Step Towards Transformation



In the scripture, some people brought a blind man to Jesus:

Mark 8:23 (NIV)

23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him

instantly his eyes were opened. you can imagine how thrilled he was; for the first time he could see light, color, trees, the sky. he was overcome with excitement; his life had just totally changed. then Jesus asked him an interesting question:

Mark 8:23 (VOICE)

23 … Jesus: What do you see?

Jesus already knew something wasn’t quite perfect.  the man answered:

Mark 8:24 (ESV)

24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.”

he was saying, “I’m grateful that I can see, but it’s blurry. I’m not complaining, I’m thankful that I have any sight, but everything is out of focus.” Jesus could’ve walked away, said, “well, I made it much better, be on your way, have a great life”; that could’ve been the end of the story. but God didn’t come to just make you better, to make you ok, to make you get by;  He came to make you totally whole, to live an abundant, healthy, happy, free, victorious life. the scripture says:

Mark 8:25 (ESV)

25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

many of us are like this blind man:  we’ve seen God’s goodness, He’s helped us to get to where we are, we’re grateful even though we haven’t broken the addiction, accomplished a dream, a child is still off course.  we’re thankful for what God has done; we can say, like the blind man, “He’s made it a whole lot better.” while we should be content where we are, we shouldn’t be satisfied with mediocrity. too often, we settle for less than God’s best, thinking, “I’ll never break this addiction, but at least I’ve learned to live with it. I’ll never get married, but at least I have a few friends. I’ll never get out debt, but at least I can pay my bills.” you’re right where the blind man was, saying, “everything’s blurry, but at least I can see something. I’m not complaining; I’m satisfied to be better.”

here’s the key; you may be satisfied, but God is not satisfied. He has a second touch coming your way. the second touch is when you come totally out of debt, free from the addiction, the medical report says no more sickness, your whole family comes to know the Lord.  the second touch is when God opens doors you never dreamed would open, when He amazes you with His goodness. be grateful for what God has done, but don’t be satisfied with better.  God didn’t create us to reach half of our destiny, 3/4 or 90%; what God started in your life, He’s going to bring to completion. I’m not just trying to encourage you, make you feel better, I’m prophesying that a second touch is coming your way. when this second touch kicks in, you’re going to see favor that you’ve never seen, the right people are going to show up, freedom from strongholds, a new level of your destiny.

now you have to let this seed take root. you have to get in agreement with God. you can’t go around thinking that you’ve reached your limits, you’ll never get well, never be promoted, “I’ll never see clearly, it’s been blurry for so long in my life”; thinking like that will stop God’s best.  quit declaring defeat over your life, quit prophesying mediocrity. it may be blurry, but it’s not a surprise to God. He’s not scratching his head, thinking, “why didn’t they get clear vision?” God controls the whole universe. He has all power. what He’s destined for your life will come to pass.  it may not happen all at once; while we’re waiting, that’s a test of our faith. don’t get discouraged. when things happen that you don’t understand, don’t give up; you always face your greatest opposition when you’re closest to your victory.

the enemy wouldn’t be fighting you so hard if he didn’t know that God has something amazing in front of you. you have to dig your heels in, and say, “it may be blurry, taking a long time, I don’t understand it, but I know a secret; the second touch is coming. God is still on the throne.  His plans for me are for good, and any moment things could change in my favor.” when you live with this expectancy, that’s what allows God to do great things. you don’t know, the second touch could happen today; you could meet the person of your dreams tomorrow, that health issue could turn around, the loan could go through this week. there are second touches already ordained to come across your path. God doesn’t do things halfheartedly; He’s the author and the finisher. it may look impossible, but God can do the impossible.

people may try to talk you out of it, but people don’t have the final say, God does. get up every morning and thank Him for your second touch;  “Lord, I’m grateful that I have a job, that I can pay my bills, but I’m still in debt; God, I’m asking for your second touch.” the second touch is when you come into overflow, more than enough. “Lord, I’m feeling better, I’m making progress, but I’m still struggling with this illness; Lord, I’m asking for the completion of Your healing.” God, I went through a bad break, I lost a loved one, it’s kind of blurry in my life right now, and God I’m asking, just like You did for that blind man, touch me again:  restore my joy, passion, vision. God, give me a new beginning.”

