1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
I consider myself to have been born blind (since I was born in sin and shaped in iniquity). So, like the man in Chapter 9, for years (most of my life) I was without sight. I couldn't see because of the darkness that I surrounded myself in. I had no idea of the affect of the scales that covered my eyes. I walked around "feeling" myself through situations/life. It wasn't until March 2013 when I entered a place (Philly) that allowed for my vision to be properly assessed. I received a prescription... Jesus, His Blood, His Word... for daily use. Well, I did not walk out of there wanting to wear my prescription or operate with it on. O, but I'm glad! The Head Physician didn't give up on me. He visits me regularly now through Dr. Holy Spirit to be sure and assess that my vision stays healthy. It's 20/20-- now.
Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that you sin not.
All of us was once blind. We were all slaves to sin. But Thank God He found us. I remember being so lost in this world. I was bitter, proud, angry and the list goes on. My anger got to the point where I got sent to jail as a felon. I was searching for fulfillment and nothing could of fill me. Until I wanted to give up on life and finally called on Jesus. He saved me. I just have to thank God. He gets All the Glory! I was blind, but Now I see!
22 years ago, before salvation, I was walking in spiritual blindness in a domineering and lifeless marriage. Life meant nothing but existing during the week with so much pain inside(wearing a mask) and staying in weekends listening to weak minded people like myself constantly complain. When I continuously kept going through dead ends trying to do things my way ,the Lord showed up in an unexpected way! A distant cousin called to speak to my husband about a school related issue and we started to talk. The Lord prepared the way, because my husband wasn't home so she talked to me 2 hours. My heart was aching to talk to someone who wouldn't make my wounds feel worst. She shared with me ........about the Love of God. Keep in mind this was the only person with a positive attitude that I had spoken to in months. I just felt such a peace from her spirit on the phone and I held on tight to the fact that she said we could pray for my marriage to a forgiving and Loving God. What really blew my mind was that she said through Faith ,that divorce was not an option and that the Lord would give me peace even in this chaotic loveless marriage. I cried, I surrendered , I gave my heart to Jesus! I was blind and than I begin to see, I was spiritually dead and I received Life. I had been so mentally sick and I was healed. As time went on the Lord spoke to me in His Word and I was FOUND.
In conclusion, there are times; God will allow obstacles to come your way so that he might be magnified. All I can say is look what the Lord has done He healed my body, he touched my mind, He SAVED me just in time!!!!!
He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know, One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Jesus first saved me physically, because I was still lost and hell bound. He left an open window on the 4th floor because the door was locked down. People don’t have windows open were the fire escape is in N.Y.C. I know that was only God. He rescued me from that situation that could have killed me; I was in my twenties. However; it was not until five years ago or so that Jesus took hold of me and turned me around. He removed the blinder’s from my eyes. He saved me in my bedroom. He came to me suddenly and he stopped me from drinking myself to death. I stopped cold not understand my self what happed. My family said that was nothing but God. He prepared me for my nephew who came live with me, Jesus sobered me up then he sent me straight to PCC. A place that would keep my feet grounded , a place I received the GOOD NEWS. To be told what sin is and convicted me. Taught me how to sinless is the GOOD NEWS! I have to say even though I was learning so much, I still was lost. I still was trying to do things by my own strength. It was not until I let go and let God. I had to go to Him as a child, asking him to fix me. Once I was aware of my sinfulness and more aware of how I needed Him to take the wheel I began growing from faith to faith. He took my mess, and turned it into F.I.R.E. Pastor said to take your old self “man” and use it in a ministry. I thank God he gives us the chance to repent and change make a 180 pivot.
Thank You for keeping me Jesus.
At the age of 3, I was molested by an older female cousin. At 6-8 was molested by another female cousin. Growing up my spirit was already perverted by an apparent generational curse in our family. Lost my virginity at 15 by a "church boy". But his mother was pentacostal and had me baptized at her church. Fast forward, seeing how "church people" act with "church boy" was a turn off, in my head I though they were supposed to be better (my own ignorance ). Fast forward to 20 and I'm displaced from katrina. In texas with no family. I get into a homosexual relationship and started smoking weed. For 2 yrs that was my life. BUT GOD, he had to get my attention, so he started giving me panic attacks. I knew immediately it was God trying to slow me down. 2008, I re-commited my life back to God and never turn back. Took a lot of tarrying with my first lady and members of the church at the time for my deliverance. BUT GOD, set me free from that spirit of homosexuality and I quit smoking. He has been blessing me ever since.
