“Born Blind and Deaf” by Carley Evans


Imagine

(Photo credit: Javier Q.)

Imagine if you will being born blind, unable to see. You live in a world of darkness. And what if you are also born deaf, unable to hear. You move in darkness and silence, unaware of light, unaware of sound. Your world is emptiness.

Imagine a Man comes to you. He touches your eyes, then your ears. You suddenly see and hear. You see His face; you hear His voice. He is Love, and you are fully aware that your world has changed forever in a moment because He touched you.

Now what if this same Man walks by you, and leaves you in your darkened, quiet state. Suppose He has a perfect reason for doing this, one you don’t know and couldn’t understand even if you did know.

Now imagine other people try to tell you about this Man, how He has given them everything. How would they tell you? You are blind; you are deaf. Still they try because He is everything to them. But you can’t see or hear that He is Love. You are blind; you are deaf. You are lost.

Remember how He touches you? When the Man touches you, you are able to see and hear and believe. Only a fool would not believe once the Man gives sight and hearing.

Imagine.

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The Key to Knowledge ( by Carley Evans )


English: Pharisees in the Temple in the synagogue

I’ve pondered this verse many times: Jesus says to the Pharisees, “Woe to you experts in the law, because you take away the key to knowledge. You yourselves do not enter, and you hinder those who are entering.” (Luke 11: 52, NIV)

Jesus speaks to the Pharisees about “loading people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and not lifting one finger to help them.” (Luke 11:46) And He speaks to them of “building tombs for the prophets” even though their forefathers murdered those very same prophets.

I think Jesus tells the Pharisees that they have no knowledge of God at all. These “experts in the law” miss the whole show, so to speak. Worse yet, they parade around as if they know God and know the way to Him. And in their burdening of the people with rules and regulations, they hinder these same people from “the key to knowledge.”

In Jesus’ day, the “key to knowledge” is the Torah. Who takes it away from the people who are trying to enter into it? The very ones who ought to know it and teach it appropriately — the experts!

Jesus warns us not to hinder the children from coming to Him. Children are those who do not have any knowledge of Him except what they see and hear from those of us who claim to know and worship Him. Let us beware that we “experts in faith” do not hinder those who are “entering” the Word for the very first time!

For All Nations ( by Carley Evans )


God declares, “My house is a house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:7, NIV)

When mankind lives in close proximity, they have the same language with “a common speech” (Genesis 11:1) They work together to build a tower to reach heaven so as “to make a name for [themselves].” (Genesis 11:4) With a common language, the evil of which mankind is capable is unlimited. God is not pleased, and confounds their plans by “confusing their language so they do not understand each other.” Then He “scatters them from there all over the earth.” (Genesis 11:7,8)

First, a common language, dialect and even culture. Then, many languages. Finally, many dialects and cultures resulting in a world divided.

Yet, God has another plan. He plans to bring all nations together again under one head, that is Christ Jesus.

Jesus Himself says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I Am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Heavenly Father, thank You that You love all cultures — that You created all languages and dialects; that You speak in all tongues so that anyone may understand Your Word. Help us to take the gospel message to every people everywhere. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Remember Christ Jesus ( by Carley Evans )


“Be strong,” writes Paul to Timothy, who is both his spiritual brother and his spiritual son, “in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Paul encourages Timothy to “remember Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:8)

I tip my hat to Frank Viola, who speaks eloquently about Jesus being the solution to all of our problems; and how all of our problems originate in our looking for something higher, deeper and beyond Jesus. Mr. Viola catches my attention — he’s correct. Paul tells us the same truth — that Jesus is all we require if what we desire is to know the One true God.

Therefore, Paul reminds us to avoid “quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.” (2 Timothy 2:14) Instead, Paul tells us “to do [our] best to present [ourselves] to God as ones approved, workmen who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the Word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

And the Word of Truth is the gospel; and “God’s Word is not chained.” (2 Timothy 2:9) “Endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:10) In the sum of all truths, the most important is: “Remember Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:8)

A Colossal Waste (by Carley Evans)


Without a doubt, I know that worry is a sin — not only a sin, but a colossal waste of time, energy, and spiritual favor.

Father God, continue to help Your people trust Your Perfection. Help us to know You as the loving God You are, that You carry only good will toward us who are Your children. Give us Your peace. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Understand Already?


I have a person in my immediate family with whom I find it difficult to communicate at times. Occasionally, this person appears to be downright contrary, saying the opposite of what he might usually say. And then, this contrariness — if that’s what it is — appears very deliberate. At those times — well, most of those times — I accept that my perception is incorrect; and I remain open to the difficulty we have in communication. I see it as the barrier it is, and hold no blame on him or on myself.

Other times — not many times now that I am older and he is older — I lose objectivity; and find myself angry at him and even angrier at myself for not being able to communicate a simple message — well, a message which seems simple to me!

And, I see myself — slightly from the outside looking in — as a crazy person yelling at this wonderful person in my life, trying to get him to understand me. All I accomplish is hurting his feelings, and damaging my relationship with him and my relationship with God.

Jesus tells me that the way I treat this wonderful person I can see and love face to face reflects the way I love Him, the God I cannot see.

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for my lack of patience, my impulsive anger, and my loss of objectivity. Help me to communicate always in kindness with those I love, those I am especially capable of hurting because they love me too. In Jesus’ Name, amen.