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Luke 18:41 ” ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see, he replied.’ “

The blind beggar was sitting by the side of the road near Jericho.  As Jesus walked near, the crowd brought the blind man to Him.  Jesus knew the beggar was blind, so why did He still ask him that question? “What do you want Me to do for you?”  It says in Matthew 7:8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  The Lord wants us to ask Him for the desires of our heart…even down to tiny things that only we care about.  Asking the Lord for something to be given to us isn’t unspiritual or lacking faith…it’s quite the opposite.  The Lord delights in us asking.

Revelation 3:3 ” Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wakeup, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”

The Lord is saying, “Be ready!”  Come out of that spiritual stupor and complacency you’re in.   For you have been lulled into a false sense of security by your apathy towards God.  Telling yourself that you’ll get right with God when you’re old, or when you’re done sowing your wild oats is risky business…for all we know,  you may not live to see the sunrise tomorrow.  Jesus said it best in Luke 12:40, “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”  Today is the day of repentance… and a new moral reorientation of your soul.

Acts 24: 25 ” As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, ‘That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient I will send for you.’ “

Felix, the Governor of Judea, was well acquainted with the “Way”…in fact he was even married to a Jewess named Drusilla.  So as he listened to Paul speak about faith in Jesus Christ, conviction hit a little too close to home.  Conviction by the Holy Spirit is an intense persuasion…a laying bare of our personal sin, and the  realization of the judgment to come if we don’t repent.  Paul saw this force at work by the Holy Spirit first hand and later wrote to the Thessalonians, “Because our Gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” (I Thessalonians 1:5)   Never underestimate the power of conviction by the Holy Spirit…for it is unrelenting and able to reach where no human words can.

Job 25:4 ” How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure? “

The simple answer to these questions is…we can’t.   In our immoral human state, we are not innocent before God and in right standing with Him, and no matter what we try to “do” to become righteous we will fail,  for all of our good works are like filthy rags in His eyes, (Isaiah 64:6)  The only way we can stand pure before God is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Jesus came to seek and save the lost, (that’s us) and to bear on His body our guilt and shame that we may stand before our Heavenly Father sinless and perfect…washed in the blood of Jesus.

Matthew 13:58 ” And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

Imagine being in the crowd around Jesus and seeing people being healed and set free…but yet refusing to acknowledge His divinity, showing no confidence in His power, and doubting the promise of eternal life.  No wonder Jesus placed such emphasis on the sin of unbelief.  Unbelief blinds our minds and causes our heart to become calloused.  This lack of faith can hinder even the most righteous Believer at times…but just like the sick child’s father in Mark 9:24, we too can ask Jesus to,” Help me overcome my unbelief.”

Mark 6: 48-50 ” He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night He went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw Him walking on the lake, they thought He was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw Him and were terrified.”

In these scriptures we see the story of Jesus walking on the water and the disciples initial reaction.  The disciples had been rowing for hours…fighting the rising winds and rough water.  They were exhausted.  With heads down, they were battling to just keep moving forward.  So when Jesus approached the boat, fatigue and stress blinded them to be able to even recognize Jesus…irrationally, they imagined that it was a ghost rising from the waves.   The same thing will happen to us when we fight the storms of life alone.  Heads down, we power through, battling to keep moving ahead, but becoming more and more drained.  It’s then that the combination of stress, anxiety, and exhaustion often leads to unfounded fears that overtake us.  It’s also at that time,  we suddenly come to the end of ourselves and finally cry out, “Lord, I can’t do this!”

John 2: 24-25 ” Jesus did not commit Himself to them…for He knew what was in man.”

Bottom line…you can’t trust people.  They’ll say one thing, but do the opposite.  They’ll promise things they can never deliver on.  They’ll declare their love and then turn around and break your heart.  Mankind is just that…humans with lots of flaws that disappoint each other daily.  And that’s difficult when we demand perfection from those who can’t achieve it….for it leads only to disillusionment.  And we need to be careful that disillusionment doesn’t cause us to become cynical, critical, and bitter.  Bottom line…you can’t trust people – but you can trust God.  You can fully trust God with your life, your future, your everything.