The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Tell what Jesus had done! What has Jesus done in your life? Have you thought about telling a short testimony of how the Lord has transformed you? Your testimony can be used to tell others about Jesus. What was your life before you came to faith? What is your life like now?

Perhaps you came to faith as a child and don’t remember not knowing Jesus. That may be true, but how did the Lord transform you along the journey? I used to have a short temper, but as I prayed daily for years for the Lord to change me, and He did. As people, we are always a work in progress, and we never arrive this side of heaven. No matter who we are, the Lord wants to call us to faith and continually transform us.

The Power of Your Testimony

Jesus transformed the demon-possessed man as He delivered him from many demons. Jesus now had a unique plan for him that could change the lives of others. Mark 5: 18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. 19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” 20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them. [1]

Notice the man did not have to undergo training, but Jesus commissioned him to tell of his transformed life. This is the same for you. Your testimony is powerful. You don’t have to go through training to tell others how Jesus is working in your life. 

Putting Our Faith into Action

The demon-possessed man was set free from the unclean spirits and now has a powerful testimony of the grace, mercy, power, and authority of Jesus. Jesus told him to go and tell others what Jesus has done, and he did. He made himself available. He would be an evangelist in ten towns of the region and reach people for Jesus.

A man satan tried to destroy was now pushing back the Kingdom of darkness with a powerful testimony. The people of the area were very familiar with how he used to be. Can you imagine how many people he touched with the good news of Jesus in his lifetime? No one is ever beyond the reach of the loving arms of Jesus.

Prayerfully consider with who you can share your testimony. It could be a friend, a relative, a co-worker, a neighbor, or even a stranger. As we seek the Lord, He will guide and direct us by the Holy Spirit to set up divine appointments. Paul experienced this as he told others about Jesus. 1 Corinthians 3:6I (Paul) planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.[2]

Tell what Jesus has done. To hear more, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-demons-tolerated-jesus-rejected


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mk 5:18–20). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Co 3:6–7). Tyndale House Publishers.

Jesus knows what is best and helps His plans for our lives unfold. As people, we think we know what is best. The Lord must be amused at our thoughts because He is all-knowing, and we are not. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33, Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” [1]

Seeking the Lord is seeking His will for our life, not our own. As we grow in faith and the Holy Spirit leads, the Lord shows us repeatedly that He knows what is best. Sometimes in life, we travel down the dead ends of life before we realize the Lord does know best. Perhaps you have been down one of those roads and found out the hard way. I have gone my own way before and had to ask the Lord to get me out of the muck and mire I had gotten myself into.

Jesus Knew the Right Plans for the Man Delivered from Demons

Jesus delivered a man in the Garasenes from many unclean spirits. This man’s life before Jesus intervened was one of despair and hopelessness. He was naked and lived in the tombs. He howled and cut himself with sharp stones. In contrast, he is described as fully clothed and perfectly sane after his deliverance. What a difference it makes when one goes from living in the Kingdom of Darkness to living in the Kingdom of Light.

Understandably, this man wanted to stay with Jesus and asked to go with Him. Jesus had saved him. This man was grateful and wanted to follow Jesus, but the Lord had a different and better plan.

Jesus’ Plan: You are to be an Evangelist

Mark 5:18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. 19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” 20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them. [2]

Jesus’ Plan for Him Changed the Lives of Many

A former demon-possessed man was no longer living in the tombs but free because of Jesus. He would now spend his time telling others about Jesus so they could be set free. No matter what bondage they were in, Jesus could free them. No matter what bondage you are in right now, Jesus can set you free. Think of the hope this healed man brought to this Gentile community.

God had a plan for this man who satan tried to destroy. God has a fantastic call on your life, and the enemy will do everything possible to derail what God has for you. You may think the Lord can’t use you. That is a lie! The Lord wants to use you in a mighty way, just like this man. He wants you to build the Kingdom of God and lead many people into the Kingdom. The question for any of us is, “Are you available?”

Jesus knows what is best. To hear more, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-demons-tolerated-jesus-rejected


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mt 6:33). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mk 5:18–20). Tyndale House Publishers.

Jesus comes to save and shows the mercy of the Lord in action. How different is your life because the Lord had compassion on you and called you to faith? The angel Gabriel came to Joseph in a dream and gave him insight into what the Messiah would do.

