by Kerry Shook

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Firsthand Calling (5 of 7)
Series: The Firsthand Experience: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own
Pastor Kerry Shook
Special Guests Marcus, Joni and Rebecca Lamb

"Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and His disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!' Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!' Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him.' So they called to the blind man, 'Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you.' Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 'What do you want Me to do for you?' Jesus asked him. The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.' Go, said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.' Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road." Mark 10: 46-52 (NIV)

We're in this series on ditching secondhand religion for a firsthand faith that's deep and real, authentic with the Lord Jesus Christ. But, I've found that a lot of times Christ followers will fall back into a secondhand comfort zone rather than moving out into a firsthand calling. And until you realize that God has a firsthand unique calling for your life and until you step into that and see that God is real and that He comes through even in the toughest, darkest moments of your life, you'll never experience the joy of a firsthand faith. You can be a Christian. You can know the Lord and have really a secondhand comfort zone kind of life, but God will always try to push you out of that comfort zone into a firsthand calling because there is no joy in that secondhand comfort zone. But there's something about us. We like to be comfortable. We like to have everything familiar. We don't like to be shoved out of that comfort zone, but I've found that every time God ...

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