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Jesus called Lazarus from the grave after he had been dead four days as recorded in John chapter 11. This was a foreshadow of the resurrection, both of Jesus and of you!

For Lazarus to come back to life, 37 trillion cells needed to come back to life and begin to function. Each cell in the human body is more complex than anything man has ever created, yet, the Lord called Lazarus and all of his cells were healed immediately! While Lazarus would die again someday, it foreshadows a day when you will be called from the grave. Unlike Lazarus you will never die again.

A Resurrection Foreshadowing

John 11:38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”

40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” [1]

A Foreshadow of our Resurrection

Someday the Lord will call each of us from the grave. 1 Thess. 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves.[2]

When you are called from the grave you will have a new body much different than one you have now. The Lord will give you a new body! 2 Cor. 5:1For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.[3]

Be encouraged as the Lord has amazing things in store for those who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior!

To hear more about Lazarus’ encounter with Jesus, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-lazarus


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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An interview question that is often asked is, “Where would you like to be in five years if we hired you today?” The question is designed to make people think about the future in a long-term sense. In a spiritual sense where do you see yourself in 100 years from today? Do you have faith to believe? In one hundred years you will have died. Where will you spend eternity, heaven or hell?  

Why would the Lord let you into heaven? The answer to that question is: We must have faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior to go to heaven. Jesus tells us in John 3:16.” For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.[1]

A Miracle to Build Faith to Believe

There is nothing that you will do in your entire life that is more important than securing your eternity in heaven by placing your faith in Jesus. In our story Lazarus had died, but Jesus was going to raise him from the dead for the very purpose of helping people believe.

 John 11:39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” 40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” [2]

Faith in Jesus Pleases God

Note the word believe in verse 42. While the crowd waited beside the tomb—with the stone now rolled away from its entrance—Jesus praised his Father aloud, publicly, so that, in witnessing the miracle of resurrection, the people might believe in Jesus. His prayer was not a petition, but a prayer of thanks to the Father. Jesus knew that his request would be answered.[3]

Faith in Jesus as our Savior pleases God more than anything else. Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. [4]

Prayer

Lord, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. and that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. Help me to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”[5]

To hear more about Lazarus and his encounter with Jesus listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-lazarus


[1,2,4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] Barton, B. B. (1993). John (pp. 236–237). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.

[5] https://peacewithgod.net/what-do-i-have-to-do-to-go-to-heaven/

Lumo Project

Is there a stone in your life so large only Jesus can roll it away? In our story, the stone in Mary and Martha’s life was the death of their brother. It was only Jesus who could roll the stone away.  What is the Lord teaching you through this story? What was the Lord teaching Mary and Martha through this experience?  

The Stone Rolled Shut

Mary and Martha had sent a note to Jesus to come quickly because their brother was seriously ill. Imagine you were Mary and Martha as you wait anxiously for Jesus to come and heal your brother. You all have witnessed Jesus healing others. Surely, Jesus will come and heal a friend. You sent a note to Jesus, will He come in time to save your brother?

As Lazarus takes his last breath, Jesus has still not arrived. Their hopes of Jesus healing their brother seemed to have vanished like steam from a boiling pot. The stone was rolled in place to shut Lazarus’ grave.

Jesus arrives four days after Lazarus died. Now the “if only” attitude begins. Mary and Martha both tell Jesus at separate times, “If you had been here our brother would not have died.”

Earlier in John chapter 11 it gives us insight why the Lord was taking His time going to Lazarus.  John 11:But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.”[1]

Then Jesus gives us more insight from John 11:14So he told them (The disciples) plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.[2]

A “Roll the Stone Away” Miracle

As Jesus arrives, he speaks with both Mary and Martha, who are grieving over the loss of their brother. They both tell Jesus their brother would not have died if he could have been there sooner. They had no idea of the miracle they were about to witness. Lazarus was in the tomb with a large stone in front of it. Jesus calls for the stone to be rolled away.

John 11:39But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” 40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

Jesus prayed and then the stone was rolled away, and Lazarus came to life. Jesus had brought back others from death, Jairus’s daughter (Matt. 9:18-26) and the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17). But after four days in the grave in a hot climate, decay would have begun.

