Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 5

“And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea” 
(Mark 5:1-13).

Today’s Morsel:  This story has always been one of my favorite stories in the Bible.  Jesus shows up and the devils panic.  They bowed down before Him; rendering Him homage.  This was an acknowledgment by them of Jesus' power, and of His control over them.  I believe one of the reasons there is so much hatred toward Christians is that because when they show up, the devils know that they must bow because they know that the Holy Ghost in the Christians gives control and power over every devil.  Scripture says, “And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”  Therefore, I conclude, that the best way to get the devil out of someone’s life is to get them baptized in water, in the name of Jesus, and teach them how to remain covered with His blood.

Sing: I am covered, covered, covered by His blood, walking by faith, living in love. I am covered, covered, covered, by His blood, Jesus has rescued me.

Thought For Today:  Baptism doth now save us (Simon Peter)

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