Once I was blind, but now I see. ….John 9:24-34. Honestly…I NEVER thought this verse applied to me…but, at age 73, I found that it did. I’ve ALWAYS thought that I had my own personal SPECIAL relationship with God. Now, looking back, aside from my own sinful nature, I walked the talk, but it just was not enough. .As we grow older, regardless of our successes, we come to realize that we’ve missed something; wondering what it is that God expected of us…and where we have failed Him. About two years ago, my friend and Evangelist Adrian Despres, read to a group of us – 1 Timothy 4:12-16 – Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. And, in Mark 16: 15-16, it says: And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Both of these verses flew right over the cuckoo’s nest; and it was not until a year later that it finally surfaced, that God was talking directly to me. I had a direct collision with this verse, and, this very website is a result of that collision. I’m doing my very best to do exactly as God has destined me…for Once I was blind, but now I see. …Blessings…cjlb 11/26/13
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