When Jesus freed this man of thousands of demons, he told him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you.” The Lord calls us to minister to those in our existing network of connections and relationships. God has called and gifted every disciple of Christ to use their time, treasure, and talent to share the Good News with those within their life circles, their unique family, friends, and associates. If every believer were to pray, communicate, and share the Good News with those in their own circle, we could touch millions more people with the Gospel.
The unnamed man in this story is not in good shape. His mind, his body, his life, his community, all gone. The demons that possess him have devastated everything. This is a dramatic example, but demonic influence always devastates. The evil one and his servants cannot build anything, they can only destroy.
Christ our victor, destroyer of the devil and his demons, we pray you protect your people from the devastation this man experienced.
There was no coaxing on the Day of Pentecost. Instead, those with whom the Spirit was at work came to Peter and to the rest and cried, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). The use of tricks and traps indicates that a man is substituting his methods for the divine program.
~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1976. p. 66.
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