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Testimony of a man who was demon-possessed 

Mark 5:1-20

A Demon-possessed Gerasene Healed
5 And they came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 And as* he was getting out of the boat, immediately from the tombs a man with an unclean spirit went to meet him, 3 who ⌊lived⌋ among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him any longer, not even with a chain, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him, and the shackles had been shattered. And no one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 And during every night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he* saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and knelt down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice he said, “⌊What have I to do with you⌋, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore you by God, do not torment me!” 8 (For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”) 9 And he was asking him “⌊What is your name⌋?” And he said to him, “My name is Legion, because we are many.” 10 And he was imploring him many times that he would not send them out of the region. 11 Now a large herd of pigs was there at the hill feeding, 12 and they implored him, saying, “Send us to the pigs so that we may enter into them.” 13 And he permitted them. And the unclean spirits came out and* entered into the pigs, and the herd—about two thousand—rushed headlong down the steep slope into the sea and were drowned in the sea. 14 And their herdsmen fled and reported it* in the town and in the countryside, and they came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there clothed and in his right mind—the one who had had the legion—and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it* described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man, and about the pigs. 17 And they began to urge him to depart from their region. 18 And as* he was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed began to implore him that he could go with him. 19 And he did not permit him, but said to him, “Go to your home to your people and tell them all that the Lord has done for you, and that he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him, and they were all astonished. 

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Value material things over spiritual things. People in that town asked Jesus to leave their place perhaps because of what happened to the herds of 2000 pigs but failed to appreciate the miracle of healing to a demon-possessed man. 
  2. Value material things over a life of a person.
  3. Fear of the unknown. They don’t know Jesus and they were afraid of Him so the people asked Jesus to leave their place. They don’t have to courage to find out the truth. 

PROMISES TO CLAIM :

  1. God has mercy on us! If everybody gave up on us, God will not. 
  2. Only God can truly release us from any bondage of sin. We can’t suppress our addictions apart from God. To be truly free, we need to submit our lives to Jesus Christ. 

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Be obedient to God – the man who was possessed obeyed Jesus to stay in his place and proclaimed what Jesus did to him. As a result, people were astonished of God and became interested to know Jesus.
  2. Sharing how the Lord changed your life is a good way to evangelize. In this way,  people may come to know the Lord. Every believers should give their testimonies to others as a way of sharing the gospel.

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY :

  1. Share the gospel where you are. Start in your own home. 
  2. Share your testimony.  Share what the Lord did to your life. 

SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:

  1. Jesus has authority in all things, even to demons.
  2. Life is more important than any other material things.
  3. Even the demons tremble at the name of Jesus Christ, but some people do not respect and even ridicule the Lord Jesus Christ like the chief priest and those who crucified the Lord. Even in the current times, many people made fun of the Lord. Why? Because they don’t know the truth. 

My Reflection:

I will be ready to give my Jesus story – why & how did I believe in the Lord. Also, I will take note of the things that I am grateful about and will be willing to provide my testimony about it to inspire others to trust in Jesus Christ as well. Without the Lord, I am nothing and will have nothing. I give praise to God for His goodness!

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The Inner Voice

The Four Voices by Bro Joseph
SERMON NOTES:

1st voice – the voice from heaven
from Jesus — go and make disciples
voice – teaching them to obey

Matthew 3:1. And a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased

“Jesus must increase , I my decrease.”
Where are the lost in Guangzhou?

2nd Voice within you. Luke 15:17-20 – “… and he arose, and came to his father.”

3rd  Voice – voice from out there

Acts 16:9
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man of Macedonia, and begged him, saying, come over into Macedonia, and help us.

4th Voice – The voice from below

Luke 14:24-28 – the rich man begged Abraham for Lazarus to dip his finger on water and let it drop to cool his tongue.

Psalms 126:5-6
5 Those who sow with tears
shall reap with rejoicing.
6 He who diligently goes out with weeping,
carrying the seed bag,
shall certainly come in with rejoicing,
carrying his sheaves.

 

This DUA bible study guide focused on the inner voice (the 2nd voice).

 

Passage: Luke 15:17-20

Luke 15:17-20English Standard Version (ESV)
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

 

DISCOVERY:

  1. What is the man’s situation in verse 17? Why did he thought about his father’s hired servants?
  2. How did the man showed his humility in verse 18 & 19?
  3. How did the father treated his son in verse 20?

 

UNDERSTANDING:

  1. How did the man realize to go back to his home in the midst of poverty? Did anyone tell him?
  2. How does the man’s humility helped him? The father ran to his son even before the son can speak (verse 20) – so do you think the father’s reaction would change if the man is not humble? Why or why not?
  3. Who do you think owns this inner voice that the man heard?

 

APPLICATION:

  1. If we are confused or hopeless, how can we listen to the inner voice? How can we hear it?
  2. What hinders you from doing what the inner voice tells you? How can you overcome this?
  3. How can we stay humble if we are really good about one thing or how can we show our humility if we won in a contest?