I wonder what would happen if we would go out with this expectancy, believing that the second touch is coming, not just hearing a message, but letting a seed take root, expecting a dream to come to pass, expecting to get healthy and whole, expecting God to finish what He started. “this sounds good, but I’ve had some setbacks, I’ve been taking this treatment for cancer on and off for the last 10 years, that’s why I’m discouraged, I don’t think I’ll ever get well.” just because you gave up doesn’t mean God gave up. God is not satisfied with better; He’s going to take you to the fullness of your destiny.

David said:

Psalm 40:2 (NIV)

2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock

sometimes, even though we’re content to stay in the pit, God is not content.  He’s not going to give you a choice, He’s going to lift you out of that pit and set your feet toward your destiny. you didn’t think it was going to happen, you thought you were stuck where you are, but then, one touch of God’s favor, suddenly your health improved, you met the right person, a new door of opportunity opened. it wasn’t anything you did;  it was simply the goodness of God, His second touch.

in 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah had just seen one of the greatest victories of his life; 450 false prophets who worshiped the god Baal had come against him:

1 Kings 18:21-24 (NIV)

21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Elijah let them go first;  they prayed, sang, danced, chanted, hour after hour, still no fire. when it was Elijah’s time, he prayed, and God sent lightning and started the wood on fire. later all 450 of those prophets were killed;  it was a great victory for Elijah.

there was a lady there by the name of Jezebel. when she heard what happened to those prophets, she was furious. she sent word to Elijah:

1 Kings 19:2-3 (ESV)

2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3 Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life 

it’s funny, he wasn’t afraid of 450 men, but he was scared to death of one angry woman.  Elijah ran far away from that place. He was sitting under a tree, so depressed that he didn’t want to live:

1 Kings 19:4 (NLT)

4 … He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life

here he had just seen this great miracle, and the problem now is, he’s tired;  tired of believing, standing strong, staying in faith. maybe like Elijah, you’ve been doing the right thing for a long time;  believing, praying, standing in faith. you’ve seen God’s goodness in the past, but now you’re tired, you’ve lost your drive, passion, you don’t think you’ll ever really get well, you’ve had the sickness so long, you’re not believing to start that business anymore, you’ve had too many setbacks. the good news is, God doesn’t give up on us when we get tired, discouraged.  when Jesus was on his way to the cross, about to be crucified, he got so tired, so weak.  God didn’t say, “Jesus, you’re making me look bad”; He sent a man by the name of Simon to carry the cross for him:

Matthew 27:32 (NIV)

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.

God knew there would be times that we would get tired, fall down, be discouraged, give up on a dream. He doesn’t say, “too bad, you should have had more faith”; no, He’ll send somebody to help lift you back up, breathe new life into your dreams.  maybe I’m that somebody for you today; you’re not here by accident.  God is saying, “the best part of your life is still out in front of you.” He has new friendships, opportunities, victories, mountains for you to climb. but sometimes, we think, because we’re people of faith, we’re supposed to be superman/woman, never have an ounce of doubt, a moment of discouragement. take the pressure off yourself;  you don’t have to be strong all the time.  even Jesus had a moment of weakness:

Matthew 26:39 (NIV)

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. 

you may be down right now, not pursuing your dreams, not passionate about life, tired;  God has you here to lift you, to help you get back up, to remind you that He’s not finished with you.  He’s going to bring you out of that pit.  He’s going to set your feet on a rock, move you towards your destiny. this season will pass; the second touch is coming.

