Jesus went across the Sea of Galilea to see a man who wasn’t a good man at all. The man had been cast out of society and put in chains because he is a bad man. People called him the “Maniac of Gadares”. Maniac is defined as a violently insane person.
Jesus showed up in this man’s life and everything changed. In fact, the change was so dramatic that it scared the people who knew the man. They didn’t think such change was possible. All the “former Maniac of Gadares” wanted to do now was to follow Jesus. Jesus sent him home first to share with his family all that had changed in his life. On the way there, he also shared his story with the people in all the cities that he went through.
In my own way, I was a maniac as well. While I was not violent, I was most certainly destructive. I was a person who lied and stole; with completely bankrupt ethics and incapable of truly loving anyone. Jesus came into my life at my lowest point when I cried out to Him and everything began to change in my life as well. While my circumstances didn’t improve overnight, my heart was set ablaze with His love and I was no longer the maniac I used to be.
What I learned in my study is that God gave me a new heart – His heart. The man who writes to you today has been made a transformation project by the power of the Holy Spirit. I am still under construction but that construction is now under new management. Daily, I still struggle, but now I can lean on Him who is doing a work in me that I can’t fully explain but it’s good.
If you are struggling today and in need of help – seek Christ! Don’t let another day go by – call on Him in prayer,
“God I need Your help. Please hear me and help me today…..”
Then, just pour your heart out to Him. You’re not done though. Find a local church and Pastor from a good Bible-teaching church. Give your life to the One who created it. Whatever your problem is today, He is the answer. He came to bring “the Good News”. You could probably use some of that about now, huh? He came to heal the brokenhearted. Hasn’t your heart been broken enough? He came to set the prisoner free – those that are chained in real prisons or those in the ones of their own making, like addictions and hang-ups and…. Aren’t you ready to be free? I know I was. When you turn to Him, He will give you beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for depression and hope for the hopeless.
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2 Timothy 4:2,5