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Devotional - Thursday, March 30, 2017 89/276

Today's Scripture: "Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, 'Do you believe in the Son of God?'” Jn 9:35

5735. Compassion without ministry is sympathy. JG

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See it.

You first


Live it.

Most people expect God to do certain things but won't pray until He doesn't and then complain that He didn't. Some will question how an all-knowing God would allow the blind man to be riddled to shreds by the religionists and not come to his aid. In the same way, people might question a God who allows Job and his family to endure such persecution for the same reason. It's really quite simple actually. Until we come to the end of ourselves, we are not ready for God to begin fighting our battles.

The fact is that sometimes we are not ready to encounter God. The experiences we face motivate us to change but we seldom know where to start. The first question Jesus asked the healed blind man was did he believe in Him. He didn't suggest how he could have responded to his attackers or commend him for his testimony. What was important to Jesus was his spiritual condition. Seems to me that should be our first concern as well.

Pray it.

Help me remember, God, what's important to You before I open my mouth.


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Keywords: Encounter; Sympathy; Believe

1. One-minute Devotionals began on January 2, 2006 and are the original creation of James R. Green, Prayertower Webservant Content is derived from his alternating and sequential survey of both the Old and New Testament to offer insight on Scripture.
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