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"He who has ears to hear, let him hear". Great crowds came to see Jesus and hear Him speak. They also came to see the miracles. But only those who have faith and believe the Truth of His words are able to hear the Word of God and do it!. For the world His Words are parables that cannot be understood and put into practice.
Sam Freney looks at how to deal with doubt, especially the doubt raised by atheists.
Do you hunger for God's Word or do you like what the world offers? If you listen to God's message spoken by His messenger, do you say to yourself;" I wished so and so was here to hear this, because he/she really needs it". If you do this then you judge others and this is a sin in the eyes of the Lord. The focus needs to be on ourselves while we receive the Word. And we have to take it to our own heart.
Spiritual blindness can be dangerous. It can give us a false sense of security or lead to missed opportunities in our service to the Lord. In this passage, we find how it is sometimes hard to "see" what God is getting at. This was the case with Jesus' disciples, even though it seemed like He was speaking very clearly. The same can happen to us when we are blinded by our own misconceptions or we lack spiritual insight. However, in the verses that follow, we learn that Jesus gives sight to the blind. This is true not only physically, but also spiritually. We can learn from the actions of the blind beggar that when we are struggling with spiritual blindness, we must see our need, see Jesus, cry out to Him in helpless faith, and then praise God when He responds to our cry for mercy.
In today’s message, we consider the last church that Jesus addresses: Laodicea. The problem with this church was that they were indifferent, self-reliant, and blinded by wealth and comfort. This is a very challenging message that our churches in America need to hear. Do we have the humility and heart to listen to what Jesus says?
When we are headed into a storm, we need preparation. When we are in a storm, we need protection. When we come out of the storm we ought to praise Him. If we don't make the adjustments, we can't receive the blessings.
Jesus heals a blind and deaf man, giving a clue to the process of healing spiritual blindness in our lives.
Most of us inherently trust our senses, especially our vision. We tend to believe that our eyes do a good job of seeing the world around us and that our mind does a good job of interpretting it. But, is this really true? The fact is, our eyes fail to see much that goes on around us and our minds fool us all the time. Could it be that God is much more active than we imagine, but we simply fail to perceive it? The truth is, it is probable. Ex 14:21ff; John 7:45ff; Matt 6:22-23; Jer 29:13; Matt 7:7
â€œEvangelicals generally and the coming generation particularly have adopted to various degrees an ethical code of political civility. This compels them not only to be tolerant of othersâ€™ beliefs, opinions, and lifestyles, but more importantly , to be tolerable to others. The critical dogma is not to offend but to be genteel and civil in social relations â€¦ [Such[ a religious style â€¦ entails a de-emphasis of Evangelicalism's more offensive aspects, such as accusations of heresy, sin immortality, and paganism, and themes of judgment, divine wrath, damnation, and hell.â€ John insist on true repentance by exposing its counterfeit - religious hypocrisy and warning of its consequences. We will break down 3:7-12 into three main sections and then deal with each one on its own. 1) Exposure of Religious Hypocrisy (7) 2) Expectation of Genuine Repentance (8-9) 3) Execution of Divine Judgment (10-12) This morning we will look at verse 7 and the Exposure of Religious Hypocrisy. What do I mean by Religious Hypocrisy? Those who have a form of religion and religious commitments - even the right religion - but do not know its internal transforming power: â€œform of godliness, although they have denied its powerâ€ (2 Tim. 3:5); â€œ[broad way] that leads to destructionâ€ (Matt. 7:13) - They have a form of obedience, but the wrong heart. They have religion, but they donâ€™t internally hate sin and love righteousness; they lack true humility before God; their religion is more about what they do than who they are; they feel secure in the externals of religion but are ignorant of its internal realities. This morning we will look at Johnâ€™s Exposure this Religious Hypocrisy and note two dominate aspects of Johnâ€™s rebuke: 1) Religious Hypocrisy Blinds a person to their true condition. 2) Religious Hypocrisy Puts one in Great Danger of Judgement.