Advent Day 9: Do You See What I See?

Advent Day 9 Reading: Luke 5:17-26

One day as He was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for Him to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins …..” He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Throughout today’s reading there were many topics I could choose to blog about, but one in particular that struck my heart is the importance of persevering faith.  In the scene above, where Jesus was teaching and the power of God was available through Him to heal, the paralytic’s friends who were assisting him to reach Jesus for that healing He so desperately needed, at first glance were unable. There was one huge obstacle in their way; the size of the crowds.  In the face of what could have caused a defeatess attitude, they chose NOT to give up, but instead made the conscious decision to persevere and do whatever was needed; and in doing so, both saw a way and reached Jesus. In doing so the paralytic man was not only healed, but also forgiven.

I know there’s been times in my own life when I’ve spend numerous seasons interceding in prayer for needed intervention in my own life, or on behalf for others. While in God’s waiting room for what seemed like an eternity, many times I felt discouraged and as if He was never going to show up.  It was during those challenging moments, I had to make the choice, Would I give in, or give up my discouragement and continue to persevere?

As we all know, sometimes it takes much more time and effort to co-partner for those miraculous breakthroughs we are believing the Lord for, due to insurmountable obstacles that appear as roadblocks in our path. During such times, reminding ourselves of  His great faithfulness can give once more give us the eyes to persevere in faith, regardless of the wait.  

That’s why the Word reminds us to pray without ceasing and to persevere. Jesus is still in the healing business today and His power and grace are more than sufficient. If you’ve become discouraged about something, or for someone you’ve been waiting, praying, and believing for; don’t give up, but instead take time to nurture your faith by looking, glancing, gazing, and turning your focus back onto Jesus. I know you won’t be disappointed. 

Never forget that signs, wonders and miracles through becoming the recipients of supernatural healings, deliverance and provision are our inheritance!  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

 Look, glance and gaze, turn your focus unto Jesus,

From you and yourself, your ache or your pain;

And when you choose to, His presence will come,

To both dazzle and shine, so brilliantly through;

Whatever the problems, that may be troubling you.

Look with expectancy, anticipation, faith,

To the cross and to Jesus, His provision and grace;

On what He has done, for you and for me,

A demonstration of His love, it will meet every need.

It sustains all it claims, it’s perfectly complete,

Salvation’s been given, so generous and free;

For body, soul, spirit, surely it will be found,

When you look to the cross, it won’t fail nor let down.

And as look up, giving your burdens to Him,

You fears and concerns, your cares and your sin;

On His shoulders they’ll go, He’ll carry everyone,

Imparting healing and provision, freedom and love.

So look unto Jesus, and believe He will do,

More that you can imagine, you could ever ask Him to.

-Do You See What I See?

 -The Quilted Poetess

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