Clearly Blind

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Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

What for?

Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry.

What is to be achieved in this perfecting work?

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith.

What is the prayer of Jesus?

John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The prayer and burden of Jesus is that His Church would be individually connected with Him and be made perfect in being connected with one another. This connection is the only way the world will know. Jesus says by this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another. These words are very meaningful and the devil knows the power of unity. As people press closer together in unity, there always tends to develop familiarity. Familiarity breeds contempt as when you get to know a friend better and the novelty of their friendship wears off, then comes the difficulty. It’s easy to love someone that you only see every now and then. Jesus prayer is that we could be made perfect in one and would have love one for another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples. He gave the structure of the church for the purpose of bringing perfection to the people; of right-doing and at the same time having tolerance to those that haven’t achieved what God is asking them to achieve; having understanding yet you yourself not becoming lax on the point of righteousness.

Consider the closeness and the familiarity that can breed contempt in this world. The church of God isn’t the church where you get to pick the friends that are part of it. God chooses who shall be saved. God chooses people from different parts of life like the twelve apostles. So different in characteristics and brings them together. Until they were in one place and one accord, they didn’t receive the Holy Spirit. We have come from different walks of life and God is trying to bring together a people that would testify to the world of Him.

Luke 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind?…

Can the blind lead the blind? They can’t but the amazing thing is that they try to. A blind man cannot lead a blind man but this very situation is all around us. Perhaps it’s even among us. What blind man goes to another blind man and asked him to be his leader? Nobody. The problem is that the blind man doesn’t know that the leader is blind himself. That’s why he’s asked him to lead. That’s why this strange thing happens, that there are blind leaders leading the blind. People that cannot see leading people that cannot see. Because both are blind, there’s no one to tell the leader that they’re going the wrong way. The blind man doesn’t know himself that his leader is taking him the wrong way.

Luke 6:39 …shall they not both fall into the ditch?

It’s obvious that if a blind man is leading a blind man, they’re going to run into something.

Luke 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

It is a law that you cannot go much higher than your own leader. When you have reached maturity, it will only be that level of the person who you are beholding as your leader. So it is important that we have someone who sees as our leader.

Luke 6:41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye,

Can a blind person behold a mote that is in his brother’s eye? We’re not considering just being blind, but of not seeing clearly. There is a parable where Jesus heals a blind man. What did this man really see when he was blind? He wasn’t blind in a sense that he couldn’t see anything.

Mark 8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

Before Jesus completes his miracle he asks the man, what do you see? I see men as trees walking. That’s very strange to see trees walking, but they’re really men.

Mark 8:25 After that he put [his] hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

This miracle is an object lesson. Jesus leads this man and asks him, what do you see? He sees men as trees, nothing clearly. Then he says, lift your eyes and look up. Then, he could see every man clearly. But he was looking up. Have you ever wondered about that? The object lesson is that you will never see right unless you’re looking to God. You will see something in your brother that is wrong but that’s not even there.

Luke 6:41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Here is clear blindness. Someone can see the finest detail of the faults of someone else but yet the huge log in their own head is not observed. Jesus is speaking this to His church, the disciples and all those else that were listening.

Even the sentence, “Thou that judgest doest the same things,” does not reach the magnitude of his sin who presumes to criticize and condemn his brother. Jesus said, “Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” {MB 125.1}

   His words describe one who is swift to discern a defect in others. When he thinks he has detected a flaw in the character or the life he is exceedingly zealous in trying to point it out; but Jesus declares that the very trait of character developed in doing this un-Christlike work, is, in comparison with the fault criticized, as a beam in proportion to a mote. {MB 125.2}

What is the difference between a beam of timber and a splinter? Here are two people and one is beholding a fault in someone else. You can say you don’t do that and therefore you don’t have the beam. He has a mote, I have given that up long ago. But the beam that this is talking about is the beam of beholding the mote. The problem is looking and dwelling upon the negativity of that person. If you do that, you have just established a beam in your own head. Christ is saying, that trait of character is much larger a problem than the action that the other person is doing that you may have given up long ago. Does this blindness really apply to us today? We have great light today, don’t we? Aren’t we living in a good time, where the bible is so easily read and everyone has access to the truth now? Surely we aren’t that blinded. The problem is only made worse as the time approaches to the end. In the seven periods of God’s church, the period of Laodicea which is the people of the judgement, these people have an opinion of themselves which is so natural to have.

