“At the beginning of Mark’s gospel,” Stan began, “there is an account about Jesus that is a clear reflection of where I was at one point in my life.”
“What’s that all about?” I asked.
“Jesus was in a synagogue in Capernaum, near the Sea of Galilee. There is an interesting account that some unclean spirts in a man recognized Jesus as the Son of the Living God. The spirits asked Jesus if He had come to destroy them. Jesus rebuked them and told them to get out of the man. The spirits did so and the people who saw it were amazed.”
Continuing, he said, “But the people’s amazement caused something that was just like what happened to me before I finally came to accept the truth and become a Christian.”
“What did their amazement cause?” I asked.
“It says the people debated among themselves about what they had just seen,” Stan replied. “It was the same with me, except I debated with myself. Would I believe or would I not believe?”
Continuing, he said, “Finally, through the grace of God, I heard His voice saying, in essence, that it was time for me to stop debating and to accept the truth.”
“When I did that,” Stan added, “my eternal destination was settled for all time. I am eternally grateful for that.”
“However,” he continued, “I find that I still have internal debates with myself about whether or not I am going to obey what I see and what I hear God telling me. It happens each hour of each day I have remaining on this side of eternity. I have to listen and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit saying to me that it is time to stop debating and get on with obedience.”
And they were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey Him.” Mark 1:27.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for showing me the truth of who you are and what you want. I confess that too often I debate about whether or not I am going to accept your revealed truth and obey what you have for me to obey. Please forgive me. And please lead me, and help me to follow, all you have for me to be and to do while you keep me on this side of eternity. Help me to keep from debating about whether or not I am going to listen to and obey your voice. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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