He’s Not Finished Yet

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He’s Not Finished Yet

 

 

Hello everyone and thank you so much for joining me today. My name is Roderick caesar the third on the lead pastor of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in Jamaica queens new york. And I’m so excited that you decided to join me for the full gospel hour right here on Global seven. My prayers that you will be blessed, you would be encouraged and inspired by this message. Thank you so much for joining and God bless. I believe that the Lord has a word for us today if you’ll turn with me in your bibles to the book of Mark, chapter eight, Mark, chapter eight verses 22 through 26 Mark chapter eight verses 22 3 26. As we’re turning or looking at the screen, our text for our consecration is from the book of Philippians, chapter one of Philippians chapter one verse six you don’t have to turn their, but that’s our text for our consecration and it says, I’m sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of jesus christ. That’s our, our our theme that God is not finished with us yet. He’s not finished. There is work to be done in our lives and there’s work to be done in the life of this church. Amen God is not done. He is not complete. He is still rolling up his sleeves and working, there is still work to be done. And so in preparation for our consecration to prepare our hearts for what God is going to do. I’d like to take a look back on a word that is applicable, especially in this season in the life of our church. So this title is he’s not finished yet and we’re gonna look at one of the only two step miracles that’s recorded in scripture time where jesus performed a miracle and said let me run that back. Alright let me let me do that again. Because I was it wasn’t complete when I did it the first time he had to have another go at it because he wanted to get the intended result. And this speaks to us in our lives as well. He’s not finished Yet. Mark chapter eight verse 22 Through 26 and they came to Bethsaida and some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village and when he had spit on his eyes that he laid his hands on him and he asked him do you see anything and he looked up and he said, I see people but they look like trees walking. Then jesus laid his his laid hands on his eyes again and he opened his eyes and his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly and he sent him home saying do not even enter the village, do not even enter the village. He’s not finished yet. Our gracious Lord Heavenly father, We thank you so much for this time. We thank you for this word. We thank you for your people. We thank you for those that are listening right here right now. We thank you for those that are listening online right now. We thank you for those that are listening past, in the present and in the future. God I pray Lord that whenever this word falls on the ears of your people father that it would do its intended work Lord that you would reign true and that you would hide me behind your cross. Thank you and praise you for this opportunity, this blood bought moment. And I pray that as uh this word goes forth that you would be glorified. We thank you and praise you in jesus name and everyone said amen amen. And they meant there’s a song that resonates with a lot of people and and the the song goes, I can see clearly now the rain is gone alright, I can see all the obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a dark, it’s gonna be a bright, not a dark, but a bright, bright, bright, He says bright but too many times for me to go and see this dark day. None of this is gonna be a bright sunshiny day, right? And this resonates with a lot of people because it speaks to something that uh we’re all familiar with once walking into a situation not having understanding and then gaining clarity. It speaks to an epiphany moment it speaks to a moment of clarity, A moment of clear perspective, perspective, A moment of clear sight. It speaks volumes with so many people because many of us from one season to the next may know what it’s like to live in confusion, may know what it’s like to live in disarray or to walk in darkness and try to figure it out on our own and stumble and trip along the way. And we may have many questions or opportunities that we say, okay, God, I need clarity on this. I need clarity on that. Where do I go to uh, for college or what job should I take? Or should I stay in state or should I move out of state or what, what, what I have so many options or decisions on my plate. And I need to know what the best route is. And many of us have been found ourselves stuck in the fog because we listened to the wrong voice is stuck in the fog because we’ve leaned on our own understanding. But oftentimes we make a shift and here the direction of the Lord. We, we realized that some things can be seen clearer if we get guidance from a trusted source or someone who uh, is hearing from the Lord and we begin to things begin to unravel in a way that makes sense to us And in life, what we’ll find is finding clarity and finding peace is not an overnight, it’s not something that just happens overnight. Oftentimes it takes work. Oftentimes it’s a process and that process is what we find in this text. As I said earlier that this is the one of the only miracles that Jesus performed in two stages and in this miracle, it’s one of the three times that