Only Jesus Can Roll our Stones Away

This miracle seemed impossible. But remember nothing is impossible with God. No one had anticipated what Jesus would do because they assumed it was impossible.

In other Scripture, God comments on what He can do. Jeremiah 32:26 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?[3]What is going on in your life that is impossible for you, but possible for God?

To hear more about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Jesus, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-lazarus


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Lumo Project

In our story of Lazarus, the Gospel of John demonstrates Jesus, our God, of deep emotion. Our God is not a God that is far away and does not care, but one who weeps with us during difficult times in our life. What does the statement, “Jesus weeps for His children” tell you about the Lord? What is Jesus teaching you about compassion through His tears?

John 11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” 37 But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?” [1]

Jesus our God of Deep Grief

In Hebrews 4:15-16 it tells us that Jesus experienced life much like us as He was true man and true God. He understands our pains and our emotions. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. [2]

Jesus wept in sorrow over the death of Lazarus even though He knew He would raise him. Jesus is our God of deep emotion. Physical death was not God’s plan but came about when Adam and Eve fell into sin. Jesus, in His mercy, had a plan to overcome death by giving His life for us on the cross. An all-powerful God could easily intervene to wipe away the tears but instead Jesus chose to limit His power. He doesn’t abolish tears but in the person of Jesus, sheds tears.

Jesus Comforts Us Emotionally

As stated above, God has a plan. His plan was to take our sin on Himself at the cross so we could be called to faith and be given the opportunity to place our faith in Him. God does not promise to make us happy all the time, but to be with us each day no matter what that day brings.

One day, every tear will be wiped away for those who go to heaven. That day is not yet. Until then, we invite God to comfort us and weep with us during our times of need.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, your compassion for me is unending. You hear me in my pain, you love me through my needs. Help me today, and every day, to hear others in their pain, to love them through their needs. Your Son sacrificed Himself for me. Help me to find the right sacrifices to make for others, that they may know a glimpse of Christ’s love, through me. Amen. [3]

To hear more about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Jesus, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-lazarus


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://in.pinterest.com/pin/227502218664498855/

9 Bible Verses for Coping with Grief | Guideposts
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Someday all of us will pass into eternity and leave loved ones behind. When this time comes there will be those left behind that will weep because of the separation. Some will weep with hope. Others weep with no hope either for themselves or the loved one they lost because they have never taken the step of placing their faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Weep in Hope during Sorrow

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were people of deep faith. When Lazarus died, Mary and Martha had hope. They knew that someday they would see their brother again because of their faith in Jesus.They did not know that Jesus would raise Lazarus from the dead. Even though Lazarus came back to life, someday in the future he would die again and be forever in heaven.

John 11:20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” 25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.”[1]

Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life and that those who believe in Me as their Savior will live again even after physical death.” Here Jesus is talking about people being connected to Him by faith. John 15:5 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6[2]

Jesus and Weeping

Are you connected to Jesus by faith in Him?There is no more critical question that will impact your eternity more than this one. Jesus, in Revelation 21:4, reveals about those in heaven, “He (Jesus) will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” [3]

In Matthew 13:42 those in hell, who did not place their faith in Jesus, will themselves be weeping. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.[4]

Prayer

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley and hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. [5]

To hear more about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Jesus, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-lazarus


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[5] https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/the-sinners-prayer-4-examples.html

The Western Taboo of Comfort-Feeding Babies - The Atlantic

One of the greatest needs all of us have is to be comforted in our time of sorrow. Although babies and small children receive much comforting in the first few years, we never outgrow the need to be comforted. During this time of pestilence many older people that live in care facilities are in desperate need of comfort and human touch.

There is something deeply emotional that happens when a person is comforted. As people we become calmer and we can think more clearly. A comforting hand has often saved people in a car accident from going into shock until medical help can arrive. When we are comforted, we feel loved and affirmed. Although our situation may not have changed, the time of comfort helped us move forward in life.

Comfort in Time of Grief

Many people had come out from Jerusalem to console Mary and Martha. Jesus knew how important comforting others was. He demonstrated this to the disciples as He ministered to the family of Lazarus in person. Just a short time before this, the Pharisees in Jerusalem wanted to kill Jesus. He entered enemy territory to visit Mary and Martha. Comfort is more than just giving people a hug and includes spending time with them in person. This is called the ministry of presence.

