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Change your Garments: Bartimaeus

Blind Bartimaeus was sitting by the side of the road begging when he heard that Jesus was passing by. He then stopped begging and started crying out to Jesus. Jesus stood and gave the command that he should be called. When he was called, He threw away his garment and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)

By throwing away the garments that identified him as a blind beggar when he rose to go to Jesus, Bartimaeus signified the end of that chapter in his life. 

He was wise enough to realize that his life would never be the same again because Jesus had called him and that is why he threw away those garments even before he was healed. 

This throwing away of the blind and begging garments was an act of faith because it said he would not need them again even though he was physically still a blind beggar. 

Jesus recognized this act of faith for He said to him, "Your faith has healed you." (Mark 10:52)

Therefore understand that sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and throw away the garments you wore in the season of your life that you want to end even before the one you want to begin has started.

For example you made your money dishonestly and you want that chapter of your life to end so that you can start a new one of earning a living honestly, you have to throw away the clothes you wore and the tools you used to make money dishonestly even before you begin making money honestly.

In addition to being a statement of faith, this throwing away of the clothes and tools you used to make money dishonestly, also serves as a way of telling yourself that there is no going back since you have nothing to go back to.

This throwing away of your old outer garments should also be accompanied by throwing away of the inner garments you wore during that chapter of you life that you want to close. These inner garments are the thoughts you thought to enable you to carry out your bad old profession well. Therefore replace those negative thoughts with new ones that will enable you to make an honest living.

To facilitate this transformation from the old you to the new you, you have to come to Jesus and follow Him like Bartimaeus did (Mark 10:52) so that He can guide you as you enter the new chapter of your life.     

The first step of following Jesus is simply saying with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord" and then believing in your heart that when He died for our sins God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

The second step of following Jesus is praying every morning for His help and before every significant decision for His direction.

The  third step of following Jesus is reading at least one chapter of the Bible each day and trying to do what it says.

Click on the link to read Change your Garments: Joseph
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