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

The true witness is saying that the angel of the Laodicean period, to the ministry of the Laodicean period, you are blind. This blindness is unknown. They think they can see. If anyone has their eyes shut and sees something it’s nothing less than an imagination, a dream. The true witness is stating that the people of Laodicea are dreaming. When we perceive that we are okay and then identify problems in other people, we’re in danger.

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

The man that Jesus healed, his eyes were lifted up. They were single. They only looked at the light above him and his whole body was full of light and he saw clearly.

Matthew 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness….

If your eye is observing evil, what has happened to your mind? It’s become dark.

Matthew 6:23 … If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great [is] that darkness!

Perhaps you see some negativity and think in your wisdom that it is something that needs to be corrected? The bible is saying that that darkness, that you call light, is great darkness. It’s worse than darkness. It’s the darkness of darkness. It’s positively blind. This blindness, where does it come from?

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

The God of this world is trying to blind the people’s minds. Who is the God of this world? Satan is the God of this world and he is seeking to blind the people’s minds. I pray that we can understand this because perhaps we are blind. Perhaps we are seeing something that isn’t there. Perhaps it is and perhaps it isn’t. Unless we understand how we are to view this whole planet, we will be deceived in the end. What we need is to look up, then we shall see clearly. What is this blindness that Satan wants to blind the people of God with?

1 John 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

What determines whether you’re blind or not? How much scripture you can memorise? How well you can prove a doctrine? What says the scripture? If you sin, especially against your brother. It comes down to the relationship. Here is a person that perceives the mote in his brother’s eye. If we’re stickler’s for truth and really want to be right, what’s wrong with seeing someone do something wrong and trying to pull it out from their eye? The problem is that rightness is in the relationship with one another, more so than the niggling at one another.

1 John 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness

It’s the relationship that you hold to the most familiar person that you naturally don’t like in the flesh. Then you can know whether you are blind or not. Hate is a strong word. I think that I don’t really hate anyone. Sure, I might not like some, but I don’t hate them. What does the wisdom of Solomon share on the point of this word, hatred?

Proverbs 26:17 He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.

If you start dealing with stuff that has nothing to do with you, it’s like taking a dog by the ears. What happens when you do that? They bite. There are two people talking about something that is nothing to do with you but you stick your two cents in and you get bitten. Do you think they were a bit rude to you? You’ve just taken a dog by the ears.

Proverbs 26:18 As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

Do we play tricks on one another?

Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 22 The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 23 Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross. 24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.

Here is a person who hates but what does he do? He dissembles with his lips. There’s a brother you don’t like even though you’re kind to him, but inside you don’t really like him. Then with your lips you dissemble him, pull him apart, talk about him. This is tale bearing. This is what happens if you hate your brother. You’ll pull him apart in your speech between one another or to others. That is a sign of hatred in your heart whether you acknowledge it or not.

Gossipers and news-carriers are a terrible curse to neighborhoods and churches. Two-thirds of all the church trials arise from this source. {SA 162.1}

Two thirds of church trials arise from gossip. The prayer of Christ is that we could be perfected in one. That we can be right, stand for that which is right and yet come together in total harmony without eating each other or pulling out each others’ beams, motes or anything else we see amongst each other. Satan wants to create problems and he thinks a good way to bring 66% in the church is to get some talking happening. Isaiah describes the experience of gossip.

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 4 None calleth for justice, nor [any] pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

Here is a description of slaying with blood without literally doing it. You can say I haven’t killed anybody but here muttering perverseness and no one calls for justice. Isn’t that true when two people are talking negatively about another person, the other person never corrects the first for murder because it doesn’t seem like murder. None calls for justice. It’s unjust to do such things, but no one cares. It says they conceive mischief. What does conceive mean? They give birth, they make it up.

Isaiah 59:5 They hatch cockatrice’ [snakes] eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

Here is a conception, a spreading of eggs of a pest. What cane toads do in Queensland, gossip does in the church. How can you pull it back? It’s a conception.

We must learn to place the best possible construction upon doubtful conduct of others. . . . If we are ever suspecting evil we are in danger of creating what we allow ourselves to suspect. . . . {OHC 237.2}

Do you have a problem with your brother? Do you think they don’t like you because you don’t like them? Do you talk about them? Do they hear that you’ve talked about them and then they really don’t like you when before they didn’t have a problem with you? You just assumed they did. In talking about them you’ve created the problem that you perceived to be wrong, where before God it may have been the right action.