John 11:17 When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. 18 Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, 19 and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. 20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” [1]

Comforted so We Can Comfort Others

Jesus had arrived and comforted Mary and Martha with His words and physical presence. How have you been comforted? How has that affected you? What did the Lord teach you through a special time of comforting? How can be open to the Lord’s prompting to comfort others change you and the person being comforted?

2 Cor. 1:He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.[2]

To hear more about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Jesus, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-lazarus


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

God's Timing - Part 1 — Living Hope Baptist Church
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Have you ever struggled with being patient? We live in an age where modern appliances have greatly reduced our wait time for routine household tasks. We have been conditioned to desire something and be able to get it immediately. God, however, does not work like that.

God’s timing often involves waiting. You may want to get married but can’t find the right spouse. Or, you may want a different job, but there are none to be found. Perhaps you may want speedy progress on your spiritual journey but have found it to be slow.  Often, God makes us wait because it is for our own good and He is teaching us something in the process.

The Timing for Lazarus

In our story, Lazarus was quite ill, and Mary and Martha sent a note asking Jesus to come quickly. Jesus did not immediately rush off when He received the note. In fact, Jesus waited two full days. When he arrived at Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for four days.

Both Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, greet Jesus in the same way. They complain that Lazarus could have been saved if only Jesus had arrived before he died. They were objecting to Jesus’ timing. The sisters thought if His timing would have been different, Lazarus would still be alive. They had no idea that Jesus arrived right on time to accomplish the will of His heavenly Father.

God’s Timing in Your Life

When did you experience Jesus arriving at the right time in your life? Did His timing match your expectations?  It always amazes me how much better God’s timing is than mine.

John 11:17 When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. 18 Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, 19 and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. 20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” [1]

As our story unfolds Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and doing so was an amazing demonstration of God’s glory. The timing of Jesus’ healing strengthened people’s faith and helped others realize who He was. God’s timing was perfect for God’s plan. Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. [2]

Prayer

Lord, I thank You that You will answer my prayers in Your perfect timing. Reveal what is in my heart and make me ready to handle the answer in the right way when it comes. Help me to be patient in prayer, not give up, and trust You even during moments when I feel negative emotions. I don’t want to live by feelings but by faith.

Help me not to take matters in my own hands. I choose to trust you, and I refuse to believe the lies of the enemy. I choose to be faithful in prayer (Colossians 4:2). Deepen my understanding and give me a greater knowledge of what You are doing in my life. I choose to hold unswervingly to the hope that I profess (Hebrews 10:23). Stretch my faith in the midst of the wait, just as You did with Your disciples when encountering a storm at sea (Matthew 8:23-27). I thank You that You have all wisdom and will answer my prayers in the perfect way. In Jesus’ name, amen.[3]

To hear more about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Jesus, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-lazarus


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/a-prayer-for-waiting-on-god-s-timing.html

‘Go,’ Jesus told him, ‘wash in the Pool of Siloam.’ – Slide 5
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Have you ever driven into the sun or driving snow and found it hard to see the road? One Thanksgiving we visited my wife’s sister and, on the way, home we had to drive through snow that, at times, was completely blinding. While we can be blinded physically, we can also be blinded spiritually. Sin can blind us.

Jesus addressed spiritual blindness as He talked to the blind man who was healed in John chapter nine. In the background are the Pharisees who are listening to his conversation with the man who was healed. While the Pharisees can see physically, they are blind spiritually.

John 9:35 When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” 37 “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!” 38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. 39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?” 41 “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see. [1]

Sin Blinds us Spiritually

Our spiritual blindness not only hinders us from seeing God accurately, it also hinders us from seeing ourselves properly. We think our sinfulness is not that bad and that our goodness is better than it really is.

Sin can give us blind spots. Blind spots cause us to misjudge our sinfulness, and thus we need the Holy Spirit’s help to bring Biblical conviction to our lives. John 16:8And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.[2]  When the Holy Spirit is in our lives, we will see harmful patterns in our character. But without the Spirit, we could not see those blind spots. I have wondered, “How could I have missed this for so long?”

