I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
Scripture Reflections Luke 8
26They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.
Lord Jesus you went from the storm on the lake to the storm that raged in tthis man's heart and life. Your life was sometime a series of crisis one right after another. Sometimes it feels like I am a fireman...going from one fire to the next, from this part of Luke, it looks like that was what your life was like too.
It is very interesting that this man lived in the tombs. The end result that listening to the darkness and evil one is death, and this poor soul had forgotten that he did not yet belong living with the dead even though in a sense death was already inside him.
Evil spirits know you Lord. They can see You coming from a distance. They can not endure the light. They do not question that You existence...they can not miss the light that You bring along with You where ever You come. I wonder if this Legion of evil spirit sensed Your presence even while You were in the middle of the storm?
29For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
Lord Jesus there is darkness that is just a step or two behind me...at my elbow at times...this man listened to the darkness and it lead him to lonely solitary places of imprisonment.
32A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. 33When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
Thank you for the ways in which your grace has transformed me. Show Your power in the life of Living Springs...your power can quiet a storm of the sea, and a storm in the heart...transform by your grace the storms that rage around us into places where we can point to the display of your power... thank you for what you for what you have done already and for the coming acts of grace that are just around the next turn in the road.
Holy Spirit work in this day in my life and in the life of the church in power and grace. May we see captives set free and people restored to places of sanity and service by the same power that raised Jesus from the grave.