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Power Over Satan | Matthew 8.28-9.8 (Mville)

June 1, 2014 Speaker: Nate Greenland Series: Mission of the King | Matthew Part II

Topic: New Testament Passage: Matthew 8:28–9:8

 

Mission of the King Matthew 8.28-34 from Damascus Road Church on Vimeo.

 

INTRODUCTION

If you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn to our text today in Matt 8.28-

9.8. There are 28 chapters in the gospel of Mathew, we’re still working

our way through the first third of the book. Most recently, in chapters 5-

7, Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount, the Message of the King, in

which he painted a very vivid, counter-cultural, counter-flesh picture of the

kind of heart and character and life that marks the disciple and follower of

Christ. We’re to season like salt and shine like light in all of our life in order

to bring glory to our Creator and Redeemer, not seeking any of that glory for

ourselves.

Jesus ended that sermon at the end of chapter 7 and with that, our text

transitioned from the Message of the King to the Mission of the King. In

effect, Jesus is demonstrating and authenticating that he is in fact the long-
awaited Messiah-King and that the Kingdom of God has drawn near. He

doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the talk as well.

In the last few weeks we’ve seen that this King has power and authority

over disease, to the point that he can simply speak a word and a centurion’s

paralyzed servant, who is some distance away, is made whole again. We

also saw that he has authority over nature in the way he completely calmed

the life-threatening storm he and the disciples were in on the sea of Galilee.

Today we’re going to see that the King’s Kingdom and mission extend even

further such that he has authority and power over satan and sin. In view

this authority and great mercy, we’ll consider what bondages in our life

need to be cast off and where we need to rise and walk in the new life and

deep healing that Jesus provides.

WORD ABOUT SYNOPTIC DISCREPANCIES

DEMONIACS – Jesus has all power and authority over satan and demons

READ Matt 8:28-34

[28] And when he came to the other side, to the country of the

Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the

tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. [29] And behold, they

cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come

here to torment us before the time?” [30] Now a herd of many pigs

was feeding at some distance from them. [31] And the demons begged

him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.”

[32] And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the

pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the

sea and drowned in the waters. [33] The herdsmen fled, and going into

the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the

demon-possessed men. [34] And behold, all the city came out to meet

Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

**PRAY**

In our text today, Jesus makes the transition from exercising his power over

a violent storm to bring peace and calm to exercising that same power over

violent men to bring peace and calm not only to their own lives, but also to

the lives of the townspeople who’ve been greatly affected, even terrified

of these two demon possessed lunatics. We saw in verses 16-17 that Jesus

has spent a good deal of time healing people of their diseases and casting

out demons. No doubt this crowd that has surrounded him is very favorably

disposed toward him. He’s meeting very real, immediate needs of theirs

and with that, they must be a fairly friendly crowd.

Verse 18 says that, seeing this crowd that’d gathered, rather than bask in

their praise and admiration, he withdraws from the crowd and sets out for

a weekend get away that makes the Deadliest Catch and the Exorcist look

like children’s play. As King Jesus asserts his authority more and more,

there’s an increase in the challenges and resistance he faces. The challenges

steadily become more antagonistic and more personal.

To highlight this, Luke’s account of this event in 8:26-27, 29 says,

“and THEY sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite

Galilee. And when HE had come out onto land, He was met by a

certain man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who

had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a

house, but in the tombs…and he was [often] bound with chains and

shackles and kept under guard; and yet he would burst his fetters and

be driven by the demon into the desert.”

Matthew adds in verse 28 that they were so exceedingly violent and savage

that no one could pass by on the road”

These two are like Golum from Lord of the Rings on steroids. A great deal

of the demoniacs strength comes from the fact that they’re possessed

by multiple demons. Luke records in 8:30 that when Jesus asks the

demon what his name is, the demon replies, “Legion, for we are many.” A

Roman Legion, when it was at full strength, was composed of 6,000 men!

This doesn’t mean that there were 6,000 demons, but does let us know

numerous demons had possessed these men, as evidenced by the fact that

their departure caused 2,000 pigs to rush into the sea. So as Jesus begins

to flex his kingdom more, the prince of this world, satan, isn’t happy and

becomes more antagonistic.

