Jesus came to set people free from everything that keeps them from God's purpose for their lives. In the ministry of Jesus, he set people free of sicknesses and demons. In this message, we look at an example of Jesus delivering a boy from a tormenting spirit and see how Jesus can set people free today. If you are struggling with an addiction or a negative habit, God wants you to walk in freedom.
Hope for Freedom
Messengers of Hope – Part 4 (Mark 9:14-29)
Life Church St. Louis – April 29, 2012
Pastor Dan Walker
Galatians 5:1 (NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Luke 4:18 (NIV) "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
1. ____________ the oppressed to Jesus
Mark 9:17a (NIV) A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit …”
1A. Satan seeks to ____________ freedom
Mark 9:17b (NIV) … possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.
1B. Satan brings into ________________
Mark 9:18a (NIV) Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid.
1C. Satan seeks to ________________
Mark 9:20-22a (NIV) So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he answered. "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him.
2. ______________ in the power of God
Mark 9:18b-19 (NIV) I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." "O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
2A. ______________ is possible with faith
Mark 9:22b-23 (NIV) But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." "'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
2B. God helps us to ____________ unbelief
Mark 9:24 (NIV) Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
3. ______________ the power of Satan
Mark 9:25 (NIV) When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."
3A. Trust Jesus to bring _____________
Mark 9:26-27 (NIV) The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
3B. Power comes through ______________
Mark 9:28-29 (NIV) After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer."