A Helping Hand
Where do you go when you’re pushed to your limit? Maybe it’s your mental health, loneliness, or trying to keep your head above the waves at work. Whatever it is, it’s tough. Even excruciating at times. But through it all, you can always turn to and completely put your trust in Jesus! He not only pushed His disciples to the brink, but mostly Himself for our benefit. He offers his hand to the outcast and can lead us out of the fog when we cannot tell what to do next. In this lesson, unpack a day in the life of Jesus where He taught, rebuked a fierce storm, and saved a demon possessed man who couldn’t be bound.
1 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.[a] 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 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. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
Practice The Way of Jesus:
In Acts 9, we see how Paul after encountering Jesus immediately begins proclaiming Christ as Lord. Coming to understand Jesus as God transformed Paul from a murder-supporting Pharisee to God's messenger to shock and amazement of the disciples at that time. This week consider what God saved you from. Remember who you used to be before knowing Jesus and reflect on who you are now as a result of his power. Then look to share your transformation with non-disciples as a testament to God's power to transform.