Before Jesus healed the deaf and dumb fellow that was brought to Him, He first took the man aside from the multitude. The proclamation of “Ephphatha” did not happen until Jesus took the deaf and dumb man away from the multitude. The miracle of the opening of deaf ears and the untying of a tied tongue did not happen until Jesus separated the man from the multitude. So a future miracle demanded for a present separation.
Friend, this is that year when you will have to separate from the ‘crowd’. This is that year when you must commit to separating yourself from whatever competes with God for your attention. This is that year where you must deliberately separate yourself from activities that are hindering the divine attention you seek. This is the year when the multitude of negative relationships, behaviours, mindsets, etc must change.
Jesus took that man away from the multitude, and brought him closer to Himself. Jesus sought intimacy with the man before manifesting the miracle of ephphatha. As you seek the opening of your doors, Jesus is also seeking some more intimacy with you. Jesus wants to have a little more of your time. Jesus wants to have more space in your life; He wants to be a higher priority in your life; He wants to have more of you to Himself.
As the year begins, discover the multitudes you need to immediately walk away from. Some multitudes that followed you in 2020 should not walk with you in 2021. Some habits that found space in your life in the past should have no space this year. There may be people you got along with in the past, whom God will no longer have you get along with. There are multitudes to leave before your ‘Ephphatha’ experience.
Remember, the deaf and dumb man first left the multitude, before Jesus granted him a miracle. Leave the multitudes, and you will embrace your Ephphatha miracle.