jesus you spit in the healing process. Last week we spoke about Jesus feeding the 5000 and he had just finished when this miracle had taken place, he had finished and gone on to another town and then we realized that uh this, this miracle takes place and they came to Bethsaida and what we realize here is specifically through the gospels, but in Mark specifically, you realize that the author is very interested in letting us know where Jesus is, he’s taking us on a journey. When jesus is in this city, the author Marcus is very keen on letting us know, hey, this is where jesus is now and this location is where jesus is now and this location is where Jesus is now keeping us focused on where Jesus is, but also keeping us in mind where he’s going. It’s very, it’s very important to note the location why, because Jesus is on a mission to get to Jerusalem a mission to get to the cross, we’ll talk about this. Uh easter sunday. When you realized that this death had to take place, he had to hang on that cross. He had to say it is finished and it had to happen in Jerusalem where he passed, where he passed away. It had to happen, he had to get there. And so the author is very uh focused on on showing us this journey, showing us where he was in this city, where he was in that city and so he’s in the place called Bethsaida and abiding with jesus is important for us. We realized that uh location, location, location, right where you are is extremely important. And Jesus was not uh just going on his own. But as I said last week, he said, what are you only see me doing what I see the father doing. You only see me doing what I see the father doing. You only see me going where the father is leading is telling me to go. And so what we realize is that we have to be in a place be in a position where we can be used of the Lord. But also that that means we have to be attentive to his guiding. Attentive to where he’s directing. That’s attentive to where he is placing us where he is showing us so that we can say God where could I be used today, Jesus went to Bethsaida but it wasn’t just to relax. It wasn’t just to chill, it wasn’t to get a break, it was to be used of the Lord and to create a miracle. And so Bethsaida is known as the birthplace of three apostles, Peter Andrew and Philip and jesus visited there, visited that place and performed a couple of miracles there. And what we realized is uh it was one of the city’s in Matthew that jesus rebuked, you may stay, Oh jesus just rebuke demons. I don’t know, he rebuked people. He rebuked the Pharisees addresses religious leaders of the day. He rebuked the demons. Yes, but he also rebuked cities, locations, places and he began to rebuke the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done. Why? Because they did not repent wo ot you corazon woe to you Bethsaida for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done entire inside and they would have been, they would have repented a long time ago in sackcloth and acted in ashes. They were rebuked for their doubt in jesus as the messiah even after the miracles came to them, even after the miracles came to them they did not repent. They did not believe they did not change. And so jesus rebuked the city and some people brought to him. So he’s in that side and some people brought to him a blind man and begged jesus to touch him. So jesus is minding his own business Walking in this new city and some people catch wind of the fact that this is Jesus of Nazareth yeah, I just heard he fed 5000 people. Yeah I just heard he’s performing miracles here. He’s doing this, he’s doing this there And so they bring to him a blind man and they begged jesus to touch him. I’m gonna read that again. Some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. The blind man did not go to jesus for himself. Some people brought him to jesus for us as believers, we have a responsibility to bring other individuals to the throne room of God in prayer. It’s not just about our sorrows, it’s not just about the things that that we wish could be better. But there are other individuals that are grieving that are maybe are not willing to enter boldly into the throne room of God and give God give God some praise or give God a prayer. Maybe their heart is hardened because of the situations that they’ve been through and maybe God’s called us to bring them before him to say okay I’m going to have someone else’s name on my lips as I enter into the throne room today as I bring everything to God in prayer. I can’t forget about my cousin, I can’t forget about my brother, I can’t forget about my sister. I can’t forget about my coworker. I can’t forget about my kids, I can’t forget about my aunt, my uncle. I can’t forget about these people, my friends, I can’t forget about them as I seek the face of God. Some people brought to jesus a blind man and they begged him to touch him. The blind man did not even speak up for himself, They begged him to touch him. Do are we the kind of people that would pray for those in our circle? And do we have people within our circle that we know are praying for us? Do we have the people in our circle that are like these individuals that brought this blind man to jesus. I said, listen, do what you gotta do, do what you can do similarly. Uh the the narrative with a paralyzed man who could not get to jesus for himself. So his friends cut a hole in the roof and lowered him down before jesus and said, look, do