We cannot pass along without sometimes having our feelings hurt and our temper tried, but as Christians we must be just as patient, forbearing, humble, and meek as we desire others to be. Oh, how many thousand good acts and deeds of kindness that we receive . . . pass from the mind like dew before the sun, while imaginary or real injury leaves an impression which it is next to impossible to efface! The very best example to give to others is to be right ourselves,… {OHC 237.2}

The best way to help your brother get the mote out of his eye is to be right yourself and get the beam out of yours. That’s the best thing you can do.

… and then leave ourselves, our reputation, with God and not show too great anxiety to right every wrong impression and present our case in a favorable light. . . . {OHC 237.2}

   The neglect to cultivate tender consideration and forbearance for one another has caused dissension, distrust, faultfinding, and general disunion. God . . . calls upon us to put away this great sin and to strive to answer the prayer of Christ that His disciples may be one as He is one with the Father. . . . It is the special work of Satan to cause dissension, . . . that the world should be deprived of the most powerful testimony Christians can give it that God has sent His Son to bring into harmony turbulent, proud, envious, jealous, bigoted minds. . . . {OHC 237.3}

66% of church problems arise through gossip and talking. We all want to answer to prayer of Christ, so we need to consider the workings of gossip. Satan’s special work is to conceive and bring forth mischief, create something that’s not real. How did Satan do this in Heaven? Do you know how Heaven fell into disarray? The capital of this Universe had war in it. How did it happen? Listen carefully, because how the pen of inspiration describes this is exactly how it happens in the church.

Leaving his place in the immediate presence of the Father, Lucifer went forth to diffuse the spirit of discontent among the angels. He worked with mysterious secrecy, and for a time concealed his real purpose under an appearance of reverence for God.

This angel beside God comes out, he is reverent towards God, but he’s doing something.

He began to insinuate doubts concerning the laws that governed heavenly beings, intimating that though laws might be necessary for the inhabitants of the worlds, angels, being more exalted, needed no such restraint, for their own wisdom was a sufficient guide. They were not beings that could bring dishonor to God; all their thoughts were holy;… If this prince of angels could but attain to his true, exalted position, great good would accrue to the entire host of heaven; for it was his object to secure freedom for all. But now even the liberty which they had hitherto enjoyed was at an end; for an absolute Ruler had been appointed them, and to His authority all must pay homage. Such were the subtle deceptions that through the wiles of Lucifer were fast obtaining in the heavenly courts. {PP 37.1}

Taking advantage of the loving, loyal trust reposed in him by the holy beings under his command, he had so artfully instilled into their minds his own distrust and discontent that his agency was not discerned. Lucifer had presented the purposes of God in a false light–misconstruing and distorting them to excite dissent and dissatisfaction. He cunningly drew his hearers on to give utterance to their feelings; { PP 38.2}

Satan has a problem with God yet he comes to the holy beings with such reverence for God and he comes up with a few ideas that sound rather good to make things better. As he talks about that the angels get feelings of discontent. It could be better therefore it’s not right. Then he made his hearers give utterance to their feelings which he gave to them in the first place.

…then these expressions were repeated by him when it would serve his purpose, as evidence that the angels were not fully in harmony with the government of God…. {PP 38.2}

The devil says a few insinuating things that just suggest things, just throw some ideas around, all for the love of God and they think it’s a pretty good idea. Then he probes them to talk about how they feel about it. Then, when they talk about it he says, look God they’re talking about that. He disconnects himself from the problem.

 While claiming for himself perfect loyalty to God, he urged that changes in the order and laws of heaven were necessary for the stability of the divine government. Thus while working to excite opposition to the law of God and to instill his own discontent into the minds of the angels under him, he was ostensibly seeking to remove dissatisfaction and to reconcile disaffected angels to the order of heaven. { PP 38.2}

He sees that the angels aren’t happy anymore because he created their unhappiness. Then he goes around trying to bring harmony and pretending to be the good guy. These angels get tricked without knowing it.

While secretly fomenting discord and rebellion, he with consummate craft caused it to appear as his sole purpose to promote loyalty and to preserve harmony and peace. {PP 38.2}

How did Satan do it in Heaven? He talked, insinuated a couple of things, made them express it and then said, that person said this and I think that is a good idea. Where did the idea really come from? From Satan. All the reasoning of Lucifer was that they were making Heaven better. What is wrong with that? We just want to make better reforms. We want to be more strict, more right. At the same time he’s causing a relationship problem with this person and that person, which is the greater problem.

