Passages - Week 2: The Guide


Day 5

“‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you.’ So the man went away and began to tell in Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.”Mark 5:19, 20

It wasn’t surprising that the man’s story amazed the people who knew him. After all, he was delivered from severe demonic oppression and a life of insanity. Anyone who knew him could see how much his life had changed.

If you have experienced Jesus’ saving work, then he has done amazing things for you, as well. Is it not amazing to have the guilt of all your sins forgiven? Or, how about being given eternal life so that you may begin to experience it now and in fullness forever when you die? Being loved unconditionally by God is certainly amazing. And this is just the beginning of a list of amazing things that God has done for you (Ephesians 1:3).

Our conversations with others should include a sampling of what God has done for us.


If the greatest thing that has happened to you is coming to know Christ, then the greatest thing you can do for someone else is to introduce him to Christ.

Take a Step

Make a list of amazing things God has done in your life. Consider how each would sound to a person who has not yet experienced God’s work. How could you express each in a way that reveals its amazing nature?

Make a list of some of the amazing things God has done in your life...


They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.

 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

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