this and when jesus saw their faith, the man was healed. So for us, yeah, we may want to prey on our situations and what we’re going through and that’s all valid. That’s wonderful. That’s that’s that’s uh we’re called to pray for our situations, but do not forget the brother or sister. Besides you do not forget the one hurting in your sphere of influence that you can pray for. So they took this blind man by the hand and they they led him to jesus, they brought to him a blind man and they begged him to touch him. So they begged jesus to touch this man and uh there’s a song that says pray for me. When times are going well with you, pray for me that the Lord would see me through, pray for me, that the will of the Lord be done, pray pray pray for me. And we oftentimes when we’re doing well, we forget to pray for the next person when we’re okay, when we’re fine, it’s when we’re in the trenches that we look and say, okay who’s in the trenches with me? And we pray together in our suffering us together in our pain. But when everything is fine with us, can we look to somebody else and say okay, I’m okay right now. Yeah, sure I have some things I need to pray for, I’m okay right now, but I need to pray for this person, I need to pray for that person. So when times are going well with you, can you be in a position to still pray for me? And that’s what we see here in the text, these individuals bringing this man to jesus, so they bring him to jesus to say, jesus look upon him, he’s blind, he cannot see heal him and jesus takes the blind man by the hand, he takes the blind man by the hand and he led him out of the village, he takes the blind man by the hand and he led him, I’m so glad that we serve a God, that is not afraid to make contact with people, the word became flesh and dwelt among us, right? This God did not just sit high in the heavens look low and say, oh poor humanity, let’s figure this out somehow. But he became flesh have this, this mind amongst yourselves. That is also in christ, jesus. He did not count equality with God, a thing to be grasped, but he emptied himself the creator becoming the creation. And so jesus made contact with man by becoming man. And even in that process, he didn’t become a king on a throne. Uh physically that was so isolated and could not be touched. He came into into uh into the world in need among those that would be in need and was not afraid to make contact with those that people would otherwise shun. And so he took this blind man by the hand and so look, I I know you can’t make your way out. So I’m going to help you and led him out of the village. Sometimes we need to be able to trust God. Even when we can’t see, it’s easy this when when we have the full plan and we know exactly what the steps are gonna look like. It’s easy when when when God says, okay, make you know this is how it’s gonna look. I’m gonna take you here, just make this right, make this left, do this, do that, do this, do that. And we say, okay, God, I’ll trust you all right? But when we cannot see and God still offers us his hand, will we take it when we cannot see. And God says, look, I’m gonna need you to trust me on this. Just take six steps forward and then make a right turn. Wait a minute. God hold up, hold up. Look, I’m gonna need you to trust me on this. You know, give write a check for this amount and hand it off to this person. But wait a minute. God, this is. Listen, I’m tugging your heartstrings towards obedience in this moment. I’m gonna need you to trust me on this. Got real quiet there, but that’s you know, that’s okay. It’s okay. The last thing to go is your wallet. They say right, but it’s important because we were called to trust God and to trust him. Even when we cannot see what’s ahead, even in our inability to see what’s in front of us, even in our inability to see what’s around the corner, will we trust the Lord? Can we walk with him? We cannot see what’s ahead of us. Can we trust him that he knows the way we take He led this man out of the village. Now there’s different ways that we can interpret this or see why he let him out of the village. Perhaps it’s because the man we don’t know how long he lived there, but maybe this was his comfort zone. Maybe he was comfortable in the village and it was what he knew it was what he loved it was, you know, he knew the roads, he knew the people that would walk by at this hour that our, he was familiar with, how to maybe navigate it, whatever the situation may be. But God took him from a place where he was comfortable to. Now outside of the village where he’s not comfortable. And for us we have to get out of our comfort zone sometimes for God to do the work that he wants to do, he wants to stretch us, he wants to grow us, he wants to uh work, do something mighty in our lives, but maybe we’ve been too comfortable. Maybe you need to take us away from that in order for that to take place. Maybe another reason why he let him out of the villages because this is one of the villages that that is rebuked and so maybe there’s a, a time when these miracles take place that but the faith is too low to believe. And so Jesus says, no, no, I need I need to take you away from the distraction, away from the noise. I want to take you to a place where I can do this miracle and it be something that gives that, that I get the glory from. So it takes him out of the village, takes him out of this village leads him away. The point is regardless