August 3

Today's Bible Reading
            Judges 17
            Acts 22
            Jeremiah 30-31
            Mark 16
“But go and tell His disciples - and Peter -that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you." After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country.” 
(Mark 16:7,12)
            You will never be the same after you have seen the real Jesus with wide-open spiritual eyes. Once you have really seen Jesus, it will change everything in your life. Nothing else will ever have the same appeal to you as before you saw Jesus. Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing.
            Most people equate seeing Jesus with what He has done for them. That is a totally different matter. If you see only what Jesus has done for you, your God is not big enough. When you see Jesus as He really is, and know that He desires to live His life in you and through you, nothing is ever the same again.
            In John 9, the man who was blind from birth did not know who Jesus was until the Lord appeared to him. When you really see who Jesus is, and what He desires through you, you will exclaim, as did this man, NowI see. (John 9:25)
            Many times it requires great adversity and suffering for people to truly see Jesus. It is certain that we will see Him better when we are in Heaven because the Scripture tells us that, ''Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face." But it is with the clarity that people see Jesus for who He really is that alters their lifestyle, and sets the limitations of how they view this world.
            If your eyes have been opened and you have really seen Jesus, you will want others to see Him too. ''They went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either." (Mark 16:13) When you see Him, you must tell others even if they do not believe.  It is instinctive to the believer to tell others.
            When a missionary physician helped his first patient to see by removing cataracts, the patient ran away without even saying ''thank you." The discouraged doctor felt sorry for himself. The next day, the same man returned with rope...clinging to the rope were fourteen blind friends.
                        Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
                        Look full in His wonderful face,
                        And the things of earth will grow strangely dim.
                        In the light of His glory and grace.
            Only about 120,000 people live on the island of St. Vincent and 90% claim to be Christian. Most of those who say they are Christians on St. Vincent lack a personal faith in Jesus Christ. This crisis in the church points to a lack of spiritual fruit, growing apathy, lack of commitment to missions, and a lack of holiness. Pray for revival and the restoration of a biblically based, Spirit-led church.