25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.
Today’s Inspiration: Mark 8:22-26 Jesus healing of a blind man was not immediate but in stages and outside the town. This shows that our spiritual enlightenment needs a maturing process and a life set apart for God for Him to nurture us individually, spiritually and emotionally. Saying the sinner’s prayer is only the beginning. This is followed by our conversion as God takes away our spiritual blindness and gives us light. As our faith, obedience and growth develops, we have deeper understanding of God’s spiritual truth. Hence the road to maturity requires a healing process and not immediate.
Spiritual understanding takes time. We need to exert great efforts to delve into the word of God deeply and explore the spiritual significance of the word rather than read them in the natural context. This will depend on our intimacy and relationship with God.
The closer we are with God the more knowledge of His heart’s desires are acquired. Even when Jesus demonstrated His principle of multiplication of bread to feed the multitude, when there is lack, the disciples panicked. Jesus asked ‘How is it they do not understand His ways? Many of us are like that.
We have seen miracles performed by Jesus in the past yet when there is recurrence of adversity we panicked and doubt. What is the spiritual significance behind this scenario? Our faith tend to waver and should not expect to see signs and wonders. To see the manifestation of miracles we need to put our full trust in the Lord. We ought to remember we are not a human being with a body but the minute we are born again we are no longer human being but a spiritual being with a body. Therefore we are led by the spirit and walk by the spirit. Hence we can move mountains of doubt and adversity. Mark 11:23. God be praised.
Prayer: Lord open our eyes to see what You have in store for us. May we not reason with our human understanding but spiritual understanding of what You intend to do to light up our path. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Today’s Inspiration: Fear is our greatest enemy and has to be conquered by love for love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18. To nurture the damaged trees of wrong done to us is to be a prisoner of the past. To refuse to forgive is also destructive. Unforgiveness choked the life out of marriage or out of family relationship and friendship. To avoid forgiving would mean imprisoning your emotions.
It costs the Lord Jesus at Cavalry to bring us forgiveness. If we are to bear the image of God we cannot afford not to forgive our offender. Forgiveness carries a condition that it starts with us first to forgive the offender. To accept God’s forgiveness and to refuse to forgive our offenders is a wicked act as Jesus explained in the parable of unforgiven servant in Matthew 18:21-35. When you don’t forgive and you choose to be bitter against the offender, you have made yourself a slave to the offender.