Tuesday, March 21, 2023
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was working on a write up and needed to use the word 'prefix' although I was certain of the meaning of the word but decided to look it up in the dictionary and this was what I found: "A prefix is placed at the beginning of a word to modify or change its meaning." It was like those words leaped out of the dictionary. And as I sat down to ponder, I heard that voice, it was so clear and distinct. 'There are evil prefixes that have been added to the lives of many people at the beginning of their lives that have modified and negatively changed the course of their destiny. Though they were born to make great impacts here on earth but the enemy intercepted their lives at the beginning and introduced something that have adversely altered their lives. Right there, He brought to mind the story of Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus, the man whom the devil altered his life at the beginning and introduced the evil prefix 'blind' such that people forgot the son of who he was and rather addressed him by that evil prefix and his name was altered to Blind Bartimaeus and hence the beginning of an altered destiny. But, thank God for Jesus. You cannot have an encounter with Him and your life remain the same. When blind Bartimaeus encountered Jesus, his life changed and the original purpose of God for His life became fulfilled.

Bartimaeus was a blind beggar who sat by the roadside begging for money. When he heard that Jesus was passing by, he began to call out to him, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Even though the crowd tried to silence him, Bartimaeus persisted in calling out to Jesus.

The first lesson we can learn from Blind Bartimaeus is the importance of persistence in prayer. Bartimaeus did not give up or lose faith, even when others tried to silence him. He continued to call out to Jesus until he was heard.

The second lesson is the power of faith. Bartimaeus believed that Jesus could heal him, even though he was blind. His faith was so strong that he was willing to shout out to Jesus in front of a large crowd. Jesus recognized his faith and said, "Your faith has healed you."

The third lesson is the importance of surrendering to God's will. When Jesus asked Bartimaeus what he wanted him to do, Bartimaeus said, "Rabbi, I want to see." He did not tell Jesus how to heal him, but instead surrendered to God's will.

Finally, the story of Blind Bartimaeus reminds us that we all have a need for healing. Whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual, we all have areas of brokenness in our lives. Like Bartimaeus, we need to call out to Jesus for healing and have faith that he can and will heal us.

Friend, I do not know what evil prefix you carry. I do not know the evil label by which you are being called but an encounter with Jesus can put your life back on track. And I pray for you today that you will have such an encounter and your life will have a complete make over in Jesus name. God bless you big.