How many of you sit and dream about what your life can be? You think about the business you want to build or the family you want to start. You dream about the school you want to attend or the job position you want to hold. However, most of our dreams never make it to reality because they are silenced by our fears or the comments of those around us.
People have a way of killing your desires. By the time they have asked you 21 questions about your vision you no longer have the desire to pursue it. What you were once excited about now looks unachievable. That’s because most people walk by sight, not by faith. So when you speak to them about your faith move it’s hard for them to comprehend. If you feed into their doubt you will allow people’s opinions to deter you from what it is you want. But today I want us to learn from the blind man in Luke 18. He had a goal and he did not allow what people said to affect what he wanted for his life. Let’s take a look at the verses below:
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,“What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
When the blind man heard that Jesus was passing by he started shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”. He had probably heard that Jesus could heal him and he didn’t want to miss his opportunity. But what did the crowd do? They told him to be quiet! There are many opportunities that we are missing because we allow the crowd to keep us quiet. We let people dictate what we can and can’t accomplish. The blind man was not moved by the crowd. He just kept shouting louder until he got the attention of Jesus. Don’t let anyone stop you from shouting.
Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you”. The blind man wanted his sight; and his sight is what he received. Jesus is here waiting to ask us the same question. He said that if we ask anything in His name, He will do it. Often times we don’t get to the point of asking him because we give up on gaining his attention. We choose not to disturb God with certain requests because we ourselves doubt that what we desire can happen. We let our fears overshadow our faith. We let the “No’s” of man cover the “Yes” from God. It’s time to believe that when you knock the door will be opened, when you seek you will find, and when you ask you will receive.
The scripture says that when he received his sight all the people started praising God. Please understand that the people that tried to quiet you are going to be the same ones that rejoice with you when your victory comes. They will have no choice when they see how good God has been in your life. Allowing the crowd to quiet you also quiets your testimony. God wants to showcase His glory through you so let that testimony shine!
The key to the blind man’s healing was his faith. It was his belief that despite the noise that was surrounding him, God could still heal him. Even though it seemed impossible with man, it was possible with God. What is it that you desire? Have faith that God can do it.