Hebrews 12:1-14 - to be continued.
- We, as Christians need to stay focused on the "prize" at the end of our journey.
- Romans 5:1-4 -There, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run int problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us--they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.
- Jesus' struggles and endurance are an example to us all.
- We are to endeavor to persevere.
- We must be circumspect.
- Discipline is to be endured for God loves us enough to rebuke us.
- Hebrews 12:12 - Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
- Hebrews 12:13 - "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
- The enemy (Satan) creates chaos but we are to resist and remain calm.
John 9:1-5 and Acts 9:1-4 & 8
John 9 v1- As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. v2- His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" v3- "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. v4- As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. v5- While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Acts 9 v1- Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest v2- and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. v3- As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. v4- He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" v8- Saul go up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
Subject: "When You Are Blink, You Just Can't See!"
Blind spot - an area that cannot be seen under certain circumstances or difficulties or where no light can penetrate.
- The disciples immediately jumped to the conclusion that the blind man had sinned or his parents had in order for him to be born blind.
- Jesus corrected them and stated that the man's blindness was to show the works of God when Jesus healed the man.
- The Pharisees were blinded and mistrustful of the healing power of Jesus.
- Some blind spots are by choice such as the Pharisees who refused to see Jesus for who He really was. They wanted to hold onto their power and position.
- Blind spots are created from fear or prejudgies or hatred.
- Blind spots develop over time and are hard, if not impossible to overcome if one is unwilling.
- True encounters with Christ makes one humble, where the evil spirit in you is broken so that God can lift you up.
- Psalm 51:10-12 - Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.