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Sunday, July 17, 2017 notes from sermon

Mark 8:22-25  Jesus heals a blind man.   When Jesus prayed for him the first time, the man saw men walking as trees.  JESUS HAD TO PRAY A SECOND TIME!   This time the mans understanding and perception was renewed so he could see men clearly.

We all need to have our understanding updated at times.  Our perception is distorted.

John 6 –  Jesus fed 5,000 people.  They follow Jesus to the other side of the sea.  Jesus says you are not following me for the signs but because they wanted Him to feed them.  Like Moses fed the people in the wilderness.  Jesus says He is the true bread which came from heaven and if they eat His flesh and drink His blood they will live.  They couldn’t handle what He said and many left because of an they were offended.  Jesus asks the disciples – will you go away too?  Peter’s response is, “Where can we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  And we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ the Son of the living God.”

We must come to that conclusion also.  There is no where else to go.  Jesus is our life.  Perception change –  Man doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  (Matt. 4:4)

Book of Acts there were many perception changes taking place.  They were filled with the Holy Spirit and the scriptures they knew were now becoming real.  Their hearts changed, so much that they were willing to share whatever they had with each other.  The church grew because they saw something in the people they hadn’t seen before.  People were repenting and getting baptized.  Their purpose was to follow Jesus, this man who was crucified and risen from the dead and was doing amazing signs, wonders, healings.

With all of the funds that were brought, Peter and John didn’t start a home for the lame man in Chapter 3.  Instead they said we don’t have silver or gold but what we do have we will give you –  In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.  The man did.  It caused such a stir that Peter and John were put in prison and commanded not to talk about this Jesus again.   They prayed for more boldness instead of becoming quiet.

Acts 5, people are selling land and bringing the money.  Ananias and his wife Sapphira sell some land.  But instead of just giving some of the money they decided to say they were giving all the money!  They both fell down dead!  OH MY!  Why?  What is the perception change?  In Genesis we all have suffered the consequence of Adam and Eve eating of the tree they were told not to.  In Joshua all of the people were punished when Achan took something from the battle at Jericho.  But now…….Only Ananias and Sapphira suffered their punishment for lying to the Holy Spirit.  It was about their heart, they lied the rest of the people grew in their faith.

The people’s perception changed and they wanted to  join together in unity with those who were believing what they were learning. (Acts 2:42-46)  Learning, eating together, sharing communion with each other, they had gladness and simplicity in their heart.

Jesus what am I not seeing clearly?  May I have a perception change. Help me to see more clearly as you did the blind man.  May my understanding be clarified. May my perception change toward your people.  May I understand I can pray and see people healed.  May I have boldness to speak of Christ.  May I have a perception change about stuff and things and have a giving heart.   May I be filled with your Holy Spirit.

A perception change from the Holy Spirit is uplifting.  An offense from the enemy is depressing!  Go with the upgrade of perception change –  Fill us Holy Spirit!

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