EXAMPLE – Chicago – bottles being tossed

I think it’s worth pausing here for a moment to talk a bit about what demons

are and what they can and can’t do. It seems like there are 2 errors many

Christians make when it comes to awareness of satan and his demons. We

either bury our head in the sand and think of them as only existing in Jesus’

times, but now that we’ve gone through the enlightenment and have had

the benefits of modern science we know better. The other error on the

opposite end of the spectrum is that we see a demon around every corner

and behind every negative experience. If we’re wresting against pride or

lust or covetousness we see our experience as though we’re being attacked

by the spirit of pidefuness or the spirit of lust or the spirit of greed. There’s

a spirit of bad hair days and a spirit of failing hot water tanks and appliances.

The reality is that God exhorts us not to be unaware of the devils’ schemes

but at the same time the bulk of our focus and rejoicing is to be on our

adoption as sons and daughters through Christ. That said, let’s take a few

minutes to clarify what satan and his demons are and are not.

WHAT DEMONS ARE:

Theologian Wayne Grudem says, “Demons are evil angels who sinned

against God and who now continually work evil in the world.” Genesis

1 and 2 record our Creator God speaking the world and human kind into

existence and declaring at the end of His creating in 1:31, “it was very good.”

Somewhere between the end of Genesis 2 and the start of chapter 3, where

we see satan tempting Adam and Eve, one of God’s angels, satan, decided to

seek glory for himself and rebelled against his Creator, taking with him a 1/3

of the angels (Rev 12:4).

Now, 2 Cor 4:4 tells us that,

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the

unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the

glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

So the basic job description of demons is to oppose God and try, in futility,

to destroy works of God. More specifically we see in our text today 4 specific

ways they attempt to oppose Him and thwart the advancement of His

kingdom.

The first is an attempt to defame Jesus and rob him of his glory and of

people coming to Him for salvation. We see this in their request to be sent

into the pigs, which they then drive off the hill and into the sea and drowned

them. Demons aren’t dummies. They knew the townspeople would be

disgusted and distracted by the significant economic loss of 2,000 pigs

represent , not to mention the loss of all that tasty hickory smoked, thick

sliced, “yes, I’ll have 7 strips please” bacon. Who drove the pigs to their

death? The demons! Who gets the blame? Jesus!

The demons had a good guess that the towns people wouldn’t give a rip

about anything Jesus would have to say. If the saying is true that “what’s

good for the goose is good for the gander,” perhaps the demons hoped the

people would reason what’s good for the “pigs is good for the preacher”

and try and toss Jesus into the sea. That is, after all, what the people of

Nazareth attempted to do as recorded in Luke 4:29,

”And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to

the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could

throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went

away.”

The second is in how they work to destroy the pinnacle of God’s creation –

human beings. Mark 5:5 records this same account and provides us a little

more color commentary about the demoniacs saying, “Night and day among

the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting

himself with stones.” These men are not in good shape at all. They’re not

quite suicidal, but their lives are a living hell. They’re daily crying out in

torment, giving themselves self-inflicted wounds and living amongst dead

bodies. Whatever lies and empty promises the demons initially told these

men to gain a foothold in their lives, we see the end result nearly leads to

their own destruction.

The 3rd way they attempt to rob God of His glory and resist His purposes

is in destroying community. The presence of these 2 demoniacs terrorized

an entire region. Verse 28 of our text records that these men were so

fierce, so exceedingly violent that the road near where they lived was

no longer passable. What’s more, once Jesus finally casts Legion and his

fellow demons out and into the pigs, the Gadaranes could seem to give a

rip that these 2 men are healed and restored to their right mind. It’s been

said a picture is worth a 1000 words. It appears that to the Gadarenes, a

person isn’t worth a 1,000 pigs. They wrote these guys off long ago and are

chalking up the loss of their 2000 pigs as one more example of the ruin and

destruction caused by these two.

