Ephphatha! (BE OPENED!)

 A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said,“Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Mark 7:31-34

Be open! Be transparent! Be clear! Jesus wants us to be open. The scripture above refers to a physical healing a deaf man received when he came into contact with our eternal King. However, Jesus wants us to be open in our soul as well. Our soul is comprised of our will, mind, and emotions. When Simeon blessed Jesus in Luke 2, he stated, “the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.” It is easy to hide what is going on in your soul. Many people don’t have the power of telepathy and therefore cannot accurately discern the deep thoughts that dwell in the the depths of your soul. I think its common to try and hide our thoughts from God.

God wants us to be open with Him; to communicate our hidden fears, desires, concerns. Secondly, God wants us to be open with people. Secrecy is the breeding ground for perversion. Evil thoughts that stay in the dark have the potential to grow and manifest into sin that is far more destructive than we had originally thought it would be. Jesus is looking at our souls, which are often deaf to truth, and commanding us to be open!

There is no victory in concealment. Who is in your life? Rather, who have you been completely open with? When we struggle, the natural response is to isolate, conceal or run away. Let’s put on a mask, lest someone see our true image. We partake in the idolatrous worship of people pleasing and become reluctant to being completely open and honest.

God wants us to be honest with Him first. Next, God wants you to relinquish the control of your life, die to yourself, and let people into your life. Give them total access to your soul. We have blind spots. We are not God. We make mistakes. Don’t let rebellion and perversion spread like a cancer in your soul. Give someone permission to take a surgical knife, cut you open, and remove the unwanted tumor that sucks the abundant life that Jesus died to give you. Pastor Casey Bombacie (one of my disciplers) says to be 99% known is to be unknown. Who knows that other 1%? What is it? Let’s be a people that are totally transparent!

I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.

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