Thought For Today - September 15 - Once I Was Blind
Thought For Today - September 15
Once I was Blind!
From the moment of my physical birth until the moment of my rebirth as a child of God, my spiritual eyes and understanding were afflicted with blindness. This is true of all people whether or not they will acknowledge this truth. In this state of darkness, the bible says we are”natural” men.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned” 1 Corinthians 2: 14. Jesus said: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. John 3: 3.
Unfortunately, there are certain religious leaders today occupying pulpits and teaching and preaching some form of religion who are blind leaders of the blind. Jesus said: “Every plant which my heavenly father hath not planted shall be rooted up. Let them alone. they be blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” . Matthew15: 13,14
These blind leaders have never truly been born again and experienced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; therefore They teach the doctrine of men, a social gospel of good works, good deeds, the keeping of rules and commandments; more emphasis placed on tolerance and love, and at the same time neglecting to teach the penalty of not being forgiven and pardoned by God, and having a personal relationship with Christ.
Praise God! Christ is willing and able to open the blind eyes of all who will come to him and ask to receive their sight. In asking, we must believe that he is, in fact, the divine son of God, and is the only way,the truth, and the light. We must believe that he is the propitiation for our sins - he paid the price for our redemption, and we are forever saved by his grace. We must believe that he died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now our great high priest who makes intercession for us before the throne of God the Father. We must believe that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
When we receive all this truth by faith as a free gift of God’s grace, we are miraculously born again, and then and only then, can we see spiritual things. We must have the confidence that Jesus can and will do all this for us. and as we believe. Jesus said, it shall be done unto us.
“And when Jesus departed thence two blind men followed him, crying and saying, thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him,and Jesus saith unto them , believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, see that no man know it” Matthew 9: 27-30
In this case Jesus gave physical sight to physical eyes, and at this time he was not yet ready for it to be known abroad. Today Jesus will give spiritual sight to spiritual eyes and he wants all those who have received spiritual eyesight to go into all the world and preach the gospel. Once I was blind, but now I see.
Posted from the book- "Morning Thoughts and Meditations" - by Robert A. Searles
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