Guess what 

People are usually comfortable when you are doing just well. They will love you and wish you well as long as they are doing better than you are. When things get better, the questions flood in; how come he got this? how come she got that? Is that not the person who always had to beg? Well this is because they believe you can never be better. But I tell you today by the power of the Holy Spirit that you can be better and you are doing better in Jesus name. Things will change in your favour. No body can place a seal neither can any man put a limit on God. Your story like that of the blind man will change for better. If you believe this say Amen. 
Remember your effort will yield because God will give success to the work of your hands. 

The problem of the blind man began when he was healed. For the Pharisees, how could they certify this man as being cured and continue to reject the one who had cured him. Your blessing is a problem to some people. But not to worry God won’t undo what He did. So let them deal with it. 
Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”  
Some people will make all manner of excuse just to make sure you don’t get blessed. 

A lot of People will always want to see you down. 

Some people are your friends so long as you are not doing better than them. 

Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” Just becaue they don’t like your progress they will condemn you. 
But you know what? God has seen your pain and has heard your cry and has come to save you. God has brought you to a new day to give you something new. Join your faith with mine as we claim your blessing. Amen

Surprise! Surprise!!

I know over the years, many things have left you surprised. Maybe it is the job, or even how you were able to complete the house, or a healing. You see God has a way of always surprising us. 
Don’t think you have seen the last of His amazing goodness yet. He is still yet to do a lot of things that will leave you with tears of joy. Imagine the plans he has for you. Imagine further the execution of those plans. On your part now, you have to keep working, keep believing. Better days are ahead. If you are a student be focused on your study. Be about your job. God will do the rest. 

A lot of People will always want to see you at the same spot. A lot of people will prefer seeing you as one who begs instead of someone who can support himself and family so that they will take credit for helping you. Do you know that sometimes people will use your circumstance to boast and to show off? The man was born blind so through his miraculous healing God will receive the glory. He was not healed for man to take glory. Do you know that you fail when you brag about the people you have helped or are helping? Do you know you fail when you condemn people just because you are supporting them? Do you know you fail when in your mind you always want people to come begging you for help, when in actual fact you could help them stand? 
People always want to take the glory. Let that not be you. Let our prayers be all the glory belongs to you o God. 
In the story we have been studying, the blind man’s neighbours were surprised at his healing. They were so surprised that they did not even recognized him. Something about him changed. He was different. He could help himself. God is doing the same thing in your life right now. He is blessing you. 
Ps 126:1 says when the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion we were like those who dreamed. God is about to surprise you, your neighbours and friends alike. You too will testify. Amen

The Testimony (John 9:1-41)

We are presented with the story of a man who had bee n blind from birth. I am sure that when the blind man got up that morning he had no idea that day would bring the end of his blindness. He did not know God had a plan for him, a plan that would make him celebrated, change his reputation, make him admired and above all bring him to a relationship with God. I am certain he had planned on sitting at his usual spot with arms stretched with a bowl begging for alms. 
All the while he did not realize God had marked him for healing, and the plan of moving him from darkness into light was already set in motion. He did not realize his darkness was about to the shattered forever. You might not know this, but God is about to shatter certain things in your life. God will stop what intends to stop you. Blindness had stopped this man for many years. But Jesus Christ the light of the world banished the darkness with his presence in the life of the man. Wherever Jesus is, light abides. 
The question for you today is, do you know weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning? (Ps 30:5) The other question is do you know that eventually night runs out of darkness giving way to dawn? I am going to ask yet another question; do you know that what ever you are going through today wont last always? 
His encounter with Jesus gave birth to a profound and positive change in his life and I know too that Jesus is brining about change in your life too. If he did it for him, then he can do the same thing for you. The most radical change that can come upon anyone is the change brought about by a new birth giving way for a new life. When a person comes to Christ, Scripture says all things become new (2 Cor 5:17). He not just saw the world. He saw the Saviour. He not just stopped seeing darkness, he started seeing light. There was a movement from death to life, from obscurity and insignificance to fame and significance. In a few minutes he moved from “hell” to “heaven”. He experienced salvation. His testimony was that of salvation and he said now I am saved. I was blind but now change has come. I was down but now I am in. I was nobody, but now I am somebody. I was blind but now I see. May God grant you reasons to testify today through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Accused

Have you been wrongly accused of something you know nothing about? Or being punished for a crime you did not commit? How did you feel? Terrible I guess, especially when no one would listen to you. How long did the accusation last? A whole week, a month or a year. 
Well, this man who was blind was accused of being a sinner. The accusation was not for a month or a year. The accusation was for as long as he lived. His first pain was not just the fact that he couldn’t see, but that in his condition he was ostracized by the society because he was branded a sinner. He was accused of something he knew nothing about. Blindness 2,000 years ago could not be compared to what we see today. There has been advancement in technology. Today we have teaching aid, Braille and moon, text to speech scanners, SmartCane with ultrasound to guide the blind, we have clocks and watches including tactile face or spoken output, even computer equipment for the blind. 
Today too, people will not easily conclude a man is blind as punishment for sin. It was a common belief among the Jews that a man suffered because of sin, either his own sin or his parents’ sin. Hence the question in John 9:2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 
Sometimes people accuse us of things we know nothing about. A lot of other times, we accused and condemn ourselves because of the hardship we face. I have heard and seen people say they are suffering because of a sin they committed. Well if that is the case, then it is only appropriate to stop sinning. But our focus this morning is accusation. Do you make it your duty to accuse people even when you are not sure they are guilty? Do you pride in bearing false witness? 

Let our prayer today be Lord forgive me for the many times I wrongly accused people. Help me not to condemn and judge people because I too when condemned will not be happy. Amen

He put clay on his eyes

Jesus spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” We see striking resemblance with Genesis story of creation. The blind man was remolded using clay just like Adam was molded using clay. He was created anew. 
The blind man stands for all humanity. “Born totally in sin” he is made a new creation by the saving power of Christ. Know today that it is only the power of Christ that can save us and he is willing to save us. He is the only one that can deliver us from darkness of blindness; blindness to sin – corruption, hatred, tribalism, corporate crime etc. But we have to be willing. We have to be willing to go to the pool to wash.
As God fashioned the first man from the clay of the earth (see Genesis 2:7), Jesus gives the blind man new life by anointing his eyes with clay (see John 9:11). This brings us to the story in Jeremiah 18: 2-4. (And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it). Do you know you are a work in progress? God has not finished with you yet? Nice we are made from clay so no matter how marred we are by life, the master sculptor will keep working until we come out just fine. 
May we always remember to run to Jesus Christ, when the tides are high, when our visibility is poor due to darkness. Let always remember God can help us out of every situation. This is not just about spiritual talk. The truth is nothing is impossible with God. So let us come to the altar where the father’s arms are open wide. You may be hurting and broken, overwhelmed by the weight of the sin, Jesus is calling out to you. Forgiveness and healing awaits you there. Amen