“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.  I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”

Revelation 3:17-18

Pride hides the real condition of our heart before God. It was this pride that Jesus was attacking when he said to the Pharisees who threw the blind man out of the Synagogue after he had received his sight: For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind… “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”

John 9:39-41

Unless our spiritual eyes are opened, like the religious rulers of the day, we will continue to serve a god we do not know. How can Jesus be honored when we are looking by sight and hearing Him with our ears? Only faith pleases Him.

For how long will we walk in spiritual darkness when the light of the world is with us in the living Word? It is only when we realize we are blind in our sense knowledge that we need the gift of revelation, of eyes that see, of ears that hear what Jesus is telling us.

Lord Jesus, help me to be perceptive and alert to any way or to any means You choose to speak to me. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear, in Jesus’ name.

THE COST THE VALUE

“It is the cost of what you have given up for God that makes His relationship so valuable to you. If you examine your life, you will know that if you fight for something, you will not want to lose it.”

THE POTTER’S HANDS

“The Hand that formed you from the dust
Is the Hand that lights the fire to melt you
Is the same Hand that rebuilds you stone by stone
And that fills you up anew.”

THE POWER OF SURRENDER

“Jesus was capable of coming down from the Cross unhurt but He knew that sometimes we have to do what we hate to create something we love. He knew there is great power in surrender.”