Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Duration:39 mins 58 secs
John Chapter 9
Open the eyes of the blind
Mankind is spirit, soul and body. That is, we’re basically physical and spiritual in nature, and we need sight in both arenas. Our Lord Jesus is still the One who opens the eyes of the blind. It appears that when Jesus ministered on earth, whenever He heard the cry, “Have mercy on us”, He responded (Matthew 9:27-30a, 20:30-34). Healing in both the physical and spiritual realms is God’s business. That should be obvious.
Even though physical blindness is addressed and healed in the Scriptures (Luke 7:21b), spiritual blindness is of even greater concern. The Pharisees may have had 20/20 vision physically, but they were “blind as bats” spiritually (Matthew 15:14). Interestingly, after Jesus cleansed the temple in Matthew 21:12, He then stated its intended purpose as a place for prayer, and demonstrated its use as a place to open blind eyes. Satan is the one who blinds the minds of the unbelievers. Therefore, we must continue to do in our prayer lives what people did on earth 2,000 years ago, which is bring the blind to Jesus. Only the Lord can make them see.
Blindness and unbelief go hand in hand, as shown by Israel’s rejection of Jesus as their Messiah. As Christians, it’s vitally important for us to understand that hatred towards a fellow saint is spiritual darkness and blindness as well. Purity in heart precedes maturity in heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any blind spots in your life, and then allow the Master to change you through His written word and Spirit.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Duration:48 mins 18 secs
They Forgot What He Said
Why is it that we tend to remember the things that we should forget, but forget the things that we should remember? For three days after His death and burial, the disciples of Jesus were confounded, confused, discouraged, and depressed. As far as they were concerned, all of their hopes of Him being their King and Messiah had vanished. When the women went to the tomb of Jesus on the third day, they brought with them spices to anoint His body. Obviously, they were expecting to find Jesus lying there in the grave. Much to their surprise, when they arrived at the tomb something was “wrong”. Instead of finding the dead body of Jesus, two men (presumably angels) stood by them in shining garments and asked them the question, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.” (Luke 24:4-6) These woman no doubt had heard Jesus say, “The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” (Luke 24:7; Matthew 20:19) But they had apparently forgotten.
Whenever heaven is asking earth a question, it is never a request for information. It is to impart revelation. Or, in this case, it was to impart to us the importance of hearing and believing what Jesus said. Oh, that we would hear and believe what Jesus speaks to us, and live our lives accordingly!