Matthew 1:20As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” [1] The very mission of Jesus is to save us because we cannot save ourselves from sin. The coming of Jesus is a great act of God’s love that is beyond our comprehension.

Jesus Came to Save the Man who was Demon Possessed

Jesus sailed across the Sea of Galilee to the Gentile area of the Gerasenes, where a demon-possessed man lived in the tombs. As Jesus climbed out of the boat, the demonic, controlled by a legion of demons, came to meet Him.

Mark 5:When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.” [2]

For a time, these demons may have controlled this man, but Jesus came to set this captive free! Mark 5:15 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.[3]

Jesus Clothes Us in Righteousness

This demon-possessed man did not know Jesus and was far from God, but no one is too far to be reached by Jesus! This man was demon-possessed and a madman until he met Jesus. He was naked. Now he is clothed with the new self because he has come to know Jesus as his Savior. His old life has been left behind.

When the Holy Spirit comes and lives in us, the old has gone, and the new has come. Ephesians 4:22throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Just as Jesus came to give the demon-possessed man new life, this is what the Lord does for us as we come to know Jesus. When we know Jesus, he transforms us. Think of this man. If he can be transformed, so can you!

To hear more on how Jesus comes to save, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-demons-tolerated-jesus-rejected


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Tyndale House Publishers.

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Unfortunately, turning away from Jesus is something people do every day. This is so sad. Jesus wants to save all. Luke 19:10For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. [1]  Jesus desires salvation for all, but not everyone will repent of their sins and turn to Him.

The good news is the Lord is continually calling people to faith. Perhaps there was a time in your life when you turned away from the Lord but later responded to his call. One of my friends had been in church for several decades before he came to know Jesus. Don’t give up if you have a loved one who has turned away from the Lord. Keep praying because the prayers of believers are powerful. They are powerful not because of us but because of Jesus.

Jesus Freed a Man from Demon Possession

Jesus had delivered a man who was demon-possessed in the Gerasenes. As Jesus delivered this man, the demons begged to go into the nearby pigs.

Mark 5:13 So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water. 14 The herdsmen fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. People rushed out to see what had happened. 15 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. 16 Then those who had seen what happened told the others about the demon-possessed man and the pigs. 17 And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone. [2]

Will You Choose the World or Jesus?

The people knew what this man had been. Now they could see a miracle in the sane man. Why didn’t they embrace Jesus? The people valued their pigs more than they valued Jesus.

The Apostle Paul once turned away from Jesus because of his belief system but later came to know Him as his Savior. Money often blinds people to the true riches of Christ. What value are pigs or all the world’s riches if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior?

Philippians 3:8Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. [3] What about you? Have you embraced Jesus as your Savior? If not, He is calling you to place your faith in Him today. Don’t wait! To hear about turning away from Jesus, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-demons-tolerated-jesus-rejected


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

Jesus has authority over evil spirits. It is comforting to know the Lord is all-powerful. The demonic come against Jesus repeatedly in the Gospels and Jesus rebuked and drove them out.

Who Are the Demons or Evil Spirits and What is Their Destiny?

The Bible tells us that there is a wicked force of evil spirits in the world called demons. Originally, God created them as holy angels. Their home was heaven and they served and worshiped God. But they became evil through pride and rebellion. Satan, also known as the devil, led one-third of the angels into evil in his prideful rebellion. As a result of their rebellion and pride, they were cast out of heaven by God Himself.

 They were created by God to be eternal beings. In the final judgment, they will be thrown into the lake of fire where they will be tormented forever. They cannot be redeemed, forgiven, or repent. Today we want to examine two different instances where Jesus’ authority over the demonic was demonstrated.

Jesus Commands Demons to Leave a Man

Jesus sailed with the disciples to the Garasenes on the other side of the Sea of Galilee where He demonstrated his authority over the demons who possessed a man.

Mark 5:Then Jesus demanded, “What is your name?” And he replied, “My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man.” 10 Then the evil spirits begged him again and again not to send them to some distant place. 11 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby. 12 “Send us into those pigs,” the spirits begged. “Let us enter them.” 13 So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water. [1]

Jesus Commands a Demon to Leave a Man in Capernaum

A demon-possessed man began to verbally assault Jesus as He taught in a synagogue in Capernaum. The demon learned that Jesus’ authority was greater than his. Jesus cast out the demon from the man and did so without harming the man.

Luke 4:31 Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day. 32 There, too, the people were amazed at his teaching, for he spoke with authority. 33 Once when he was in the synagogue, a man possessed by a demon—an evil spirit—cried out, shouting, 34 “Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 35 But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the demon threw the man to the floor as the crowd watched; then it came out of him without hurting him further. [2]

To hear how Jesus has authority over evil spirit, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-demons-tolerated-jesus-rejected


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

Is demon possession real? This is a question many people wrestle with and find hard to believe. Perhaps this is a question you are wrestling with today. If so, the Lord wants to answer your request. When Jesus crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee to the area of the Gerasenes He was met by a demon-possessed man. Mark 5:2When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from the tombs to meet him.[1]

We live in a supernatural world and many things we don’t understand, but simply must walk in faith. Walking in faith is believing what God tells us in the Scriptures even when don’t understand and can’t figure it out. In the Bible, we learn that Jesus has authority over demons.

Jesus Encounters a Man Filled with Demons

Our text tells us that a person can be possessed by multiple demons. Mark 5:When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.” Then Jesus demanded, “What is your name? ”And he replied, “My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man.”[2] The demons had to come out and obey Jesus’ authority.

Warning! Occultic Dangers

Demons are just as real today as they were when Jesus’ ministry took place on earth. Demons are dangerous, destructive, and powerful. While it is important to recognize their evil activity and know they are real, we should avoid any curiosity about them or involvement with the occult. God speaks about this in Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Dabbling with the occult can open doors that give the demonic realm permission to attack you. These doors can also be closed if we repent of those sins to close those doors. If you have opened any doors into the occult such as Ouija boards, fortunetelling, etc. take time to repent of those sins and ask Jesus to forgive you.

Demons’ Destiny is Eternal Hell

During the ministry of Jesus, the demons acknowledged their eternal fate. They will face judgment and torment. We read in an account of this same story where the demonic speaks to Jesus.  Matthew 8:29 They began screaming at him, “Why are you interfering with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before God’s appointed time?” [3]

While demons face eternity in hell, those who place their faith in Jesus will have eternal life. Ref. John 3:16. Is demon possession real? To find out more, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-demons-tolerated-jesus-rejected


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

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The spiritual battle is real which may surprise some people. As I have grown in faith and personal experience, I can testify the battle is quite real and ongoing. What does the Lord teach us about this spiritual battle? Corinthians 4:4Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.[1]

As people on this earth, we are caught up in this cosmic battle that began when Adam and Eve fell into sin when they were tempted by satan. Satan can never defeat God but works to hurt God by hurting people. John 10:10The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My (Jesus) purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. [2]

A Man with an Evil Spirit Confronts Jesus

Jesus and the disciples sailed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee to minister to a Gentile. Mark 5:1So they arrived at the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain. Whenever he was put into chains and shackles—as he often was—he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones. [3]

Jesus Comes to Set People Free

The enemy knows that when Jesus sets foot in the region of the Gerasenes they are going to lose territory. Jesus comes to set people free, and He is going to free a man who is possessed by many demons. Therefore, He is opposed!

Paul describes this spiritual battle in Ephesians and how we can overcome the enemy with the Lord’s help. Ephesians 6:10.A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.[4] There is a spiritual war ongoing for the hearts of man. The forces of evil want to turn us away from God and separate us from Him. We overcome evil through faith in Jesus as our Savior and with His full armor of God. To hear how the spiritual battle is real, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-demons-tolerated-jesus-rejected


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

Storms of life refine us like sanding a rough surface smoothes it. Storms allow God to transform us into different types of people. When I was a teenager, our family doctor was a young man who struggled to empathize with his patients. Then he experienced a personal health crisis that almost took his life. After an extended hospital stay, he fully recovered but became a different type of medical doctor. He experienced first-hand what it was like to be cared for and seriously ill. Instead of being the doctor, he had been the patient. This improved his bedside manner considerably.

Storms can shatter life as we knew it. They reset our priorities. While the Lord does not cause storms, He uses them to change us as only He can. Isaiah 64:And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. [1]

The Disciples in the Storm

As the disciples began their journey that fateful evening, they did not know what was ahead. While strong storms were common on the Sea of Galilee, they usually came in the afternoon, not at night. This storm was unexpected, and so was the lesson Jesus would teach them that night.

