Thursday, December 8, 2011
Mark 7:31-37 (ESV) Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.  And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him.  And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.  And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."  And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.  And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.  And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak." “He has done all things well, He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” And so he does even today. Every time another person comes to faith, it is the work of God opening one’s ears, and giving speech to ones mouth. But it does not end there. Many of us believers find ourselves deaf and mute. Something is constantly blocking our ears from God’s word. It gets neglected in our lives. I run into people at times who believe but have problems with this or that aspect of the Bible. Ephphatha! Or have trouble communicating the faith. Think on this, every time you open your mouth to speak to another about Christ, a miracle is happening, The Holy Spirit is operating, and he is using you.