Beth Moore — Jesus and the Man with Demons
Would you turn with me to Luke chapter eight, the gospel of Luke chapter eight? I'm going to start reading with you in a just a moment, Luke eight, verse 26.
I've got to tell you guys something. When I am about to come for a taping, needless to say this is a very, very big deal. I have a lot of opportunity to teach and to speak and get a chance to do a number of events throughout the year but let me tell you, there is no other audience that quite matches, even when I do a simulcast for our events that we do through Living Proof Live, still it cannot begin to touch what we are doing here and the viewership that we get the opportunity to have at LIFE Today, and what James and Betty have so graciously invited us to participate in. So I don't have to tell you that it is a big deal. You know that.
So I take seriously when I'm heading this direction, this is prayed through and thought through and I have to even really be in check in my heart not to stress through it and feel the pressure of it but just come and minister. So I go laying out all these messages. I do not like to come to this format with untested material. You can imagine why. There is nothing like realizing halfway through an untested message that it really was not the right one. Can somebody "amen" that with me? Nothing quite like it. I do that all the time on the road but when I come here, I like, as often as I can, to have given it at least once, in some general form that something is similar to what I've done before so that I know if it even clicks.
And this time I just laid it all out, like if you've got a background in the Old Testament at all, like Hezekiah's letters, just all out there, "Here you go, Lord. What shall it be?" And it was like, "Uh-huh. Uh-huh!" He just starts like pushing. He's not doing it literally, I would have fainted and fallen dead away.
But I mean it was like, "Uh-huh." And he puts this on my heart. So I've never -- I cannot remember ever teaching
But here is the good news. The good news is this makes me absolutely certain -- I want to say that word again certain that this is meant by God for this series. I am positive of that.
Now if it gets blown up somehow it was me and not him because it was his will. So I want you to pray for me as I bring it out of Luke eight. I'm going to start reading at verse 26 and I'll read through verse 39: Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
When Jesus had stepped out on land there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me Jesus? Son of the Most High God, I beg you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.