Word 4U Today

WHEN WE HURT OURSELVES

WHEN WE HURT OURSELVES

 

‘…Clothed and in his right mind’ Mark 5:15 NKJ

 

You might have read about one of Jesus’ craziest miracles – healing a man controlled by evil spirits. ‘This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.  Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.’ (Mark 5:3-5 NIV).

Scary stuff. As creepy as some of that sounds, there’s plenty of stuff we can relate to there.

Really? Yep – four major things:

1) He kept hurting himself. He used stones to do it, but some of us use drugs, porn/sex, alcohol, overwork, and negativity. What do you keep at that hurts you? Don’t be complacent with what’s destroying you.

2) He was preoccupied with death. The guy lived in a graveyard. OK, that might be something you’d never do, but mentally, where are you? Living without purpose needs to be addressed – a troubled mind can bring you to the place where you lose even your desire to live.

3) He had no peace, day or night. The downside of Godless living is restlessness, irritability and discontent. Nothing satisfies or is ever enough.

4) He lived in isolation. Satan’s job is made easier when you don’t have a spiritual support system. Getting linked with other believers (Church!) wrecks his plans.

Right, then what? Well, Jesus showed up. When Jesus shows up, things change, things we thought way beyond our ability to change. He healed him back to his ‘right mind’. This guy went from one end of the scale to another, just from an encounter with Jesus.  Don’t put off your appointment with Him.

What now?

Be totally honest about how you hurt yourself. Ask Jesus for release. It may be necessary for you to find professional care from people trained to help. (You can find help or get connected at http://positivelypinoy.com/chat/ if some of the topics raised today hit very close to home.)

 

Joy Ferdiz

September 26th, 2013

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