THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 5:14-20
“The people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.” (Mark 5:17)
I’ve heard interesting theories as to why the spirits wanted to sent into the pigs.
The reason is obvious: they wanted to scare people away from Jesus.
This is how Satan works, scheming to distract, deceive, discourage and defeat us.
Notice how the pig-tenders respond – they beg Jesus to leave.
Satan creates a group of anti-witnesses, people who speak against Jesus.
But Jesus is not deterred; through grace He creates a witness for Himself.
“Go home to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you.” (Mark 5:19)
Jesus is working in your life to equip you to witness for Him.
Satan is working in your life to keep you from witnessing for Jesus.
Whose work or influence has the upper hand in your life?
Look at how the enemy uses fear or deception or distraction to hold you back.
Here is a test: how eagerly do I tell others what the Lord has done for me?
If your hesitant to do this, that may be a clue as to whose influence is winning.
As a Jesus follower, don’t give in to Satan’s scare tactics to keep you silent!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, my hesitation reveals to me how I am more influenced by fear than by faith. Help me be bold for You, and to trust Your power over the enemy’s.