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TOPIC: BARTIMAEUS: THE MAN WHO GOT MULTIPLE BREAKTHROUGHS

MINISTERING: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

DATE: 20TH NOVEMBER 2022

BIBLE TEXT: MARK 10: 46-52

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Why not lift your hands to the Most High God and bless His Holy Name – Give Him Glory, give Him Honour and give Him Adoration. Bless the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Praise His Holy Name and let Him hear your Voice. He is Worthy to be Praised.

Thank You Father. In Jesus Mighty Name we have Worshipped – Amen!

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We give You all the Glory
We give You Honour
We give You all the Glory
We give You Honour
Jesus!

OPENING PRAYER

King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; the Ancient of Days, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the I am that I am – We Worship You.

There is no one like You – You are Greater than the Greatest, You are Higher than the Highest, You are Stronger than the Strongest, You are Wiser than the Wisest, You are Richer than the Richest and from Everlasting to Everlasting, You are God. Accept our Worship in Jesus Name.

Thank You for bringing us together today; Thank You because You have known this Day even before we were born and we know that there is something Special that You want to do here. Please, accept our Thanks in Jesus Name.

Today, in a very Special Way, visit Your Children, meet all their Needs, heal the Sick today, save Souls today, set Captives Free today and let today be a Day of Breakthroughs. Before the Sun sets today Lord, let everyone here or reading now on the Label of DMC have a Testimony.

And I Pray that we will serve You till the End.

In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!

Let Someone shout Hallelujah – Hallelujah!

Well, shake hands with one (1) or two (2) People and tell him/her – Neighbour, I love you but actually today is my Day.

And God Bless You – You may then be seated.

I am delighted that we were able to come and see you!

As you have heard, my wife had been here before but this is my own first time of coming here!

So I believed that Somebody is going back home with “First Kind Type” of Miracle here today – Amen!

But they are waiting for me in another Nation and so I will be talking to you for only fifteen (15) Minutes.

Don’t worry, the Greatest Sermon that Jesus Christ Preached took Him a Minute – The Sermon on the Mount!

And in any case, everything that God wants to do; He normally do it suddenly – So, get ready for “Sudden Kind” of Miracle today!

Mark 10:46-52:

46. And they came to Jericho: and as he 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

51. 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.

52. 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.

Now, since I came to this Part of the Country; I have been Preaching almost everyday on Mark 10: 46-52. And you wondered why am I so in love with this Man called Bartimaeus?

Each time that I Studied his Story, I got “New Revelations”.

I have Preached on him (Bartimaeus) before as:

I. The Man who cried for Mercy.

II. The Man who Stopped the Universe.

III. Ten (10) Steps to Miracle.

And so on as so forth!

Today, I want to speak about him as: The Man who got Several Breakthroughs in One Day!

Because I am here for one (1) Day and I believed that God want Somebody to have more than one Breakthroughs – Amen!

And what is it that lead him to this Multiple of Breakthroughs?

1. He “HEARD” that Jesus Christ was Passing by. And when he heard, Faith leapt up in his heart.

Romans 10:17 says: Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

And because Faith rose in him; because something told him: This Passing by is for you; your Day has come at Last.

Because suddenly he has Faith, according to the Word of God; it became Pleasing unto God.

Hebrews 11:6 says: Without Faith, it is impossible to Please God.

You put that in another way, it means that: With Faith, it is Possible to Please God.

And when you become Pleasing to God, there is no doubt about it that what you want from God, He will do it.

Now, you may say – Well, he heard about Jesus Christ. He wasn’t the only one who heard – There was a crowd following Jesus Christ but there is a “Hearing” and there is a “Hearing”.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 20:12 that: The hearing ear and the seeing eyes; the Lord has made them both.

In other words, there are ears that don’t hear and there are eyes that do not see.

Some of you came here today, convinced beyond all doubts that you are not going to go back the same way you came – Amen!

Oh, you heard that a Man of God is Passing by but you are not really interested in the Man but you are interested in his God. And that God doesn’t disappoint.

And so, Someone is going home with a Testimony – Amen!

When you Studied the Scriptures very well; you will discovered in Isaiah 6: 8-11 for Example that when God wants to destroy Somebody, He will deafened the Fellow.

When He wanted to destroy some People, He said block their ears so that they won’t hear; so that they won’t then be able to cry to me for Mercy; so that I won’t be able to Help them.

Thank God that there are ears here already that are already hearing. And your Joy will be Full tonight – Amen!

Now, when God wants to help Somebody, the first thing He does is that He opens the ear of the Fellow to hear!

You know Psalms 107:20 says: He sent His Words and it healed them and deliver them from their Destructions.

If He sent His Words for the world to be able to do His work; you have to hear it. And if He wants to help you, your ears will be wide open now – Hearing the Word of God!

2. He “Heard” but didn’t stop by hearing – He acted, he cried!

You know that there are Prayers and there are Prayers.

