Talk it Over | Jesus comes to us in our struggle
Mark 5:1-8 They came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 As soon as he got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met him. 3 He lived in the tombs, and no one was able to restrain him anymore — not even with a chain — 4 because he often had been bound with shackles and chains, but had torn the chains apart and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains, he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and knelt down before him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice, “What do you have to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you before God, don’t torment me!” 8 For he had told him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”
● Your struggle doesn’t keep Jesus from you. It’s part of what beckons His heart to come to you. How have you seen Jesus meet you in your struggles in the past?
● What struggles are you going through now that you need Jesus to meet you in?
● How are you seeing Jesus meet you in your struggles right now?
C.S. Lewis “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”- The Screwtape Letters
● What are the ways we often under/overestimate the role and power of demons and the demonic?
●How can we keep from over/underemphasizing the demonic?
●Why is it important for us to know that spiritual warfare is real? How can that inform our walk with God?
Talk it Over | Jesus confronts and conquers strongholds
Mark 5:9-17 “What is your name?” he asked him. “My name is Legion,” he answered him, “because we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the region. 11 A large herd of pigs was there, feeding on the hillside. 12 The demons begged him, “Send us to the pigs, so that we may enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs. The herd of about two thousand rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned there. 14 The men who tended them ran off and reported it in the town and the countryside, and people went to see what had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and told about the pigs. 17 Then they began to beg him to leave their region.
1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 9 Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.”
James 4:7 Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
● What strongholds have you had in the past? What strongholds do you currently have?
●How have you seen Jesus confront your strongholds in the past? How might he be confronting them now?
●It is only with the help of Jesus that we can fully and finally conquer strongholds. How can you more fully rely on Jesus in the strongholds in your life?
Talk it Over | Jesus commissions us to tell others how he set us free
Mark 5:18-20 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged him earnestly that he might remain with him. 19 Jesus did not let him but told him, “Go home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So he went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed.
● When was the last time you told someone of Jesus’s work in your life?
●Why is there power in public proclamation?
●Think of at least one person in your life that you can proclaim the conquering power of Jesus and the Gospel to. Take a moment and pray that the Lord would give you the boldness to do so. Share that name with your group or trusted friends so that they can join you in prayer and check in on how your conversations with that individual are going in the coming weeks.
Don’t shrink back from telling others of your comeback