Summary: We need to find what is holding us from doing the will of God. Move it out of the way and then GO!
GO! What are you waiting for? GO!
Scripture Reference: Matthew 28:19 (KJV)
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 8:28-32 (KJV)
Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished into the waters.
In (verse 28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.) Jesus met two men who were demon possessed.
Some of us are filled with devils too. Somehow we have allowed Satan to enter our spirit to go for a ride and he is taking over. He is insisting on driving. Like these two men the devils are causing us to spend all of our time in dead places around dead people. (The two men were at a tomb)
The devils however, immediately recognize Jesus and were ready to do his will at once (verse 29 - And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?). We have to ask ourselves. Are we truly ready to do the will of God? No matter what he asks us to do. The demons had an unprecedented respect for Jesus. They realized that whatever he said to do that they would have to obey.
Matthew 8:31 - The demons realized that if Jesus were to speak the word for them to be cast out of the men then they would have to move immediately (verse 31 - So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.). They also knew that their fate was death so they begged Jesus for mercy. They begged him to allow them to live in the pigs that were close by.
It is interesting that even though the demons knew that their fate was death they were still ready to obey. God is not asking us to die (physically) he is only asking us to be obedient to the word that he has placed in our hearts.
What is it that is stopping us from being obedient to his word? Although pigs are known to be able to digest anything they were not willing to allow the demons who had already been living in the men to live inside of them.
1 Some of us are filled with devils
2 These devils are causing us to spend time in dead places with
3 The devils know God recognize his voice and they are ready
to do his will
4 The devils respected God
5 The devils knew that Jesus had the power to cast them out
6 The devils knew that their fate was death
7 It wasn’t just one devil but there were plural devils
Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Now that we have looked at how the devils and pigs reacted to the word of God now let’s take a look at the people of God react when God tells them to move.
Jesus invites his disciples to follow him (Matthew 4:19 - 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.). This seemed easy for them to do as well as us when we have come to a dead end in our life, job, marriage, etc. At this point the disciples seemed rather easy to convince to move.