And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psalm 50:15
READ: Luke 8:26-39
1 And they arrived at the country of the Gangrenes, which is over against Galilee.
2 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
3 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
4 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
5 Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
6 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
7 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.
8 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
9 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
10 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
11 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.
12 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gangrenes round about besought him to depart
from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
13 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,
14 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
In our Bible text, we read about the great deliverance the Lord Jesus Christ wrought in the life of the madman of Gadara. For this, mad man, although that day started like any other day of his affliction, his story changed before he went to bed that night. He went to bed in house and not in the tombs where he used to be. I prophesy to a user of this devotional: your story will change for the better before you go to bed tonight in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ. What is that challenge confronting you or even driving you crazy? I have good news for you today: the Great Deliverer, Jesus Christ, will deliver you today.
If you ask me what makes me so sure he will do it, I will tell you what he said in his word, which I know is forever settled in heaven. In Jeremiah 32:27 He said, “ Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” Since He did it for the madman of Gadara, and your own case is not as serious as his, be of good cheer because today you shall see the glory of the Lord. However, you need to give your life to Christ, and if you have done so, only believe His word.
Also in John 9:1, the Bible talks about a man who was born blind. Even though this man had been blind for more than 40years, when his day of great deliverance came, Jesus saw him.
This was not just an ordinary glance from some nobody; it was God directing his attention to the Maker of the whole universe to him. Jesus thereafter created two brand new eyeballs in his empty eye sockets. Have you been groping in the dark for a long time, and it seems you have no sense of direction? Are you being led by people to wherever they want you to go, regardless of your own will? Today is your day of great deliverance.
The Lord will touch you before you finish reading this devotional. Peter, who witnessed the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, testified to his great power of
deliverance. Here is his testimony in Acts 10:38: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” I can also testify to his great power of deliverance. There was a man who I think had two PhDs and for one more than 6 years could not get a job.
When he was brought to the church for prayers, he looked like a madman, and you could not even
believe he ever went to school. He had suffered a lot! We introduced him to Jesus and he gave his life to Christ. Before he got hoe, people were looking for him to offer him a job. This is the power of our Great Deliverer. Praise the Lord
Father, deliver me today from every affliction of the devil in
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 28; Romans 9:19-10:4
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. SAMUEL
HYMN 10: MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE.
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll;
Blessed Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Oh, bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!