Do you need a miracle .. a healing. . .physical, mental or spiritual?
If so. . .you must prepare yourself for a miracle.
Here are seven things we should do to prepare for our miracle. . .it’s called the Bartimaeus Principle.
First, position yourself for a miracle.
Mark 10:46 in the New King James Version says:
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.”
Mark does not tell us if Bartimaeus was born blind.
It really doesn’t matter how he became blind. . .the point is. . .he was without sight.
And Bartimaeus was reduced to begging to support himself. But he was open to better himself.
Are we positioning ourselves for a supernatural miracle?
Do we put ourselves in a position to hear sermons that will strengthen our faith in the miracle working power of God?
Do we spend time in the Word and in His presence to overcome doubt that His miracles are for today?
Think about it.
Second, if you need a miracle. . .let it be known.
Mark 10:47 in the New King James Version says:
“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!”
Bartimaeus had obviously heard of Jesus.
Begging on the roadside, he had probably heard stories of the miracles of Jesus. Maybe Bartimaeus had even been one of those who gathered to hear the preaching of Jesus.
Whatever the case, he refused to sit silently when Jesus passed by.
Bartimaeus began to cry out for Jesus to "have mercy" on him.
When we cry out for our miracles. . .it’s more than just taking a step of faith. . .it’s our way of announcing that we know God is on your side. . .and we believe His wonder-working miracles are available.
Third, never shut up about what you know can be yours.
Mark 10:48 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And many severely censured and reproved him, telling him to keep still, but he kept on shouting out all the more, You Son of David, have pity and mercy on me [now]!”
Blind Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus even though those around him tried to stop him.
Mark 10:48 in The Living Bible says it a little more directly.
“Shut up!” some of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted the louder, again and again, “O Son of David, have mercy on me!”
If I know that I’ve been positioned for a supernatural touch, no man or group of men can keep me from reaching out to take what I know is mine for the receiving.
Because of his faith, Bartimaeus received his miracle and so can you.
We must have boldness in claiming and confessing the guaranteed promises of God.
Fourth, when you speak out in faith. . .a spiritual dynamic is loosed.
Religion loves order. . .the status quo over results.
Religion claims to believe in miracles. However, when you ask for one, you are "shushed."
Religion would rather that we suffer nobly rather than take God seriously.
Mark 10:49 in the New King James Version says:
“So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”
The opinions of people fluctuate sharply.
The outcry of Bartimaeus bothered the predestination folks in the crowd.
When Jesus called for Bartimaeus, the same people who had told him to "shut up" then encouraged him to "cheer up."
However, because he stepped out in faith. . .Jesus responded to Bartimaeus for a miracle breakthrough.
Mark 10:49 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, telling him, “Take courage, get up! He is calling for you.”
It’s important for us to realize that Jesus is calling us today. . .to be His instruments of salvation, healing and Holy Ghost power right here on planet earth.
There’s no question. . .He’s calling. . .the only question is. . .are we answering?
Fifth, what’s the first thing Jesus calls you to do as you prepare for your miracle?
Mark 10:50 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“. . .And throwing off his outer garment, he leaped up and came to Jesus.”
Bartimaeus reached out to our Lord in faith. . .then he began “. . .throwing off his outer garment. . .”
Bartimaeus didn’t just lay his coat to the side. . .he threw it off. He didn’t lay it down neatly. . .the threw it off. And here’s why:
It is interesting to note that in this particular period of history the coat he threw away was a special garment that certified Bartimaeus as really being blind. He cast aside his old way of receiving the things that he needed and wanted. . .that coat was the thing Bartimaeus had previously trusted in. . .however, in great anticipation of his healing, he cast it down.
There came a moment when Bartimaeus knew he would not need that coat any longer. . .that’s why he threw it off. . .He knew His life was about to change forever.
We need to get a hold of this . . .our miracle begins to manifest when we change our thinking. . .our old ways of doing things. . .we raise our level of expectation casting off the past.
Sixth, here are three things Bartimaeus cast aside.
1) Bartimaeus cast aside his old lifestyle.
If you want to move into miracle manifestation or flow in the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit you may need to stop living the way you were.
You won’t watch the same TV shows or cable content with questionable values.
Things we use to do . . .we won’t do any more.
2) Bartimaeus cast aside his garment of self-sufficiency.
His garment was officially sanctioned by the High Priests. This seal allowed Bartimaeus to beg wherever he wanted.
The garment positioned Bartimaeus for secure income.
3) Bartimaeus cast aside the garment identifying him with his old lifestyle.
Everything Bartimaeus did proved he was moving in faith.
Bartimaeus brought a change of clothes as a demonstration of his expectation to leave the roadside as a man with a miracle testimony.
Seventh, be specific about your miracle.
Mark 10:51 in the New King James Version says:
“So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
We must be specific when we approach Jesus in faith.
Bartimaeus had a specific request to make of Jesus: Restored eyesight.
When you Sow your financial Seed, do not just ask for more money. A dollar a week would be more. Specify what you wish your Seed to produce for you.
When asking the Lord to help your marriage relationship, be more specific. Ask His help in the specific areas you need.
Mark 10:52 in the New King James Version says:
“Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”
The faith of Bartimaeus made demands upon the grace of Jesus.
Our salvation through grace contains provision of everything we need.
The last part of Mark 10:52 in the New King James Version says:
“. . .And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
Faith can produce your desired future.
But, faith is also a "right now" thing that works in the moment.
Please note that Bartimaeus received what he desired and followed Jesus.
Bartimaeus began to walk down the road where he once sat as a beggar. He was a changed man.
Bartimaeus was no longer a solitary beggar sitting alone but a testimony of miracles in motion.
Bartimaeus got his miracle because he positioned himself by faith to receive.
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