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Bible Ballistics: BBs #614 He Opens Blinded Eyes To SEE???
I must admit it’s been a long week at our house—yet God is truly faithful to “strengthen the weak hands” (and hearts, See Job 4:3).
“Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
You see, just as David wrote the 23rd Psalm, he spoke of “my” shepherd—and that’s the point; have you come to the shepherd? Has He opened your eyes? Are you willing to trust Him to save you from your sin, or are you contented ‘in’ your sin? These are all important questions, that we each ought to consider, for we all have blinded eyes without the convicting power of the Holy Spirit of God/Jesus! He is the one who opens blinded eyes—He opened my eyes many long years ago, when I was so consumed with my own self-righteousness. After all, I’d been in the church since I was born, I knew all the jargon, I knew how to blend in and keep people happy with me, but one day Jesus came to me! No, not in person, but that convicting voice that calls to the heart spoke truth to my soul and said clearly, “You’re NOT mine!” And I won’t take the time to describe the arguing that went on for hours, until finally I was willing to receive His truth about my own sin, fall on my knees and repent of trying to “save myself by my impressive ‘churchy’ stuff”, and called on Jesus to forgive my sin and save me by His blood sacrifice for me! I got up from my living room floor a different woman! And for the last 40+ years I am ever learning, from my Lord, how to see as HE sees! How about you? Let’s look at some truth from scripture that I pray will speak to your heart whether you know Jesus already (and need to hear His voice calling you to repent and recommit your “all” to Him—See 1 John 1:19); or if you’ve never bowed before this King of Kings and Lord of Lords, may He speak clearly to your heart, and may you open your ears to hear, your eyes to see, and your heart to believe, and receive the greatest gift of all.
As I was reading some public comments on an interview that I did regarding our recent tragedy, I was amazed at the number of people who had an “opinion” but totally missed the point of what was shared. I thanked God that I was/am trusting HIM to use it to speak to eyes that are willing to see, ears that are willing to hear, and hearts that are desperate for help! As a preacher friend of mine said long ago (and it gave me freedom from the “reaction/response” distraction!), “You can’t force feed people who don’t want to eat?”
“But though he had done so many miracles
yet they believed not on him:
38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake,
who hath believed
and to whom hath the arm of the Lord
39 Therefore they could not believe,
because that Esaias said again,
40 He hath blinded their eyes,
and hardened their heart;
that they should not see
with their eyes,
with their heart,
and be converted,
and I should heal them.” John 12:37-40
These people who saw Jesus in the flesh refused to believe, with their own eyes, ears and heart, the very Son of God, and when we refuse, we aren’t guaranteed another opportunity! What about me/you? Has God spoken truth to your heart, and you have rejected it?
“But if our gospel be hid,
it is hid to them
that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world
hath blinded the minds
of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel
who is the image of God,
should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves,
but Christ Jesus the Lord;
for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light
to shine out of darkness,
hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light
of the knowledge of the glory
in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Even Jesus Himself reminded us that there is a “way that seemeth right” to a man/woman/boy/girl, but it leads the wrong way.
“Enter ye in
at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be
which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets,
which come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:13-15
In closing, may I challenge you to spend some time today, this weekend, considering your own vision! For you see, the choice is yours, but be careful—there is a consequence for every choice, and that consequence isn’t set by you!
“Be not deceived;
God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit
reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7-8
My prayers are that you will have “eyes to see” and “ears to hear” and come to this Savior who gave HIS life for you!
Amen and Amen!!!