Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Great Faith Because They Knew Him!

"...And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew Him, and they ran through that whole region round about and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard He was. And whithersoever He entered into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch if it were but the border of His garment: and as many as touched Him were made whole." Mark 6:53-56

As soon as they saw Christ coming out of the boat, it said, THEY KNEW HIM. they knew who He was and what He had done for others, and they took off running, from city, to town, to countryside, to village, to the entire region, like our old town criers, "2pm and all's well!!!" Instead these messengers were saying, "ATTENTION!!! ATTENTION!!! it is HIM, it is the Messiah, It is Jesus, HE IS HERE, He's coming, He's coming!!!"

Wow, what amazing belief they had, what strong faith these people in Genesaret had, to just pull their sick and feeble out into the streets, to just lay them there, waiting for Christ to walk by. To just know that you Know, that you KNOW, that this anointed one walking through your streets and towns is the Christ, to know that all they have to do is just REACH OUT to Him as He walked by.

I remember a song my mom used to sing in church when I was a child, it is one of my favorite ones she used to sing, I haven't heard it in years, but it went like this..."Reach out, and touch the Lord as He walks by. You'll find He's not to busy, to answer your cry. Well, He's passing by, this moment, your needs to supply. Just reach out and touch the Lord, as He walks by."

That is all you have to do. The faith these people had in a man that they didn't even know yet, they didn't really understand who or why He was there, how He could do what He did, but they knew He just did it, and IT WORKED. We have been the lucky ones, we have so many testimonials, proven stories and witnesses of His healing hand, we can see, touch, and know these people that we have seen healed by the Hand of God, unlike the people in His days here on earth. Yes, there was a few testimonies at this time, there were friends of a friend that may have been healed, changed, delivered, but they hadn't a chance yet to see first hand. There were no scriptures and Bibles in the households that told of His mighty, wondrous works, and the clouds of witnesses that surrounded them, like they do for us today. They just had what was happening to others around the area, around Jerusalem, and all of Israel, but it took real faith to believe this man, this one that was walking through had the Power to Save their family and friends' bodies from illness, from pain, and deliver them from Satan's strongholds.

Do you have that kind of faith? Can you just reach out and call on Him, trusting in the fact that He can heal, and save to the uttermost, all you have to do is just say, "Lord, I need you now." Will you call on Him today?

Here is a simple prayer of healing and/or blessing, you can pray today...
"Dear Heavenly Father, I call on you in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, you said that "whosoever" asks anything in His name, you will do for them. Lord, I you know the hurt, pain, or ______________ (you put your need here) that I am in, Please Lord, I ask you today, if it be your will, please touch me, touch my heart, my mind, my body, my soul, heal me, bless me, and/or just fulfill the need I have called on you about today. I know you are the God of all Gods, the Healer, the one who Restores all, and I pray today that you will touch my life, give me the thing that I ask for today, _____________________, (name this thing). In Jesus, Your Son's name, AMEN." 

Maybe you need more than healing, maybe you feel like there is something more missing in your life, maybe when you hear or read something that talks about "Repenting" or "Salvation," you hear that still small voice talking to you, you feel that pulling or prodding down somewhere inside your soul, telling you to listen, showing you that you have a need for salvation. Sometimes we know it, but we keep saying, "I have time, let me get things out of the way first, let me have my fun before I commit to something as big as giving my entire life away." You never know when it is going to be too late. 

You may walk out of your home and before you get to your car for work, you are gone, and you never told Christ you needed Him to save your soul from Hell, so you could live eternally in Heaven with Him. A Place where you will never get ill, never have pain, and NEVER grow old. The Bible says, "Now is the accepted time of Salvation." and "Its appointed unto man, once to die, after this, the judgment." Do you want to miss out? You never know, no one knows when their time will come, the Bible says, "No one knows the day or the hour when the Lord will come back, Only GOD knows that answer." The point of whether you need salvation or not is between you and God, not for me or anyone else to decide, but He did make a way for you if you haven't already accepted Him as your Savior.

He tells us, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9, and He says, "For the scripture saith, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved." Romans 10:13. The bible says that Christ came into the world to preach, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is At Hand." Matthew 4:17. Are you ready to repent, change your heart, mind, and truly give Him all of you? He wants to give you, All of Him. He did that already, At Calvary, He "gave His Only Begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

If you know you have a need for a Savior, I invite you to join me today, in a prayer of Salvation...