God had a plan for me in the midst of my sins at 15, I just didn't understand it. I'm grateful he didn't give up on me. Thank You Jesus for your saving grace. Be blessed
It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him." John 9:3 NLT
Revelation: God will use people to bring Him glory. He is the Beginning and the End. He knows and plans everything. I could picture Him working before this blind man was conceived in his mother's womb. It wasn't the blind man's sins or his parents' sins that caused him to be born blind, but it was the will of the Most High. He was setting something in motion so that His name would be lifted and that people would believe in Jesus Christ.
2. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
John 9:5 NLT
Revelation: Be in the world but not of the world! Let your light shine as a reflection of Christ. Don't do what the world do. Don't love the world or anything in it. Fight the good Fight! Strive for righteousness! Let your spirit be hungry to hear the Lord say "Well done my good and faithful servant!".
3. Then Jesus told him, “I entered this. world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.
John 9:39, 41 NLT.
Revelation: Admit your sins. If you were sinless, you wouldn't be guilty. But you remain guilty because you claim you have no sin. When you can admit that you have a problem with sin, you can admit that you need a Savior. There is none righteous... We all fall short of the Glory of God. But the choice of life and death lies in your decision to either continue to sin, or continue to strive for righteousness even though you may fall short sometimes.
4. “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”
John 9:25 NLT
Revelation: I once was bound by sin, but now I am FREE! When I came to Christ, He showed me (and continues to show me) the sins that try to keep me bound. He shows you yourself through His word... when you come across His word that's like a sword piercing your heart, pay attention because He is revealing some things to you. The devil will try to use your weaknesses in sin to keep you bound to that sin. We have to resist that devil and kill our flesh daily and keep our eyes on the Most High! Everyday is a battle.. claim the victory! Sin can't dwell in His presence!
Ok, This is the 3rd time i try and write this email. How can i fit how God saved me in just one Paragraph, Its hard, because in reality he has never stopped saving me. Every day he saves me from the Flesh and from the world. He answers my prayers and guides me. When i think about doing anything wrong like telling people where to shove it, he speaks to my heart and gives me peace to where i can be his example. He provides when my bank account cant. When i was about to loose everything that i loved i called to him, i cried as i sat in my bathroom with the knife and asked God to let his will be done. The note on the sink, telling my kids how much i loved them, telling my husband he needed to find someone better because he deserved more than me. At that moment one of my kids knocked on the door, they needed me to help them and even though daddy was in the house they needed me. At that moment God showed me how selfish i was being. How i thought i was a woman but yet was acting like a child. Throwing a fit because life was not going how i wanted it to go. I walked out the bathroom that day and never been the same since. I spoke with my husband that night and showed him the letter. That night for the first time i can recall we prayed together, we decided that we have been threw enough and it was time for us to let go and let God. The next day a coworker who just started working at my job came up to me and said I do not know why I am telling you this but you need to come to Philadelphia Christian church. That night we went as a family. It was not easy at first because everything i was taught in life had to change, and i was trying to make them changes. Threw the years i have learned to let go. I am learning everyday, and everyday i fall short and God still loves me. He saves me from the wicked ways of the flesh, and works on my inequities. He convicts me when i am wrong and loves me still. His Grace is poured upon my family, upon my life. I can say that because I know where i was and i know where i am now. I know it is not because of me, but because of God.
Nothing that i did in my life deserves the credit, because it was all God, everything that i did was of my flesh there for of the devil, But when God stepped in my steps were ordered by him, my words were spoken by him, my life is lead to please him. I don't always do what is right but i try my hardest, He is the ruler of my life, he is the one i seek, he is the one i run to, he is the one i call on. He is the one that saves and I am alive today to testify to that. No matter what you think life may be, let it go and let God work, Stop trying to do things your way, its the wrong way. You do not have to work hard you just have to let go and let him work. I tired to put order in my household and i failed and almost lost it all because i wanted to be the boss. Let our KING take control, he is an amazing ruler.
