Text: Mark 10:46-52 46 “And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.” References: Mathew 20:29-34 Luke 18:35-43. Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” References: John 10:36 John 20:16 Three KEY Observations from the story of Bartimaeus #1 Bartimaeus Had Persistence Bartimaeus displayed persistence even though everyone around him was trying to silence him. Matthew 7:7-8 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. ASK. SEEK. KNOCK. If you will do these three things.... You will... • RECEIVE • FIND • The Door Will OPEN #2 Bartimaeus Had Faith Bartimaeus was healed... Because of his faith! Jesus said in verse 52... “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” We see the exact same thing in Mark 5:34 with the woman with the issue of blood... Jesus said to her... “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." Bartimaeus and the Woman with the issue of blood... show us three key things of faith Their Faith Is In Jesus 1 John 5:14-15 14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward HIM, that if we ask anteing according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Faith is very intentionally taking action by... • Calling on God • Waiting on God • Following God • Obeying God • Trusting God • Believe in ourselves • Dream big • You can do it if you put your mind to it Philippians 3:3 “For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.” John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” 2 Their Faith Cried Out Bartimaeus had the kind of faith that speaks up and acts out. Luke 11:19 "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” 3 Their Faith Took Initiative Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Gratitude Bartimaeus followed Jesus and glorified god!
An Urgent Hope
Servant of All Message Series
December 1, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen
Believing Through The Darkness • January 23, 2020
DAY 18 - Acts 16:25-26 - Believing Through The Darkness “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose." Darkness is the absence of light. Isn't it amazing that "in the beginning " ELOHIM began addressing the darkness? “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” The Holy Spirit does exactly what He does best. Illuminates - and there is light. I’m of the belief that many Christians today don’t really believe God IS IN the darkness with us as we navigate this Journey with Him. The Word tells us differently in numerous verses. Too many to quote. I share one of my favorites. “...so that all may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is no one but Me. I am Yahweh, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make success and create disaster; I, Yahweh, do all these things.” Isaiah 45:6-7 He isn’t only IN the darkness with us, He created it for His good purpose. Read the narration of Job. Sometimes we are so quick to give the devil glory for what God has planned to use for His purpose. Paul and Silas were sitting in deep darkness this particular night. We are blessed to know the narrative as a whole we see this was God’s divine plan to further the Kingdom. It is stated in Acts 9:15-16 - Regarding Paul - “Go! For this man (Paul) is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites. I will show him how much he must suffer for My name! ” Paul and Silas stripped, beaten with rods, put in chains and thrown into the deepest, darkest part of the prison. God orchestrated! At the midnight hour, Paul and Silas began to pray, worship and praise God. They did not care who heard them or might have ridiculed them. They did not seek to be DELIVERED. In the Midnight Hour they sought the DELIVERER, who was in the darkness with them. As He is in the darkness with each of us in our Midnight Hour. Do you believe it brother...sister...? Just as “in the beginning”, He starts in the darkness, then sheds light and deliverance in the situation. At the Midnight Hour or one moment past is when the new day starts. 12:00 PM then turns to 12:01 AM. A whole new day, a whole new beginning. Imagine an earthquake hit right under the part of the prison where Paul and Silas were held. Coincidence? I think not! God’s divine appointment and plan. Right at the Midnight Hour, everything changed. Everyone’s chains were loosed. The prison doors were opened. A jailer saved as well as his family as stated in verses 29-34. I have experience many midnight hour engagements with the Lord. Intimate encounters with ABBA, emotional healings, breakthroughs in prayer for others, received understanding, wisdom, to name a few. All between 12:01AM and 3:30 AM. And they have all stuck with me. God healed and delivered in those times that I felt the hour was the darkest. What is your Midnight Hour? He may wake you at that time, you may be tossing and turning thinking, I’m going to be so tired tomorrow. I suggest you get up and go to a place to pray, praise and worship seeking the DELIVERER, not the DELIVERANCE. Not only were they seeking the deliverer, their attitude shows they trusted Him. How does one come to trust Him to such depth? Relationship. Paul and Silas had a relationship with Him. The Word tells us to trust Him with our whole heart and not lean on our own understanding...Proverbs 3:5. We can’t trust what or who we don’t know. Journeying with Jesus is experiencing Him every day so when the Midnight hour hits...like Paul and Silas...we trust! Faith comes one step at a time, decide to trust God each day for one little thing. Before you know it you will see how trustworthy He is, you will then put your whole life in His hands. L. Austin
Assignment ...SERVANTHOOD! • January 22, 2020
DAY 17 - Mark 10:45 Assignment ...SERVANTHOOD! For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus came to live among us, not for greatness or to receive, but to freely serve and give to others. He gave the ultimate gift, through the cross, as the ultimate sacrifice. As we journey with Jesus we are not called to live on the sidelines. Football games are not won on the sidelines, they are won on the field. What an example for us to live our lives to be more like Jesus. I believe we are never finished serving the Kingdom of God. Until God calls us home, we are called to make an impact and serve the Kingdom of God and lead people to Christ. There is a place in our church for each and every one of us to serve accordingly to the gift that has given us...Don't hold back! Jesus has never held back on us, so why do we choose to hold back on him? We want to see the Kingdom of God impacted for the greater good, yet, when Christ calls us to move, we stop and ponder the options. Carrying the cross requires a price. The price is being a humble servant for the Kingdom of God. You may never see the fruit of your labor. However, in the eternal perspective of life, it doesn’t matter because we know God is already working ahead of us. I want to give God my best because He gave His best. Never settle for giving God “lazy” when we serve. Jesus was never lazy, He came to go the extra mile for the people who did not deserve it. Today, walk in the power of the Holy Spirit to serve and give Christ your best. Don’t hold back. We are presented with opportunities to serve the lost and see people come to a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. Where do you fit in and what will you do? Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last" C.T. Studd
Salt and the Light • January 21, 2020
Day 16 - Matthew 5:13-16 - Salt and the Light “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Disciples are like salt because they are to have a preserving influence. As we Journey with Jesus, our salty nature will affect the people around us, and with that, we can help season their walk with the love of Christ. We as salt should be favorable having the ability to guide others as they journey through life and all it challenges. How do we do this? We do this by praying with and for them, reading/studying the Word to give out to them, being lead by the Spirit, and continuing with those He has placed in our lives to walk alongside in their need. To be of any value in this Journey we are to keep our saltiness...our witness for Christ. if we choose to lose our way and begin living as the world lives, we then lose our flavor and other true believers and non-believers will see no difference between Christ and the world. We are to show the world who Jesus Christ is and His way tastes good. Psalms 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Same as salt, our light will affect everyone around us. For instance, if we do not share our testimony of how Jesus not only saved us and how He did it, well then, we might as well be placing our light under a basket. Jesus wants us to share our testimony of how He helped us overcome. By sharing our victory in Christ Jesus, we are shining His light into someone who could still be in bondage and darkness. Our testimony can help break the chains of darkness in their life where they too can come to believe in Jesus and be saved and delivered. After all, it is about salvation for this lost and broken world. Do not be afraid to share your testimony. There is a saying, “we could possibly be the only bible someone will read.” In the end, it’s really not your testimony at all, its about His testimony of what He did for you and what He can do for the lost! But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 Don’t be afraid! Go spread your salt, and shine your light, to a lost and broken world! As Christians continue to be vilified, let us continue to rejoice and be exceedingly glad. It means we are being the salt and the light and we are IN HIM! R. C. Sproul Jr.