Elijah was so depressed, he didn’t want to live, he’s sitting under that tree.  you would think God would say, “come on Elijah, I just rained down fire from heaven, showed you My favor, protection, and you mean you’re going to let this one woman, bad break, disappointment, cause you to get discouraged and give up? what’s wrong with you?” no, God doesn’t disqualify us when we don’t stand strong enough. the scripture says:

1 Kings 19:5-8 (NIV)

5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank.

God not only gave him the bread and water, He took it one step further; He cooked the food for him.  God could’ve given him the strength to go out and hunt, find food, water, come back, get the firewood, cook it himself, that would’ve been nice. here’s how good God is; on this second touch, God’s going to bring things to you. He’s going to cause blessings to chase you down:

Deuteronomy 28:2 (VOICE)

2 All of the following blessings will be yours—in fact, they’ll chase after you

He’s going to make things happen that you could’ve never made happen.  you may have been through some disappointments, people, circumstances, have come against you, and now you’ve settled where you are, not expecting anything good. every voice tells you, “it’s never going to happen”; don’t believe those lies. just like with Elijah, the angel of the Lord is coming a second time. this second touch is not only going to give you new fire, passion, but it’s going to push you into your destiny. the second touch is when you’ll see clearly. you’ll have wisdom, the right doors open, things fall into place. you’ll step into your purpose.

why don’t you shake off the disappointments, what didn’t work out, and say, “God, I know You’re still in control of my life. I’ve had these bad breaks, things come against me, but God, I’m not going to settle here, give up on my dream. I know Your second touch is coming.” If you’ll do that, God will not only bring you the provision, give you the food and water so to speak, but He’ll cook the food for you, do more than you can ask or think.  but too often, we stay focused on the negative, what didn’t work out, how long it’s taken, who hurt us, how unfair it was; that causes us to get stuck. you can talk yourself out of your destiny.

this is what Abraham’s father did.  his name was Terah. he had three sons. one of his sons, a young man name Haran, died at an early age:

Genesis 11:27-28 (NIV)

27 This is the account of Terah’s family line.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.

Terah went through this great disappointment, the loss of a son. years later:

Genesis 11:31 (NLT)

31 One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan [the Promised Land], but they stopped at Haran and settled there.

he started off good, but when he came to the place that reminded him of the son he had lost, the place of his greatest disappointment, he got discouraged, gave up on his dream, told everybody, “I’m sure I should go forward, the promised land is probably in front of us, but I’ve been through too much, been hurt too many times, let’s just settle here.” Terah could have become the father of many nations, instead of Abraham;  it could have started one generation sooner, but Terah chose to settle. he didn’t realize that God had a second touch, that God can give beauty for ashes, that:

Psalm 30:11 (NRSV)

11 You have turned my mourning into dancing;

    you have taken off my sackcloth

    and clothed me with joy

that God can take what’s meant for harm, and use it to our advantage. instead, he chose to stay focused on the pain. I don’t know, maybe he had a good excuse, he lost a loved one, but if he could’ve just dug his heels in, and said, “no, I’m not going to settle in Haran, I’m not going to stay in the place of my greatest pain, I’m going to keep moving forward, knowing that a second touch is coming, knowing that God will pay me back for this trouble.” if he would’ve done that, he would’ve been listed as one of the heroes of faith. friends, don’t let one loss, one disappointment, one bad break, cause you to settle. we all face things we don’t understand, life is not always fair; the key is, you have to pass through the place of your greatest pain, pass through the hurt, the rejection, the failure, the mistake. if you’ll keep moving forward, you’ll come into your promised land. God will give you beauty for ashes. the scripture says:

Zechariah 9:12 (ESV)

12 … today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Isaiah 61:7 (NIV)

7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion

Job 42:10 (CEB)

10 … the Lord doubled all Job’s earlier possessions.

