Ignore the Naysayers (John 9:1-10:21)

[The man born blind] replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know.  One thing I do know.  I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25)

Personal experience is hard to disqualify.  People may tell you that what you experienced wasn’t real, but deep down, you know what happened.  You know what to believe.

When it comes to faith, personal experience is of utmost importance because there are things that just can’t be explained if we remove God from the picture.  When something is confirmed in your heart in a way that can’t be explained outside of God, then you know His presence is real.  When miraculous healing takes place with a life-threatening illness, you can’t always explain it outside of God.

Don’t be afraid of crediting God when those things happen.  There will likely be naysayers who tell you that you’re out of your mind or that you don’t understand what is really going on.  Be that as it may, take the road of the man who was born blind.  “I don’t know what happened.  I can’t explain it all.  All I know is that I used to be blind and now I’m not.  Is it a coincidence that it happened when Jesus put mud on my eyes?  Maybe.  But probably not.”

Lord, thank You for the many ways You confirm Your presence in my life.  When naysayers try to discredit Your work, help me to remember the evidences I’ve seen and be encouraged to know that Your presence is real.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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