On occasion, someone will say something that to me feels like a “Constructive earthquake” in my mind.

In contrast to the effect of a Physical earthquake, this phenomenon seems to shake up Confusion and lay things back down in Orderly fashion.

Or to use another analogy, it provides a new lens in which the murky becomes clear.

Or, as Archimedes might say, “Eureka!”

First the background— from Luke 8:27-33:

“And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.

“When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, 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 it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.

“Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” “And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.

“Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.”

On Sunday, Pastor Amy spoke on this text in Part 1 of her series “What is My Purpose”:

“I want you to take ‘demon-possessed’ and I want you to replace that with whatever need or place that you have in yourself that needs healing or forgiveness or is a struggle. And I want you to imagine what it is like in your own life, now or in the past, to have Jesus come in to your life and to offer you freedom and healing…

“Now I know that when you read this story, the first thing you do is NOT to think of yourself as the demon-possessed man, right? Not the character that you would probably identify with first. But I want to challenge you to find a way to identify with that character in some way as it relates to your life. Where do you have a need, where do you need healing, where do you need forgiveness?

“And understand that this is how Jesus comes in to our lives as well. This is at the heart of what it means to begin to live for God in our lives— when we recognize first that all of us have needs, all of us have places where we need healing, or places where we need forgiveness, places where we need the grace of God to come into us.

“And I know that sometimes this is a hard thing to acknowledge. It took me a lot of years to get to a place where I could understand that need. But here’s the freedom: when we come to understand that Jesus is willing to come into OUR lives in this way, into our places of our deepest need, and fill those places, or heal those places, or forgive those places, or whatever it is that we need. We can then understand how to get to the point of sitting at Jesus’ feet and saying

“”Can I go with you?

“”Can you show me what it’s like to live a life in which I am always clothed and in my right mind?

“And when we are able to do that, then God is able to begin to use us. Then God is able to show us what it looks like to live according to God’s Purpose…”


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