No one is beyond salvation through Jesus Christ. “The one who comes from above is above all” (John 3:31).
Mark 5:1-20 ~ a Bible Study lesson on escaping demonic strongholds to find freedom in Christ.
Demonic voices will accentuate our failures, telling us we are hopelessly lost. But, while their accusations seem damning and demonic strongholds seem unconquerable, not even a legion of demons can stand before Jesus Christ.
Don’t resist coming to Jesus because of fear of having your past exposed, or your being openly shamed. As He did with the sinful woman in Luke 7, Jesus is a merciful Savior who longs to forgive and restore those who come to Him in repentance. In Christ’s grace, you can know that your sins are forgiven.
Believers are sent into the world to testify of what Christ has done for us, how He proved himself to us, why and when we came to believe in Him, and who He is to us now. The world needs our testimony. For, people are hurting and need to hear about our merciful, loving, compassionate Savoir who is ready to forgive and accept them to himself.
There are so many religions with different doctrines about how a person can become right with God. Which is right? Can we be sure that any of them are right? Jesus emphatically stated, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). His words are definitive and absolute. He said that He is the only way to the Father and that no one can have a relationship with God except through Him.
Jesus didn’t look on the woman at the well as an adulterous sinner who was deserving of where she was at in life. He saw someone who was hurting and downcast. He saw her as a person in need of undeserved forgiveness and merciful salvation. For Jesus, she was like that lost sheep who the shepherd went after and searched out.
Prejudices and biases are common among men. These evils can creep into individuals or even congregations. But followers of Jesus should seek a pure heart with a genuine burden for the lost. For that, we need the Holy Spirit to work in us, revealing to us our ungodly attitudes and rooting out impure motions and motives.
We aren’t called to argue for the gospel as an attorney. Instead, Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). Witnesses tell of what they have seen or heard firsthand. Our role is to lovingly testify to the gospel and to be witnesses to the reality of how God has worked in our lives.