July 2016 Sermon Series
Standing on the Promises of God:
Trusting Completely in God - Proverbs 3:5-6
Lesson One: Positioned for the Promise, John 9:1-7, New Living Translation
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
1 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”
3 “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. 4 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. 5 But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7 He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!
This lesson is designed as part of a series which seeks to encourage each person to fulfill his/her desire to be used to make a difference. Being called to make a difference begins with taking the opportunity to be positioned for the Glory of God. The difference begins with the individual self.
When we find ourselves in conditions that are not favorable, when we find ourselves going through some rough times, when the bad seems to outweigh the good, that is not always a result of something bad that was done. When God is in the mix of things, those adversarial times are allowed for a great Glory.
II. The Theological Issue - Why does God allow even the innocent to suffer?
Herein lies the philosophical issue of Theodicy - why do bad things happen to good people? Many people question the love of God by so much evil that is in the world. Lest we forget, however, when sin entered into the world, so also did the results of sin. God is still in control. God is still the loving God full of grace and mercy. But we cannot forget that sin - that which separates us from a proper relationship with God - is existent and manifests in various ways. Those times are the excellent times for God’s Glory to be revealed.
III. Countering the Sin Nature - Judgmental: Assuming someone else’s guilt by reason of their situation.
We will miss the promise for ourselves worrying about the “Why” someone else is in a bad way. This lesson allows us to see that every bad thing is the result of sin. To assume so is missing the point of the Goodness of God. The sin nature that causes one to assume the worst of someone else, gives a false hope that one may feel better than the next person. To counter this sin nature one must look for the Glory of God in all situations.
IV. Prophetic Points - The exegetical (interpretation) approach to the scripture
A. Verse one, “As Jesus was walking along…” - Providence: the will of God
There was no obvious plan to pass along this blind man. But it was the divine plan of God. Unlike other blindness miracles, this blind man was not seeking any attention, but it was the divine plan of God. Jesus was just walking along; therefore, the divine providential plan of God was in affect.
B. Verse two, “…why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” -
Prejudice: assuming the “why” or “how” of someone’s condition.
Being born blind was often related to some sin. It’s almost a fair question except that sin’s behavior was not the cause. Sinful behavior does have consequences, to be sure. But his blindness was not the result of sin.
C. Verse three, “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.” -
Promise of God’s Glory - God’s plan will always prevail
The promise of God will be fulfilled when we are in position. Being positioned for the promise will result in the power of God, God’s Glory, being seen in us. The man, blind from birth, was in the right place at the right time. Without calling on God, God’s providence and promise was revealed.
V. Prophetic Principles - the life application, what we are to do in response to the lesson
If we are to be positioned for the promise, the following principles are a must;
A. We must work while it is day, v4. The opportunity to be used of God is an everyday occurrence. To make a difference in the lives of others, there must be a willingness to serve God by serving others.
B. Humble our Hearts, v5. Humility is powerful. Humility is mighty. The blind man demonstrated humility by allowing Jesus to place spit and dirt on his eyes. Jesus spread mud on his eyes. He never complained, never asked any questions. His position set him up for the promise. His position of humility was a reflection of what was in his heart.
C. Obey the voice of God, v6. Without any help, without any assistance, without any tools or devices, the blind man did what Jesus told him. He obeyed the voice that said, “Go wash…” We must get in position to hear the voice. The voice of God will be heard when we are in position to hear it. Why could the blind man Go without help? Because he obeyed the voice of God. How did he know where to GO? Because he obeyed the voice of God. How could he receive a miracle before the miracle? Because he obeyed the voice of God.
The celebration is in the fact that since he obeyed the voice, he couldn’t see the face, that he came back seeing. He went, he washed, and he came back seeing! He was positioned for the promise. Not out of a sense of entitlement, but because of the providence of God.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your providence. I thank you for your power. I thank you for your promises.
Speak to my heart, so I can hear from you. If I can hear from you, I know that I will receive proper directions and instructions for my life. I am need of the fulfillment of the promises that are designed especially for me.
Speak to my heart, that I can be used by you. I thank you for making a difference in my life, but I desire to be used to make a difference in the lives of others. I am willing, so hear my prayer.
Forgive me of all my sins. I want to be used by you.
This is my prayer… in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
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