of the reasoning of why he took him out of the village, he went with jesus, he trusted jesus enough to go where jesus led and for us a lot of times we want to know that why we want to know the why you know like kids mommy, why daddy? Why? Because I said so right. Like you want to know, we want to know the why. But oftentimes can we just trust in God even if we don’t fully understand or comprehend why he’s doing what he’s doing? Because sometimes we’ll understand it by and by. Sometimes we’ll understand it down the road and sometimes we may not but will we still be obedient to what the lord is requiring or asking of us? So he leads him out of this village and this next phrase after he leads him out of the village, he took the man by the hand, he let him out of the village. This next phrase is cause for pause but it says when he had spit in his eyes, wait right there, trying to read that again and see if I said that correctly. Took the blind man by the hand. Check let him out of village. Yeah, I’m about to get my miracle great check when he spit in his eyes. Hold up, wait wait a minute. So wait, why did he, why did he spit in this man’s eyes looked into this and we we we realized that maybe some uh back in in this time they thought that spit had some healing properties or spit was used to heal uh like like a medicine or But I was looking into some commentary and commentators said something interesting, He said that jesus did not spit on the blind man, he spit on the blindness. Mhm. Right. So tell that to the blind band though, right? But he’s been on the blindness. So it was the ultimate insult to sickness and disease. And if you look in scripture, there are other times where jesus spits on the specific body part that is diseased specifically to where the where the sickness is showing once again that he spit on the disease, not on the purpose, not on the person. And so other times when he healed individuals that were blind, he spit into clay and rubbed it into someone’s eyes and then he also spit on the tongue of an individual with a speech impediment that had difficulty uh speaking. And so we see that even though this is clearly unsanitary in this time of covid, y’all sitting here looking at me with masks on like jesus did what bro, like? Let’s let’s figure this out. Uh And so especially now if somebody spits in your face. Alright, let’s turn this mike off, let’s go outside, you know, because catch me outside, let’s see what that’s unacceptable, right? But when jesus does it it brings healing in the natural it’s it’s repulsive it’s disgusting, but in the spiritual and when jesus does it, it brings healing even in the natural. So jesus used something that was repulsive. There’s no denying that Jesus used something that was messy. Jesus used something that was disgusting, that was unattractive, that was not pretty. That was unorthodox. And with it, he brought healing with it. He brought deliverance with it. He brought freedom and Jesus wants to make us more like him and the route to making that happen is not a pretty one. In fact it is messy, it is unattractive, it is unorthodox. It’s not very sanitary. But in the end we can say I was glad that I was afflicted because it made me more like him in the end will be healed in the end will be hole in the end. We will be better because of what we have gone through. He’s not finished yet. And Jesus is an artist. He’s an artist. How do I know because he turns trash into treasure, right? He’s an artist. He took something that would be seen as repulsive and with it he brought healing. He took something that was seen as an insult and from it brought restoration. He took something that was seen as unattractive and from it, he brought renewal and the same way Jesus christ used his spit to help bring site. He used his crucifixion and death to help bring us life, right? And that’s such a beautiful picture. He used the breaking of his body, something that was repulsive, something that no doubt was painful. Something that we would look at and wince at in pain, something that we would look at and turn our eyes away from something that we would look at and and realize that it is not a quick death. It’s not a guillotine death. This is something that takes that took time. That was meticulous, that was thought out, that was painful. And he’s willing to go through this process for me. He’s willing to go through this process for you. He’s willing to go through this process not only for us but with us with us. I am what crucified with christ. Nevertheless I live yet not I but christ that lives in me. So jesus died for us and because he died for us, he can assist us in the death process when we put our flesh to death so that he can be glorified. Mhm. What this shows us is he’s willing to go through the process for us and he’s willing to go through the process with us. God can take someone that’s broken someone that’s messed up someone that’s angry, someone that’s prideful, someone that’s lustful. Someone that’s vengeful and turn us around and make us Children of the most high God. He says, look I see something that seems worthless, that someone else cast aside that someone else didn’t value and I’ll give you purpose. He says, I see you that you were in bondage, that you were enslaved to sin, That you were stuck in the patterns of this world. And now I’ll bring to you freedom. Who you were is no longer who you are. Because you’re in a process because