"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 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. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:4-6
As I was at the grill last evening cooking burgers, the thought of how we often treat each other and those without the hope of Christ came to me. I could not get it off of my mind. I thought of the many times I tried desperately to get others to see things clearly. I thought of the many times that I wished that what I was saying would be heard. Then, I realized that I needed to pray that the power of the Lord Jesus, His Holy Word, and the Holy Ghost would lift that veil of blindness. Christ is all that really ever effects meaningful change in any of us! The question came to me, "How do you treat the blind?"
So how do you treat the blind? Do you get angry with them as they trip on the undetectable obstacles in their way? Do you get disgusted with them as they head out into oncoming traffic thinking that they ought to hear the cars and not be so senseless? Do you grow impatient with them as they slowly negotiate themselves through the door while blocking it? Do you ever get frustrated with them and wonder how it would be for them if they could only see? If they could just see!
It is the same with those who have any disability. They don't need rebuke, bitterness, condemnation, and meanness. They don't need unloving, angry, inpatient , and non-understanding Christians. They need to be shown the love of Jesus and bathed in prayer. They need prayer warriors who will fall on their faces before God and beg that the blindness be healed! They need intercessors.
What about the spiritually blind and crippled. What about those caught in the death grip of sin. They need the healing medicine of God's word first of all! Truth must be shared and conveyed clearly. Yet, it must be conveyed in a spirit of love. Be precise, but be loving. How did Jesus treat the woman at the well? How did he react to Matthew who was a traitorous tax collector? How did he react to His often fumbling and bumbling disciples? With the fruit of the Spirit, that's how. Through constant prayer and intercession, that's how. Through patient reminders of His purposes, that's how.
Sinners are blind! Share the Medicine of the Gospel and then pray for the Holy Spirit to remove the blindness. Carnal Christians may be blinded in some areas. Share the truth lovingly and then pray that the blindness be healed by the power of Christ' all pervasive, cleansing blood. Consider your own self too! It is during those type of encounters that our flaws and failure, our impatience and nastiness sometimes shine through. It is then that the Lord reminds us of how desperately we need constant fellowship and communion with Christ and His cross! Just some thoughts!
Now, how did Jesus deal with those who were willfully blind and ignorant of their situation while seeing themselves as God's gift to humanity. Well that is a story for another day! There is a time for strong rebuke, but again, that is the subject for another time. God Bless!
Israel and the Middle East
It seems that the heating up of the Middle East continues as we head towards that precious divine appointment. The Day of the Lord. That precious day when every eye shall see HIM!
FoxNews.com - Anonymous Hackers Release Stuxnet Worm Online
'Maximum security' at 4 Israeli embassies due to threats
Days of Arab Rage Spread to Bahrain - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News
Knesset Conference Calls to Expand Greater Jerusalem - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News **** What a possible trigger!!!
Nasrallah: Hezbollah will conquer the Galilee You have underestimated the power of the Almighty Mr. Nasrallah! You have greatly and grossly underestimated God!
Israel: Iranian Warships in Med are a 'Serious Provocation' - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News
Hezbollah chief tells IDF: Watch your heads - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Jordan justice minister: Israel is a terrorist state - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News