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Th'ot for Thursday

April 12, 2017

 

 

Hello church… what a great day to be ALIVE IN CHRIST! 

 

I find that when I allow God to remind me that I’m truly alive for all eternity – it refreshes my mind, heart & overall being. Really… life just naturally becomes more refreshing & strengthening – no matter what faces me each day.

 

You see, I find that in being a child of God changes my whole outlook on life. Do you find that to be true as well?  I don’t have to look at the tough things of this life as if “I’m facing it”. I think that as HIS child, those tough things have to face me – face HIM!

“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

John 14:20

 

Just think of it… we know Jesus is in the Father. So, if he’s in the Father – and we are in Jesus, then the power of the Father/Son is the power in which we “can” live if we choose to. What do you choose?

 

You see… if we live in this unmatchable power, then these struggles have to look at the power in me, instead of me being intimidated into looking at them. How powerful is that!

 

I draw your attention to the wild, crazed demon-possessed man that made his way to Jesus in Mark 5.  He was:

  • Filled with an impure spirit
  • He lived in the tombs
  • He was uncontrollable & too powerful to contain & strong enough to break the chains & irons used on him
  • Day & night, he was overcome with cutting himself & crying out

 

We know from the whole story, that the source of his “craze” was a whole legion of demons.

FYI:

 A legion  was the largest unit in the Roman army. At this time in biblical history…

a legion averaged about 5,000 men, though it is also possible to be a few thousands more or less

 

Now look at what happens…BAM!

(vs. 6-7)

“ When he saw Jesus from a distance… he ran, fell on his knees in front of him.”

“What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?”

 

*The demon(s) submitted to Jesus’ authority*

 

As we walk another day… let us not live in fear of facing our struggles -- but live with our struggles fearing

to face us!! (In HIS power & name)

 

Love you all…  Pastor Brad