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An excellent example of receiving is found in the healing of blind Bartimaeus. Mark 10:46-52 tells the story:
As [Jesus] went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, 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. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
One of my favorite things about Bartimaeus is that he refused to let the people around him discourage him. They did not have the faith in God's goodness that he had. They had such limited understanding of God's love that they thought Jesus would not be interested in a seemingly worthless, blind beggar. But Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus. No doubt he had heard of His mercy and kindness and His healing power. And he believed.

So when the people tried to shut him up, he cried out all the louder, "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me!" Why did he cry so loudly? Because he was convinced in his heart that if Jesus heard him, He would answer. Jesus would deliver him. This was his chance of a lifetime.

Jesus heard him and when He did, He stood still and commanded that Bartimaeus be called. Aggressive faith gets Jesus' attention.

What Bartimaeus did next was one of the most beautiful expressions of faith recorded in the New Testament. He threw off his cloak.

By that act, he was making a very clear statement. He was saying, "I'm not a blind man anymore. Jesus has heard me, and I'm as good as healed!"

Notice what Jesus asked Bartimaeus next. He said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" (v. 51 AMP).

Bartimaeus said boldly, "Master, let me receive my sight" (v. 51).

Bartimaeus was in perfect position to receive. God was looking to and fro throughout the whole earth for someone to whom He could show Himself strong...and He found Bartimaeus full of faith, speaking and acting with great confidence in Jesus' goodness and power. The connection was made and Jesus said, "Go your way; your faith has healed you" (v. 52 AMP).

I want you to be impressed by Jesus' goodness and how willing He was to express that goodness. Whatever those who came to Him for help said, He said. Jesus acted on their words! He, being just like the Father, was easy to receive from.

The woman with the issue of blood said, "If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health" (Mark 5:28 AMP). The moment she touched it, she received her healing.

Whatever the centurion asked, Jesus was willing to do, so that his desire could be answered and the servant healed.

Jesus asked Bartimaeus, "What can I do for you?" Bartimaeus told Him what he wanted. Jesus said, "Your faith has made you whole." What Bartimaeus said, Jesus did. He immediately received his sight and followed Jesus.

When You've Seen Jesus, You've Seen The Father
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
(John 14:8-10)
The Bible says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). There is no changing in Him.

Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever." Jesus and the Father are still going about doing good and healing all who will receive. "The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works" (Ps. 145:9).

Jesus is saying the same thing to you today that He said to Bartimaeus. He is asking all who would look to Him in faith, "What do you want Me to do for you?" Jesus is alive and well today and He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

He is just as anointed and compassionate today as He was when Bartimaeus sat by the roadside begging. The Resurrected Lord, the Messiah, is saying to you, "Receive your healing today! Receive your deliverance today!"

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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