Date: October 24, 2012 9:38 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Spiritual Clarity
"He looked up and said, 'I see people; they look like trees walking around.' Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly." (Mark 8:24-25)
Scripture Focus: Mark 8:22-26
Digital autofocus cameras have made it easier to take flawless photos. The camera locks onto the subject and the result is a picture that is perfectly focused.
Today we read about another kind of focus. In the Bible, physical blindness often signified spiritual blindness. Unlike some other people healed by Christ, this blind man received his sight in stages - a picture of our own spiritual lives.
Young or old, when we come to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, most of us don't fully understand all that this new life entails. God “justifies” us at the moment of new birth by declaring us righteous. But for the rest of our earthly lives, the Holy Spirit works to “sanctify” us - to make us more like Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds. As we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Peter 3:18), we understand more of His Word; our trust in Him increases.
Like this blind man, the Lord's touch in our lives brings increasing clarity to our spiritual sight until we, too, can "see clearly."
Insight: Is there an area in your spiritual life that is unclear? Surrender to Christ's touch and allow him to bring spiritual clarity in that area.
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- "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." John Stuart Mill, 1867
- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
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