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The danger of spiritual blindness

Rev Charles Oppong-Poku | APRIL 20, 2023 | Matthew 12:22-24

KEY VERSE:

Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. Matthew 12:22


This passage describes Jesus healing a man who was both blind and mute and was possessed by a demon. The healing was so miraculous that it caused the crowds to be amazed, but it also caused controversy among the Pharisees, who accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebul. This passage highlights the power and compassion of Jesus. He could heal the man of physical and spiritual afflictions, and He did so with great love and mercy. The faith of those who brought the blind and mute person resulted in miraculous healing and deliverance. It is a powerful reminder that no matter what struggles we may be facing; Jesus is able to heal and restore us to wholeness. It highlights the reality of demonic possession and the power of evil in the world. Nevertheless, Jesus has authority over evil and the ability to defeat it through His divine power. All the people who saw this miraculous deed were amazed and began to believe in Jesus as the Son of David, the long-awaited Messiah.


We also see the danger of spiritual blindness. The Pharisees, who were supposed to be the religious leaders of the day, were spiritually blind. They were blind to the truth of who Jesus was and what He was doing. They were so caught up in their traditions and rules that they couldn’t see the truth right in front of them. They were more concerned with maintaining their power and authority than with recognizing the Messiah right in front of them.


HANDS AND FEET FOR THE MESSAGE:

Jesus is still in the business of breaking the power of evil and demons, setting people free, opening their eyes to see, and bringing salvation to their souls. What is it that seems to be binding you? The transformative power of Jesus and His ability to bring healing and salvation to those who come to Him in faith is still available. Let us open up to the truth to be able to recognize Jesus for who He truly is. Let us be reminded of the danger of becoming spiritually blind and understand that true sight is not just a matter of physical vision, but also of spiritual sight. “Sometimes the things that we think we see can blind us to the deeper truths of life, and that sometimes, it is only through blindness that we can truly see”.


PRAYER:

Dear Lord Jesus thank you for the power you have over demons and evil, anyone you set free shall be free indeed. Thank you for your deliverance and healing upon my life. Help me to see clearly, open my eyes to the truth and protect me from spiritual blindness. I commit myself to a life of humility and openness, always seeking to grow in my understanding of your truth and your ways. In your dear name’s sake. Amen!


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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