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Weekday devotionals for Christians

A Teachable Moment

John 9:1-7
(1) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
(2) And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
(3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
(4) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
(5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
(6) When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
(7) And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

I will do a few devotionals on this story in John 9; and today will continue on with point #2

Here we see Jesus healing a blind man and I would like to point out a few interesting things concerning this:

1. The man never asked Jesus to heal him.

2. The man’s healing was used for 2 main reasons: A. To glorify God. It is vitally important for us to give God glory in our lives! Even though this man did not ask for healing, he still wanted it and appreciated it when he received it (I will show you later on in the chapter). The good things that happen in our lives come from Jesus! That is a statement that is based on faith in God. Just like this man received life changing healing without asking God for it, we receive good things from Jesus on a regular basis…Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. Psalms 68:19. Notice in the beginning of the verse that the writer is giving God glory for daily benefits? We need to do the same as well. Do you glorify God for the good things in your life?

B. To demonstrate that as the Son of God, only Jesus has the power heal. Jesus wanted to use this time to teach His disciples more about Himself. Jesus has all the answers to our needs. The main reason that Jesus performed miracles on the earth was to show all people, that Jesus is the Son of God! If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. (John 9:33).

I go to doctors, but my trust is not in them. I get advice from counselors, but my trust is not in their wisdom. My trust is in the Lord. He is the One that will guide me in all truth! He can guide me to the right person for advice or the right doctor for healing. Jesus can heal me all by Himself if He chooses to do so. I believe that He has answered many of my prayers in both healing and wisdom. We should go to Him first before we go to any man for help or advice.

What do you trust? Who do you trust? Those are important questions for all of us to answer. Our actions, believe it or not, will answer those questions. Do you ask God to guide you in all truth? Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13. Let me encourage you today to trust only in Jehovah God (Jesus). Go to doctors and go to counselors, but above all trust in God!

May 25, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, prayer | Leave a comment

9) Pray the Promises From God.

This is the final piece on how to live normal when life is not normal


I’ve saved the best for last.
Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.
*The longer I’m a Christian, the more I don’t feel right when I’m not close, daily in my relationship with Jesus.
*I love time with God. His promises alone help me to keep going on tough days. Here is one of my favorite passages is in Psalm:
Psalms 34:4-10
(4) I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
(5) They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
(6) This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
(7) The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
(8) O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
(9) O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
(10) The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Prayer accomplishes many things.

  • It helps to replace worry and stress with faith and prayers.
  • It helps to remind us Who can take care of us.
  • It gives our minds and thoughts something to dwell on when stress takes over and tries to get us to doubt.
  • It helps us to obey many of God’s commands to pray.
  • It helps make us strong (through God) when we are weak.
  • It is that which prods us to stay close to God
  • It is the vehicle that we take to confess our sins to God.
  • It helps us to lead others by asking God to lead us, and in so doing, I can lead others… “follow me as I follow Christ”

Are you accomplishing anything while you have this time off? You can if you want to. All you have to do is to pray and start the process that God has designed to help us humans down here in doing His will….so go ahead, start today…take a few moments and tell God the things that are stressing you out, bothering you, worrying you. Then leave them in His hands and trust that He will take care of it…go ahead and try it…what do you have to lose?

April 27, 2020 Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, prayer | Leave a comment