Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Are You Afraid To Believe God Because Of The Opinions Of Others?”
When you are afraid to believe God because of the opinion of others, you literally have become a prisoner of those that you want to please. But, it’s more important for you to learn to please God than to be careful of what you say to people and who you’re saying it to when you initially decide to step out in faith.
Sharing your personal goals, ministry vision or business dreams to the wrong people can have a crippling or devastating affect before it even gets off the ground and has a chance to blossom.
Just because someone makes inquiries, doesn’t mean that they are concerned or care about you and want you to succeed. Our world is full of lost dreams and unrealized visions because of the criticism from others, even from some that you’ve attempted to please.
In John chapter 9, we read the amazing story of Jesus healing a man that was born blind on the Sabbath day that reveals this truth. After spitting on the ground and making clay from the dirt, Jesus rubbed the mud on the eyes of the blind man and instructed him to go wash in a certain pool. As a result of his obedience, the man miraculously received his sight. But because of this taking place on the Sabbath day, along with their hatred for Jesus, many began to deny that a miracle had even taken place and referred to Christ as a sinner.
So in John 9: 25-27 NIV, we read that after numerous inquiries, interviews, interrogations and accusations from neighbors, family members and the overzealous religious Pharisees, the former blind man completely exhausted and anguished because of their lack of joy over the fact that he had been marvelously healed, replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” Then they asked him again, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
After hearing of his miraculous encounter with Jesus, they continued to show disregard in their attempts to intimidate, ensnare, discredit his testimony and confuse him. Overwhelmed by their unbelief and their willingness to reject his experience, he stung them with some strong sarcastic questions.
Today, many just don’t want to hear the facts, while others are just jealous of anything that you’ll try to rise up to try and accomplish. Therefore, you shouldn’t reveal, share or release anything until The Holy Spirit of God instructs you too. Their words of discouragement will be used by Satan as a tool to distract you from what God has placed in your heart to do and make you start questioning your instructions from God.
So, it doesn’t matter what your parents, relatives, neighbors or even your best friends will say to you. At the end of the day, God is going to hold you accountable for what you did with His Son, Jesus Christ.
Obstacles will come but God will only allow them to reveal if you’re more concerned about the opinion of others or about trusting Christ and doing His Will. Will you dare to be different and stand on God’s Word? Are you going to listen to the opinions of man or will you place your confidence in God?
Finally, after being cast out of the synagogue and being ostracized by everyone, Jesus found him, and the man worshipped Christ because of His awesome love and grace. And God gave him a new beginning.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!