• Rich Handley


It's 3:30, time for an hour of Bible study and prayer. Mark chapter 5 begins with the demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes. His name is Legion. Can you imagine someone possessed by a 1,000 demons?

From there it's on to Jairus and his dying daughter, with a slight detour for the woman with the issue of blood, who Jesus instantly heals.

I love how Mark quotes Jesus in the Aramaic calling the little girl back to life. “Talitha, cumi,” little girl arise. And she does!

I’ve come to appreciate the gift of my identity in Christ. All Christians have two identities, one strictly human and the other our inherited sonship, our Christ identity. In a way, we resemble the people in these stories before and after our Jesus encounter. When we recognize him as our savior he casts out our demons, heals our sicknesses and raises us from the dead.

We can choose which identity to identify with. Will it be Christ or the flesh?

When we come to feel that joyful Christ presence, really feel it welling up in our hearts, with all its confidence, grace, well being, and love, is there really any choice? We all need to be set free.

“Then they came to Jesus and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.” Mark 5: 15

She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. Mark 5: 27-29

Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Mark 5: 41

Love and blessings,

Rich H.

Photo: (my 9-day old grandson, Curren Cruz Ellison. welcome dude!)


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