Jesus, evil spirits and pigs

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In the gospel account by Mark, there was a man who had suffered a long time with an evil spirit, being in constant and violent rage, so that no one could approach him.  Jesus had compassion on this man and commanded the evil spirit to leave him.  And Jesus sent the spirit into a herd of nearby pigs.  Needless to say, the man was very thankful and had much grattitude in his heart toward Jesus.  As Jesus was leaving the area he said to the man, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

If you are in Christ, are you telling others how much the Lord has done for you?  Even if you don’t have as dramatic a salvation experience as the demon possessed man, you still have the testimony of how the Lord forgave your sins, adopted you into His family, granted you everlasting life with Him, kept you from the fires of hell by allowing Christ’s death on the Cross to satisfy His wrath against you, AND gave you a new life with His very Spirit.  These things alone are what EVERY follower of Chirst has, regardless of anything else to be thankful about.  Are you telling others what the Lord has done for you?

You can read this eyewitness account in the New Testament of the Bible, found in Mark 5:1-20.

If you’re not a follower of Christ and want to be forgiven of your sins and escape God’s wrath, all you have to do is ask Him and trust in Christ alone for your salvation.  God says to repent (change your mind/attitude/actions) and turn toward God in faith.  Of course, this happens because God grants us repentance and draws us toward Himself.  The Bible says that we cannot please God with our good works.

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”  – Ephesians 2:6-9

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~ by StraightUp Faith on December 29, 2007.

One Response to “Jesus, evil spirits and pigs”

  1. amen

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