Mark 8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. :23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. :24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. :25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
Some people brought a blind man to Jesus and asked him to touch him. Jesus led the man outside and put spit on his eyes. He asked ‘ the man – “do you see anything” – The blind man said- “I see people that look like trees walking around.”
Once again, Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes, and his sight was restored.
This man required two touches, sometimes our condition requires a second touch. This story is in the context of physical healing, but the same principle applies spiritually.
Sometimes we need a second touch from the Lord. The first touch makes us free, but the second touch makes you free indeed!
When Paul got into his ministry, he got into an argument with Silas about John Mark concerning taking him on his missionary journey.
Paul was against John Mark going with him – that represented the first touch;
Later on, Paul got the touch of compassion from God, and he told his colleague to bring John Mark with them on a missionary journey. Paul had received a second touch from God.
Paul had the bondage of self-righteousness against John Mark, but God gave him a second touch, and he was able to see the error of his ways and invite John Mark along with him on the missionary trip.
Sometimes a second touch comes ;
1. At a later time in life.
Once we have some life experience and some understanding and revelation for ourselves.
2. Sometimes, the second touch comes as the Holy Spirit
helps us discipline ourselves.
1Cor_9:27 But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
3. Sometimes, the second touch comes as a supernatural revelation, as the Lord teaches us.
With the first touch, sometimes, we have pride in ourselves and pockets of bondage in our hearts. This is residual captivity that we need to be freed from and that we need deliverance from.
After the initial first touch, we are feeling our cheerios; we think we know it. We think we got it, but there are areas of bondage in our life that we need to be delivered from.
When the second touch comes from the Lord- He gives us revelation and makes us more compassionate and more introspective in ourselves.
That is why Paul prayed for the saints;
Eph_1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The first touch reveals our self-righteousness, and our generational sin tendencies are revealed. The second touch of sanctification deals with those tendencies.
When Paul told his partner on a missionary trip that he didn’t want to take John Mark it was his quick response. The second touch is not like the first touch the first one could be quick and easy but the second touch can be elongated and protracted. God takes His time with us, and the second touch can sometimes take more time.
The Bible says;
Phil_1:6 Being confident of this very thing that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
The first touch is the beginning of the work; it is the initial touch from God.
The second touch is more elongated and deals with the residual bondage in our life.
First – When we see men walking as trees then, we treat them like trees, so what are things you do with trees? You cut them down and cut them up, and that’s what we do with people cut them down and cut them up.
Secondly, when we see men walking as trees, we use them as tree logs; we have them as our habitat,our cabin, and our kingdom.
Thirdly – We use them for our gratification. When we see men walking as trees, they become the fuel for our ministry. We use people, and we build our kingdoms.
Fourthly -when we see men walking as trees, we turn them into trees for fire and use them for fuel. They give us light, but the light is from the people and not from the light of Christ.
That doesn’t get straightened out until the second touch it enables us to see people not as our trees but clearly as God’s people; people who need compassion, ministry, and service.
Thank God for the first touch of salvation covers us!
If nothing else happens, that is a blessing- but thank God for the second touch!
In the first touch, God saves us so he can mold us. In the second touch, God molds us so he can form us into what He wants us to be.
First touch brings us birth; the second touch brings the growth.
The first touch, we become a child of God. The second touch makes us men and women of God.
Don’t just stop with the first touch -continue onto the second touch and get your deliverance.
God’s plan is for the first touch to make you free; the second touch makes you free indeed.