Praising God; Personal Testimony

JESUS SPEAKING

             A blind man calls out to Jesus saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” […] So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to him.  And when he had come near, he asked him, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?”  He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”  And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God.  And all of the people when they saw it, gave praise to God (Luke 18: 40-43.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

             There are two people in this scripture; a blind man, and God; there is a man in need, and there is the God who can fulfill that need.  The man’s belief in God’s ability to provide him with his sight was worthy of praise from God.  Jesus himself pointed to the man’s faith saying, “your faith has made you well.”  God honors faith in man, while man honors God by praising Him for the needs that He fulfills in the lives of those who ask Him.  The man who was healed followed Jesus and outwardly praised God’s miracle.  Those who witnessed the healing, as well, gave praise and honor to God for what he had done.  What is it you need? 

             Before I new Jesus Christ I was sitting in a one bedroom apartment, doing drugs and hording things; staying up all night, thinking of killing myself.  I had an answering machine that was completely full of messages (I was fearful of listening to them.)  I had a warrant out for my arrest; I had no money in the bank; I had been writing bad checks; I spent some time in a psychiatric facility.  I had already attempted suicide but failed.  I was smoking cigarettes out of the trays because I couldn’t afford a new pack.  I believed I was one of the world’s smartest people and that no one truly understood me.  I couldn’t hold down a job, or even look for one.  Laziness had swallowed me up.  I was watching huge amounts of pornography.  My laundry was dirty, there was garbage lying around my apartment.  I had nearly died of an overdose; in that moment when I was near death, I cried out to God, “Jesus Help me.”  I didn’t know it at the time, but as I look back, that was the moment my life began to change.  Jesus Christ began his work in me.  Everything I needed, he began to provide.  Soon after I was shipped out to California to get sober; I began working full time; I began showering, doing laundry, paying bills.  I began to get healthy physically; I began praying daily and growing closer to God.  I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior, and began to read the bible on my lunch breaks.  I bought a car, and began to pay off my old bills.  I started to call my family.  I discontinued fornicating, and watching pornography.  I started to tell other people about what God had done for me; I started buying things for strangers, helping orphans, doing ministry.  Today, I sit and listen to people and take time to give people rides.  I teach bible studies and pray for others.  I look around my room today and it is neat and tidy; the books are neatly placed upon the shelves, the floor is clean; my laundry is hanging and folded.  Everything is swept and in order.   I no longer smoke cigarettes, chew tobacco, or drink alcohol.  I’m working full time in a care giving field.   I love and feel deep empathy for other people today.  My heart has come alive.  My mind has been healed, and the insanity has left me.

             I had cried out in desperation just like the blind man, and just like the blind man, I had been healed.  The man I am today is not the result of my doing but of God’s doing.  My life had gone from Chaos to order because God is Good; because he hears the cries of those who seek Him.  God receives all of the honor, and all of the glory, and all of the praise for the dead man He brought back to life.  Praise God for all of his wonderful works.

             What chaos remains in your life?  What insanity is their still inside of you?  Cry out to Him and He will hear you.  Ask Him in desperation and your needs will be met?  For God is good, and He can and will provide you with a miracle, if you are only willing to ask Him, and let him lead you!  Life for you will never be the same; give Him that opportunity.

             “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You now and we thank You for all of the lives that You have changed.  You are so awesome, and so praise worthy.  So we praise You now.  May all honor and glory be Yours.  Give us what we need Lord, and increase our faith, that we may know Your power and experience Your goodness.  Heal us now from anything that is a sickness in us, and give us new hearts, with new desires.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.             

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