Have you ever been in a position where you desperately need something and then the people around you think you are undeserving of your request?

There are many such examples in the bible. One striking one is that blind man called Bartimeus.

Mark 10:46-48 (MSG). They spent some time in Jericho. As Jesus was leaving town, trailed by his disciples and a parade of people, a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting alongside the road. When he heard that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” 

It is amazing how you bring your need to God and others say you are being presumptuous. They are not asking anything but they don’t want you to ask. The truth is there is a crowd effect wherever a crowd gathers. Be it in the church, on the street or at the stadium. 

Most people blend into the crowd for the fear of being different. They can’t stand against the public opinion so they conform and do not rock the boat. But listen up, they are not you and you are not them.

There were other blind men along that road from Jericho. Jesus was passing by. Some cried out to him but they were asking for food. They got food from the crowd. Some asked for money, and they got money. But Bartimaeus was different.

When he cried out, the crowd shushed him up the way they did to others. They offered him money so he wouldn’t disturb the service. He refused their money. They offered him food, he shouted the more. He knew whom he wanted and what he wanted. 

Perhaps that is the main problem with people who are shushed. They do not know what they want, how they want it and why they want it. Therefore, even if they are not shushed they will never get it. Do you know how many sick people there were in that crowd hoping that Jesus will prophetically come to them? 

Oh, have you not been in a meeting where the Spirit of God is moving strongly and the Word of wisdom begins to operate in the room through the minister. He/she begins to announce specific individuals with specific conditions and declares their healing. There are people in the meeting that begin to wait for God to describe the shirt they are wearing, call them by name or mention their sickness by name. Wrong!!!!

When the water is stirred all you need is tap in by faith. If the minister does not mention your case, what stops you from mentioning it? Is God deaf to your voice? Don’t follow religion, follow Jesus.

Bartimaeus is our example. Jesus did not call his case. He called Jesus and the whole of Jericho could not shush him. Bartimaeus had no education, his family background was poor and he had a disability. But a crowd could not shush him. Why do you allow yourself to be shushed?

He cried out so much that
"49-50 Jesus stopped in his tracks. “Call him over.”
They called him. “It’s your lucky day! Get up! He’s calling you to come!” Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus.
51 Jesus said, “What can I do for you?”
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “On your way,” said Jesus. “Your faith has saved and healed you.”
In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road.

Yes, today is your lucky day! Shout out. Don’t be conditioned by the crowd, be conditioned by the Word! They don’t need the healing, or the job, or the child or the husband. You do. If you like, pray like them, worship like them and serve God like them. You will go back home empty like them.

As for me, I am going for all I can get. I belong to the Bartimaeus club. I cannot be shushed!

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