And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he reediceived his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
There was a young man who rarely missed a practice. He loved sports and he loved being a part of his schoolís wrestling team. He worked hard and he wanted to compete in an actual tournament against another squad but He suffered from cerebral palsy. His uncooperative limbs and twisted hands would have ordinarily made this impossible.
However, his coach got wind of him wanting to compete.
Bartimaeus wasnít born on the right side of the tracks although everyone knew who he was. Some felt sorry for him others despised him but they all knew him. His father never amounted to much and nobody could recall his mother. Fathers spoke of him as a warning, a cautionary tale and mothers wrapped their aprons around their children scurrying them out of reach of this beggar. Bartimaeus came from bad seed and the entire town knew it. He was blind, a beggar, and now he was being disruptive.
People love to lump folks into categories. We are classified by our failure. We become pigeonholed with a diagnosis. Our yesterdays cripple us and blind us to what could be. Lifeís events become the bars and our past serves as the jailor. Isolation and redundancy is the sentence that the devil has passed in our life and there are crowds that surround us, reminding us of exactly what we are and what we have done.
However, your yesterday doesnít dictate your tomorrow.
It is the of the Lordís mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is they faithfulness.
Godís mercy is renewed each morning. Itís there waiting, wanting to move you from where you are to where you should be. The crowds had already decided that Bartimaeus was a nuisance, a blind man, and a beggar with a sketchy past. It was mercy that moved him from being broken and destitute to receiving his sight.
And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
Sodom and Gomorrah were about to be destroyed. Lot was living in a place that he should not have been. He was entrenched in the city. His family was there. He couldnít imagine life any other way. But the first time that mercy is mentioned in the bible is when God brings Lot out of Sodom and delivers him from destruction. Lot being so entrenched in his own life did not recognize what God was doing and begged mercy to return to Sodom.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
He had his singlet on. His helmet was pulled down about his ears and he was ready for the match. His father carried and laid him carefully on the hardwood floor. Then an incredible thing happened, his opponent got on the floor beside him and put the young manís arm over his throat. The referee signaled that the guy from the opposing team was pinned and the boy with cerebral palsy won his match. The fight was fixed. The match was staged.
Yesterday loses its hold upon you when you realize that Godís mercy is staring you in the face. The fight is fixed. You are a winner.
Bartimaeus was simply looking for a handout but God gave him his sight. What is it that you need God to do in your life? Why not refuse what the adversary has forced upon you? Your future doesnít have to be what yesterday was! Recognize Godís mercy today and let him transform your tomorrow.attitude about God. He had a right spirit.
ďAnd we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.Ē
Itís a difficult world that we live in. Itís filled with sin, sickness, heartache, and despair. Thank God that sin doesnít get to have the final word. In the Hebrew language, there is what is called a causative tense meaning that it shows causality or proximate cause in its verbiage. So, ďA merry heart doeth good like medicineĒ means ďA cheerful heart causes good healingĒ. Winning isnít Godís concern because He can deliver by many or by few. Godís concern is out attitude about our problem. How are we going to respond?
Gideon was hiding from the Midianites trying to thresh enough wheat that he might be able to feed his family. The Midianites were robbing, thieving bandits that raided their lands in swelling hordes. However, the Midianites were defeated by three hundred men wielding pitchers and candlesticks. The Midianites werenít the problem. Gideonís perspective was the problem. When Gideon got the right perspective, the Midianites were no longer an issue.
Moses was a stuttering, stammering has been. He was working a dead end job living in a horrible neighborhood. He worked long hours for little pay and was constantly looking over his shoulder. One day Moses saw a bush burning that wasnít consumed by the fire. He didnít have a different job. He didnít get a pay raise. He was still living in the same terrible neighborhood. His past was still lurking over his shoulder but he got a brand new perspective about God and it changed His life forever.
This week pray that God would give you a right spirit and a right attitude. Ask God for a brand new perspective about your problems. Change your estimation of what you think God is willing to do in your life and watch your circumstances change.