Finally, the 4th way is that they’re perfectly content to destroy God’s

creation – those 2000 pigs. Animals certainly don’t have the same

intrinsic value that humans do, but they’re nonetheless God’s creatures

and shouldn’t be destroyed simply for the sake of destruction or for evil

purposes. But the demons are more than happy to kill these pigs as a means

to the end of turning the townspeople against Jesus.

We don’t know for certain that this was their exact purpose, but it’s

reasonable to assume. Demons aren’t dummies. They’re knowledgeable

and can make inferences and observations. Whereas in v27, right after

Jesus calms the storm, the disciples ask the question, “What kind of man is

this that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”, there’s no mystery about

this for the demons. Jesus steps out of the boat and when the demons

meet him, Mark records them as addressing Him as “O Son of the Most High

God?”.

So they’re very clear on who exactly God is. Jesus half brother James

writes in 2:19, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons

believe—and shudder!” Along with that, in verse 29 we see that they have a

clear picture of how this age will end – with their destruction and torment at

the time appointed by God.

WHAT DEMONS AREN’T & CAN’T DO

So that’s a summary of what demons are and can do and I think it gives us

a little fuller fleshed, 3-dimensional picture of who they are rather than a

2-dimensional caricature. But let’s shift gears and provide some balance

by talking about what they aren’t or can’t do. The fact is that our culture,

especially our movies and other media, has had a huge impact in shaping

our conceptions of evil and demons. Horror movies with an explicitly

demonic theme seem to be as prolific and popular as ever, especially with

direct to consumer distribution channels like Netflix and other services. For

example, take a look at some of these movie covers – JK!

First off, satan and his demons are NOT omniscient like God is. They don’t

know everything there is to know. They don’t know with specificity what

the future holds. They don’t know what you’re thinking right now. When

Jesus pulls up in the boat, recognizing him as the Son of the Most High God,

the King who has come to establish His Kingdom and defeat satan, they have

a good sense that they’re in for a good butt whoopin’, but they don’t know

for certain. We read in verse 31 that they say, “IF you are going to cast us

out…”

Nor are they omnipresent, or able to be multiple places or even everywhere

at the same point in time as our God is. Again we see this in verse 31 where

they say, ““If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” In other

words, if you’re going to force us to leave HERE Jesus, send us over THERE.

They can only be in one place at a time. This is crucial to bear in mind

because I think our overactive imaginations primed by what we see and read

in the media, are susceptible to thinking that darkness and evil surround us

everywhere.

What’s more, satan and his demons, though obviously very powerful and

cunning, as evidenced by the demoniacs being able to break apart their iron

bonds, are not omnipotent. They don’t have supreme power. The devil’s

power indeed is great, but it’s also greatly limited and pales in comparison

to the complete omnipotence of God. Hence, the demon possessed man

falls and bows at Jesus’ feet and has to entreat or beg Jesus rather than

command him.

So what are some of the implications from this passage of what demons are

and are not, what they can and cannot do? I think the first is to realize that

we’re not locked in some sort of Star Wars-esque battle between good and

evil, between Jesus and satan, where the outcome is uncertain. 1 John 4:4

makes it very clear that He, Jesus, Who is in us is GREATER than he, satan,

who is in this world. We are more than conquerors through Christ who

loved us. When satan attacks, and it’s not a matter of if but when if you’re

actively pursuing Christ, James makes the battle plan very clear in 4:7,

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from

you.”

EXAMPLE - ETHAN

Now Church, note the order, which is hugely important. We’re to submit

ourselves to God, which very much includes repentance of any sin we’ve

committed or given in to. “The devil made me do it” doesn’t suffice as

an excuse or alibi. The overwhelming testimony of scripture is that we as

humans are moral agents and we bear the responsibility for our sin.

Demonic forces may have encouraged us in that sin, but we chose ourselves

to pursue sin rather than righteousness, so we as individuals need to confess

whatever that sin is, repent and receive his forgiveness. If we don’t, that

unconfessed sin gives satan a perfect foothold, because remember, satan

loves to usurp God’s power and to try and rob Him of the glory that a

restored relationship brings him. Our refusal to submit to Christ’s lordship is

the perfect vehicle for his wicked motives.