He who opens his heart to the suggestions of the enemy, taking in evil surmisings, and cherishing jealousy, frequently misconstrues this evil-mindedness, calling it special foresight, discrimination, or discernment in detecting guilt and fathoming the evil motives of others. {7BC 936.11}

When we start looking at each other and think the Lord has given me the job of correcting other people, this evil trait is called foresight and discrimination. You can see where their mistakes are but this is a real problem and you can discriminate between the two.

He considers that a precious gift has been vouchsafed to him; and he draws apart from the very brethren with whom he should be in harmony; he climbs upon the judgment seat, and shuts his heart against the one he supposes to be in error, as though he himself were above temptation. Jesus separates from him, and leaves him to walk in the sparks of his own kindling. {7BC 936.11}

Let no one among you glory any longer against the truth by declaring that this spirit is a necessary consequence of dealing faithfully with wrongdoers and of standing in defense of the truth. Such wisdom has many admirers, but it is very deceptive and harmful. It does not come from above, but is the fruit of an unregenerated heart. Its originator is Satan himself. {7BC 936.12}

We want to stand up for the truth and what’s right, but in so doing we cut people down light grass. The truth is actually dealing with your brother unselfishly. Satan will make people blinded by thinking that they can know the truth back to front. If they have this attitude, it’s from beneath. Give man the thoughts from the bible and some scissors and he’ll cut out a religion just like popery. Call it whatever you like. Man can only produce popery as a religion. It make not have the same facilities as popery, but the system is always going to be the same. You can give it a protestant name if you like, it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s no different. Man can only create one sort of religion. What does the Apostle Paul say about judging, when we see something and make a conclusion in our mind and talk about or harbour that conclusion?

Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

You know when you do the same thing, right? Here it says, if you see someone doing something wrong, you’re doing the same thing.

Romans 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

The way God patiently deals with you leads you to repentance, but you won’t do the same to others? Because you treat them harshly, in a way that they won’t repent under, you’re judged for doing what they did because you didn’t lead them to repentance by love, forbearance and longsuffering. It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance, not the condemnation of God. There is a fine balance. Some people go from one extreme to the other. They’ll say, we’ve either got to be very strict and make everyone else strict, or we’ve just got to relax and make everyone else relaxed. This is not the case. We must be very strict with ourselves but we must make sure that true strictness is applied. What is true strictness?

Matthew 23:24 [Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Before, we had a splinter and a beam. Now we have a gnat and a camel. Jesus Christ is illustrating the differences of the two sins. The gnat is the actions that you and I do. The camel is our relationship to one another. Is it good to drink gnats? No. You strain a gnat, get the bugs out of your drink. That’s fine, but don’t swallow a camel. If you have a splinter, it’s fine to get it out. But if you have a beam, get that out too. This is what Jesus was trying to say all though His ministry.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

It is good to tithe and good to be strict with every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth, but the relationship factor is of greater consequence than the smaller. All are very important but listen to what Jesus is saying. The gnat and the camel. Is it important for us to eat healthfully? Yes. Health reform is what God desires His people to have today, to be very strict on what we eat. In being strict with what we eat, we can be cannibals. We cannot have a certain ingredient, yet we could eat our friend.

We think with horror of the cannibal who feasts on the still warm and trembling flesh of his victim; but are the results of even this practice more terrible than are the agony and ruin caused by misrepresenting motive, blackening reputation, dissecting character? Let the children, and the youth as well, learn what God says about these things: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” {AH 440.5}

The spirit of gossip and talebearing is one of Satan’s special agencies to sow discord and strife, to separate friends, and to undermine the faith of many in the truthfulness of our positions. {AH 441.1}

Closely allied to gossip is the covert insinuation, the sly innuendo, by which the unclean in heart seek to insinuate the evil they dare not openly express. Every approach to these practices the youth should be taught to shun as they would shun the leprosy. {Ed 236.3}

According to the Spirit of Prophecy we can be straining gnats and eating humans. This is what God is saying is a huge problem; 66% of church problems come because of this. If someone talks to you with reverence of the lovely things of God and then just drops in a few slights about the character of somebody else, does your perception of that other person change the next time you see them? Has that happened to you? The problem has been created. It doesn’t actually exist. Even if it does, it’s a gnat, not a camel. The problem of talking about the negativities of other people should be shunned like leprosy, yet it’s never talked about because it’s socially acceptable to gossip and talking about somebody else. To think you have insight on someone else or that you know what other people are doing in the church. Someone can say a few very minor things, but your mind will just change. If you sense your mind changing against your brother pray to God, because Satan is working upon your mind against the people that are close to you. We shouldn’t talk negatively about anybody. We can talk about the evils of the Catholic Church, but it is the problem of talking about the evils of the person that you naturally don’t like that we are addressing here. What happens within. We shouldn’t talk negatively about anybody. We should uplift the truth. Should we even listen if people talk negatively about someone else?

