Mark 10:46 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.
Mr 10:47 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.
Mr 10:48 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.
Mr 10:49 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.
Mr 10:50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
Mr 10:51 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.
Mr 10:52 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
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In our text we find a man named Bartimaeus. To all the natural world his future looks very limited, very bleak. Two major circumstances in his life have blocked his future. First of all he is blind, and second he is poor. His destiny seems to be sealed by his circumstances.

It is one thing to be blind and be a prince in a place with folks to care for you, dress you, and take care of all your needs. It is quite another to be blind, and on top of that, be a beggar.

Try and picture Bartimaeus. There are no welfare programs, no vocational rehabilation, no jobs for the blind. His 2 circumstances had brought him to the lowest degree of social standing. He is a beggar, and to the natural eye forced by his situation to stay that way.

Has the enemy told you that there is no escape from your situation?

No doubt he is covered with dust from the road and feeling trapped and cheated by what life has brought his way. But he is about to have a one time opportunity to change his future and his present, because Jesus is about to pass by his way. But Bartimaeus is going to have to choose: "Do I cry out or do I sit by and wait, because, after all, God knows I am blind. God knows I am poor. God if it's your will then send Jesus over to touch me."

No, Bartimaeus moved while he was still in his circumstance. No, Bartimaeus cried out, and when people tried to quiet him, he cried the louder. "Jesus have mercy on me!" Listen, he cried out and Jesus stood still.

Let's read verses 49-52.
Mark 10:49 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.
Mr 10:50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
Mr 10:51 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.
Mr 10:52 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
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Jesus called him. Bartimaeus cast away his beggar garment and his life was changed. The 2 forces that held his future captive were broken by the power of Jesus by the power of the Word of God. Faith in Jesus had freed his future. But Bartimaeus had made a choice. He could have let Jesus pass on by but he cried out. He hollered for Jesus. Bartimaeus didn't let his opportunity pass him by. He called out to Jesus.
Now Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, on His way to the cross, on His way to His purpose, but He stood still when the beggar cried out.
 
Jerusalem would wait, the earth would wait, heaven would wait, because someone cried out for the mercy of Jesus.

People tried to shut the beggar up, tried to tell him to be quiet, but Bartimaeus cried the louder.
There are people today who will try to shut you up, try to tell you Jesus doesn't have time for you, try to discourage you from breaking free from your circumstances, try to tell you God is causing your circumstances. But listen, Jesus stood still because one blind beggar counts to Him, and Jesus hasn't changed. One blind beggar still counts to Him.

When Jesus gave this man his sight, he freed his destiny, he changed his future. His future was no longer controlled by his situation or his circumstances.
 
Jesus is still able and willing to set people's futures free from their situations.
We hear and see people all the time who believe that their future cannot be changed because of their situation: Maybe a situation of poverty, sickness, handicap, debt, or committment.
But Jesus is able to change your future.
 
If He is able to change my eternal future, the natural realm is no problem. The same power that raised Jesus from the tomb has power to raise up your vision, your dream, your seemingly dead future.
But you will have to call out to Him in earnest.
 
I noticed some things that Bartimaeus did.
1. He called out. (He called on Jesus for himself)
2. He didn't listen to the discouragers
3. He cast aside his beggar's garment.
4. He answered the call of Jesus.
5. He told Him what he wanted.
6. He received his sight.
7. He followed Jesus
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Don't let your circumstances control your future. Jesus can change any circumstance.
He changed it for Bartimaeus.
He changed it for the man at Bethesda. He had been crippled 38 years.
He changed it for a woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years.
He changed it for the lady at the well.
He changed it for Jairus whose daughter had died.
At Calvary He changed it for a world that was cursed, dying, and lost.
But you will have to call out to Him.

Bartimaeus didn't wait for someone else to call out for him or to pray in his behalf. He called out himself. Notice, Jesus was near but He didn't come until Bartimaeus called out to Him.
You'll have to persist over discouragement.

If Bartimaeus had listened to those around him he would have sat still and kept quiet. After all, his problem was incurable.
You may have to persist over obstacles. But it's possible with God.
 
Here is the point today. You don't have to be held captive by your situation or circumstance.
 
You may be saying, "There is nothing I can do."
But there is something you can do and you can do it right now.
 
Bartimaeus did the only thing he could do. He hollered for Jesus.
There were alot of people traveling the road to Jerusalem that day for the feast of Passover.
Venders had their tents set up trying to attract business from the people passing. They were selling and shouting. I just want you to know Bartimaeus was not the only voice shouting that day, but he was the only one crying out for mercy. He didn't have anything to sell nothing to bargain with.
 
The old song says:
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling
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Come to Christ. Tell Him what you want.

Jesus knew all about Bartimaeus, but He asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?"

Confess to Him today that you cannot change the situations in your life without Jesus and His help.
Don't forfeit your future. HOLLER FOR JESUS!

HOLLER

FOR

JESUS