Encountering Jesus — As a blind man from birth

People who have studied long and in depth the “things” of/about God can find themselves blindsided by the simplicity of one who has PERSONALLY encountered God. There really is no substitute for knowing God for YOURSELF. Ask the question: “Who is HE that I may believe into HIM?” Ask and God will come looking, searching, scanning for you — heuristics — and NOTHING can prevent or obstruct God from finding you, even if you are obstructed. God is never obstructed by anything, though from our limited mortal perspective we may think He is hindered or unable. He certainly can find you when it is His time to do so. This is the way you believe and trust in God. Believe and trust that He can do what you could never do. And then He will prove Himself to you. Over and over again, He will prove Himself to you. Will, at times when you are weak and unable, find you and cause you to encounter His Presence and hear Him. And, if your heart is tender for it, you will hear Him and be taught by Him.

They answered him, “You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?” They threw him out.

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding — heuristics — him, he said, “Do you believe into the Son of God?”

He answered, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe into him?”

Jesus said to him, “You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you.”

He said, “Lord, I believe!” and he worshiped him.

Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, that those who don’t see may see; and that those who see may become blind.”

— John 9:34-39

Go to Jesus when He calls you!

When Jesus calls us to Himself, as those who have ears hear His voice, we must go, go, go!  Daily and forever go to, and return to, Him Who is Owner and Decider of all…Lord of all!

Spurgeon exhorts us below…

“And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.” – Mark 3:13.

HERE was sovereignty. Impatient spirits may fret and fume, because they are not called to the highest places in the ministry; but reader be it thine to rejoice that Jesus calleth whom He wills. If He shall leave me to be a doorkeeper in His house, I will cheerfully bless Him for His grace in permitting me to do anything in His service. The call of Christ’s servants comes from above. Jesus stands on the mountain, evermore above the world in holiness, earnestness, love and power. Those whom He calls must go up the mountain to Him, they must seek to rise to His level by living in constant communion with Him. They may not be able to mount to classic honours, or attain scholastic eminence, but they must like Moses go up into the mount of God and have familiar intercourse with the unseen God, or they will never be fitted to proclaim the gospel of peace. Jesus went apart to hold high fellowship with the Father, and we must enter into the same divine companionship if we would bless our fellowmen. No wonder that the apostles were clothed with power when they came down fresh from the mountain where Jesus was. This morning we must endeavour to ascend the mount of communion, that there we may be ordained to the lifework for which we are set apart. Let us not see the face of man to-day till we have seen Jesus. Time spent with Him is laid out at blessed interest. We too shall cast out devils and work wonders if we go down into the world girded with that divine energy which Christ alone can give. It is of no use going to the Lord’s battle till we are armed with heavenly weapons. We must see Jesus, this is essential. At the mercy-seat we will linger till He shall manifest Himself unto us as He doth not unto the world, and until we can truthfully say, “We were with Him in the Holy Mount.”

–Spurgeon

OF and FOR and THROUGH

From 1 Corinthians…

“to us there is one God,
the Father,
of Whom are all things,
and we for Him;

and one Lord,
Jesus Christ,
through Whom are all things,
and we live through Him.”

–1 Corinthians 8:6

How wonderful that we are OF and FOR Abba Father God; having originated from Him and intended to go to Him. What everlasting love and unending belonging there is in this!

And God has provided His Way for all to come to Him…

How wonderful that we are THROUGH our Lord Jesus Christ. What care and concern and redemption and restoration there is through Jesus!

Thank You Abba Father In Jesus’ Name…for YOU!!!

Lord of my death

Lord of my death
Lord of my weeping
Lord of my loss
Lord of my wounds
Lord of my illness
Lord of my unbearable pain
Lord of my heavy, light suffering
Lord of my unending, momentary affliction
Lord of my weakness
Lord of my fear
Lord of my despair
Lord of my uncertainty
Lord of all
Scoop me up into arms that hold to the ages
Out of time and out of dying life
Take me into wonder that I have slightly tasted
Into Your death and unending Life
Spread out Your Lordship over all of my being
Precious Lord Jesus
Lord first and last
God’s final Word forever
Have the last say!

“He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me. Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.”
–2 Corinthians 12:9,10

“Therefore we don’t faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
–2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The Power of God’s Words

Those who had come to know Jesus took Him seriously. They had profound respect for Him. They stood in awe of Him as Lord and God. They hung on every word that proceeded out of His mouth. When He even suggested the idea that John could remain alive throughout history and not die until Jesus returned to the earth, word spread that it would be so, because they had come to understand that anything Jesus spoke would inevitably come to pass. They were convinced He could do anything He spoke! They knew that if Jesus said the word, it would be done — would be created, would come into being — just as he said. O how so many have lost this childlike and profound conviction of the Lordship and complete Authority of Jesus!

O Lord Jesus, we stand in awe of You, Lord and God of all. Come and accomplish all that You desire. Speak and it will be done! Command and it will stand fast! Only say the word! And it will be done as you say.

JESUS SAID…

Jesus said to him, “If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you? You follow me.” This saying therefore went out among the brothers, that this disciple wouldn’t die. Yet Jesus didn’t say to him that he wouldn’t die, but, “If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you?” -John 21:22,23

JESUS CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE…

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see God’s glory?” So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank you that you listened to Me. I know that You always listen to Me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent Me.” When He had said this, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Free him, and let him go.” Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in Him. -John 11:39-45

HE SPOKE…

Let all the earth fear Yahweh. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For He spoke, and it was done. He commanded, and it stood firm. Yahweh brings the counsel of the nations to nothing. He makes the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect. The counsel of Yahweh stands fast forever, The thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh, The people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.
–Psalms 33:8-12

MOVING BEYOND FLESHLY THINKING…

If we are still thinking of Jesus as a little baby lying in a manger, or even as a little boy debating in the temple, or a 33 year old man walking the earth, then we must stand up and move along.  We must become convinced of Jesus as the everlasting and almighty Lord and God of all Whose purposes and plans transcend time and physicality:

“Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know Him so no more.”  –2 Corinthians 5:16

This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John, -Revelation 1:1
Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Even so, Amen. -Revelation 1:7
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” -Revelation 1:8

“Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. -Revelation 22:12
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. -Revelation 22:13
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify these things to you for the assemblies. I am the root and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.” -Revelation 22:16
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” He who hears, let him say, “Come!” He who is thirsty, let him come. He who desires, let him take the water of life freely. -Revelation 22:17
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all the saints. Amen. -Revelation 22:21