Many Believers would agree that they are under construction or a work in progress. But there is a secret hunger that is deeply hidden that cannot be explained. Even though there is an appearance of dissatisfaction, the enemy has used the element of time as a mirage to capture and cause complacency. Progression requires movement to a higher stage or developmental activity. Change is waiting for us.
Have you ever thought that because of His great love for you that the Lord is not satisfied with where you are and He wants you to come closer to Him? As He is in the midst of everything that concerns you, He is aware of the obstacles or hindrances that are preventing you from coming deeper into His presence. You may be calling out to Him, but have you heard His call?
Recently, I began to meditate and pray about my sight. There were things that I wanted and needed to see in my walk with the Lord. Continually thinking about sight led to me to the account of Bartimaeus. It is funny that when we speak of Bartimaeus, we always mention his blindness as a part of his identity. Although Jesus healed other blind men, Bartimaeus is the only one who has his name listed in the Bible. Is there something about him that we have not discovered?
There are two accounts concerning Bartimaeus, one in Mark 10:46-52 and the other in Luke 18:35-43. Bartimaeus came into contact with Jesus as Jesus was leaving Jericho on the outskirts of town. He was positioned in a location where beggars where accustomed to beg as people passed by. Can you imagine what Bartimaeus said to people as he sat there daily? Have you ever wondered what his thoughts were as he listened to the people going and coming in and out of the city?
The day that Jesus was leaving, there was a crowd going by that caused Bartimaeus to inquire what was going on. His hearing was already sensitive due to his blindness, but there was something that was unusual in the atmosphere. Surely, he must have heard about all of the miracles of Jesus. As he heard the activity of the crowd and that is was Jesus, he immediately began to shout out, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Luke 18:38 KJV). Why would he call Jesus the Son of David? Was he one of the residents of Jericho that knew the history of the Israelites and the promises of God to King David or even the prophecy of the Messiah? Did his blindness give him sight that the others failed to have? Did his faith come by hearing the word of God that had been spoken over the centuries and at the point of remembrance cause a transformation in his thinking causing him to call out?
As Bartimaeus called out to Jesus, many in the crowd told him to be quiet. Did they think that he was begging for a handout? Was there not a change this time in his words? Yet in the midst of his call, they attempted to block him from that which he needed, mercy, grace, and deliverance. They looked at his present situation and did not expect a change for his future. But Bartimaeus cried out louder overriding their opinionated thoughts. He called out to Jesus with such passion and fervor that Jesus stood still. The creation called out to the Creator for a change in its existence.
I don’t know about anyone else in the Body of Christ, but I am at a point where I am calling out to Jesus to remove any and everything that is hindering me from the intimacy that I desire on a different level. Calling for this leads one to repentance and acknowledgement of unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, jealousy, and anything else that the enemy has blinded you to. The irony of it all is that He gives you the desires of your heart, but it is He who puts the desire in you. “But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.” (Malachi 3:2-3 KJV). So in essence, He wants me to come closer, but knowing the truth my filthy state, there must be a desire for change of the hidden hindrances. Even though he sustained me in this state, He had the plan of the day of my divine appointment for the change.
“And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called, and they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; He calleth thee.” (Mark 10:49 KJV). It is interesting how Jesus rebuked those who thought to issue a rebuke when He commanded them to call Bartimaeus. The same people who were the hindrance were now being used to carry the message of the call from Jesus. The call was the love of the Creator for His Creation. His love overrode everyone and everything and nothing could hinder His love. There is nothing that can compare to Jesus answering your call with His call.
Before Bartimaeus rose up, expecting a change in his position, he threw aside his garment. (Mark 10:50). In ancient times certain garments were used to mark and identify the characteristics of an individual. But faith threw aside that which held him in his present state, knowing that the call was to take him to another dimension in his flesh as well as his spirit.
There is a call for many of us to take another look at ourselves to see and understand what blinds and hinders us from coming into a deeper place with him. The Father is calling and He wants us closer than ever before because of what He is pouring out of His Spirit in the earth. He is moving quickly and He wants to release His power through His vessels so that His glory will be revealed in the earth. Everything of the enemy that has come from the world system must be removed, even our thoughts. We must keep our armor on because this fight is different as it is about us understanding the Father’s love for us on a different level. If you change your thinking, you will change your sight, and then you will change your position. This is the time of the divine appointment and you cannot stay where you are. Knowing your identity will cause you to rise to answer the call of His love.
“O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”
© March 2012