a baseball legend who nearly destroyed his life with drugs. But Jesus set him free, and he’s been clean for years. Today he helps others struggling with addiction and points them to faith. Looking back, he affirms that God turned his mess into a message.

Nothing is too hard for God. When Jesus came ashore near a cemetery after a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee with His disciples, a man possessed by darkness immediately approached Him. Jesus spoke to the demons inside him, drove them away, and set him free.

When Jesus left, the man begged to go along. But Jesus didn’t allow it, because He had work for him to do: “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you” (Mark 5:19).

We never see the man again, but Scripture shows us something intriguing. The people of that region had fearfully pleaded with Jesus “to leave” (v. 17), but the next time He returned there, a large crowd gathered (8:1). Could the crowd have resulted from Jesus sending the man? Could it be that he, once dominated by darkness, became one of the first missionaries, effectively communicating Jesus’s power to save?

We’ll never know this side of heaven, but this much is clear. When God sets us free to serve Him, He can turn even a messy past into a message of hope and love.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. The devotional for today was written by James Banks. He titled it from mass to message Darrell was a baseball legend who nearly destroyed his life with drugs, but Jesus set him free and he's been clean for years.

Today he helps others struggling with addiction and points them to faith. Looking back, he affirms that God turned his mess into a message.

Nothing is too hard for God. When Jesus came ashore near a cemetery after a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. A man possessed by darkness immediately approached him. Jesus spoke to the demons inside him drove them away and set him free when Jesus left the man back to go along but Jesus didn't allow it because he had worked for him to do, telling the man in Mark five go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you. We never see the man again, but Scripture shows us something intriguing. The people of that region had fearfully pleaded with Jesus to leave but the next time he returned there a large crowd gathered. Could the crowd have resulted from Jesus sending the man.

Could it be that he once dominated by darkness became one of the first missionaries effectively communicating Jesus power to save will never know this side of heaven. But this much is clear. When God sets us free to serve him. He can turn even a messy past into a message of hope and love. Now let's turn our eyes upon Jesus today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Mark chapter 5 verses one through 20.

They went across the lake to the region of the Jara scenes when Jesus got out of the boat. A man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 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 night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice. What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the most high God and God's name don't torture me 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, and he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus. Send us among the pigs allow us to go into them.

He gave them permission and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd about 2000 in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus. They saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons sitting there, dressed in his right mind, and they were afraid those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon possessed man and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed back to go with him. 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. 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 let's pray heavenly father, thank you so much that you have unbound us from the shackles of our sin are waywardness in our rejection of you today. Lord, help us not to serve anything lesser than you and to tell others about the good news that will set them free as well and it's in Jesus great and saving name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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