There are some “Sophisticated Prayers” – When you are considering how important you are in the Society and so when it is time to Pray, you merely murmur. You tell everybody – Why are you shouting? Afterall, God is not deaf.

Well, I have Good News for you – He is not Nervous either and He enjoys Noise!

In Heaven, Billions of Angels are crying: Holy, Holy, Holy; Lord God Almighty.

When they shout Hallelujah in Heaven, the Bible says that it sound like Thunder. And God didn’t tell them:

I. Angel, let me rest as your Noise is too much.

II. He didn’t say: Can’t you just say Hallelujah gently.

Bartimaeus cried because he was asking God for something.

And Matthew 7: 7-8, the Bible says that you should ask, you should seek and you should knock.

And James 4:2 says: You have not received because you ask not.

I hope that Somebody will ask today?

3. When the Crowd/People around him told him to Shut-Up – Be quiet, afterall you are supposed to be a Beggar; more Important People are here. Do you hear them Screaming? Keep quiet!

What he did was that he turned Violent in Prayer – He said: What is wrong with these People? My opportunity has come and they want to stop me.

He said: Well, you haven’t heard anything yet. The Bible said that he cried a lot more – Much more louder than before. He cried in such a way that his Voice override the crowd – He use Violence.

And the Bible says in Matthew 11:12 that since the days of John The Baptist, the Kingdom of God suffereth Violence and the Violent take it by Force.

In Mark 2: 1-12; the Bible tells us that when some People wanted something desperately from God; they even broke the roof to bring the Sick Fellow in. They used Violence.

In Matthew 15: 21-28; a Woman came to Jesus Christ, asking for Help – Not even for herself but for her daughter.

And when Jesus Christ ignored her, she kept on shouting – She shouted so much that the Disciples said to the Lord: Send this Woman; she is too Noisy. But she refused to let go – She applied a little bit of Violence. Her Voice override the disruption being brought by the Disciples.

There is a Story in Genesis 32: 24-28 – It tells you the Story of a Man called Jacob.

He knew that unless God intervened in his situation that Day, he knew that tomorrow won’t be alright.

So, when the Angel of the Lord said: Let me go; he said that you aren’t going anywhere.

Years ago, we used to sing a Song in Nigeria:

I won’t let go
I won’t let go
I have Jesus
I won’t let go

That is the kind of determination that you must have today – That I have Jesus Christ, I won’t let You go. It is today that I must have my Miracle!

I. There are some Miracles that can come after one (1) year.

II. There are some Miracles that can wait for a Month.

III. There are Miracles that you can take a week waiting for it – Ask Joshua; when they were Marching round Jericho. They did it for seven (7) Days.

IV. But there are Miracles that must happen Immediately – The day David went to confront Goliath; if the first Stone had missed, the Story will be different.

There are some Miracles that must be Now!

When do you want your own Miracle? – The DMC Family Members wants it Now!!!

And then, the Man (Bartimaeus) had at least three (3) Breakthroughs:

1. God heard him – That is a Breakthrough.

It is something to cry to God; it takes a Breakthrough for God to hear.

Why? – The moment He (God) heard you according to Psalms 40: 1-3; the result is that He will Put a New Song in your mouth!

So, if He (God) hears you today, you will go out of here singing a New Song – Songs like: I was blind but now I see; I was bound but now I’m Free; I was incurable but now I’m Whole.

2. And then God sent for him (Bartimaeus).

You see, whenever God sent for you, your Life can never remained the same again.

When God sent for David for Example – You know that when Samuel came to Town, trying to anoint a King in 1 Samuel 16: 11-13; David wasn’t called but God sent for him.

When God sent for you – You will wake up one kind of Person but you will go to bed a different Person!

God sent for David – He came in as a Shepherd Boy but went to bed a King.

I Pray that God will send for Someone today – Amen!

In Mark 3: 13-19; the Bible said that Jesus Christ went up to a Hill and then He began to send for some People that finally became known as: “The Apostles”.

He sent for them and one of the People He sent for was called Peter.

You know him – He was a Fisherman but because he was “Sent For”, one day later in the Future; his Shadow began to heal the Sick.

May God sent for you today – Amen!

3. His Greatest Request was Granted.

His Captivity was Upturned – He was born Blind, Darkness was sure that we got this one cornered, he is going to be a Slave of Darkness forever.

But that Day, the Captivity of this my friend (Bartimaeus) was over – His Darkness was Changed to Light; the Beggar never begged again; the Lonely Man was never lonely again and the Enemies who are trying to Surpress him became his Servants.

… Everything about his Life Changed!

And the Bible says in Psalms 126: 1-4 – It says: When God turns around the Captivity of Zion, we were like a People that Dream.

You know that there are some Miracles that after they happened; Months later, you will still be wondering: Is it True? Has this happened to me?

I believed that God sent me here today to give Someone at least a Miracle that for Months; you will still be wondering – Did it actually happened?