These seasoned fishermen were so frightened in the storm that they woke Jesus up. Mark 4:38bTeacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” [2]

Jesus Taught the Disciples in the Storm

In one of the most severe storms of their lives, the disciples experienced the power of God as He calmed the wind and the waves. What has the Lord taught you through the storms of life? Storms have led me to a greater dependence on God in my own life. In addition, God has used them to get my attention when I did not want to listen. Also, I found them humbling, and they showed me I was not in control. As the disciples encountered an unexpected storm, they experienced all these things and more.

Sometimes peace in the storm is not when the waves stop but the peace the Lord gives us to endure the storm. Peace isn’t the absence of difficulty. It’s the presence of God. This, too, Paul found while in prison. Philippians 4:7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.[3]

God’s presence brings peace even when circumstances are storming around us. Isaiah 43:2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. [4]

To hear the storms of life refine us, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-jesus-calms-the-storm


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Tyndale House Publishers.

[3-4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (2016). Crossway Bibles.

How do I overcome fear? Many ask this question. We live in a time where there is much chaos in the world. The battle between good and evil seems to be right on the surface. The good news is as we seek the Lord, He will help us overcome our fears with His guidance, direction, and peace.

The Disciples were Fearful

We may think the disciples were fearless as they went about their ministry because they were with Jesus. But this is not true, and they needed to look to Jesus just like we do. Mark 4:38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” [1]

Admit Your Fears and Go to God in Prayer

When we are honest about a source of worry or fear, we can bring that concern to God. The Lord is always there to listen as we pour out our hearts to Him. Psalm 34:4I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. [2]

Jesus came to set the captives free, and He wants to set you free from fear. Paul continues to give us insight into how the power of prayer frees us from fear. Philippians 4:6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then, you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. [3]

Prayer involves speaking or journaling to God in an honest, heartfelt manner. Paul knew that the more time we spend with God, the bigger He becomes. And the bigger He becomes, the smaller our problems seem.

Give Thanks for Answered Prayers

In my life, I have found that it is impossible to feel truly thankful and dissatisfied at the same time. Something extraordinary occurs when we give thanks, especially when we may not feel grateful. Stress, worry, and anxiety rob us of joy as they focus our hearts and minds on what we are fearful of, wrong, or missing. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. [4]

How do I overcome fear? To find out, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-jesus-calms-the-storm


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation Tyndale House Publishers.

Trusting God when life is difficult is something we can’t do independently. Some people may have a close relationship with the Lord and cry out immediately with a trusting heart. On the other hand, that may not be true for others. When people hit bottom during difficult times, they finally turn to God.

A friend was a professional athlete until he got involved in drugs. One thing led to another as his life spiraled out of control. One day a drug deal went wrong, and he was left for dead in an abandoned building. During this struggle for life itself, he cried out to God. God heard his prayers and rescued him physically and spiritually.

When we respond to the work of the Holy Spirit and repent of our sins and turn toward God, something unique happens. God, in His mercy, lifts us out of the muck and the mire and places us on solid ground.

The Disciples Struggled with Trust

The opposite of faith or trust in God is fear. In our story, the disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee in the evening. Many of the disciples were fishermen, so they were familiar with sailing at night. That was the best time to fish. Suddenly a storm came up as they tried to make their way to the other side of the lake.

After a long day of teaching, Jesus had fallen asleep in the boat. Mark 4:38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” [1]

The storm was out of control, and the disciples’ fears were out of control, but Jesus was never out of control. The Lord has power over nature, and He listens to the appeals of those who love Him. Just as the Lord listened to the disciples, He also listens to your cries for help.

Sometimes We Struggle with Trust

Jesus called out the disciples for being afraid, which in the context means cowardly fear. While they should have responded with faith, they were afraid. Many times, we are like the disciples. We have God’s word and all that He has done, and yet there are times we struggle to trust Him.

The Lord knows our weakness in His mercy and continually shows His grace, compassion, and kindness as we struggle along our journey. How often has the Lord intervened in your life when you were afraid and needed His strength to move forward? Scripture gives insight into how God lifts us during our weakness. Isaiah 41:10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.[2]

To hear more about trusting God when life is difficult, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-jesus-calms-the-storm


[1-2] The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). Zondervan.

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