Bible In One Year-Day 73 (Friday, March 14, 2014)
Commentary: Mark4-6. Jesus took time to expound the purpose of His coming by using different parables. The uses of these parables made His teachings leave positive impressions in the heart of the hearers, whether they agree with Him or not.
Mark 4:33-34 “And with many such parables spoke He the word to them, as they were able to hear it. But without a parable spoke He not to them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.”
In yesterday’s commentary, we concluded that JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD, can change your story to the glory of God. This was demonstrated in Mk5. This man living among the tombs was under a government hidden from the understanding of the inhabitants of Gadarenes. Because they never knew what was going on with the man, their supposed solution multiplied the problems of the man;
Mark 5:4 “Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, …”
This is the experience of a lot Christians today. When there is no insight to problems, people add to it, which eventually leads into deeper bondages, pains and frustrations. Such “chains and fetters” could come in the form of fake prophecies, spiritual sacrifices which are not scriptural, unrealistic visions, deceit, lies and woes, bad counsels and evil suggestions; purposely to remove their victims from the land of solution or promise;
Jeremiah 27:10 “For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.”
Jeremiah 14:14 “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”
Many, through such prophets, have been deceived out of blessings and purpose in life and the life they live now is no different from one living among the tombs, crying on daily basis and thinking of suicide (personal destruction). Marriages have been broken by such prophecies; frustrations have become the necklace of such victims. There is a government in place that is not of God and the only way out is for Master Jesus to come into such situation and overthrow such government. Jesus, the great Deliverer, was able to identify the problem of the man. Before then inhabitants thought the man was the problem. The scenario revealed Jesus talked with the head of the evil government in the man’s life. The enemy hates being exposed, but Jesus takes no nonsense from the enemy either. Wherever the enemy wants to go does not matter to Jesus, all He wanted was for the story of the man to change. The first thing that happened to the man was that his mind, i.e. his soul which was stolen by the enemy was restored;
Mark 5:15 “And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the demon, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.”
I pray that your testimony will shake the doubts of a lot who knew you before you met Jesus. They may be going about with a bad report of you, it doesn’t matter, what matters is for Jesus to walk into your life and situation and be glorified. People who carry bad report after your restoration are actually those not in their right mind and so, I don’t see the reason why you should be bordered. Jesus’ testimony in your life is far more important. The woman with the issue of blood had her testimony. One funny thing about Jairus was that while he was still talking to Jesus about his plight, they came to tell him his daughter was dead, Mk5:35; what do you think? For the devil to be speaking to you while praying “do you think this can be done, better forget about it, it’s all over, give up etc”. Jairus left his problem for the presence of God, and his only concern was what God has to say in his situation and not what people say. Do you know that people gathered to help Jairus to cry, but never prayed with him? They discouraged him from continuing his prayer to Jesus. Even when Jesus spoke they still made mockery of Jesus. This is why we need to abstain from sharing with friends having discouraging spirit. God does not like them at all (he dealt with such people who discouraged the Israelites after spying the Promised Land in the book of Numbers). Jesus said those discouragers should be locked out while He went in to raise the killed joy of Jairus. You don’t make mockery of whoever is still on the knees praying, because at the rising up, it is with the wings of testimonies. Your testimony will not miss your address in the name of Jesus. The only thing Jesus went to do in the land of Gadarenes was to go and change the story of the man living among the tombs; that man became an Evangelist instantly (though was bound but set free by Jesus to set others free). And when that story changed, people had to listen to him because he was a living testimony to what he was saying.
Mark 5:19-20 “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith to him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to PUBLISH in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”
DO you think your case cannot become a testimony to the amazement of people? I want to assure that no matter how horrible it is, JESUS CHRIST never changes, Heb13:8, but He changes stories. Trust Him for the restoration of the stolen destiny of your child, spouse or loved ones. Once you tender your case with Him, you are no longer by yourself. He walked Peter back into the threatened boat, Matt14:28-32. He walked Jarius back into the testimony of his request while Jarius kept his peace despite the tongues of detractors. He will walk you into the center of your destiny and the fullness of your testimony. However, you need to war against these enemies that resists divine change; DOUBT, DISCOURAGEMENT, DISTRACTION and DETRACTION. When your story changes, you become a testimony personified. You become relevant and a figure to identify with. You become a pointer and a signboard of encouragement. You become admirable and accepted. And above all, God is glorified. Our reading for today is Mk7-9. Keep the fire burning and alive. JESUS NEVER FAILS!!!