First Touch, Second Touch (Notes from a sermon by T.D. Jakes)

Mark 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

Don’t worry about having good seed, worry about finding good ground. Because if you have good seed, but bad ground, you can’t get what you need.

Here is your challenge: Can you follow me in the dark? Can you feel your way through it? Can you go through a period that you will still be faithful even though nothing has changed in your life? Will you trust me in the shadows and still be with me even though you have to go by what you feel because you can’t see anything? But I got you!

Notice it doesn’t say that the blind man took Jesus by the hand because the blind man’s grip could be broken. Notice it says that Jesus took the blind man by the hand. It’s not that I have a hold on God, it’s that God has a hold on me. My grip might slip, but God has ahold of me.
I can’t see but God has a gold on me!
The first touch was when Jesus took the blind man by the hand. To pull him out of “it”. Out of the environment, out of the influences, away from the naysayers, away from the doubters. Away from the people who define you in how they had met you.
When I finish you, I’m going to define you. I’m going to start you, over, I’m going to set you free on the first touch.
And then Jesus touched him the second time he said: “What do you see?”
He answered, “I see men walking as trees.” So this brings me to the blurred stage with the second touch. Every touch has a test. You cannot enjoy the touch if you’re not willing to take the test. You cannot receive this word and not be tested. This is not for your entertainment.
This is happening when the disciples knew that Jesus was the Messiah but didn’t know he was to go to the cross. So Jesus is surrounded by people who could see men, but not see the tree. How could Peter clearly see that Jesus was the Messiah but was blind to the cross? When it came to the cross Jesus called him a devil and said “Get behind me for thou savourest, not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. – Mark 8:33
In the same story “the rock” and “the devil” is sitting in the same man.
There is a struggle that goes on inside of you where you are righteous about this but wrong about that. You are spiritual over here, you are carnal over there. How dare you judge somebody else, when you are running around with your blurred self. You are one step away from blindness yourself. You are not clear on everything either.
Living in the blur, I’m not what I used to be…, but I’m not what I’m going to be. I am in the blurred stage. Stop making definitive statements while you’re in the blur. I can take my glasses off. I can see you, but your details get blurry. If I had to shoot a mosquito off your shoulder, you would not want me to shoot from a blurred stage. Do you not know that everytime you make a decision in a blurred stage you are trying to shoot a mosquito with your glasses off? You got divorced in a blurred stage. Some of you got married in a blur. Preachers trying to tell that you’re going to hell. Who are you, God? The Bible says “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” – 1 Corn 13:12
So you have to stand right where you are for I have learned about making decisions in a blur. The churches are in a blurred stage. Stop acting like you can see more than what you can. The blind man was honest. He didn’t try to act like he could see more than he could see. That he knew more than he knew. We can mess up people with injustice because we are in a blurred stage. If this man would have lied about how well he could see he would have never been made whole.What God had healed was not so much faith, it was honest. It was the courage to say “I’m better than I was, but I still don’t have it the way I’d like to have it.” The devil doesn’t want you to be honest. He wants you to be impressive.
But the Bible says “If you humble yourself, God will exhaust you.” If you come down off your high horse God will raise you up. If you admit I can’t see as good as I would like God said I’ll give you a second touch, but I’ll only give it to an honest man.
God’s people sometimes suffer from blurred vision. Unable to see the needs of countless lives. Unable to see themselves, unable to see the future. We are living in a blind world today that people are blind to the God who loves them, blind how to get up and go forward. That’s why our focus must remain clear. Share God’s message of love, healing, and hope. Jesus touched the man again, and his vision was completely restored.

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Inspiring you to have more Wealth and Riches in every area of your life,

Dexter

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