by Jerry Watts

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Desperation (32 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 7:24-30

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is "living, powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword." This passage reminds me that His word is living because it teaches so many truths. At first glance, the average reader notices a story about a 'demon-possessed' little girl, and rightfully so. However, as I studied this text there are other messages which confront us. As we read this text, we'll also discover a woman who comes to Jesus. We'll see that she gets exactly what she's come for because she comes in the right attitude and gains His favor.

These days we don't seem to think much about the 'favor of God', but I suggest we should. What was and is this woman's secret? It is 'desperation.' She was desperate. Let's read.

Our text reveals a couple of things to note. The first is found in that last phrase, "the demon was gone." Personally, I like the sound of that. To think that it was only ONE demon brings a smile because most of us have many demons which chase us every day.

Next, when I read between the lines in verses 25-28 it becomes obvious to me that we are seeing a desperate lady, woman, and mother. Desperation. Candidly, that is not a word we hear much in our culture. In fact, when I sensed where God was leading me in this text, I began looking for modern day illustrations which would hook our hearts to engage in this subject which we rarely visit and today seem to know little about. Some were poor in their younger years and experienced desperation, but today, seemingly we live in the land of plenty, have plenty, and this emotion has passed us by. As I looked for illustrations, I made a discovery, there were few. Yes some, but not many.

Then I was reminded of our movie-making friends in Albany, GA, and was reminded of their last movie. The movie "Courageous opened with a display of desperation." WATCH (CLIP)

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