Sometimes I watch the Dr. Phil show. It’s mind blowing to me how Dr. Phil can confront people with cold hard facts in an overwhelming way and they still deny the facts he’s presenting to them. I was watching a clip from his show recently where he was confronting a lady who thought she was married to a man overseas but in reality she was being scammed for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Doctor Phil and this woman’s family laid out all the facts and showed her evidence after evidence of how she was in fact being duped and used. She held on to her fantasy because perhaps the truth was too painful.
This is an extreme example but I think we all don’t like to be confronted with areas of our life that are toxic.
In the Book of Mark Chapter 5 Jesus came to a village and set a man free of the bondage he was in. The man had been full of demons for years. Jesus cast many demons out of this man and the whole village was in shock.
When this miracle took place instead of getting excited about it the people of the village asked Jesus to leave. The people were afraid. Jesus came to help these people and to set them free. He came to offer them salvation but they would end up begging Him not to stay.
The great irony is that they were kicking out of their city the only one who could help them.
They thought they were ok but they weren’t.
They thought they didn’t need help but they did.
Have you ever been guilty of pushing someone away who was there to help?
Have you refused the good advice someone was giving you because you didn’t want to hear it?
Have you gotten angry with a friend or family member because they told you a hard truth about yourself that you did not want to deal with?
I know I have!
My wife has a way of telling me things I don’t want to hear about myself. I usually get defensive but upon further reflection she is almost always right. The truth hurts. I think there have been times when we have all said or done something to push the person away who is sent to help.
Why do we do that?
We do it because change is hard.
We do it because it exposes our motives.
We do it because sin is fun.
We do it because we want to stay the ruler of our own kingdom of self.
We do it because we don’t want to admit we are wrong.
We do it because it may hurt our pocketbook.
Are you doing this now?
If Jesus came to your house today would you want Him to stay or leave?
It sounds simple enough but the reality is that when Jesus comes things change. They always change. The closer you get to Jesus the more your life will change.
He is a great big light that exposes what is in the dark of your heart.
He is the doctor that tells you that you have the cancer of sin and it must be cut out.
He is the one who pulls back the rug of your life and exposes all the dirt that is underneath.
He is the Dentist you have been avoiding that has to do a root canal to fix the problem.
Today, if Jesus came to you exposing all the junk that is inside of you would you want it fixed?
He offers to fix you but in order to fix you, you must come clean about your sin and repent. There is no other way to let Him fix you.
People hated Jesus. They wanted Him to leave their city. Ultimately they wanted Him dead. We never like our sin and wicked self exposed. So much so, that we would be willing to kill an innocent man to keep it a secret.
This almost sounds silly but this is what millions of people do everyday. They are confronted with truth and rather than live in the light of the truth they simply ignore the truth or just deny it.
You can ignore truth. You can ask Jesus to leave. You have the freedom to make those choices.
But you can never make bad choices and have good long term results.
Eventually your sin will find you out. Eventually you will reap the bitter fruit you planted. Eventually you will have to pay for your sins.
It’s better to invite Jesus to have control now then for you to end your life separated from God.
Do not ask Jesus to leave. Today, let Him come and do His work in your life. Let Him deal with your ‘demons.’ Let Him expose your sin. Let Him love and forgive you. It will require some pain and change but in the end it will mean the difference in life and death.
A few steps:
- Listen when people you love tell you that you have a problem.
- Read your bible and identify what needs to change in your life.
- Confess your sin and repent.
- Get help. Go to church. Find a small group. See a counselor. Get in a recovery program like this one https://www.christplace.com/chance2/
- Follow Jesus. Make time each day to seek Jesus in prayer and reading the Bible.