Chapter 9 is such a personal chapter for me I can so relate to the blind man! Before Christ I was just living what I thought to be a “Good Life”. It wasn’t until I became ill in 2011 that I realized my so called “good life” was ONLY leading me to Hell. My sins caused sickness upon my body. In order for the LORD to grab my attention he had to literally take my eyesight away. For 7 days I was completely blind, total darkness! The natural darkness that I saw with my eyesight was a representation of the spiritual darkness I was in due to unforgiving sins. At that moment I heard HIS voice speak to me. In my hospital bed I weeped, asked God to forgive me & asked him to SAVE ME. I told God if not restoring my eyesight would keep me from going to hell then so be it. Our Father is so sovereign not only did he SAVE me but he restored my eyesight as well. And I’m forever grateful. He’s a MIRACLE worker through
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We all have a story to tell and most times we are so shameful to tell them to people because of the judgment of man!! Our testimony can prevent another from stumbling and we don't need man's forgiveness!! God has forgiven us through the blood of Jesus! God says confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Here is my story (first time ever telling it):
I was never one to judge anyone for their sins. Forgiveness was easy for me! I always believed that I had a good heart and was not a vengeful person to those who would hurt me. I've always tried to help others, any way I could, yet I could never understand why I was always the one alone and hurt. Why God would not answer my prayers! Spent many nights crying myself to sleep!! Thoughts of unworthiness, lack of purpose, suicide!! Truth is I was DEEP in my sin!! Religion, no RELATIONSHIP!! Never realized until the first time someone had ever laid hands on me!! My Pastor!! I will never forget that night!!! Physical sins (fornication, adultery, lying, etc.) are common to see so I won't go there!! Truth is, I was putting countless others over God!! Worshipping idols and seeking the approval of MAN!! The acceptance of MAN!! The love of MAN!!! Before the ONE who created man when all I needed was GOD!!! How can I seek a request from someone I did not know!! I mean truly had a relationship with!! God saved me and showed me who I was and where I was heading, with what I thought was a good heart!! He freed me!! He removed my blinders!!! He forgave me!! Tears all falling even now as I look back over my life and truly see how blessed I am!! I may not have all my physical prayers but I have a relationship with my God and my faith so I have more than I could ever have prayed for!!! Others don't have to believe!! I believe in the power of your blood!! I once was blind, but now I see!!! Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy!!
How I came to Christ, as I look back over my life I can see the Lord drawing me by his spirit. I never grew up in church but, I would go to church at different points in my life and through all the times I went I knew nothing about God.. I'll say around the time my sister died that's when God started to reveal himself to me. I was 19 at the time and I remember talking to him and getting some comfort from him in that season of my life, but just like a Hebrew when things got better I stopped talking to him. Over the years dramatic things would happen to me and I would call for help and then leave when things got better. I can remember the first time I learned why we celebrated good Friday and knowing that Jesus died on that day had broke my heart the fact that I would be having a good ol time on the day he died, but that was only half the story. One night while intoxicated i was reading the bible and a story caught my attention of this woman who would cheat on her husband and though I wasn't married i was in a long term relationship and being unfaithful to him and this woman"s story sounded similar to mine this tripped me out, but what messed me up most is the God felt about what this woman was doing, and this broke my heart because if me and this woman were similar in our sins then that's the way i assumed God felt about me. These different occurrences were like bread crumbs leading me to the true bread of life,sometime after this everything began to not sit right with me just my life in general as time passed I came to the end of myself and had a strong desire to be a part of a church and then one day while to work a woman invited me to Philly I came that Sunday and when I walked through those doors it was like the story of the prodigal son Daddy wrapped me in his arms and I've never been the same, when it was time for alter call it was already settled in my heart. That, that day was the day of my salvation!!!! Thank you Abba, No place I would rather be!
I was blind for a long time just living in sin.Doing what I wanted to do not thinking about anyone else I may be hurting along the way.Until I was the one getting hurt. I prayed for years that God would change me and forgive me for all the wrong I’ve done.He did!It was a process BUT God I thank you for bringing me out of sin and hearing my cry.verse 31
God took me from a place of torment. Where satan had me captive, captive with my mind; battlefield of the mind. Held in bondage with chains wrapped so tight, sometimes I thought I would die from suffocation. From being anally melosted & sexually touched by a cousin for years growing up, sexually touched by a female, isolated from family because I didn't feel loved, I felt judged and not worthy. So loving others was very hard for me; trusting others wasn't easy for me. There came a point in my life where I didn't believe in God. I figured there was some type of god but not the God everyone else loved and served. Up until 21 that's when I decided to start my journey, well try at least. Still had doubts but I continued on & I was doing well. That's when spiritual warfare started but I had no clue until now. March 20, 2017 (took me a while smh) was when I truly knew who God was and what he has done for me. I fell in love! GOD revealed to me that he was always by my side the whole time, I was getting equipped. He wanted me to love on him and let him love on me. Get to know him better and it has been the BEST feeling so far! I NEVER knew it was possible for me to love God and others so much. God revealed to me who I was and how far I've came. How he held me from suicidal thoughts I was unaware of BUT GOD! On the last day of the ladies retreat, I cried my eyes out at the alter because I was ready to release, release all the pain. Release all the heart ache and move forward. An idle mind is the devils playground. At the alter, I felt so stiff, I couldn't move. The only thing that was moving was my shuttering lips as tears flowed. That's when I knew that I finally experienced the holy spirit moving in me. That I was truly ready to let go and let God. I've been following his plans ever since and I'm so grateful. Of course I fall short some times but God never leave me on the ground. I'm now able to hear from him and allow him to use me in any way possible. I'm able to love, something I never thought was possible AT ALL. Glory to God, thank you Father!
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