Summary: Perceiving is important to achieving. How clearly you can see is vital to suceeding as a Christian.
Close Your Eyes for a moment.. What Do you see?
Darkness? Images ? Thoughts ? Nothing ?
- Have you ever lived in Darkness?
- Have you had Cloudy thoughts
- Have you been plagued with dark images?
- Ever seen nothing when there was something there to see.
- Ever seen something when there was nothing?
All of us have at some point have experienced Blindness in one way or the other.
The song writer writes, Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me I once was lost but Now I’m found was blind but Now I See..
Notice the words to this song…
God’s Amazing Grace…. Sweet … so sweet it saves a wretch like me..
This wretch was lost, This wretch was blind….
Oh how there are millions that are out there who are lost… even Billions who are Blind….
Yet, they cannot sing of God’s Marvelous Amazing Grace!!!
Why, because although many are lost they don’t know it,
Because they are blind they don’t realize it…
They live each day..
Eat God’s Food
Drink God’s Juice
Get warm with God’s Sun
Breathe in God’s Air
Rise out of Bed on God’s Strength ….
Yet many dare to say there is no God!!!
Oh How the Devil is a liar.
He’ll allow you to see all of God’s Blessings Partake in them and yet convince you there is no God!!!
The Devil is a liar… He is the Father of Lies.. and the two greatest lies he can convince us of is
#1 – There is no God …. Notice 2 Cor. 4:3-4
2Cr 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Cr 4:4 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.
So #1 in his arsenal is to convince you that there is no God ----- And if that doesn’t get you
#2 – What he’ll do is give you a distorted view of God..
In Matt 15 – The Pharisees added man made tradition to God’s word and tried to pass it off to the people as truth.
Jesus said… The fact they added to God’s word .. cancelled out God’s word entirely..
Jesus called them Hypocrites. Called their worship Vain Worship..
They talk and look so religiously yet they are just following themselves.
And when the disciples came to Jesus and told him that the Pharisees got mad.. Look at what Jesus said….
Mat 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Oh, many people in and out of religion are Blind. Blind Because they can not see God clearly…
This morning I want to talk to you about…
The Need to see Clearly
Mar 8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
This Verse is filled with so much..
1. Firstly, I want you to notice where they were Bethsaida. - accrding to Matt 11:20 it was A Wicked City .. Unrepentant City…
2. Secondly, I want you to notice the fact that someone loved him enough to bring him to see Jesus.
Note: When your eyes are open.. You have to give back…
3. They took him directly to Jesus. They took him to the source of his healing.
Many want to circumvent Jesus. Circumvent the Word. IF you are going to have success take them to see Jesus..
Mar 8:23 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.
Mar 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
Oh, what a mighty God we serve!!!
Look… He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of town..
Now this man is not in his hometown. .Maybe he was here specifically to see Jesus. Maybe he was staying with friends.. Whatever the reason he wasn’t home….
Now what happens when a blind man is in a foreign place and told to walk… He might fall, Go Astray, So Jesus takes him by the hand and leads him out of the town.
Now this is important..
He leads him out of the town…
What town was he currently in? What was wrong with Bethsaida?
So, he was surrounded by unrepentant, unbelieving people. Jesus took him by the hand and had to remove him from those folks.
Oh how God sometimes has to takes us away from certain people to show us who he is…