Total Crossover Mentality

January 8, 2001

Total Crossover Mentality – Part II

A New Perspective

Matthew 8th Chapter: 28
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes,
there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding
fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29  And, behold, they cried out, saying, What
have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to
torment us before the time? 30
 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

31  So the
devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the
herd of swine. 32  And
he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of
swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place
into the sea, and perished in the waters. 33
 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told
every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. 34 And, behold, the whole city
came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would
depart out of their coasts.

We all know that if you put a frog into a pan of boiling water, it will jump
out immediately. However, if you place the same frog into a pan of cool water
and slowly turn up the water to boiling point, the frog will stay in the pan
until it boils to death. It seems logical that the frog should have enough
sense to get out the pan when it begins to get too warm. However, I believe
that there must be a level of comfort the frog experiences that makes it not
only stay in the water, but stay in the water too long.

We as humans are not too different from the frog. As long as we are
comfortable, we want to hold on to our stuff, issues, and thangs even if they
are contrary to the word of God. Our text this week mentions a group of people
who were just like the frog in the cool pan of water; they were alright for the
time being.

Our text begins with Jesus entering into Gergesenes. As soon as He entered
into that region He met two people plagued by demons. When the demons met up
with Jesus they knew what was coming. They knew that they were going to be cast
out. Knowing their fate, they begged Jesus to cast them into the herd of swine
close by, which He did. After this occurred, the herdsmen went into town and
told everyone what had happened. Now this is when it gets interesting! First
let’s look at the 34th verse.

34 And,
behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they
besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

So we see Jesus cast out demons, the herdsmen report this to the town and then
we see the WHOLE TOWN show up and ask Jesus to leave. Why? So they could keep
their demons. One of the most baffling things I see too often is the desire of
people to keep their demons. It may be because of fear or maybe even
complacency, but some people do everything they can to protect those suckers
when they should be doing everything to get rid of them. All we have to do is
be willing to get rid of our demons and God will be more than willing and able
to do the rest. Here’s a revelation for you. If any of you have ever had to get
on an airplane you noticed that even airlines try to help people leave their
"junk" behind them. Think about it. They have metal detectors so that
people won’t take weapons to the next city. They even have drug dogs so that
people will leave their "dope" at home. Now if Delta is trying this
hard to help people "crossover" into another city just meditate on
how much Jesus is putting into your Total Crossover. (I know we are stretching
a bit, but we really want you to get the point).

We have Jesus which tells us we have the authority to deal with these
things. We have the Holy Spirit which says to all demons we have control to
make them leave. We have God Almighty Himself which tells us all power is on
our side. So the words, "I can’t right now" are not from Heaven. The
words, "I’m working on this but I have to wait to work on that later"
are not from on high. I know that God is not a fixed function God. If He can
work on all your issues at one time you can to. Our faith isn’t based on New
Year’s Resolutions. Instead we are told that if any man/woman be in Christ
he/she is a new creature right then and not on January 1st (2 Cor. 5:17).

I believe that the people of Gergesenes had it pretty good. If not then they
wouldn’t have run Jesus off. If their region was in famine or sickness they
would have been at the dock with a stretch-limo getting Jesus into town as soon
as possible to get that curse off their region. Instead, their demons were
supplying them with their "fix" and they were happy with the
"high" they were getting. Yet, one thing they should have had was
foresight to realize where the demons were taking them, which was not to the
land of more than enough.

Delta says that they "love to fly and it shows," but we have a
Saviour that really showed us His love. Delta works hard to help you leave your
"stuff" behind but we have a Saviour who died so that we
could actually leave our stuff behind. Our total crossover has been blood
bought, ransomed, redeemed and paid for. We simply need to ensure that we don’t
carry any extra luggage over to the other side. Leave the hatred, the envy, the
insecurity, the prejudice, the hurt, the disappointment, the misery, the
lust…. Leave it all because we won’t be needing it; just leave it all today!
We don’t need a resolution. We don’t need to wait to January 1, 2002. We simply
have to make up our minds fully — Total Crossover Mentality — that we
are not going to let comfort kill us.  We will leave
the things that kept us in the land of just enough as we Totally
Crossover to the land of more than enough.