PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 8:28-34
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“They pleaded with him to leave.” (Matthew 8:34)
The deceiver does whatever he can to keep us from knowing the truth about Jesus.
If he can get us to believe in his lies, he will enslave us and ruin our lives.
He specializes in fear and deception to frighten or confuse us.
Like he did with these townspeople – who believed that Jesus was a threat.
Like he did with Adam and Eve, and these demon-possessed men, and with us too.
Jesus brought love, life, healing, hope, mercy, grace… yet they rejected Him.
The deceiver succeeded in poisoning their minds to Jesus through the pig-herders.
Like the pig-herders, we need to let people know about Jesus.
But our message needs to be positive, not negative…
Sadly many people today reject Jesus because of His followers, the church.
They see a judgmental, demanding Jesus, not a gracious healing Jesus.
We’ve got to fight the deceiver in this, we’ve got to let people see the real Jesus.
We need to offer love, life, healing, hope, mercy, grace, blessing, in Jesus’ Name.
So that the people will not plead for Jesus to leave, but to come into hearts and lives.
Lord, may my life, and my words, reflect positively on You. May the truth of You be louder in me than the lies of Satan. May we all experience the blessing that these two men experienced.