9 And He replied:
Go! Say to these people:
Keep listening, but do not understand;
keep looking, but do not perceive.
10 Dull the minds of these people;
deafen their ears and blind their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their minds,
turn back, and be healed.
What dulls the mind? Why is the tv called a “boob tube”?
“Otherwise” they might see…and hear…understand, turn back and be healed.”
Tells us what we need to do to be healed. We must ask God o open us, though. It is not something we can do on our own, and it isn’t something that is instantaneous…it will take an investment of energy, time, resources to BUILD A RELATIONSHIP with God.
Refuse, resist the things that dull the mind. Spend that time with the Lord. Yeah, Randi, hours–literally hours–on Twitter? Manage your time better!
Even if we are healed–our souls, our hearts–even if given understanding, let’s not be confused and think that will somehow make our lives easier, more comfortable. Sometimes–most times–ignorance is bliss. And just because we know, doesn’t mean we can or are supposed to change it; but it must be brought to light to recognize it.
Hate evil. Not the person. Pray for the person. Pray God opens their eyes, ears, mind and heart; ask that He give them understanding. This is how we love our neighbors and pray for them! Love isn’t approving or condoning, love sometimes is a good whack!
Not changing something is probably the toughest part for me. I like to “fix” things. I solve problems; I reduce people’s pain. It’s why I’m good at my employment. I can help many people in a single day. Things that are difficult to them take me a few seconds or few minutes, saving them hours. They like that, they keep coming back.
But some things take pain. Some things I’m not going to be able to stop of “fix.” There are natural consequences, cause and effect. Take for exacmple the current events in the United States (we’re in 2020, which ironically the numbers for perfect vision in optometry; amazing the things we are seeing that have been in front of us for year, decades, and the things that have been hidden but are being brought to light–the evil we’ve been surrounded with is astounding!).
We are close to Civil War II. Can I stop it? No. This is way bigger than me. This is something evil that has been festering, fed, growing, encouraged for decades and people ignored it, still do. People that said anything were at least old-fashioned and conspiracy theorists, quickly discounted, ridiculed and shamed.
The Lord laid on me this morning to gather information and facts on communism. Memes, reports, bullet points. I am going to do a whole series, maybe a whole Facebook page? Will it get shut down?
Since 1963…earlier, but that is the earliest verifiable instance that I know of.
There must be a balance between judging, condemning for sin and encouraging it. How does this work on a more practical level? How did people get so far off course?
What is up with 2020? Why is it on an even year? These questions, like the number of the year, I can’t answer; and I have lots and theories and ideas for how we got to this point. But does all that matter? Maybe, but only insofar as it could help shape, recognize and understand the real issue that has caused these things to happen: Which I will surmise, hypothesize that straying from, ignoring and rebelling against God is the root of the problem.
The truth about separation of church and state needs to be brought to light. It does not mean abolish God from schools, state-sponsored entities, or even government itself. The founding fathers knew, that’s why they put God in The Constitution!
Then there is slavery. It’s been here since the beginning, hasn’t it. It still happens today. People are oblivious. I will bring it to light for some of them.
The Lord has put a lot on me–big, extensive, heavy topics, but I feel compelled to gather information and get it out there. Please share the infor and pray God opens people’s eyes, ears, minds and hearts to receive the information, recognize, and repent–whether that be recognizing each life as precious or not holding a person responsible for the sins of their great-great-great grandfather.
Lord, I pray that You will guide me, give me the information to share, put it in front of the people You want to see it, open them to it. Speak to them, Lord. Give them understanding. May all of this bring You praise and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.