THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
When Jimmy Carter was President, people would call the pastor's office of the First Baptist Church
in Washington to see if President Carter was going to be in church Sunday.
The pastor developed a response, "I don't know about Pres. Carter,
but Jesus is going to be here -- reckon that'll be enough?"
46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people,
blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say,
Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal,
Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him,
Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?
The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.
And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
I love the story of Blind Bartimaeus!
It gets down to the "nuts and bolts" of faith!
From Him we can learn how to BREAK FREE and live life correctly.
First, we must assume responsibility for our lives.
Bartimaeus knew his weakness, and knew he needed help.
He also knew that Jesus could help him.
Second, we cannot wait upon ideal circumstances.
There is never going to be the "perfect time."
Satan will make sure of that.
This week it may rain, next week maybe company may come, then the next week we may need
to repair the house, and the next week the car, etc., etc.
Don't wait, do it now!
Third, we cannot worry about what others will say.
There are always some "bystanders" who will object, or give other advice.
You may be concerned about leaving some of your friends.
But if you'll live for Jesus, you won't leave your friends.
Those who don't have the same conviction will leave you.
"GO FOR IT!"
Fourth, we must throw off whatever constricts us.
When Jesus called Bartimaeus to Him, Bartimaeus "threw off" his outer garment
because it was constricting his movement.
Hebrews says, "....let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us," (Heb 12:1)
What are the circumstances in your life?
Do you want to change them?
Do you have weaknesses you'd like to get rid of?
Bartimaeus called upon Jesus to "have mercy upon me!"
Believe Jesus can help in ANY matter, and call upon Him.