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Friday, August 1, 2014

Three Conditions for a Miracle

In review of Mark 8:22-23, 25 it says, “They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.... Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”

Bottom Line:
Care enough for others to pray for them and bring them to Jesus. Jesus can heal if he is allowed to get close and you trust him to lead you.

What this means to me:
Wherever I go, people in need are all around me. Personally I can’t heal anyone, however I can pray for them and then share with them someone who can and will be able to heal them. When I allow Jesus to come into my life, he gives me new perspective and allows me to see clearly the things that are on his and the Fathers heart. Furthermore, Jesus can bring healing to me, emotionally and physically. A key to understanding what God is doing in my life is about learning to see life from His point of view (having spiritual vision.) The Bible says in Mark 8:22-23 and 25, “They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.... Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly” (NIV). Jesus uses this story to teach me three conditions for a miracle. First, miracles happen when somebody cares. The blind man didn’t come to Jesus on his own; he had friends who cared enough for him to beg Jesus to heal him, which is called intercession. Intercession is when I bring somebody before Jesus not for my own needs but out of concern for that person. When I pray for somebody else’s needs, that’s intercession. Secondly, miracles happen when I get close to Jesus. I can’t be touched by Jesus unless I’m close to him. Healing in life does not come from religion or rituals or regulations. Healing comes from my relationship with Christ. The more I get to know Christ, the more I will see God’s healing in my life. Lastly, miracles happen when I trust Jesus to lead me. If the blind man hadn’t let Jesus lead him outside the village, he never would have seen the miracle. Imagine being this blind man. Your friends have taken you to a guy you don’t know about. All of a sudden the guy grabs your hand and leads you away. You don’t know who this person is, you don’t know where he’s taking you, and you don’t know how long the trip is going to take. At times It can feel this way. I have no idea what God’s doing in my life, where he’s taking me, or how long it’s going to take. In summary, this is called the walk of faith; when I can’t see, God can. All I have to do is hang on! I may be blind, but all I need to do is trust Jesus. He knows where he’s taking me. He loves me. He knows what I need better than I do. His way is always best. Having faith is what pleases God, its not knowing the complete plan, but rather following the next step he provides on a daily basis, knowing that he won’t rip me off and will always do what is ultimately best for me. This also teaches me that caring and praying for others and their needs is a way I can bring Jesus to help them.

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