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What He Really Asked For…

Mark 10:46-52
(46) And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
(47) And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
(48) And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
(49) And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
(50) And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
(51) And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
(52) And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

5. His call for help began with his call for mercy – vs. 47+ 48
What did Bartimaeus really want? He wanted mercy.  He showed wisdom by asking for mercy first. While this thought might be a little odd, understand that healing for him came through the vehicle of mercy from Jesus Christ, the Great Physician.  Not much is said, usually, about mercy in this story; but his healing came after he asked for mercy. Notice that the beggar was not fooled about his situation. So often our pride, stubbornness, etc… will prevent us from healing because in order for us to get the healing we need, we must first ask and beg for the Lord’s mercy.  Mercy is not getting the bad things that we really deserve.  Pride fools us into thinking that we are good and do not need mercy because we are good.  Remember this:
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
6. He overcame because Jesus had mercy on Him. – vs. 52
Do not fall for the trap that you do not need Jesus! We need Jesus! We cannot do what is needed with out His power, mercy, and grace! When Jesus stopped and summoned for Bartimaeus to come to Him, Jesus asked what he wanted.  Bartimaeus replied with a request to receive his sight. When we can show wisdom and in humility ask for mercy, we might be surprised as to what God might do for us!

When was the last time you asked for mercy? That’s right….YOU! When was the last time you asked for mercy? Make sure that you do not allow your pride to fool you into thinking that you are all good on your own and that you do not need mercy. I am not trying to be rude or unkind; I just want to point out that all of us need healing in some area of our life and we should start our request by asking for mercy!

7. The only one that really helped him was Jesus! – vs. 52
The only real help any of us get is from Jesus! Now before I get crucified; let me explain. I am not minimizing the importance of the human help that we get from others. I greatly appreciate all that has been given to me from others. I realize though that :
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. (Proverbs 21:1)
All of the help that I have received from every human hand came because they were following the leading of the Lord! I really appreciate those people who follow the Lord’s leading. Some of you who might read this are ones that the Lord has blessed me with. I know most of you who read this and realize that you want to follow the Lord Jesus and that is why you do the good things that you do! But remember, our help comes from the Lord! God is so good to all of us and one of the evidences is the presence of good people in our lives. Real healing for Bartimaeus came only from Jesus when no other human would help him. We should remember that, when others fail us Jesus never will!

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August 11, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Let Go and Let God

1Kings 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
1Kings 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

I was reading this morning in my devotions in I Kings and I came across chapter 11 and it stuck out to me because the previous chapters were talking of the many wonderful things that Solomon did in building the tabernacle for the Lord and in bringing back the Ark of the Lord, etc.  I also read how God asked Solomon what he wanted from God as he became King of Israel.  Solomon asked for wisdom and an understanding heart so that he may rule and judge this so great a people in Israel.

1Ki 3:9  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 

Before I get into my thought that the Lord showed me, I want to point out a few things:

1. Solomon remained humble after he became King.  He asked God for an understanding heart to judge the people with.  He knew that he did not have enough wisdom to do what God wanted him to do.  When God calls you to do something for Him, He will equip you to do the job, but you must keep humility in your heart as you learn and gain what you need to fulfill what God has for you.

2. He realized the task ahead of him was greater than he could handle.  So he asked God to give him what he needed.  There is a big difference in confidence in the Lord and arrogance in yourself.  Many people get these two confused as they cause damage with their arrogance.

3. He realized that there was only one person that could give him what he needed; that is the Lord Jesus!  Many people turn to their own devices to solve there own problems while ignoring the great God that has all of the answers.  I have been guilty of trying to manipulate the results of something instead of letting God be in control.  I will tell you that it did not turn out good when I tried to control the results.  Let go and let God!

 

 

March 28, 2012 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What God Really Wants

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

I have fallen prey in the past to the thought that God loves me, but will punish me as quickly and as soon a He can and does so without any remorse.  This thinking is wrong and is often a result of my own sin nature trying to figure out what God will do and Who He is, when His Word will tell me what He does and Who He is.  I have heard some people share their thoughts with me on how God will “swing His big club and knock me out when I step out of line.”  This thinking is wrong also.  While God is a jealous God  (Deu 4:24  For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God), I believe He does not want to do hurt any of us, even when we sin and mess-up.  Satan wants to hurt us, not God.  Satan wants us to be discouraged, not God.  Satan wants us to give up and not be useful any more, not God.  This is one of the many reasons why God put this verse in the Bible: Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.  

So what stops God from doing what He really wants to do to us and for us, like blessing us and lifting us up?  The answer lies in the following verses:

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 

1. We must confess our sins.  When we do, He will cleanse us.  He is the only one that can cleanse us; not you , not me, not a priest, not a rabbi, not any human being can cleanse you.

2. If we humble ourselves in the sight of God, He will lift us up.  This is why pride is so dangerous and for many it is intoxicating.  Many people will not humble themselves; they refuse to do it.  They believe that if they do that, then that will show weakness.  Rather, it shows foolishness because:

Pro 16:18  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

don’t be like the fool and refuse to humble yourself in the sight of God.  When you do that:

1. God won’t have to humble you.

2. God will lift you up.  THIS IS WHAT HE REALLY WANTS TO DO TO YOU!

October Bible Reading Schedule

18. Ezra 5-8:20

I Corinth. 3:5-4:21

Psalms 29-30:12

Prov. 20:26-30

19. Ezra 8:21-10:44

I Corinth. 5-6:20

Psalms 31:1-18

Prov. 21:1-3

20. Nehemiah 1-5:13

I Corinth. 7:1-40

Psalms 31:19-32:11

Prov. 21:4-7

21. Nehemiah 5:14-9:21

I Corinth. 8-9:18

Psalms 33:1-22

Prov. 21:8-12

22. Nehemiah 9:22-12:26

I Corinth. 9:19-11:2

Psalms 34:1-22

Prov. 21:13-16

23. Nehemiah 12:27-Esther 3:15

I Corinth. 11:3-34

Psalms 35:1-28

Prov. 21:17-20

24. Esther 4-10:3

II Corinth. 12-13:13

Psalms 36-37:11

Prov. 21:21-24

October 19, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment