Luke 18:38-42 - And he called out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, 41 "What do you want Me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, I want to regain my sight!" 42 And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." NASU
His Faith Led Him To Try Something
This blind man was led by his faith to yell out for Jesus to have mercy on him. Where has your faith been leading you? No, seriously, where has your faith been leading you?
Have you ever met a person who was really alive? One guy says, "They have passion for something they want to accomplish." I say, "They have faith and are living accordingly. They aren't afraid to try something others would consider crazy."
His Faith Was Opposed
This man was crying out to Jesus and those who were leading him were sternly telling him to be quiet. Do you understand the ramifications of their advice? If he had listened he would have remained blind.
You cannot expect people who don't have the faith you do to support you or even understand what you are trying to accomplish.
If your faith is leading you to try something out of the ordinary and others are telling you to "forget about your crazy idea." You are probably on the right path.
You need to know your faith in something will many times be opposed by others just like this blind man's faith was opposed.
All great plans are opposed and many times from the ones you went to for support.
The blind man was "STERNLY" told to be quiet by those who were leading him. The ones who were supposed to know what they were doing and where they were going were 100% wrong.
We have probably all read the saying, "The Ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic by professionals."
Has Your Faith Led You To Being Threatened Or Ridiculed?
The blind man was threatened to "shut up" but that didn't stop him.
In 1979 I wanted to go to Bible College and as I shared my idea with other people I could've received more support if I told them I wanted to rob a bank or Fort Knox. I was told this was the craziest idea that I have ever had and that I had a lot of crazy ones, but this was right up at the top.
I was informed (as if I didn't know) that I had a family (3 children) and who was going to support my family if I were in college?
I was reminded of my past in that I had been out of high school 9 years and if you will remember you weren't that great of a student in high school.
Last but not least you have a great job as a union Boilermaker. You are going to throw away a job that some people would love to have to chase after this crazy dream?
Faith Is Always Rewarded
Well, as some of you know my faith led me to Eastern Christian College in August 1979 and I graduated in 1983 as the Salutatorian of my class and all three of my children survived the experience and pretty much every negative thing that was said to me about going to college NEVER HAPPENED.
I do want you to know that my faith was tested while in college, but I kept believing and stuck to my plan.
His Faith Was Rewarded
The blind man and Jesus have an encounter and Jesus asks him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" He says, "Lord, I want to receive my sight!"
In other words, his faith has led him here to ask Jesus for help. Have you ever wondered why those who were leading the way wanted him to be quiet? What were they thinking? It really doesn't matter what they were thinking because whatever it was they were wrong.
Did you see what Jesus said? "Receive your sight; YOUR FAITH has made you well."His faith was rewarded because he would not listen to the naysayers.
His faith was rewarded. Has your faith led you to your reward?
What Reward Is Your Faith Going To Bring You?
No, I am serious where is your faith going to lead you? We don't just read the Bible and say, "Oh that was nice, good for him or her." The Word of God is for us and it is to challenge us to Step Up and Step Out on Faith.
So get your faith in gear and then let me know how and when it was rewarded. I can hardly wait to hear all the great conquests of your faith.
Think on These:
Mankind needs a faith that will not shrink when washed in the waters of adversity and affliction.
Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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