But if we DO submit to God and seek his forgiveness and help and power,

we have the amazing promise that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us!

The weapons of our warfare have divine power to destroy strongholds.

EXAMPLE: WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE IN REAL LIFE? – Example – praying

over boys rooms

So that’s a little bit about what demons are and what they can and can’t do.

I’d hazard a guess that many of you are sitting there thinking, “ok, that was

interesting, but how does that apply to me? I’ve never had experience with

any demonic activity or any naked, crazed men”

FUNNY STORY – CARLY, TARA & KARI LEAVING CHURCH –

PLUG FOR SECURITY VOLUNTEERS

So really, why don’t we seem to see much demonic activity in our

life experience. Honestly, I think if you go to less naturalistic and less

consumeristic culture, where people tend to believe in the existence of a

spirit world and are animistic – believing spirits animate and possess many

of the objects around them, I think you do literally see and experience more

of that. C. S. Lewis, captured this with complete genius in the Screwtape

letters. The whole book is a series of letters from a senior commander

demon to a subordinate demon who is learning the ropes of how a demon

should go about keeping

I [am glad] that you asked me whether it is essential to keep the patient

in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the

present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High

Command. Our policy, for the moment, is to conceal ourselves. Of

course this has not always been so. We are really faced with a cruel

dilemma. When the humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all he

pleasing results of direct terrorism and we make no magicians. On the

other hand, when they believe in us, we cannot make them materialists

and sceptics. At least, not yet … I do not think you will have much

difficulty in keeping the patient in the dark. The fact that "devils" are

predominantly comic figures in the modern imagination will help you.

If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind,

suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him

that since he cannot believe in that … he therefore cannot believe in

you.

So maybe we don’t seem to see much in the way of demons because our

demonic possession comes from our obsession with our possessions—With

what we can have and who we can have--with materialism and sexuality

and media consumption and money and stuff. Our god is our belly and our

various appetites. If CS Lewis were writing the Screwtape letters today, it’d

go something like, ‘My dear Junior demon. I’m delighted to hear that you’re

trying to keep your patient from worshipping the living God, our enemy.

Take heart - There’s an app for that.”

We see this obsession with possession in the Gadarene people themselves.

When Jesus takes these 2 Gadarene men from death to life, from bondage

to freedom, their fellow Gadarenes are more concerned with their economic

loss than with the fact that the Son of the Most High God is standing in their

midst with the power to save. You can guarantee that had the towns people

been present, they would have tried to save these unclean, now demon-
possessed animals that Jesus, essentially had sent away.

I have to wonder where we’ve attempted to save the swine in our own lives

rather than receive Christ’s deliverance and walk in newness of life? Where

has Jesus said, “Begone” and you’ve replied, “Be reasonable”. It’s only

Netflix. Yeah it’s a fancy vehicle but I gotta get from point A to point B. Hey,

I just look-I don’t touch. I have to work 50 hours to support my family. I’m

only on Facebook 90 minutes a day-I have to stay in community!

Let’s renounce the bondage and satan’s seduction to treasure things more

highly than Christ. Let the pigs perish! There’s no middle kingdom here.

It’s either darkness or light. Either we recognize the bondage we’ve been

delivered from and want to hop in the boat to be with Jesus OR we hate

how Jesus cramps our style and the apparent loss and destruction he causes

and we tell Him to BEGONE! As the psalmist has said, today if you hear His

voice, don’t harden your heart.

PARALYTIC – Jesus has all power and authority over sin (and sickness)

READ Matt 9:1-8 (Luke 5:17ff; Mark 2:1ff)

[1] And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.

[2] And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed.

And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart,

my son; your sins are forgiven.” [3] And behold, some of the scribes

said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” [4] But Jesus, knowing

their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? [5] For

which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and

walk’? [6] But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on

earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up

your bed and go home.” [7] And he rose and went home. [8] When the

crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given

such authority to men.

