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  • Writer's pictureHenry Omotayo

Untamable Meets Unstoppable

Mark 5:1-17

Message No. 0528 | Twitter @GodandUs |

Most adults have seen untamable people at some point in our lifetime. People in this category have similar characteristics: they behave in unthinkable manners; they would not listen to anyone trying to correct or control them; they feel as though they are above everyone else; they are arrogant, abusive and insulting. We can go on and on. People in this category are their own greatest enemies. They only stop when they are dead, destroyed or delivered.

In Mark chapter 5, Jesus encountered one of them – the man described as ‘Mad man of Gadara.’ With His disciples, Jesus had barely come out of a boat journey when this man came out of the cemetery to face Him. Now, the cemetery is normally home to those who are dead, but this ‘seemingly’ living guy lived there, because the demons told him to. Not only did he live in a weird place, he had so much demon power that he effortlessly broke chains that were used to bind him. He also exhibited madness by always crying out loud and cutting himself with stones. When the mad man saw Jesus, power recognized Power and all that madness stopped, because the Bible says that he ran and worshipped Jesus and begged Him not to torment him. In the end, the day of deliverance had come, as Jesus commanded the legion of demons out of this man and he became a free man.

Many people have suffered from conditions that seem untamable; some are still battling theirs. While some conditions are associated with heredity, some are inflicted, and others are acquired. The good news is that it does not matter how the problems started, we have a God whose first encounter with these situations brings them to their knees. Jesus hadn’t spoken a word when the demon spirits in the mad man started begging Him to not destroy them. A complete surrender to Jesus is the beginning of freedom for anyone who recognizes that he or she has problems. In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus says:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

In John chapter 5, the man at the Pool of Bethesda was there for 38 years, completely hopeless of ever leaving that place. His own version of untamable problem made sure that he would never receive healing, because there was no mobility for him to get into the pool when an angel troubled it and healed one person, and this happened only occasionally. When Jesus met him and asked if he wanted to be healed, he didn’t answer the question, instead, he repeated his problem, because there was no possibility in his mind under which he could be delivered. Jesus simply told him to rise, take up his bed and go.

When an untamable problem meets the unstoppable Jesus, the former disappears. If you are suffering under an insurmountable weight, please note that you are not the first and you are not alone. Many people have problems that require divine intervention but only few find their ways to Jesus. I encourage you to be one of these few, because only a complete surrender to the problem solver gives one a lasting solution. Surrender your life and your problem to Jesus. If possible, discuss your problem with your pastor and ask to be prayed for. Jesus may not be physically here today, but He empowered His disciples to do the works that He was doing. The church is a powerful force on earth. Join one if you are not already a member. In James 5:16, the Bible says:

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

As you yield to the unstoppable problem solver, may you find everlasting peace and may your life never remain the same, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Have a blessed week!

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 Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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