The Lord’s Chosen Devotional Guide
Date: Sunday, July 18th, 2021
Text: Mark 10:46-49
Theme: OPEN YOUR MOUTH & CRY OUT!
Memory Verse: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force”. (Matthew 11:12)
No captor will willingly let you go. A captive that wants to break free will be met with strong resistance. The word ‘breakthrough’ itself connotes the image of breaking a barrier with force before one can pass through. No captor will just sit down quietly and watch you walk out free. Remember that the devil is a very subtle creature. He will come in the guise of well-meaning advice from friends, family, and well-wishers. A lot of people have been kept in bondage due to listening to people rather than seeking the counsel and face of God concerning their matter.
In our text of today, we read of blind Bartimaeus, who upon hearing that Jesus was around started to shout in a loud voice for mercy. His cries were offensive to the people around him. Some must have felt it was not appropriate to shout at the Master and told him to keep quiet. Others may have just been irritated by the noise and wanted to silence him. Still, others might just not have wanted him to be delivered. Whatever their reasons, they all tried to silence him. But instead of listening to the opposition, he shouted even louder. And Jesus stood still and heard his cry and healed Him.
We must learn a few things from the example of blind Bartimaeus. Firstly, he cried out for mercy and help. Secondly, he also did not listen to the people that were telling him to keep quiet. Instead, he cried out and the Master heard his voice and responded. Many people seem to like to suffer in silence. While they go around complaining about their lot, they do not cry out by seeking God in prayer to lay down their supplications.
Have you asked God for healing or any other thing that you are desirous for or are you waiting for a miracle to just drop on your lap? Stop complaining! Cry out to God for mercy and help, and He will answer you. You must know that there are plenty of dream killers and naysayers around you who will do everything possible to stop your voice from being heard like in the case of the Blind Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus was focused on getting results. So, he never considered the opinion of those that would have discouraged him. You must focus on God and not mind what people say and if you remain persistent and are in right standing with Him, He will surely answer you in due season.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
- Lord, have mercy on me and deliver me from the hands of my enemies, in Jesus’ name.
- Every opposition and enemy of my progress trying to hold me down, receive fire and burn to ashes, in Jesus’ name.
- I reject every evil counsel trying to truncate my miracle, Jesus’ name.
- Dear Lord, surround my G. O and Mommy in the Lord with wise counsel, in Jesus’ name.
- O Lord, grant us peace in our nation. We say no to war, in Jesus’ name.
Authored By Pastor Lazarus Muoka.
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