jesus is not finished yet. Many of us in our lives, we feel too broken. Who lost? Oh, if you only knew what I’ve done, if you only knew how far I’d strayed, we’re too beyond repair beyond fixing. And even if we were to be fixed, we’re unworthy of fixing. Right? Look at how far we’ve gone. We’re we’re we’re we’re too angry to want the hands of the Lord on us to fix us. You may be disqualified ourselves, or feel as though we disqualified ourselves Colossians. Chapter 1: verse 12 Paul writes, he says, give thanks to the father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the Saints of light. How has he qualified us? He has delivered us from the Domain of Darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son in whom we have redemption. The forgiveness of sins, not forgiveness of some sins, forgiveness of all sins. Redemption. You’re wrong. Made right by the shed blood of jesus christ. We are delivered no longer in bondage in the domain of darkness, but transferred to the kingdom of his beloved son. So Jesus used something that was repulsive. But with it. He brought restoration. He did that to that blind man. And he does the same thing to us in our lives? He says, oh you’re stuck in sin. Oh you don’t think you’ll ever get out. Oh life is weighing you down. All the cares of this world have have got you tripped up, look to me dying on a cross. Look to me beaten and whipped beyond recognition. Look to me, crown of thorns on my head, beaten and mocked. Look to me gasping for my with my last breath. Look to me as I give up the ghost and say it is finished. Look to me something that we would win, sat and sailor. But with it he brings victory with it. He brings hope with it. He brings life and life more abundantly because as we’ll talk about resurrection sunday he did not stay dead, but he got up from the grave and through that we have ultimate victory. Through that we have ultimate power. And so what we see here in as we revisit our text in Mark eight that he spit on this man. He laid hands on him, he touched this man and he asked him do you see anything spits on this man lays hands on him, Put his fingers on his eyes and asked him do you see anything Once again, Jesus is not afraid to make contact. He made contact when he let him out of the village. He spit on the man and then made contact again, touched his eyes, so God is going to make contact with us time and time and time again and then he asked him do you see anything I mentioned this uh last week, but jesus, God often asked questions, always asks questions that he already knows the answers to, right, so what are we gonna do, how are we going to get food for these people to eat? The disciples are now scrambling, scrambling around, how are we gonna get food, jesus like I got you, I just want, I just want you to get to that point where you see it and the questions that jesus asks are our for our benefit, for our understanding, not for his, so he says, do you see anything, you know what time was jesus is like, you know, you know you’re not where you need to be, but I’m gonna ask you so the disciples and those around can see what I’m about to do here, he asked questions that he already knows the answers to, he says Adam, where art thou, he knew where Adam was in the garden, he knew Adam had sinned Adam, where Art arcane, where is your brother, Abel can’t confesses, he says, I knew your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground and in our lives often times the Lord asks us questions that he knows the answers to, but oftentimes he wants us to get to that point where where we, we realize how much work needs to be done to get us to close that gap and become more like him? And it gives us an opportunity to do that instead of just coming out the gate saying, yeah, this is this, this is this, this is this, he gives us an opportunity to do the project or the problem or or to to, to get to that point for ourselves. If as a teacher, all you do is give the answers to your students, how much learning are they really going to do, right? You have to sit there and watch them struggle through the problem. You know, this is the stage I’m at in, in parenting where it’s like, okay, homework, you know, first grade homework, his homework nonetheless, regardless and you sit there and you know, watch, watch them struggle through it and say, okay, this is what we have to do to get you to this correct answer. Instead of just feeding the question how how how and and the same applies for us in life. Oftentimes we want the answers immediately, we want to know, okay, I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know how much growing can you do if that’s how you go through life? And so God, Oftentimes sits back, I said, okay, let me asked this question so that they can get to the answer where I need them to be. So he asked this blind man after doing what seems like spinning in this man’s eyes, touching him in his eyes saying you do, he says, do you see anything, do you see anything? Every moment is a teaching moment for those around, especially with the disciples, there’s always a lesson to be learned, he says, do you see anything? And the man says, I see people, but they look like trees walking. This man probably was not born blind if you knew what trees look like. So he’s jesus, like you say anything, I see people, but they look like trees walking and I was, I was reading through commentaries and realized that the