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Day 24

Before you read God’s Word each day, seek His help with these 5 prayers:

  1. God, give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
  2. God, let any knowledge I gain serve to help me love You and others more, and not puff me up.
  3. God, help me see something new about You I've never seen before.
  4. God, correct any lies I believe about You or anything I misunderstand.
  5. God, direct my steps according to Your Word.

John 9 (ESV)

1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.

John 10 (ESV)

1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”


22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
Copyright © 2001 by Crossway,
a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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  • Regina Jones

    Regina Jones

    It is so wild to me of how Jesus told people who He is an shows them His power so many times and still they refuse to believe even as iv read this before it has always bum fuzzeled me!!!! Thank You my Lord that You showed me who You truly are and for giving me a heart and mind to understand Your awsome presence and powerful works andd miracles You display in my life every day i love You Jesus my SAVIOUR with all o my heart🙏🙏🙏🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶💕💕💕

  • Ashley Adams

    Ashley Adams

    “Nothing can snatch me from God’s hand….not even me.”

  • Roger Kestner

    Roger Kestner

    One thing that amazes and baffles me... so many people actually saw Jesus perform miracles and yet refused to believe. If that wouldn't convince them the he was of God, nothing would. That to me is the very definition of a hardened heart.

  • John Williams

    Jesus thank you for spitting on the dirt. Thank you for being our shepherd and standing at our door for eternity. Bring fragrance to our past in 2022 and lead us to rest in your spirit and pace of life. May we be planted by rivers and bear fruit. Father thank you for sending your Son to give us eternity in reconciliation of grace. Hear prayers here today as a group and move the Angels among us to minister and protect. Father let your will be done. Guide us in this world when we deal with work, family, spouses and also open up joy of love, travel, giving and just a pureness of gratefulness in us.

  • Emmanuel Alonge

    Emmanuel Alonge

    Nothing is impossible with God, He can carry out miracles any how.
    Jesus is truly the good shepherd and the Door of the sheep.
    I belong to Jesus and no one can take or snatched me away from His hands. I am the sheep of His pasture.
    Praise God, God is still at work in my life and in His world.
    Thank you.

  • Zoe McCarthy

    Zoe McCarthy

    Jesus says the man is blind because this situation is going to be used to glorify God. This reminds me of what Corrie Ten Boom’s sister, Betsy, said not long before she died in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in Germany, “We must tell people what we have learned here. That there is no pit so deep that [God] is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been there.” God used all Corrie and Betsy suffered to send Corrie all over the world for many years to share this message about God and forgiveness.

  • Teresa Miller

    Teresa Miller

    I love the story of the blind man! We will go through hard times in our life! It does not happen because we have done something bad! God will take something bad and good will come out if it! Thank goodness Jesus is the good shepherd & will take care of us & watch over us!

  • Tim Lemons

    Tim Lemons

    Take the time to watch the video in the show notes. I love those videos from The Bible Project.


    I love the story of the blind man. Jesus points out that sometimes we go through difficult things and it’s not always because of something we did. It’s for God to use for His glory, to make himself and his power and love known!


    I am going through a difficult situation myself right now, I pray and believe that God will use this for His good somehow, even though I may never know on this side of eternity.

    • James Eaton

      James Eaton

      I was reminded of this as well, Tim. The disciples wanted to blame something or someone (family, the person, past sin, etc) but Jesus showed them that He can take bad things and bring good from them. A helpful reminder for sure.

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