Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11
Testimony
God has revealed many times in my life where past hurts have caused behaviours and patterns, which have been detrimental to me. He has put on my heart to draw close to Him and bring others to Him also. .... Read More...

Seeds of the Kingdom

Would you shout louder?

by Andy Taylor

12 November 2014

« Previous Day | Next Day »

“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Mark 10:48, NIV

Most people live their lives not wanting to rock the boat or stand out. We certainly don’t want to look stupid or have people thinking badly about us. But in this story we see a man who couldn’t care less about what people thought. He was blind, he was desperate, and he was within shouting distance of someone who could do something about it - Jesus. So he shouted! He shouted so much that those around him reprimanded him as he was obviously ‘causing a scene!’ But that just made him more determined and he shouted louder.

Interestingly, this shouting took place on the outskirts of Jericho – another place where shouting brought an amazing victory (Joshua 6). In this case, however, Bartimaeus wasn’t shouting for the walls of a city to fall down but rather that he would be able to regain his sight.

Jesus takes note of this commotion, calls him over and restores his sight because of the faith that was shown. The fact is that the shouting wasn’t empty – it was faith-filled shouting. In fact, it was the faith that caused the shouting. It was faith that led Bartimaeus to throw aside his outer garments, to jump to his feet and to come to his Lord. It was faith that healed him and it was because of his faith that he then followed Jesus.
I wonder if we would have done the same. When people looked at us and reprimanded us for making a scene, would we have continued? Would we have risked our reputation to shout for our Saviour? Jesus is looking for those who, filled with faith, will call to Him – will shout out in desperation to Him. God will not ignore a faith-filled cry from His children!

Prayer: Lord, help us to rise up in faith and cry out to You. We need Your saving power in our lives and we cry out that You would bring down the walls that oppose us and bring us freedom in Your name so that we can follow You with our whole hearts, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Andy Taylor is Director of Ellel Grange, UK National Director and is a member of the Executive Leadership of Ellel Ministries. He joined the team in 1991 and has served the Lord at Ellel Ministries centres in the UK, Australia and the USA. Andy is married to Cath and they have three boys.

 

Sign Up Now

Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship. Provided full acknowledgement is made to Seeds of the Kingdom as the source, you are also welcome to use it in a non-commercial way and reproduce it in magazines or other Christian websites. The copyright for any commercial use of the material remains with Ellel Ministries International.