phrase of of this blind man echoed almost the site, the spiritual sight of the disciples, because if you read through the narratives, the gospel narratives, Matthew mark luke john you realize that the disciples got it wrong a lot, they got it wrong a lot, Jesus would show up, do a miracle, boom, oh this is great, jesus, okay, so when we gonna beat the romans, jesus, like that’s that’s not why I’m here, I’m trying to let you know and jesus would do something else to be like, oh this is great, jesus and jesus would say uh you’re not, not so fast, the son of man has to be betrayed and and and given into the hands of sinners and died and they’re like no, that’s not gonna happen, jesus, no, and she’s like no, that that’s why I’m here time and time again and jesus progressively shows them who he is, even with miracles when he calms the winds and the waves, they’re not just like yeah jesus go that’s what we expected you to do, they are stunned, the woman was too stunned to speak, right, they’re like no no no, like I’m not saying anything, I can’t do anything, I’m stunned, they marveled who is this man that the winds and the waves obey him because they did not know throughout the there we’re reading through the progress of understanding who he is, so at this point that they see him but they don’t see him, they know he’s the messiah but he’s not doing what they think the messiah should be doing and so this man and his inability to see people for what they are seeing people, but they look like trees, mirrors are echoes with the disciples. See they didn’t fully see jesus for who he was only an unclear perspective and I’m gonna stop right here just for a moment because that is where many of us stop you say I was blind before, I couldn’t see a thing now, I see people but they look like Theresa, this is alright, I’m good right here, I’m gonna write here and God is like look that’s that’s that’s great and all that’s progress, but there’s so much more, I’m not finished yet, don’t stop the process, I’m I’m not finished yet, just because you’ve made progress, you don’t stop the work. It’s great to celebrate the progress that you’ve done. It’s great to celebrate the progress that you’ve made. That’s a beautiful thing. But don’t stop the work. I’m not where I was, jesus. I stopped doing this. I’m not where I was Lord, I don’t do that anymore. I’m not where I was jesus. I don’t engage with this or with that thing anymore. And the Lord is saying that’s wonderful, that’s great. You’re not where you were but I’m still not finished. There’s still work to be done in your life, Bethel. That’s great. We’re celebrating 90 years. You’ve done some wonderful things in the community. You’ve done some wonderful things overseas. You’ve done some wonderful things. Even here in America, you’ve done wonderful things, impacted so many people that have come in this house. So many people even outside of this house have been connected. That’s a great thing. But I’m not finished yet. I’m not finished yet. There’s still more work to be done. You’re not where you were and that’s great. But you cannot stay where you are. You’re not where you were. And that’s a wonderful thing. But you cannot stay where you are. I’m still calling you higher. There’s still more work to be done. Our problem is sometimes our peaks very quickly become our plateaus. You can reach high mountains. We can say yes, this is great. I did it and we can stay right there and just coast and we failed to grow. We failed to move forward from when we were once celebrating. So then jesus says, okay, you can’t see alright, alright, alright. He he lays his hands on his eyes again. Once again, this is another two step miracle that he performed the only time he had to go back and say, okay, so you see them as trees, okay, let’s see if we can resolve this and get this fixed. You say oh but jesus, I thought you did all things. Well why would you have to go back again? Was the faith with the man? Was the man’s faith not strong enough. Did you only give you know this percent or did you put your 100% into this first miracle? We don’t know. But sometimes Jesus has to revisit, He put his hands on the man’s eyes again says, laid his hands on his eyes again thankfully he didn’t spit on him again, right? But he put his hands on his eyes again and revisit the process. The process, jesus takes us through the process and many of us, we cannot be afraid to repeat some steps. We cannot be afraid to let jesus say, okay, take me through uh this this journey and keep me through uh This situation again Revelations Chapter two says I know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, you have not grown weary, but I have this against you, that you abandoned the love you had at first. Therefore, remember from where you have fallen repent and do the work that you did at first. If not, I will come to you remove your lamp, stand from its place. Unless you repent. He said, you abandon the love you had at first, Jesus had to go back again and touch the man’s eyes. Many of us, maybe there are some things that we have to revisit again so God can do the complete work that he wants to do. He will begin. The good work will bring it to completion. He who began the good work will bring it to completion, jesus started the work but it wasn’t complete. When the man said, I see people walking his trees, it was complete when jesus laid his hands on the man’s eyes again. Many of us need to