August 6, 2017: Matthew 8:28-34 (Rich Merkouris)

Scripture Passage Matthew 8:28-34

28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed[b] men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men.34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Timeline of Message

  • 0:00 Story of the huge fish
  • 2:00 I'm afraid many of us have started to feel like the Bible is a giant fish story
  • 3:15 Supernatural is something that science cannot explain
  • 3:50 If you deny supernatural activity, then we deny Jesus himself
  • 4:30 I'm saying that the teachings of the Bible are true, but not literally. To believe that the Bible is true we have to believe that the supernatural activity in the Bible was true
  • 5:55 When Jesus came it was the pinnacle of spiritual war
  • 6:00 There were 3 reasons why there was more supernatural activity
  • 7:05 #1 The demons knew that the "time" v29 was coming
  • 8:19 #2 Jesus performed many miracles as a sign, which was pointing to evidence of who Jesus was
  • 9:00 #3 The activity was evidence of Jesus authority 
  • 10:12 #4 There were times Jesus had compassion
  • 10:35 However, Jesus did not heal everyone, so there is a level of ministry 
  • 11:25 It's time to recognize the spiritual battle you are in
  • 13:10 The reason why you should listen to this sermon is that there is someone outside of your life who wants to destroy your life
  • 13:45 So are you going to ignore it? It isn't going to go away.
  • 15:00 C.S Lewis describes the issue we deal with when we deny demonic activity or dwell too much on it
  • 16:00 Many of us have fallen into functual deism. We believe in a higher power, just not in the day to day
  • 17:20 Satan 101
    • Satan is a fallen angel. This also should remind you that Satan is not the opposite of God.
    • Satan has been defeated. The moment Jesus died on the cross, a way was provided to be condemnation free.
    • The worst enemy is the one who has nothing to lose and he has nothing to lose
    • There is a lot of mystery of what power Satan has
  • 22:00 4 things we need to be thinking about with the battle of Satan
  • 23:00 #1 You need to raise your awareness. When was the last time that you really thought about that?
  • 24:10 Ask yourself "what would the evil one have me do in this situation?"
  • 24:55 #2 Satan's main job description is lying. Satan just wants to twist the truth. He just takes a little bit of truth and twists that a little bit.
  • 27:10 #3 When you are in a relationship with other people and there is a difficulty, recognize Satan is at work. If you do not engage in this battle, Satan is going to continue to rob you of your joy.
  • 30:00 #4 Do not become obsessed with supernatural activity. Satan cannot take away your spiritual joy. Hold fast to the fact your name is in the Lamb's Book of Records.