He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:25
Talk is something that is easy for most people. For some people they can talk about anything and everything, regardless of how much or how little they know about the subject.
People like to talk in such a way that it makes them look like they know what they are talking about, even when they don’t. They will make up information, just so they will look intelligent on the subject.
After being healed of blindness, by someone he did not know, a man was being questioned by the Pharisees. He tells them that he doesn’t know whether the man is a sinner or not, but tells them that he was blind but can now see.
Believers are often questioned by non-believers about things God has done in their lives or in the lives of others. The bible is often questioned as to the truth of it.
Sometimes these questions are beyond the knowledge of the believer. Some will try to make up information to make it appear that know everything about God and His ways. This will often cause a bad argument and lead to no where.
Instead of talking about what one does not really know about, he should just say what he knows. Two things that every believer knows is what God has done in his life, and why he believes in Jesus.
There is no believer who knows absolutely everything about God or the Bible. Speaking the basic truth that one knows will keep one from falsehood and getting into a trap that the world tries to set for a believer.
As one speaks this way, he is revealing truth.
As a believer you have your own story to tell of what God has done in your life and what you know about God. There will be many things that you do not know or understand about God and the bible.
Do not try to appear super intelligent, but speak only what you know is truth in your life. The simplest thing you can say that no one can refute is your telling what God has done in your life. Anything beyond that can lead to falsehood or wrong motives.
Go and tell people what you know.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others what God has done for you; that you will speak God’s truth at all times; that God will guide you in understanding His word to you; and that God will guide you to keep you from falling into the traps of this world.
And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. Matthew 18:9
Having eyes is something that is very important to a person. It allows for one to be able to see and read.
A very large portion of media is built around the concept of being able to see. In today’s society there is a way to see nearly anything and everything that a person may want to see. People are willing to watch anything at any cost.
Jesus tells the people that if one has an eye that causes him to stumble, it is better to cut it out and throw it away. This prevents being cast into the fire of hell.
In the eyes of the world anything can be seen with no apparent consequences. Violence and pornography can be viewed very easily and all the time. People think that it is acceptable to see such things.
Along with viewing these things and more, the eyes also can cause jealousy, greed, and lust, all sins against God and others. Yet, people watch all of these things for pleasure.
Believers who allow their eyes to view sin and cause them to sin, are in danger of being cast into hell. Every believer is to flee all sin, rather than partake in sin. If viewing something is leading a person into sin, then it would be better to physically cut out the eye and cast it away, than to burn in hell for eternity.
God hates all sin in a person or a believer. The believer must do whatever it takes to keep from sin at any cost, including his eyes.
As you go through your days, ask yourself what are you willing to view with your eyes. Everything that you purposefully view should bring you closer to God. Anything that does not bring you closer to God should be rejected.
If you struggle with what you are viewing, be willing to do what it takes to stop. This is so important that Jesus said to even gouge the eye out.
Seek God and His Holy Spirit to give you strength to overcome the evil viewing. He will show you a way out that does not include gouging out the eye, but that is how important it is to God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will only look at things that draw you closer to God; that God will give you strength to not look at things that lead you into sin; and that God will guide you to turn away from all sin.
and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” Revelation 15:3
All over the world there are people who have been recognized for what they have done. Inventions created, social work done, businesses started, products made, music, art, and more.
For some, whole museums are established to honor their work. For others, classes have been created to study their great works. The world is quick to recognize the works of a person, but often ignore God’s work.
In his vision, John sees all the believers, who had overcome the beast, singing and praising God. They sing about the great and marvelous deeds of God, confessing that His ways are true and just.
While most of the world rejects God and what He has done, those who have opened their spiritual eyes will be able to see what God has done. The very beginning of God’s great work can be seen in nature, the beautiful sunrises or landscapes and plants. The world sees nature as an act of random chance, while the believer sees God’s mighty hand of power at creation.
As the believer grows in his faith in God, he can begin to see how God works things in his own life. The peace that occurs during difficult times. The provision when there appears to be nothing left. The direction provided when there seems to be no way. The protection from the enemy’s attacks. The needed comfort during times of great sorrow.
And much more. Instead of ignoring these things in his life, the believer should sing God’s songs of praise. He should recognize God’s great and marvelous hand at work in his life. This does not need to wait until one gets to heaven, but can start today.
Take some time to see what God is doing or has already done in your life. As you begin to see God’s hand in everything, you will be amazed at how great God is. God is always faithful and just in what He does.
Now take time to sing praise to God for what He has done in your life. Along with praising God, be willing to tell others about all the marvelous deeds God has done. Doing these things will give God praise and fill your heart with joy.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your spiritual eyes to see His hand at work; that you will recognize all the things God has done and is doing in your life; that you will praise God for His great deeds; and that you will be a witness of He works to others.