Sunday, August 1, 2021

Mark 5:17-18 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Mark 5:17-18

Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.


This morning, I was reading the story of Jesus driving out the demon legion in the book of Mark, and the Holy Spirit showed me something that I feel led to share with you! After Jesus drives out the demon, you see two different responses, both begging Jesus for something:


One response is begging Him to leave, and the other is begging to go with Him! One is saying, “I don’t care where You go, but You can’t stay here,” and the other is saying, “I don’t care where You're going; just take me with You!” One group is wanting to stay in darkness, and the other is longing to live in the Light! So, my question is, which one are you?


I’m sure most of you answered that you were the guy wanting to go with Jesus, but let me show you how the Holy Spirit revealed it to me in today’s terms. You go to church, and you have a “come to Jesus moment”. Tears are flowing, hearts are breaking, and you see Him moving all around you. Fast forward two hours later, and you're trying to forget Him and your moment with Him so you can abuse your family or cheat your neighbor, or go watch pornography, or whatever sin it may be that you’re trying to live in but can’t because Jesus is shining His glorious light on it! It’s no different than the two responses found in these verses!


Do you notice the guy wanting to go with Jesus doesn’t even ask Him where He is going? Why? Because it doesn’t matter where. It matters Who!!! When we have that personal experience with the Lord, we can either beg Him to leave so we can stay bound in our sin, or we can beg Him to take us with Him because we know He holds our freedom! So, today, the question is this: will you beg Jesus to go with Him, or will you beg Him to get out?


Galatians 5:1 - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.


God bless! I love you all!!! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!




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