Daily Impact with Rev. Yemi Graceman Aduloju

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Daily Impact: 30th August, 2023
Topic: Provoking your change
Text: Mark 10:46-47

And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimæus, the son of Timæus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Life is a personal adventure. It is a do it yourself affair. No one feels what you go through like you likewise no one can pray for you like you, not even prayer contractors and prophets who specialize in praying for others. Hiring a prophet to pray for you is a falacy, a waste of time and resources. You are the best individual to initiate the change your life desperately needs. Life will not give you what you deserve but what you are willing or ready to take. Nothing just happens in life. Every event or happening is made to happen. Blind Bartimaeus was tired of his situation, he desired a change and had heard of any wonderful things about Jesus who had passed from Jericho to Jerusalem on several occasions. This time, which was coincidentally the last journey of Jesus through this route, Bartimaeaus initiated his desperately needed change. He cried out to Jesus for help. He had been quiet prior to this day and would have missed his change if he remained quiet. A closed mouth is a closed destiny. You may die or end up the way you are if you remain quiet about your situation. That will not be your portion in the name of Jesus.

Necessities for provoking your change:
1. Don’t wait for any man to fulfill your destiny (Responsibility): John 5:5-7. This man was waiting for someone to initiate his desired change for his life and destiny and this is the reason his response to Jesus was “I have no man”. He waited and wasted for 38 years. Don’t wait for any man. Set your own stage, agenda, plans, press on with your life. No one pointed Jesus attention to Bartimaeus. He cried out by himself. He heard Jesus was passing and he let out a loud shout since nobody took him to Jesus or brought Jesus to him. The people shouted him down but he knew keeping quiet meant that he would die a blind man so he ignored the people and took responsibility for his change. Be responsible for your change and destiny. God could definitely send someone to assist you but you have a role to play. Your helper will meet you along the way so keep moving and do not sit still.

2. Never sleep on your situation (Never accept fate): Peter and James found themselves in Herod’s prison in Act 12. James was beheaded and Peter was next in line. Peter must have thought himself hopeless since James was beheaded. He gave up hope and accepted his fate to death. He waited for the hangman. In Acts 12:6, And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. Many are sleeping when they should be praying, working etc. Do not accept fate. God does not want you to give up cheaply.

Prayer Focus
1. Father, I am more than this, I refuse to remain like this in the name of Jesus. I revolt against every power keeping me in this present situation. I command such powers to give up concerning me and my situation.
2. Father, I am tired of this situation (mention them). Let this situation change.
3. Father, let every power that wants me to remain the way I am be consumed by fire in the name of Jesus.
4. O Lord, send me help from above, for vain is the help of man.

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