God promises. We walk. God delivers

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… Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. Joshua 1:2-3

Moses was dead. About one million Israelites were at the Jordan River looking at the land God had promised them.

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Is God your strength? Sing for Joy!

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Sing for joy to God our strength;
Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song, strike the timbrel,
The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
At the full moon, on our feast day. Psalm 81:1-3
Father, the God of our ancestors, the God of the Israelites, I praise You. I lift my voice towards heaven, and sing You a new melody. I clap my hands and lift my hands. You alone created the marvelous light. You hung the moon and the stars in the heavens to light our darkness. We set aside a feast day to celebrate what You have done for us.
Indeed, when we waited upon You, You said:
You called in trouble and I rescued you;
I answered you in the hiding place of thunder Psalm 81:7
You led the Israelites by the hand into the Promised Land, and You lead Your children, Your followers today into the promises You have for us.
Thank You for Your steadfast faithfulness, lovingkindness and Your own dear Son, Jesus, the Messiah.
Sing for joy to God our strength!
Share the joy … tell the readers how God is leading you.

2 blind men healed: Healing activated by faith

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Is that Jesus passing by us? He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Think He would heal our blind eyes?

The two men follow Jesus.

“Have mercy on us, Son of David.”

Jesus enters the Capernaum house without a word. The men follow him into the house. I wonder what the owner of the house thinks.

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Matthew 9:28

“According to your faith be it done to you.” Matthew 9:29

And their eyes are opened. Although Jesus tells them not to tell others about their healing, they tell many people.

Five verses, five attributes.

  1. Focused. These men had heard of the compassion and miracles of Jesus, and they knew what Jesus could do for them. Together, they sought Jesus.
  2. AccountableThe two men cried out loudly to Jesus over the crowd. They took responsibility for pursuing Jesus until He answered them.
  3. Intense. When Jesus did not respond to their cries, they followed Him, right into the house. They did not give up when there was no answer from the Son of David, the Messianic name of their Savior.
  4. Trust.They trusted the Scripture. Isaiah 35:5 states that when the Messiah comes, He will open the eyes of the blind.
  5. Hope. Blind men for a season, their hope was an earnest expectation for their sight.

Focused + Accountable + Intense + Trust + Hope = Faith

Result: Healing!

My prayer for you:

Our Father and Lord, You are the God of all compassion, all mercy, and all love. Pour out Your blessings and healing upon our land and upon Your people. Restore our sight to all that is true and lovely. Restore our bodies, our minds, and our land into what You intended. Give us the faith to focus on You as we hold ourselves accountable in an intense trust in You, and we will earnestly hope in Your restoration. We will spread the news of Your great works as these two blind men did. We praise You for all that You are and all that You do. In Jesus’ name, Amen