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When God stands still for you.


Mark 10:47-49  KJV
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 
And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. 
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. 


This statue is located at Houston Methodist Hospital. My photo. 


Can you imagine? Jesus stood still when the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, called out!

Yes. God stood still

The blind man boldly ask for mercy and for sight. Jesus restored his sight! 

Opportunities like that never repeat themselves!  

How are your spiritual eyes? Do you obey when God asks you to step out? Are you missing out on God's choice blessings when you can't hear His call or when you are unwilling to obey? Those blessings can make a difference for someone else, but if you don't act...No one benefits. 

ASK YOURSELF: Would you see an opportunity that God put in front on you? Have you responded to the Spirit's calling recently? Last year or two months ago don't count. What about today?

Are you timid, insecure or afraid to go where God leads you? 

Have you answered His call? Will you step out of your comfort zone? 



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