Let’s set the stage for this account. Jesus gave the Gadarenes what they

wanted and departed from them, hopped in the boat and has crossed back

over to Capernaum. Mark and Luke provide a little more color commentary

on this passage and tell us that Jesus was actually preaching in a home. A

huge crowd, including religious scribes, had gathered to hear him so that it

was impossible to even get in the door, let alone anywhere near Jesus. 4

friends who obviously care a great deal about their friend to the extent that

they’re willing to cause a little property damage, remove part of the flat roof

in order to lower their paralyzed friend down for a little crowd surfing right

in front of Jesus.

Now I’m guessing the subheading in your Bible for this passage of Scripture

says something to the effect of “Jesus heals a paralytic”. I submit to you

that this section has been mistitled. Jesus’ authority and power to heal

has already been amply displayed in prior chapters of Matthew, including

chapter 8 with the leper and the centurion’s servant. No, something more

profound going on here

A better sub heading might be “Jesus forgives a sinner”. The existing

heading is understandable. If you heard a chainsaw fire up right now and all

of a sudden saw dust and ceiling tiles start falling from the ceiling, followed

by a man lying on a board who’s clearly crippled. And Jesus shows up,

forgives the man’s sins while also restoring complete health to his body and

the man walks out the door to hop in his friends’ car and head back home.

And a friend or family member asks you later that day how church was that

morning, I’m guessing the first thing out of your mouth isn’t that a man

received forgiveness for his sins, put his trust in Jesus and was born again.

No. You’re telling them all about the healing.

But that’s not the focus of this passage. Jesus isn’t merely a healer and an

exorcist. The focus here is on Jesus’ right and authority and power, as God

himself, to forgive the sin of men and women and reconcile them back to

Himself. V6 makes this explicitly clear – “[I’m healing this man so] that you

may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”

No one was expecting this from Jesus. It’s safe to assume his friends

weren’t just trying to get him to the local priest for confession. For them

to go to the extent of tearing the roof off of a home, clearly their primary

objective was physical healing. So when Jesus’ first words to this man are

“your sins are forgiven”, our attention should be arrested. This is Matthew’s

first and only mention of Jesus directly and personally forgiving someone’s

sins. It’s the fulfilment of the Matt 1:21 promise surrounding the birth of

Jesus that He, the Messiah, would forgive his people of their sins

Honestly, I don’t know about you, but when I get to this part of the text

it’s a bit of a let down. It’s kind of a bummer. I feel bad for the guy. It’d

be like tuning into the last 5 minutes of ABC’s discontinued show Extreme

Home Makeover and Ty and the crowd yell “bus driver, m o v e t h a t b u

s ! !” and the bus pulls away the junky, dilapidated house is still sitting there.

The yard has been mowed and there’s a new little garden in the front, but

that’s it. Letdown! You can hear the homeowner yell, “Bring the bus back!

Let’s try this again, I think you forgot something! You guys are the extreme

makeover people. Jesus you’re the miraculous healer. It’s what you do!

Where’s my makeover? Where’s my new body!”

But Jesus hasn’t come just to give us “our best life now”, not atleast in the

way we expect it and think it should be. Our greatest enemy, a far greater

enemy than satan and his demons, and our greatest sickness and disease,

far greater than paralysis or leprosy or cancer, is the God-belittling self-
exalting sin that saturates our whole heart and being. Apart from Christ, we

are the walking dead and the wrath of God is fixed upon us.

So Jesus pronounces forgiveness. The scribes hearts and minds scream out

in protest. Who does this Galilean itinerant peasant-preacher think he is to

claim a right and privilege and a prerogative that belongs to God and God

alone.

Jesus, unlike satan and his demons in the previous passage, IS omniscient

and he calls them out on the wickedness of their wicked thoughts. “If I’m

a blasphemer and a fraud, what’s easier for me to say and not be able to

be proved to be a liar? God forgives you or rise and walk?” The answer

is obvious. It’s impossible to tell by just looking at someone whether or

not God has forgiven them. On the flipside, it’s easy to see whether or not

someone has been made physically whole. So Jesus performs a miracle of

healing for this man to demonstrate for the people that as King of Kings he

has the authority to forgive sins.

