Sent to See

John 9

The sent One sends one to wash in the waters called ‘sent.’

The one sent went his way blind but came His way seeing. From the waters the one sent returns to the sent One, seeing now who He is.

Now those who knew the one sent couldn’t believe their eyes. Is this the one who cannot see? It looks like him but cannot be. Until the one sent spoke, ‘I am he.’

Now we have the Pharisees who think they see but are actually blind and cannot see from where the sent One came.

But the one sent by the sent One who once was blind but now can see can easily tell that He was sent by God even if the Pharisee was blind to see that this truth was plain.

If when One is sent the Light is seen, then naturally, from God the sent One and the one sent must have came.

This Truth I was sent to see!

Knowing Facts Will Not Save You

A chemist, lost and wondering in the sun baked desert, crazed with thirst, can mumble with thick tongue through cracked lips the chemical formula for water. The facts he knows well. But the facts won’t save him. He longs for the influence of water, the refreshment rushing through him like a river as water pours down his throat, washing the heat from his body and the madness from his brain. Only the influence of water will save him.

Likewise, knowing the facts of the Gospel will not save you. You must be influenced by its soul saving power and continue to be influenced. 

Do not settle for knowing where the well is. Go to the well. Drink deep. Drink often.

Praise for Pleasure

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people… Psalm 149:3-4

If I never had another reason to praise, this should be enough. God takes pleasure in His people when they are dancing and singing to the praise of His name!

We struggle when we make praise and worship about us; when we seek our own pleasure or benefit rather than the pleasure of God. Praise must not be based on my feelings or circumstances. It is based only on His being worthy.

Don’t (just) praise Him because you feel good. Don’t (just) praise Him because you want to feel good. Don’t (just) praise for your pleasure. Praise Him for His pleasure. 

He loves it when you sing and dance to the praise of His name!

Prayer Revival

Prayer is the key to heaven and faith can unlock that door. Prayer revivals are important for the church. Something happens when we give ourselves to praying for the lost, for revival, for ourselves.

If you look to the past days of Pentecostal history, you will find prayer to be a key factor in the powerful events that took place during their days.

  • Their churches were steeped in prayer.
  • Their homes were baptized in prayer.
  • Their preaching was preceded by prayer.
  • Their altars were blanketed by prayer.
  • Their witnessing was prepared by prayer.
  • Everything they did was marked by prayer.
  • We have to careful that we do not buy into lesser substitutes for prayer. Prayer is a place of surrender and there are a lot of problems and difficulties in our lives that would be resolved if we were given to prayer.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,and will heal their land.

    Never the Less

    In Psalm 106 the psalmist lists all of the many failures of the children of Israel from Egypt to Cannan. Despite all that He was doing for them, they piled up sin, failure, and complaints against God. Many times God delivered them, but they always seemed to find a way to sin.

    But then comes v44-45. 

    Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: and he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

    I am glad to know that His mercy is never the less. It is always the more. Never less than my sin and failures. Always more.

    Flying Words

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    There is much to learn from this short poem by an unknown author:

    Boys flying kites haul in their white-winged birds.
    You can’t do that when you are flying words.
    Careful with fire is good advice, we know;
    Careful with words is ten times doubly so.
    Thoughts unexpressed sometimes fall back dead,
    But God himself can’t kill them once they’re said.

    Let us be careful with our words to…
    …our spouse.
    …our children.
    …our friends.
    …our enemies.
    …our neighbors.
    …our co-workers.
    …everyone.

    We cannot haul in our words like kites. Rather, like releasing balloons they are immediately out of reach. We are left only to watch them drift away, never truly knowing where they fall.

    Will We Work In Heaven?

    This is a question that popped into my head today. Will we have a job, a duty, a responsibility, a contribution to make for eternity? I believe we will.

    For those of you who just felt angry or anxious, let me address some immediate objections. Someone may say that work is the result of the curse of sin in the garden. However, the curse was not the origin of work. Adam had responsibilities for tending the garden before the curse of sin. The curse simply required hard work in order to produce what was necessary to sustain life.

    Also, I don’t mean “work” in the way that you think of it. That is, unless you are one of those who can truly say that you are fulfilling your life’s joy and purpose and being paid to do it. When I say “work” I mean your contribution, your purpose, your art, and even your worship.

    I believe that we will all have a contribution to make for eternity; something that will connect us in worship to God and service to the redeemed. But I don’t believe that we have to wait until time is no more to begin making our contribution. I believe that we have the responsibility to make a difference in our world through our work.

    When we are saved, God doesn’t tell us to quit our jobs and rely on handouts so that we can pray and read the Bible until He comes. Quite the opposite, God’s Word is clear that there is a responsibility to provide. Laziness and idle hands are often condemned. His Word also teaches that we should treat our job, regardless of what it is, as a service to Him. Now let’s be honest, we don’t show up at work everyday as if we were working for Him.

    Why not?

    I believe we can make an incredible difference in our world today through our jobs. Whether you are a doctor, a mechanic, a janitor, or a full-time parent, your can make a contribution that helps meet your family’s basic needs and brings glory to God at the same time.

    If you are doing what you love to do, good for you. Keep doing that and do it as an act of worship. If you are like the majority of people who haven’t found your life’s work or a way to make money doing what you were made to do, keep searching. And in the meantime, show up at work like God is your boss. Do work that makes a difference. Seek to be a blessing to your employer, your co-workers, and the customers that your company serves.

    When you work like this, it ceases to be a job and it becomes your life’s art. And if you are a child of God, this world desperately needs your art. So please, get to work. Do something good. And get used to it. We will be doing this forever!

    Stealing Glances

    The longer I look at Him, the more I see the the truth about myself.

    Spiritually speaking, Christ is the mirror which we look into to see ourselves as we really are. In order for us to see the truth our gaze must rest steadily upon Him. Note His perfect righteousness and the beauty of His holiness. Let your gaze rest steadily upon the mirror of His glory.

    How quickly we forget our appearance when we take our eyes off of the mirror. Often, we think ourselves something that we are not; for better or for worse. This is the result of the stealing glances we make at our image in the mirror.

    James 1:23-34 “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”

    If we are ever going to be made like Him, we must allow our gaze to rest on the mirror of His glory. Stop stealing glances at Christ. Keep your eyes on Him. Be changed.

    2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

    Invite Him In

    Another long day of hard work is in the books. You did something that you can feel good about today, but as you begin to relax you feel as though something is missing. You are struck with the realization that among the hustle and bustle of life’s routine circumstances, you have been cut off from the presence of God, your mind rarely aware of His constant beckoning. You miss Him.

    How does this happen? You have a wonderful time of prayer in the morning before beginning your day. You worship, repent, and cast your cares on the Lord. But somewhere between morning prayer and evening time the presence of God is forgotten for the present circumstances.

    Sound familiar?

    It is something I find myself resisting everyday. I don’t want to come to the end of a day, whether it was a good day or a bad day, and realize that I have been so busy that I was completely disconnected from Him. How do I avoid that?

    I want to invite Him in to every situation, every interaction. I want to turn every problem into a prayer and every opportunity into a prayer. Regardless of how big or small the problem or the opportunity may seem to me, I want Jesus to be a part of it.

    Be aware of His presence today. Invite Him in.

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