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Aim above the mark.
Tue Jan 23, 2018 08:24
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“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.”
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW


Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus the son of Timeaus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
MARK 10:46-52 NKJV

Blind Bartimaeus, he raised his sights and aimed above the mark. He not only aimed for Jesus the man, but he aimed above to the divine healing that Jesus brought because of His relationship with the Father. The crowd warned him to be quiet. After all, they were gathered together to get a chance to see Jesus, and did not need the commotion and distraction of a blind beggar. Trying to shut up blind Bartimaeus failed because he had his sights set above the mark. He just cried out all the more. When you aim above your target, and you are a distance from it, your chances of hitting it are better. Most rifles are zeroed in for a certain distance. When you shoot at a target that is at a greater distance than what the rifle is zeroed in at, you must aim higher. A person that fires the same rifle over and over will get acquainted with the individual weapon, the ammunition that is used, and the trajectory that the round will travel. You learn how to hit the mark by aiming above it. If Bartimaeus had aimed through the crowd he would have not hit his intended mark, Jesus and divine healing. He aimed above anything that would hinder reaching the target. What I find amazing is how the people who tried to shut him up did an about face. When Bartimaeus hit his mark, Jesus called for him. And all of a sudden he was cool to the people who tried to hush him up. They said, “Be of good cheer, rise, He is calling you.” Bartimaeus then threw aside his garment, rose, and went to Jesus. He didn’t let some kind of beggars coat slow down his movement to Jesus. I can relate to this in my own life. I had a beggar’s coat, and it was all about me. The material that was used in the coat was made of self-centerdness. Across the shoulders and down the arms there was a hem of pride sown in. One pocket was full of envy, and the other was full of jealousy. The liner was made of self-pity; I kept this close to me at all times. The inside pockets which were hidden at all times, were kept full of alcohol and illegal drugs. When I came to the realization that Jesus was the answer to my blindness and my self-imposed prison, I too cast aside my beggar’s garment, rose and came to Jesus. At times I try and go back and put on my beggar’s coat, but staying in the Word daily and fellowship with other believers has made it possible to live without it. God is doing for me what I could not do for myself…………………wolf

Share with me what Finis Jennings Dake had to say about this:

“A mark of great anxiety and joy to get to Jesus as quickly as possible. When men get this much in earnest in seeking God they will find Him without exception. The earnestness of the blind man surmounted all difficulties. How many today permit the smallest thing to hinder them in prayer and in obeying God! Blessed is the man that will not tolerate one thing hindering him from getting to God and getting answers to prayers that are in harmony with the promises and gospel provision. The more the man cried out the more his faith grew and the more he was hindered the more he was helped in taking hold of what he was desiring.”

    • Bonus points ...Baruch, Thu Jan 25 19:26
      Good and bad, is really all about beneficial, or toxic, relationships between people. Zacchaeus for example, was a hated outsourced tax collector. I doubt even his own mother loved him.
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