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Teaching the Blind

    In Talladega there is a School for the Blind. It’s very interesting to have the “sight impaired” community here as we often see them walking with their white canes. I have always admired those with physical handicaps who’ve overcome and usually do very well with their lives. The other morning, as I was going to work, I saw a gentleman taking a morning stroll. He had a white cane and dark glasses so I recognized him as a blind person. As I watched him, I thought about all that he’d had to learn and how well the school had done in instructing him to walk around town unaided. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me. It seems that we’ve done the same thing in the Church.

      We have a condition, being born into the old sin nature, in which we are spiritually blind. We don’t have the ability to see spiritual matters. We somehow learn to maneuver around through life, even though we’re blind. Oh, we have some pretty good instructors! They give us all kinds of philosophy to help our hurt or help us accept the poor pitiful condition that we’re “born” into. But what Jesus offers is sight! True, spiritual sight!

    I know that the world follows this trend but what the Spirit said to me that day is that the Church is doing it, too.  People are being taught how to get along in their sightless world instead of giving them the gift of sight. They are given one-liners such as,” Jesus loves you no matter what you do”. “No one is perfect”. “There is power in positive thinking”. “God made you that way. Don’t let anyone criticize you.” And on and on it goes. Instead of real spiritual healing, we are teaching people how to cope with sin. Instead of giving them the sight to see it and remove it from their lives, we are making changes in our facilities so that the spiritually “handicapped” can continue dealing with their sin.

  My friend, now imagine a blind school that offers sight! What person would just choose to walk with a cane when he could see the world around him? As the Body of Christ, we have the ability, no, the MANDATE to lead people to sight in Christ. In 1st Peter 1:9 its says, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”

    Instead of me giving you the verses just prior, which tell what the “things” are, I’d like to encourage you to read it for yourself. And when you do, ask yourself if these are things which are bestowed on us or things which we must have a part in. We’re often told that there is “nothing that you can do to earn your salvation”. This is one side of the coin and is off-balance teaching. For a balance of teaching, I’d like to point out that we’re saved by faith AND works and not just faith. James 2:24. If we tell people that nothing they can do will earn them salvation, that’s exactly what they will do. Nothing. It’s as if people think someone is going to try and do too much for God. Why don’t we say,

‘Nothing you can do will earn you salvation (Galatians 2:16) but doing nothing will prove your not saved! (James 2:17)” You really need to check scripture and see what Jesus answered when asked, “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Did He answer that it couldn’t be earned, or something else?

   Going back to the illustration of the blind school, suppose a new student comes in and he’s told that he will have the ability to see if he has a certain operation and that it will cost him nothing. Suppose that someone has already paid for the operation for anyone that will accept it.  He’s told that there is nothing that he can do to earn his sight. He still has to do something. There is still a sacrifice on his part.  He is putting himself at the mercy of doctors and must go through a complete life changing process. Nothing can ever be the same again. Afterward, he will be responsible for things that he’s never been responsible for in his life! There can be no more excuses for not being able to see. To say that there’s nothing that he has to do to earn it is true. But to pretend that his life can stay the same is false. It must not stay the same.

   If we continue to give hurting people the world’s methods, we will never have true spiritual healing. We are merely teaching the blind to cope with blindness. So how do we start? We start with our own lives (Matt 7:3-4) Once we make sure that our lives are right, we will clearly see and be able to help others. Judgment must begin with the house of God. 1 Peter 4:17

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.     2 Chronicles 7:14

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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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