Happy Monday, Tigers!! I hope your week is off to a great start! I know that any time we have a day off at the beginning of the week, it helps me to feel so refreshed. I hope you feel a sense of peace in your classes in the following days and can feel the Lord’s presence as you continue this semester.
Last Thursday at FCA, we heard from Dylan Standridge. His message centered around Luke 8:26 - 39 which is the story of Jesus’ healing of a demon-possessed man:
26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,[a] which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
Dylan used this story to discuss the idea that sometimes when Jesus shows up during an uncomfortable situation in our life, we are afraid. A healthy fear of the Lord, however, should be a daily thing that is centered around how awesome our God is. We should fear Him because of our love for who He is and what He does for us.
The Lord does not call us to live comfortable lives as Christians. Dylan said it best when he stated that “If we are comfortable, we will not move, and the Lord wants us to move mountains for His glory.” We need to use those uncomfortable situations to glorify what God has done for us and share the good news of Jesus’ love with others.
Dylan finished his message by discussing how the Lord looks high and low for people and expects us to seek Him no matter the time or the situation. So, what is your excuse? Will you seek the Lord in everything, even the uncomfortable situations?
I hope that you have a week full of blessings. Know that you are loved and that we are constantly in prayer for you.