be willing to allow God to complete the work that he started, allow God to go back and do the work and complete what was what was uh started. And many of us we get off of the table too quickly. I’m gonna say, okay God, I’m good God, I’m great, goddamn wonderful. But if you don’t let if you don’t give if you don’t after a surgery, if they do a surgery on your arm or something and you’re supposed to do physical therapy and you don’t give that. Uh If you don’t give it time to heal, it’s gonna be just as bad as it was before, it’s gonna see other complications show up. And so you have to go through that process and we cannot be afraid of the process first. Corinthians says for now we see a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part then I shall know fully even as I have been fully known, similar to uh to this text. Now we only know but so much but later we will know so much more. There is more to come, there’s more to come. And he opened his eyes after jesus laid his hands on them and his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly. Not after the first time, but after the second time, because jesus was not finished yet and he sent a man to his home saying do not even enter the village. Now, this could be because of the doubt that took place in the village. Remember this was a place that jesus rebuked could be there. That it could be because of the comfort zone piece that I was mentioning earlier. But there are some places, some things that the Lord delivers us from or such as free from that he does not want us going back to, He does not want us entertaining. He doesn’t want us going back to that place of bondage, that place of blindness, that place of affliction. Even with the new site we have now. Oh but God I’ve I’ve got some new site now. I’ve got some new revelations so I can do X, Y and Z. Don’t even go back to the village, don’t don’t do it. And sometimes we think we think that we’re strong enough but don’t even go back. As well as I as I prepare to close out, it’s important for us to realize that as we’re becoming more like christ christ is not finished with us yet there’s a process, there’s progress that needs to be made three points as I close and as the team comes up the first is that we must be led. We must be lead. We can not afraid to be led. They brought this blind man to jesus and jesus led him out of the village, even in his difficult site. Even with his inability to see he was led out and he allowed jesus to do this without a fight, without disruption, without pain, he said okay, jesus, I’m following where you lead. We must be willing as we realize that he’s not done to be led because we can stop where we want. But is that where God is leading us? Or is there another place we must be submitted, submitted to what he’s doing when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him. He said, do you see anything spit in his on his eyes? A submission to whatever God will, whichever route you take me. It’s going to be a difficult one. But I trust your process. We have to be submitted. We must bring, bring our situation to God. God can only heal what you reveal right. This man had some, I had some friends in his life that we’re able to bring him before the Lord and say, hey, this is the situation. He’s blind. He cannot see, can you do anything about it? And thankfully Jesus was able to do something about it. And for us as well, we must bring whatever our situation is before the Lord. For the pieces that we must ban, ban certain things from our lives that are keeping us from moving forward, keeping us from allowing God to do the work. He sent him to his home saying do not even enter the village, certain things that we cannot allow access into our lives. Certain things we have to keep far away because we’re called to walk worthy Walk in a manner that’s worthy of the true and living God in the 5th and final component is we must not be afraid to begin again. We must not be afraid to begin again. Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again and he opened his eyes and his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly. Dear God, We thank you so much for this time. I pray Lord that you give us the strength Lord to begin again to trust your process. The process. This process, We thank you and praise you. We give you praise, honor and glory. I thank you God that you are with us to strengthen us to heal us, deliver us and set us free. Thank you for the victory that is ours. Do your son jesus. You pray Lord God that we were give you the space to do the work that you want to do. Give you a space to begin again and give you the time to do things on your timetable because you are not finished yet. We thank you. Crazy. We give you glory in jesus name, Amen and Amen. Let’s give God praise. Hello again and thank you so much for tuning in to the message at global seven. Once again, my name is Roderick caesar the third, the lead pastor of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. My prayer is that you were blessed and encouraged by the message. And if you want to contribute and give to the ministry, you can text B G T F I 277977. Again, you can text B G T F I 277977. We’re so thankful for you and my prayer is that God will continue to strengthen and empower and encourage you as you listen to this message. We hope you tune again later and God bless you. Thank you so much

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