"Dear Jesus, I call on you today and accept you, as my personal Savior and I know I am a sinner, I ask you now to please forgive me of my sin. I believe, you, Jesus are the Son of God. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sin and rose again on the third day. I know you are alive and in Heaven. and accept you as my personal Savior. I invite you today to come, live in my heart, mind and soul, today. In Jesus name. Amen."

If you prayed this prayer of healing, according to His will, He has heard you and will do what you ask.  If you prayed the prayer of Salvation, and believe in your heart that you meant your prayer with all your heart, if you believe in faith and you repented of your sins, you are now a new creation, a Child of the Most High God, and we are so happy that you made this decision today to call on the Lord to be your Savior and save you from Hell. 

Please email us and let us know you made this decision, we want to pray with you, for healing, in agreement or if you prayed for Salvation, we want to welcome you into the Family of God and send you a New Christian Package, it has some information for you as a new Christian. 

There may be questions or things you need to know, resources and helps that can answer any questions you may have about, "So, I prayed this Prayer, What does that "really" mean?" We want to help answer any questions you may have and let you know, you are never alone. God has given you a place of Honor In His Kingdom, and we are here for you anytime you have a question or need assistance. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Now Faith or Plan "B"

"Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

In our own little world we think we have faith. We talk about faith, we talk about having it and believing that God is going to come through. We say things like, "I know God will take care of it, I prayed and asked Him, so I know it will be done..." Then in our heart of hearts we say to ourselves, "I hope so, I think so, well, maybe He will this time, but what if He don't, I better get ready for "PLAN B", and then if that don't work, well I just don't know what I am going to do..."

Don't sit there all smug, saying " I have never done that before, when I say I believe in God's power, I mean it, I NEVER take matters into my own hand." Right... then you are the most perfect, HUMAN BEING ON EARTH. Everyone of us are human, we have doubts, we have fears, God knew this, He gave us free will, to allow yourself the ability to trust in God with all your heart, but also with the choice to not trust, to get impatient and attempt to do things on  your own, in your own power. It seems we have BIG FAITH, when others are around, when you want to look so holy and righteous. We go to the altar and pray, ask God to take things off our plate, to take a burden and carry it on His shoulders, but you only mean for a little while, until you get tired of waiting on HIS time. Then you take it back, some pick it right back up at the altar and take it home with them again. Our faith is just not that strong, all the time.

I was thinking about the woman with the issue of blood, in Mark 5:25-34. She was so amazing. She had this blood disease for 12 years, she had seen all the doctors, she had spent her money trying remedies, treatments, but couldn't find a cure. This is the part I like so much... She said to HERSELF, "If I could just touch, but just the hem, just a piece of His garment, I KNOW, I will be made whole." She didn't have to talk to Jesus, she didn't have to beg for healing, she didn't even have to look AT Him. She knew the Power of Christ was so amazingly strong and His anointing came from God, Himself, that her belief in this God and His Son, would heal her, if she could just reach out and touch the Lord, as He walked by.

The power wasn't in the hem of His garment. It wasn't in her ability to push through the crowd to touch Jesus garment. He told her when He found out who touched Him, go, YOUR FAITH has MADE YOU WHOLE. You see she had such amazing faith in the Christ she had heard of, that she knew, I just need to reach out to Him. Even though He may not have "time" for me, just to reach out and touch His garment will be enough. What faith. What wonderful, marvelous faith!

You see, "Now FAITH, it is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen." The substance of what was hoped for, was her healing, she had hoped for her healing, the evidence of things not seen, was just to reach out and touch the garment would be the catalyst for Christ to heal her body. She knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that if she could reach out and touch, she would be healed. Not proclaim her healing, not beg, borrow, and steal, not plan ahead incase it didn't work, THERE IS NO PLAN B, with God. If you ask for healing, and you believe with all your might that in having faith in the God of All Gods that He would hear your prayer and heal your body, HE WILL DO IT.

As a child of God, you are complete in Him, Col 2:10, so your healing is there, it is waiting in the wings, waiting on your prayer, your faith, and for you to reach out and touch it. Will you? Call on the Lord, let it all go, He will do what He promises, just quit claiming your faith, then doubting the God of that faith. Give it to God, and let it go.