Friday, November 28, 2008

Who are you listening to?

Mark 10:46-48 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" "Be quiet!" many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
There is one portion of this text that I want to focus on and that is the fact that when the people told this man to hush he yelled out all the more for Christ. The truth for you today is that when you start to pray and believe God in faith for deliverance and answers people along with the voice of your painful trials will try and quiet you. Things may seem to get bleaker and the pinch you are in squeezes you harder. But that is when you start to confess and believe the word more and more. Your pain and hurt may tell you be quiet its no use you will never get out this. Notice after notice of disconnection, foreclosure and repossesions may scream at you that its over for you to stop praying for prosperity when you are being eaten alive by debt. I tell you saints like this man that knew his opportunity was here you must NOT let the moment pass. Stop listening to the naysayers and listen to Jesus calling you forward.
One of the biggest tactics of the enemy is use people to attack a level of weakness that you first thought about yourself. In Numbers 13 after the 12 spies came back to report to Moses about their trip to spy out the land they had an interesting remark recorded in verse 33 (AMP) There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
So here we see that they felt a certain way and was pretty sure the other people felt the same about them. You may think you are a loser and the enemy will have no problem sending people your way to try and confirm such nonsense. That is why it is so important that you line up what you think with what the word of God has to say about you. Don't listen to anything else. In Numbers 13 Joshua & Caleb and then in Mark 10 Bartimaeus had one common denominator and that was that they didn't listen to others whose beliefs differed from theirs. Maybe the loudest voice of doubt and discouragement is in your mind. Like David you have to speak to yourself. In Psalm 42:11 He asked Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? Take note of the end of this verse in which David said I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again-my Savior and my God!
You know they said you can't talk and listen at the same time. So when you hear the voice of discouragement be it from others or even part of yourself ..speak over it with words of edification and encouragement. You can frame your world with the words of your mouth. In Jesus Name Be Blessed, Manie