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Why Doesn't God Just Leave Me Alone?

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Sermon shared by Brian Atwood

October 2005
Summary: Reasons God doesnít leave you alone - based on the question of the demoniac of Gadara, "Why are you bothering me, Jesus?"
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Weíre renewing the series dealing with the questions people asked Jesus. [The first four messages in this series were delivered in March of 2003.] These questions are important because the people asking them had issues just like you and I.

We learn the keys to living a purposeful life from Christís answers. And thatís something we can really use. We sorely need to know how to live life on purpose. So many people know how to exist but they really donít know how to live. Thereís a big difference! Jesus gives us the answers for how to really live!

The question today comes from a man so deeply consumed by demons that he lived in a graveyard, ran around disrobed, and injured himself with rocks. He must have been a sight before Jesus met him. But then again, so were we.

The question he asked Christ in this instance is very pointed: "Why are you bothering me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?" (Verse 7)

This question arises jointly from the man and from the demons that were using his vocal apparatus for their communication. They had different reasons for asking the question but they agreed that Jesus was intruding into territory they had mapped out for themselves.

This wasnít some sci-fi movie where an alien took over a human body. This really happened! Evil spirits had taken up residence in this manís life and body and were making his existence and the lives of everyone around him unbearable.

You know itís actually a good question. Why was Christ bothering him?

Of course, Jesus wasnít really there to bother him Ė He was there to bless him! But the demons taking up residence in the man were bothered by the presence of Christ because they knew He was God and He wasnít going to put up with their corruption. This man was going to have his life radically favored by God but the demons knew they were getting their eviction notice!

Why doesnít God just leave you alone? Why doesnít He just let you live your life the way you want to without interfering with all of His pronouncements about how youíre supposed to live, and how youíre supposed to treat other people, and how youíre supposed to love Him, and how youíre supposed to love others? Why does the Word of God challenge you? Why does the Holy Spirit pressure you to improve and become a better person?

Why is the hound of heaven on your trail? Why does God seek you when youíre lost and then even after youíre found keep on trying to hold you to the straight and narrow lifestyle? Why doesnít God just leaveÖ youÖ alone?

A guy I once shared Christ with years ago asked me a related question. "Why donít you Christians just leave me alone?" And I told him, "Itís because God doesnít want you left alone."

Why is that? Why does God get involved in your life? Itís a good question. And of course Christ has solid answers.

Christís answers to this demon possessed manís question gives us Three Reasons God Doesnít Just Leave You Alone AND Three Ways You Consequently Need to Respond to God.

The first is this: God wonít leave you alone becauseÖ

1. YOU CANíT OVERCOME EVIL ALONE - SO RESPOND TO GOD WITH WORSHIP.

You need to show some appreciation and admiration for God loving you enough to help you overcome the evil attempts to mess up your life.

Mark 5:6 (NLT) When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him. He ran to meet Jesus and
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