When we listen to a reproach against our brother, we take up that reproach. To the question, “Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” the psalmist answered, “He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor.” {5T 58.1}

Who is going to be in heaven? Those that don’t even listen to negativity about their brethren even if they are right. God is in his Church, he will work upon that person. Your love, kindness and own strictness upon yourself will speak more than any of your words could ever do. I’m not suggesting you become slack and ecumenical, be strict with yourself and compassionate to others.

What a world of gossip would be prevented if every man would remember that those who tell him the faults of others will as freely publish his faults at a favorable opportunity. {5T 58.2}

Would you like your faults to be published to other people? If someone talks of someone else’s problem to you, you wouldn’t want to listen to it because if they knew your problems that person would go and tell it to somebody else. What a world of gossip would be prevented if people would remember this.

I saw that the very spirit of perjury, that would turn truth into falsehood, good into evil, and innocence into crime, is now active. Satan exults over the condition of God’s professed people. While many are neglecting their own souls, they eagerly watch for an opportunity to criticize and condemn others. All have defects of character, and it is not hard to find something that jealousy can interpret to their injury. “Now,” say these self-constituted judges, “we have facts. We will fasten upon them an accusation from which they can not clear themselves.” They wait for a fitting opportunity and then produce their bundle of gossip and bring forth their tidbits. {5T 94.3}

Are you storing up little problems for the right time when you can say, way back then they did this and therefore they should be dealt like this? What’s been happening all that time in your life?

In their efforts to carry a point, persons who have naturally a strong imagination are in danger of deceiving themselves and deceiving others. They gather up unguarded expressions from another, not considering that words may be uttered hastily and hence may not reflect the real sentiments of the speaker. But those unpremeditated remarks, often so trifling as to be unworthy of notice, are viewed through Satan’s magnifying glass, pondered, and repeated until molehills become mountains. {5T 95.1}

Someone may have said something wrong, but it might have been a hasty remark that they weren’t really thinking about. Then it travels on to this person and that person and suddenly it is a huge problem that actually doesn’t even exist. It’s blindness.

Separated from God, the surmisers of evil become the sport of temptation. They scarcely know the strength of their feelings or the effect of their words. While condemning the errors of others, they indulge far greater errors themselves. Consistency is a jewel. {5T 95.1}

Is there no law of kindness to be observed? Have Christians been authorized of God to criticize and condemn one another? Is it honorable, or even honest, to win from the lips of another, under the guise of friendship, secrets which have been entrusted to him, and then turn the knowledge thus gained to his injury? Is it Christian charity to gather up every floating report, to unearth everything that will cast suspicion on the character of another, and then take delight in using it to injure him? Satan exults when he can defame or wound a follower of Christ. He is “the accuser of our brethren.” Shall Christians aid him in his work? {5T 95.2}

Shall we be Satan’s helpers? Satan is blind and if we are blind he will lead us and we will both fall into the ditch. When we look at our lives we may think that we’ve talked to people and come across wrong or have thought negatively about someone. Then when you come to fellowship you see it all in a different light. This is the hallmark of blindness. The good thing is that Jesus came to open the eyes of the blind. If we feel condemned about something that we’ve done, it’s a good thing because we were condemned already before we even knew it. Now is an opportunity to repent before God. John the Baptist’s and Jesus Christ’s message was repent, repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. Repentance is a prerequisite of being ready for Jesus to come. When we realise that we are blind and have defamed other people, repent. Here is a blind man, who realised that he was blind.

Mark 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, [thou] son of David, have mercy on me. 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, [Thou] son of David, have mercy on me. 49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Jesus Christ is in His church amongst His people trying to answer His prayer. If we are blind Jesus is near. We can call out to Jesus Son of David have mercy upon me. Give me my sight so I can see my brethren like you see them. When we can see our brethren like He sees them, then we can die for them. We can lay down our life for one another, which is love. You cannot do it if you don’t see them the way Jesus sees them. It’s impossible. I pray that we can come to Jesus and prevent any attacks that Satan will have on this front. Right here we can knock out 66% of our church problems. If we can do that, then the chances of us answering the prayer of Christ increases. May the Lord bless our fellowship, that we can create a haven were people can come and not be attacked by words or looks. May God help us to this end.

Amen.

 

Posted on January 12, 2011, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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