People personally want change. We want to be better people, more useful, wealthier, more famous, happier and etc. Change is defined as transition or exchange. When someone experiences a change, they will transition from old to new. Someone who’s changed will have different characteristics and attitude from before.
In the Bible, there is a story of a man who lived in Jerash. This man was possessed with many evil spirits that he was uncontrollable and wild. To prevent him from hurting others his friend often tied him in shackles, but he broke open all kinds of ropes and chains. People secluded him because they were afraid of him and he had to live on the grave site. That man also hit himself with stones. We can see that he was suffering, hopeless and futureless.
At that time, across from the sea of Galilee, Jesus was ministering to many people, teaching them about the Word and serving the sick who needed healing. Afterward, Jesus asked His disciples to go across to Jerash. Jesus left the crowd to minister to one person in Jerash. When he arrived, the possessed man met Jesus. Then, Jesus cast out the evil spirit in him. Because it was Jesus, who was anointed by the Holy Spirit and was under God’s command, the evil spirit fled. The possessed man was healed. The town’s people saw that he was healed, dressed nicely and sitting near Jesus. Because of the Lord’s help, he became normal again. He was restored through Jesus. The old, being possessed by the evil spirit with all of its manifestation, has passed. And the new, coming from heaven, has come. That man became an effective witness of Jesus. He shared about the goodness and the healing power of God in Decapolis. Decapolis was a large area that covered ten cities. The people there were in awe when they heard that he experienced restoration.
Is the Lord still working to restore until today? The answer is “yes.” The Lord uses His servants to do wondrous works. It is not done by our might, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. Invite the Lord to restore and change us to be the new creation and be His tool to bring others to experience restoration. God bless.
Source: Article from GBI Gatot Subroto, Jakarta