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Compassion For The Harassed (3 of 4)
Series: Compassion - Make a Difference
Introduction: The compassion God has for people is evident in how Jesus ministered to all people that He came into contact with. Jesus stepped from His boat to the people. He stepped down from where He was to be where the people were. When Jesus encountered the multitudes, He encountered the real needs in people's lives. The need touched His compassion and released that compassion with the power of the Spirit to touch the need.
Today we are dealing with compassion for the harassed - those who are being beat up and beat down by the works of the evil one, the devil. Some people think evil powers, spirits, demons, and hell itself is less active today than when Jesus was on earth delivering people from evil oppression. The powers Jesus wrestled with then are still evident today: dark, spiritual forces harassing people any and every way they can. Compassion for those suffering harassment is vital in today's world.
The context for our message is Mark 9:14-29, a story of compassion for those who are being harassed by the power of hell and demonic spirits that torment and oppress people. The Gospel of Mark has the most complete account of this story, more than Matthew or Luke. This is the last power encounter when Jesus ministers to those harassed by evil spirits. This even occurs right after the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus, James, John, and Peter. Now they join the other nine disciples in this event. The nine could not deliver the demon-possessed boy.
I. COMPASSION IDENTIFIED
A. COMPASSION DEFINITION
1. Ps. 145:8-9: The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
2. Matt. 9:35-36: Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the p ...
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