Point 3. AN AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST THROUGHOUT DECAPOLIS
The man who was delivered and set free wanted to follow Jesus, but the Lord sent him to go tell all his friends the great things the Lord had graciously done for him. So he became an ambassador for Christ in Decapolis. “And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel” (Mark 5:20). In our city and everywhere you go, God will use you. Decapolis actually is a compound word that means Ten Cities. This new convert, a truly liberated man began to publish the word of Christ in all the ten cities. He was a successful and effective ambassador for Christ.
(i) The Test of True Conversion – Luke 5:18; John 6:68,69; 8:31; 15:4,5; 1 John 2:28. “And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him” (Luke 5:18). He wanted to be with Christ and not go back to the tomb, mountain or valley, the dark places, but with Jesus Christ the True Light of the world. When you are truly converted, the test of true conversion is that you want to be with the Lord, to stay and abide with the Lord. “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69). We are going to stay and abide with Christ when we are truly converted. That liberated man wanted to stay with Jesus – hearing, analyzing, meditating and believing the word, and having new experiences through the word (John 8:31). The evidence that you are saved and converted is that you have a changed life, you are calm, peaceful, the wickedness of the past is gone, the violence, and the taking of hard drugs causing the slow suicidal acts/thoughts are gone, you are now a new creature in Christ. If you backslide and do not abide, shame on that final day; but if abide and remain in Him, you will not be ashamed when He comes on that Final Day (1 John 2:28). You will abide and not go astray nor follow false prophets.
(ii) The Task for True Convert – Mark 5:19; John 4:28-30; Luke 10:37; 14:23. The task for a true convert, disciple, saint and child of God is to bring many to the Lord. “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee” (Mark 5:19). Go do likewise! When you have been saved, the task of a true converted child of God is to go and tell the story of your redemption – the message of the gospel. “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23). Preach, publish and testify to them, compel them to come into the kingdom of God. You will be a witness for the Lord in Jesus Name.
(iii) The Triumph of True Consecration – Mark 5:20; Luke 8:39-40; Acts 26:18-20; 11:21. There are some people that once they received some benefits from the Lord, deliverance and healing, you cannot see them again, but for this man, he had true consecration; he went everywhere to publish Christ. “And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel” (Mark 5:20). When he spoke, he didn’t speak as a mad or demon-possessed man, his life had been totally changed, language, appearance. He was a transformed person having been touched by the Lord, and he was believable when he spoke of the Lord. He obeyed the Lord promptly, not giving excuses of being new, shy, fearful or not knowing what to say, and as a result – “And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him” (Luke 8:40). These were the people that rejected the Lord in the past, but now as a result of the testimony of this man, they were willing to accept the Lord and waiting for Him. The Lord will make you a true ambassador for Christ, and you will publicize the word, and many will come to receive the Lord as their personal Lord and Saviour in Jesus’ Name. We are going into our city and other cities as well, to tell of what Christ has done, He has delivered, liberated, saved, healed and we are going to tell everybody everywhere in Jesus Name. If you are not delivered or liberated yet, you will be today in Jesus’ Name. Deliverance has come, the power of Christ still remains the same yesterday, today and forever. Tonight is your night – salvation, deliverance, healing and total liberation have come. As the Lord delivers you, you will abide with the Lord, and everywhere you go, you will tell the gospel message, and your message will be believable and many will come to believe the Lord through you in Jesus’ Name.
Ponder on this! The evidence that you are saved and converted is that you have a changed life, you are calm and peaceful; the wickedness of the past is gone, the violence, and the taking of hard drugs causing the slow suicidal acts/thoughts are gone, you are now a new creature in Christ. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Ponder on this! You will not drive away your Saviour whatever the circumstances but welcome Him as your Lord. You will not allow material things to hinder you from getting to the Kingdom of God; you will be wise in Jesus Name. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Ponder on this! The evidence of a clear liberation from sin is that the former things are passed away and the new life is now visible in your character. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Hard Sayings – There are people who are not conscious that they have a soul to save, a heaven to get to and a hell to escape. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Reflection – When people backslide, and don’t want to stay in the truth, and in a Bible believing Church like ours anymore, eventually they come into spiritual poverty, and go down to feed swine, and do that which is forbidden by the Almighty God. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Words on the Marble – The storm that came after the Lord had declared the word could not annul nor cancel what the Lord had said, so they came over to the other side. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
Key Words – The next chapter of your life will be a fulfilment of what you are hearing today. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
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