you remember Job; he went through a great disappointment, lost his health, business, family, but in the end, God restored twice back to him.  Job had 10 children that were killed in a terrible storm, great tragedy, he was devastated, but later on, God gave Job 10 more children;  he had 10 in heaven, 10 on earth, double. what’s interesting is, the scripture never says that Job married a younger wife; the same wife that had given him 10 children before gave him 10 more children. God opened that womb once again. in the natural, she was too old, she was done, couldn’t have anymore children; looked like her womb was dead. but when God saw the trouble the enemy had caused her, God said to her in effect, “don’t worry, I’m going to bring back to life your dead womb; that womb that’s been closed ,I’m going to open it once again, you’re going to have 10 more children.

the enemy cannot stop God’s plan for your life; he may try, but he can’t do it, God has the final say. you may have something that looks dead; you tried, it didn’t work out, it’s been a long time. you need to get ready for the second touch. on the second touch, God’s going to reopen what was closed, bring back to life what was dead, pay you back for that trouble. don’t settle in the place of your greatest pain; the second touch is coming.

your situation may look dead, in your health, relationship, a business; you don’t see how it could ever work out. but God didn’t bring you this far to leave you; there’s a second touch coming.  the first touch got you to this point; the second touch is when you see it turn around, when you see your health restored, when your business takes off. the second touch is when you say, “I can see clearly now. the dream came to pass. the problem resolved.  God finished what He started.”  anybody can give up, say, “it’s never going to happen,” that’s easy; doubters are a dime a dozen. but it takes a wo/man of great faith, somebody like you, to say, “I may not see a way, but I know God still has a way. I’m not going to give up, settle, be talked out of it; I know my second touch is coming. God did it for others, He can do it for me.”

Moses said in Psalm 90:

Psalm 90:15-16 (TLB)

15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. 16 Let us see your miracles again

he was saying, “God, I’m in a tough time, things haven’t been going my way, but God, I’m asking for your second touch; show us miracles again.” when you face difficulties, do like Moses:  “Lord, touch, heal, strengthen, amaze me again.”  dare to ask for the second touch.

in the scripture, there was a lady named Elizabeth; she and her husband Zechariah were well up there in years, and they’d never had any children, but:

Luke 1:13 (NIV)

13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 

(he later became known as John the Baptist.)  even though Elizabeth was too old in the natural, she conceived; she was pregnant with John. for the first 6 months, she hardly felt any movement in her womb, and she was very concerned that something was wrong with the baby. one day, her young cousin Mary came to visit her; she was pregnant with Jesus.  when Elizabeth saw Mary, the scripture says:

Luke 1:44 (NIV)

44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 

she knew John was alive and well. that was the first time John the Baptist ever met Jesus, technically, still in the womb. fast-forward 30 years later:

John 1:35-36 (ESV)

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

Matthew 3:13-16 (NIV)

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 

the first time John met Jesus, he moved in his mother’s womb, a natural occurrence.  the second time they met, the heavens opened up, a supernatural occurrence.  this second touch is not going to be ordinary, natural, or what you were thinking; it’s going to launch you into a new dimension, a new level. God’s going to take you where you could not go on your own.  you may have seen God’s goodness in the past, but you haven’t seen anything yet. you need to get ready; the second touch is coming. it’s not too late to accomplish your dreams. you can still live healthy and whole. you can still overcome that obstacle. don’t get discouraged and settle where you are. don’t get stuck in the place of pain and disappointment; keep moving forward, there’s a promised land in front of you.

the best part of your life is still in your future. I’m asking you to stir your faith up, get your passion back. get up every morning and say with Moses, “Lord, thank You for Your second touch.” if you’ll do this, just like the blind man, you’re going to see the completion of what God started. like with Elijah, God’s not only going to strengthen you, but He’s going to bring you the provision, do more than you can ask or think. like with John the Baptist, God’s going to launch you into a new dimension, into the fullness of your destiny.

-Witness Ministries-

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