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Didn’t See That Coming 


The man had been crippled since birth. Everyone knew him as the one that sat at the Temple and begged for money. Peter, through Jesus’ name, healed him. The man stood up, ran, jumped around and praised God. People noticed. They were curious as to how he was moving around with no problem and why he was praising God. Peter gave them the answer: Jesus. Five thousand men came to Jesus for salvation.  
We may not be able to comprehend what’s going on now but we can know that Jesus is in control. We need to trust that He is working all things for good. Because the Lord can use one person’s crippled condition to bring five thousand souls to redemption. 
Acts 3-4:4

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Initial Reaction


A crowd had gathered. In the midst of them was a woman with a blood issue. She knew she needed to just touch Jesus’ clothes and she’d be healed. Jesus noticed when she touched him. He asked who had done it. She came before The Lord and bowed. By doing this she was strengthened and drew closer to Jesus. She became whole, a walking miracle.
Another crowd had gathered outside of a young girl’s house. She was perceived as being dead. Jesus arrived on the scene. He said she would be healed. The crowd laughed. They mocked Him when he spoke words of comfort about the little girl’s situation. Jesus told them to leave. The crowd was unable to witness the healing of the girl.
Our initial reaction to The Lord speaking to us has an affect on our relationship with Christ. The woman drew closer to Jesus. The people put distance between themselves and Christ. Our initial reactions also teach us about ourselves, as followers of Him.  
Draw closer to The Lord now so that when He speaks to you your initial reaction won’t be one of disrespect and unbelief, but rather admiration and peace.
Luke 8

Seeing Clearly

  
A group of people brought a blind man to Jesus to be healed. Jesus took the blind man away from the crowd. There he spit upon his eyes, put his hands on him and asked the man if he saw. 

The man replied “I see men walking as trees.”   

Jesus put his hands upon him a second time. After that he saw every man clearly.

What an honest plea the healed man gave when Jesus asked him what he saw. He could have said “Yes, I can see. Thank you.” But he wanted Jesus to perform more than just a physical healing. He wanted Jesus to heal the hardness of his heart. He no longer wanted to view man as unimportant, as useless beings–as trees…he wanted to see them as God had created them to be: a creation made in his image, a people of value. 

If you’ve reached the point where things are seemingly fine on the outside (the blind man could see –how else could he have given that description?) but inward you’re a mess, call out to Jesus. Ask him to heal your spiritual vision. He didn’t turn this man away. He won’t deny you either. 

Scripture taken from:

Mark 8:22-25

Keep Seeking Jesus

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Isaiah 55:6

Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus stood ready to watch the battle unfold. He could hear the eery quietness all around him. Then he watched as the group of soldiers began to march around the walls. Today was the seventh day. The men kept marching. Bartimaeus anticipated what was about to happen. He heard the blasts of the trumpet and then saw the walls come crashing down around him.

Then he was jerked back to reality. Those walls had long since been torn down. He carefully lowered himself back to where he had been sitting. The same place that he had occupied for a long time: it was here, on this road leading out of Jericho that Bartimaeus made his living.

The noise around became a louder than normal buzz. Commotion was picking up. Something was different. Bartimaeus was sure of it. Then he understood why: Jesus.

People all around were vying for a spot close enough to hear what this man had to say. This man who had performed miracles was coming his way.

“Thou Son of David!!!!” Bartimaeus yelled above the crowd.

“Jesus!!!!!! Have mercy on me!!!!”

Bartimaeus was pleading, begging for the Master’s touch.

He was blind. And he wanted nothing more than to see.

“Hush. Jesus doesn’t need to deal with you!!

Don’t bother him!

Be quiet!!!” The jeers were coming from every direction. Bartimaeus didn’t stand a chance.

Except Jesus heard his call. He stood still. And called for Bartimaeus to come to him.

Jesus gave him his sight. And in that moment his life had been forever changed.

And so was yours. The moment you chose to walk in the light with your Lord you’ve never been the same.

Keep calling out to Him. Keep listening for Him to speak to you. Don’t allow the crowds deter you. Keep seeking Jesus.

Prayer

I Chronicles 16:11

James 5:15-16

A prayer of faith said fervently in Jesus’ will is a wonderful blessing to all involved.

Part Of The Plan

I Thessalonians 5:18

Five thousand men were saved! Thank The Lord! Peter had been faithful to preach the Gospel. Thank the lord! People were praising God. Thank The Lord! A healing had taken place! Thank The Lord! A man was crippled from birth. Thank The Lord!?!

The crippled man had been in that condition since birth. Everyone knew him as the man that sat at the Temple and begged for money. Peter, through Jesus’ name healed him. The man stood up, ran, jumped around and praised God. People noticed. They remembered the terrible condition this man had once been in. They were curious as to how he was moving around with no problem and why he was praising God. Peter gave them answers. He preached Jesus. Five thousand men were saved.

The man had to be crippled or there wouldn’t have been a need for a healing, which then led to the praising of God, preaching of Jesus and ultimately the redemption of five thousand mens’ souls. Thank The Lord for the crippled man!

It’s unnatural for us to praise God for situations or circumstances that we don’t understand. But we should be found worshipping The Lord in spirit and truth, not in our flesh. We need to trust that He has our best interest in mind and that it will all work for His glory.

We may not be able to comprehend what’s going on but we can know that Jesus is in control. For that we can be thankful.

Initial Reaction

Luke 6:45

A crowd had gathered. In the midst of them was a woman with a blood issue. She knew she needed to just touch Jesus’ clothes and she’d be healed. Jesus noticed when she touched him. He asked who had touched him. Trembling, she came before The Lord and bowed. She was whole. A walking miracle.

A crowd had gathered outside of a young girl’s house. She was perceived as being dead. Jesus arrived on the scene. He said she would be healed. The crowd laughed. Jesus told them to leave. The crowd was unable to witness the healing of the girl.

When Jesus asked who had been healed the woman humbly bowed herself before The Lord. By doing this she was strengthened and drew closer to Jesus.

The crowd mocked Him when he spoke words of comfort about the little girl’s situation. Their initial reaction caused them to be commanded to leave, putting distance between themselves and The Lord.

Our initial reaction to The Lord speaking to us not only has an affect on our relationship with Christ but it teaches us about ourselves as followers of Him. Live a life of humbleness. Be willing to lay it all on the line for the Lord. Draw closer to The Lord now so that when He speaks to you your initial reaction won’t be one of disrespect and unbelief.

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