We need God’s loving correction even when we think there are no problems. We all have blind spots which the Holy Spirit can expose and help us correct.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, in you there is no darkness; there is only light. I confess to you that certain areas of my life are hidden in darkness. I am blind to the ways that these areas are hurting my relationship with you, myself and others. Remove the scales from my heart, mind and eyes, Lord. I don’t want to walk in darkness any longer. Use whatever it takes to completely eliminate blind spots from my faith journey. Thank you that I can become more like your Son every day through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

To hear more about the healing of the blind man, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-a-blind-man


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Journey with Jesus through John — Los Altos Grace

I remember my mother reading Bible stories to me when I was a small child and I loved the stories and pictures. As I reflect on this, it was the beginning of my relationship with Jesus and is a spiritual journey that continues to this day. The Lord continues to teach me and allow me to experience different seasons of life. No year is the same and I wonder how does the Lord have so much patience with me along the way?  

On this side of eternity, we will never achieve perfection because we are always a work in progress. Who has been instrumental in your spiritual journey? What is the Lord teaching you this year as you journey with Him?

The Journey of the Blind Man’s Relationship with Jesus

The blind man. in John chapter nine. was about to have an encounter with Jesus that would change his life and set him on a different path spiritually. The Lord opened his eyes through the questioning of others. The religious leaders confronted him about his healing and could not stop his testimony about Jesus.  In fact, the more the Pharisees questioned this man who had received his sight, the stronger and clearer he became about Jesus.[1]

At first, the healed blind man named his healer “the man called Jesus.” John 9:11He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!” [2]

Then he named Jesus as “a prophet as he was further questioned by the Pharisees. John 9:17Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?” The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”[3]

Then he saw Jesus as one who was “from God” and had performed a miracle never done before. John 9:32Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.” [4]

Then finally, when confronted by Jesus, he believed that Jesus is the “Son of Man” (the Messiah), worthy of worship. John 9:35When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” 37 “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!” 38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. [5]

The Journey of our Relationship with Jesus

Like the man in our story, the Lord opens our spiritual eyes, but not all at once or it would overwhelm us. The blind man who was healed was just at the beginning of his journey with Jesus. How about you? How has the Lord continued to open your eyes to who he is?

Ephesians 1:18 Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance.[6]

To hear more about the healing of the blind man, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-a-blind-man


[1] Barton, B. B. (1993). John (pp. 199–200). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.

[2-5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[6] The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

James 1:5 - Bible verse of the day - DailyVerses.net

Have you ever been faced with a situation where you needed supernatural discernment to make the correct decision? Have you prayed, Lord, grant me discernment? As we go through life’s journey, most people will find they need this type of discernment on a regular basis. The good news is the Lord provides discernment for those who seek Him in prayer. James 1:5If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.[1]

Lord, Grant Me Discernment with my Family

When our daughter was in 7th grade, she struggle with a negative situation in school. Neither my wife or I had experienced anything like this and did not know what to do. There were lots of tears but no real answers until we went to the Lord.

The Lord, in His mercy, granted us the wisdom and opened the door for her to go to an online Christian school. At the time, this was all new technology and the school had just opened at the beginning of the school year. God granted us the wisdom as we prayed for our daughter.

Looking for Discernment

In John chapter nine, Jesus healed a man who was born blind. This was an amazing miracle and the man’s neighbors took him to the local experts, the Pharisees. John 9:13 Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, 14 because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. 15 The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them. [2]

These men were trying to understand the miracle but were only using their human intellect. What if the Pharisees would have humbled themselves and prayed for wisdom in the situation? In my opinion, the Lord would have answered their prayer by showing them that Jesus was from God.

Lord, Grant Us Discernment for Life

There will be times in life where we need wisdom only God can provide. Sometimes the Lord puts us in a box where He is the only answer. The key is humility! Will we humble ourselves and submit to God or go and rely on our own strength?

I have relied on my own strength and made the wrong decision. God was teaching me the foolishness of not humbling myself and coming to Him in prayer. Perhaps you have done something similar. Fortunately, God allows us to learn from our mistakes, Ask God for forgiveness and His help to see you through.

Prayer

Lord, help me make wise choices today. Give me insight to discern good and evil and choose according to Your will. I desire Your truth, where great wisdom can be found. May I seek You more and more. In Jesus’ name, Amen. [3]

To hear more about the healing of the blind man, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/encountering-jesus-with-a-blind-man


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://www.bibleportal.com/articles/prayer-for-discernment.html

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