Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – January 17, 2022

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MONDAY, JANUARY 17

 

A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.

Mark 5:15  (NLT)

 


 

LIVE SENT: WHEN JESUS ENTERS MY LIFE, PEOPLE SHOULD NOTICE A DIFFERENCE

 

Years ago a farmer from the interior of China had come to a mission compound where a doctor had removed the cataracts from his eyes. A few days after the farmer left, the doctor looked out his window and noticed the same man holding the end of a long rope. In single file behind him, holding to the rope, were several dozen blind Chinese whom the farmer had rounded up and led for miles to the doctor who had worked “miracles” on his eyes. Because his sight had been restored, he wanted others to experience the same thing! That story illustrates the message of the dramatic encounter between Jesus and Legion, the demoniac. (Steven Cole)

 

The man in the story above was changed and others noticed the difference and wanted what he had. In Mark 5, after mastering a wild sea the Lord Jesus masters a wild man. Jesus changed him. No longer is he running around, crying out and cutting himself. Now, he is calm and seated beside Jesus! Jesus clothed him. No longer is he naked, but now he is clothed! What we need to notice here is that what Jesus does in the heart of a man is always worked out on the outside of a man.

 

Reflection

That’s how it works! You cannot meet Jesus and remain the same. He changes all those who come to Him. How have you been cleansed and clothed by Jesus? Looking ahead to NorthStar’s next 25 years, Mike Linch challenged us to help people find Jesus in the places where we live, work, and play. This is called Living Sent.

 

Praise

Let Isaiah 61:10 be your praise to God today, “I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

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