There are 2 major things that I think are going on here with this man

who came to Jesus paralyzed. At the existential, big picture level, as a

human being with a sin nature before a holy God, he needed and received

forgiveness. But I believe something incredibly personal is going on here as

well. Jesus is God and as our Creator He knows us and our hopes and fears

better than we even know them ourselves. He meets us right where we’re

at in our misery—giving us what we need most deeply. What do I mean by

that?

Turn with me to John 9:1-3

[1] As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. [2] And his

disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that

he was born blind?” [3] Jesus answered, “It was not that this man

sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in

him. (John 9:1-3 ESV)

Look at the last 3 healings we’ve seen in Matt 8 & 9 – A leper, a faith-filled

centurion’s servant and this paralyzed man. How did Jesus choose to heal

the leper – a man who’d been completely abandoned by society and cast

out of community. A man who daily saw the fear on people’s faces as they

backed away from him as he’d walk by them calling out “unclean, unclean”.

How does he heal him? He touches Him. Human touch – something he’d

craved so deeply for and had been robbed of for so long.

And how does he heal the centurion’s servant. Here he comes across this

gentile who’s trust not only puts all Israel to shame but also causes the jaw

of the omniscient God of the universe to hit the floor as he marvels. How

does he heal in this scenario? He essentially cements and celebrates the

centurion’s faith by simply healing with a word at a great distance.

Now we come to the paralytic and we look at him through the lens of John

9 and the way the Jewish culture at that time often viewed the cause of

sickness and disease—personal sin. I have to believe that this man has

internalized this simplistic worldview and beat himself up mightily for his

infirmity. “If only I’d been a more faithful jew. If only I hadn’t sinned so

grievously and put myself beyond the reach of God’s grace. I deserve this

punishment for my sin.”

The psalmist says in Psalm 34, “the Lord is near to the broken hearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. It’s to this man that Jesus not

only says, “your sins are forgiven”, but he prefaces that with the incredibly

tender and fatherly phrase “take heart my son.” Take heart – why –

because I see what weighs so heavy on your heart. You think your condition

is proof that you’re too far from the grace of God. Take heart – your sins are

forgiven. God is not against you. I’m going to glorify myself through you.”

CLOSING

Bringing it full circle In closing, to really lift high and celebrate the grace of

God in the gospel, turn back with me to Matt 8:29. We read:

“And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of

God? Have you come here to torment us before the time? (Matt 8:29)

What have you to do with us demons, O Son of God? In a word – NOTHING.

God created all the angels, and God created every human being. One

third of the angels committed treason and decided to seek their own glory

and rebel against God. ALL we humans, like sheep, have gone astray and

sought our own glory in rebellion against our Creator. There is not one of us

righteous, no not one.

And here’s where I want you to stand amazed. All too often we question

the mercy and judgment of God. From our warped human perspective,

we think it’s unfair that God sends people to hell. We think we’re basically

decent people with a just few flaws. Newsflash. Apart from Christ, we are

dead, traitorous rebels who’ve condemned ourselves to eternal destruction.

He is just in His judgement. How many of the fallen angels, now demons

did He choose to save from their rebellion. ZERO. And so they rightly say,

“what have you to do with us.”

But that same God who chose not to save a single fallen angel, in who’s

judgment we justly stand, says to us, “Take heart, my son and my daughter,

your sins are forgiven. I paid the price myself.

In response to His great mercy, where do you need to rise in obedience and

take up your mat and walk and stop living like you’re still paralyzed by your

sin or failures? Or where has he sought to deliver you from some sort of

darkness but you won’t let the swine jump to their death because the cost

to you seems too great. Let them go! Shove them off the cliff! What does it

profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?

As we sing these next few songs, take some time to grow still and reflect and

ask God to search your heart. Respond to whatever he shows you. Don’t

just sit on it. During the next 2 songs – worship through song, offerings,

communion.

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