Great things He has done
“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39
God has done great things for me in my lifetime. He has rescued me from many pits and plans of the enemy. Some personal, some financial and some physical. I have written about many of these in past Daily Doses. I am so thankful that He has rescued me, and He continues to still today. Even though He turned my life around years ago, I still depend on His deliverance each day from the traps that would be set for me. Of course, I fall into less of them today, but I still sometime do fall. The difference is that now I run back to Him immediately instead of holding on to pride by trying to get myself out.
In today’s reading, Jesus and His disciples are approached by a man full of demons. He was not only oppressed, but this man was also possessed by many demonic spirits. The spirits inside him begged Jesus not to torment them so He commanded them to get out of that man and sent them into a herd of pigs. When the people who lived in that region came out to see what was going on, they found the man sitting at the feet of Jesus and in his right mind. He was delivered! The man wanted to leave that place with Jesus and join his ministry, but Jesus told Him to go back to his home and talk about the great thing that God had done for him.
This is a word for us today. We should live life at the feet of Jesus and telling what great things God has done for us. Wherever you have left “home” or the places God has led you to, return to that place and proclaim the great things He has done for you. Wherever you have fallen away from His great love and peace, return and tell others what great things He has done for you. It doesn’t have to be a hard thing, simply turn in His direction and ask for His help and salvation. He will save you from what ever you have gotten into and He will help and empower you not to fall into these traps again. The secret is to humble yourself and go to Him. Admit that you messed up, forget and let go of the things that are leading you away from Him and quit those activities that cause you to live your life outside of His kingdom plan.
Today I want to encourage you to return to the Lord and talk about the great things He has done to rescue you. Make a list of these things and begin to rehearse them day after day. Thank Him for always being there and answering you when you call out to Him and let others know He wants to help them too. Turn away from the evil that is luring you into the pits of poverty and despair and call out to your Savior today for help. Even if He has already rescued you many times before, don’t let that stop you from letting Him do it again. Then thank Him and tell the world around you what great things He has done.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 8:26-39
26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.
27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!”
29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.
31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.
32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them.
33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.
34 When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country.
35 Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.
36 They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed.
37 Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned.
38 Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.