Daniel Fast 2023

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Luke 8:26-39

They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When 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. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had commanded the impure 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. Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. When 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. When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Message Notes

1. The miraculous is just that miraculous.

What happened when Jesus gets off the boat was not normal. No one had ever seen anything like it. This man was known to the community as someone out of control and Jesus in an instant returns him to normal. This was not a common occurrence.

This was a supernatural event that was not commonplace.

2. It’s dangerous to set up the miraculous as normal.

If we only see God in the mind-blowing supernatural things we will miss most of what God does every day.

If miracles are the only thing you consider as a “Move of God” then you will miss most of the moves of God.

We oftentimes create our own crisis by only looking for God in the miracles and acting like He is not there is there are no miracles.

3. What if you’re asked to stay?

The delivered man begged to go with Jesus but Jesus instructs him to stay in his town and tell people what had happened.

The one who was doing the miracles was leaving. This man would likely return to normal life and have to be faithful in the everyday things.

If we only look for the miraculous we will have trouble being faithful serving in the mundane times of life.

The rest of his life might have included absolutely nothing spectacular.

4. Faithfulness looks like a routine every time.

Miracles do not produce faithfulness, faithfulness produces miracles.

When you serve, just keep serving even if it looks like a routine.

Matthew 6:1-4 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.