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Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

John 9:31-41 KJV
(31) Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
(32) Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
(33) If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
(34) They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
(35) Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
(36) He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
(37) And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
(38) And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
(39) And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
(40) And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
(41) Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Our blindness of unbelief and belief is a part of faith. As one grows in Christ we seldom take the whole story hook line and sinker. Sometimes it takes months and years to reach a place of spiritual understanding of some things. One can understand that being religious minded can also harm the soul, because of the legal part of spirituality. I was never forced to believe in God though I was taught about God. Never told I had to be a Christian. Faith is something that must be worked out by the individual. The Blind man in John 9 had worked out his faith to the point that he understood his healing was from God despite what the religious leaders thought.

We must in our own faith come to terms with what do I believe about who Jesus is. It not about logic but about faith. Most people understand that Jesus was a good teacher, and grasp he is a son of God because we all are sons and daughters of God. Yet to believe Jesus is equal to God and can be worshipped takes faith. After the devil exalted himself and tried to make himself a god and he was not God, but a god want a be. The Pharisees had set themselves to be educated about God and had all the knowledge that came from scrolls, but could not see the man called Jesus in front of them was their God in the flesh. The Pharisees believed the miracles of Jesus were of the devil and not of God because I guess in one since they did not receive the same results when they prayed to God, probably because of a lack of faith. Elijah was known to be a prophet of faith. He had miracles in his life that most religious leaders can only dream about. Moses a man of God and yet he longed in his later years of miracles that began his ministry.

Miracles are not always about faith in the since of person being able to believe for the miracle, but always is about glorifying God. Jesus was glorified by the miracles at his hand to the point people bowed and worshipped him. Moses was not bowed too and neither was Elijah. People bowing understood he was the Messiah sent from God. Those not believing were blinder then the man born blind, because they faith was not only about what they could see but ritualism of faith.

Faith is more then Sunday morning services though they be grand. It is about growing in Christ. Learning to except the evidence of the things of God. I have learned just because the miracle one is expecting to receive it can be something else that God things you need more of. If you ask God for strength you might not get physical strength you wanting but God will supply, and instead you might get spiritual strength that will over pour. Need patience, really you only need it for each irritation. Faith comes from hearing about what God can and will do for you. It takes faith to believe in the power of salvation, and it takes faith to believe and receive salvation. The blind man that was healed had faith, but knowledge of who Jesus was. Yet when Jesus told Him he worshipped him. One might believe in Jesus but might never worship God. Might receive the miracle but never praise God. If one can learn one simple thing is the need to bow before our maker and Savior of the world. Do we worship in our hearts are only mimic what we hear and see like the Pharisees, without understanding and being only blind to the truth.

Dear Heavenly Father give us strength to have faith to believe your word and to recognize it in our daily life of the miracles you bring to your children of faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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