Renewing the Mind- Conclusion

Mark 10:46-52
And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, take heart. Get up; he is calling you. And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Rabbi , let me recover my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. 

Jesus later identifies the cry of the blind man as expressing faith. Son of David is a messianic acclamation. The blind man recognized Jesus' genealogy and as man and as God.

many rebuked him- given the popularity of Jesus, a socially insignificant blind man is considered an interruption. The attitude of some in the crowd changes from rebuke to encouragement (take heart) as soon as Jesus pays attention to Bartimaeus. Though Jesus himself is facing suffering in Jerusalem, he still considers the "little people."-marginalized groups

What do you want me to do for you?- Jesus asks the obvious question in order to give the blind man the opportunity to express his trust in Jesus.

your faith has made you well- this not only describes the man's physical condition but his spiritual condition is included as well. The word used in the Greek is sozo which can mean "heal" or "save".

And followed him- Bartimaeus joins Jesus and other pilgrims on their final journey to Jerusalem, indicating that he has become one of Jesus' disciples.

You may be asking yourself what the story of a blind man has to do with renewing your mind. The point is that sometimes we have to want it pretty badly in order to change. Like Bartimaeus wanted his sight, we have to want our minds to think differently. When we get saved, we are really getting our sight for the first time. Our sin has been taken away and now we can see. We are able to see the way that leads to life. I want you to want this change to take place in your life. This shedding of the old self and putting on the new self. If you can accomplish the task of renewing your mind, you will never have to doubt your salvation. You will take away a foothold for the devil. The devil won't be able to come in and tell you that you aren't saved, you'll know that you are and you'll have confidence that you are a new creature; that you have been "born again."

Keys to Renewing the Mind
1. Become aware of how you are thinking
    -where does your mind drift off to when you are not concentrating? 
2. Be aware of how you should think
    - know how the Bible tells us that we should think
3. Focus your thoughts on God's thoughts
    - know what God has planned for you and His hope for the world (salvation)
4. Practice thinking the thoughts of God until they are your own
    - meditate on God's thoughts and train your mind (His thoughts are found in the Bible)
5. Apply the thoughts of God to your every day life.
    - nothing you know is useful until you apply it

Father I pray that your message has touched the lives of your people. I pray that several have started to sanctify their minds and set their thoughts on you. God give us strength and courage. Lord give us your wisdom so that we may conquer our own minds. Lord we know that the mind is a powerful thing; we pray that you will change our minds so that the power in it will be used for sharing the Gospel and bringing souls to salvation. We thank you Lord for your kindness, your mercy and grace. Thank you Father for your display of power and glory in our lives. We give you all the praise, all the honor and all the glory. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. 


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