I will conclude with a Story:

There was a Woman who when she was in High School (We call it Secondary School in Nigeria) made a mistake, became Pregnant. And because she believed that the Parents must never heard about it as they would kill her. So, she tried to abort it on her own. And of course, she made a mess of things.

And when she was almost bleeding to death, she was rushed to the Hospital and the situation was so bad that the Doctors said that there is only one way to save the Life of this girl – Take out the Womb.

And then, she grew up and she went ahead and got married. And of course without a Womb, what do expect to be the result?

And so, she was barren and kept on coming to the Pastor – Pray for me for the Fruit of the Womb. And the Pastor kept on saying that I’m Praying.

After some time; the Pastor said: Wait a Minute, everyone else that I have Prayed for had conceived. Why is your own case different? Then she told the Pastor the Story.

The Pastor said – You mean you have no Womb? And you are asking me to Pray for the Fruit of what is not there?

She said to the Pastor – You are the one who taught us that: With God, Nothing shall be Impossible.

From that day onwards, whenever the Pastor saw her coming, he will dodge. So, one day she caught the Pastor running away from her and she turned her attention away from the Pastor and turned her attention to God – God, it is clear now: No Man can help me but You can.

And then she had a Dream – In the Dream, she find herself stark naked and then saw a Huge Man coming in towards her with a skin of an animal.

The Man was so huge that she was frightened.

The Man got to her, wrap the animal skin round her waist and left. The following morning; she found herself Menstruating.

To cut a long Story short – By the last time that I heard from her, she had five (5) children. God had turned her Captivity.

But for Months after the first Pregnancy came; she was wondering – Is it me? Is it True? Am I joking? But I can feel Somebody kicking inside.

There is a Miracle coming the way of Someone today or reading now on the Label of DMC – It will be as if you are Dreaming!

The Last thing that I want to say about the Man (Bartimaeus) is the Last Verse of our Bible Text – Mark 10:52.

After he got that Miracle, the Bible said that he followed Jesus Christ in the Way.

There are some People who come to Jesus Christ for a Miracle with the intention that if I can just get the Miracle, then I can continue to live my Life the way I used to.

Bartimaeus didn’t do that – He received the Miracle and followed Jesus Christ in the way.

There is Someone here today or reading now on the Label of DMC that God brought me here to tell you that you need to follow Jesus Christ – Your Life needs to Change.

The Bible says that if any Man be in Christ, he is a New Creature; Old Things has Passed away, behold all things has become New.

ALTAR CALL

So, if you have not yet surrendered your Life to Jesus Christ; today is the Day you should do so.

And the Miracle that you need is a “Now Miracle” – You can’t Postponed that Decision to follow Jesus Christ because you are not even sure that you will be alive even by tomorrow.

And if you are alive and you are still living in your sins; when you begin to hear Testimonies from all the People – Do you know that God did this for me? Do you know that I have more than one Breakthrough?

You will say: But I was there too!

Maybe you are here or reading now on the Label of DMC but you didn’t tap into the One who can give you the Breakthroughs?

So, if you want to give your Life to Jesus Christ; you better come now – Come and Stand before this Altar. I will Pray for your Salvation and everything will become New.

Maybe you are a Christian before but you are now backsliden and you need to get back to Jesus Christ – I appealled to you now; come as this is your Day.

The Bible made it clear – Now is the time for your Salvation.

Now, those of us already infront and those who are on the way – Cry to the Lord: Ask Him for Mercy. Lord be Merciful to me, save my Soul and I will serve you for the rest of my Life. Just have Mercy on me.

And the rest of us, Please Stretch your hands towards these People and intercede for them – That the Almighty God who saved your Soul will save their own Souls also. Pray that God will have Mercy on them and give them Genuine Salvation.

Thank You Father. In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!


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PRAYER FOR SALVATION AND CLOSING PRAYER

Ancient of Days, I just want to say Thank You – Thank You for Your Words, though brief but I’m sure that it has done its work.

Thank You for those who has come to surrender their lives to you.

Please receive them, have Mercy on them, save their Souls, let Your Blood wash away their sins, write their names in the Book of Life, receive them into the Family of God and from now on, anytime they call on You,, answer them by Fire. Lord, don’t let them go back to the world.

Thank You Father.

And Lord, I’m Praying for all Your Children who are here today or reading now on the Label of DMC – In a moment, they will be crying to You; Please hear them today, send for them today, turn around their Captivity today.

If they are Sick, turn their Suckness to Health.

If they are barren, turn their Barrenness to Fruitfulness.

If they are Poor, turn their Poverty to Wealth.

If they are Stagnant, turn their Stagnation to Promotion.

Whatever may be their Greatest Request Lord, grant to them today.

Before the Sun Sets today, let everyone of them – Everyone who has committed his/her Life to You; have a Major Breakthrough in the Name of Jesus Christ.

The Kind of Miracles that for weeks they will think that they were Dreaming, Father release unto them. And let them serve you till the End.

And I Pray that in Your Kingdom; None of us will be missing.

Thank You my Father. In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!

Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!

I want all of us to Pray together:


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