Leap forward

“Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.” Acts 3:16

The name Jesus is so powerful, for it means ‘God Rescues’ (He will save his people from their sins Matthew 1:21)

No matter how crippled your life may look, no matter how deep your bondage could be… call on this name of the Lord “Jesus” – you will be set free, healed, restored, redeemed and can leap forward to an abundant life!

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Ready to be sprinkled

“For everyone will be tested with fire. Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.” Mark 9:49-50

The greatest fight a child of God has to fight is to know and maintain his/her identity. That identity is revealed in his/her saltiness to the world!

As a salt maintain a rich flavor (continually develop and exhibit a good character) and preserve (zero tolerance to corruption, maintain a godly integrity) the honor of God’s name.

Be that one salty person in the family to lead the whole family salty (Acts 16:31). Be salty at your workplace, among friends, every where because anyone who ever tasted salt can’t be without it!

Your saltiness preserves your children and generations to come.

Let’s be salty, get salty, make salty but never lose it.

A consistent praise

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5

We have no problem to wait when we are told how long we need to wait; we simply go ahead and do what we know to do during that time!

But what if we are not told how long we need to wait?

Discouragement can settle in right at the point where we lost our patience to wait – especially when there is no way to track the progress.

Discouragement is a common feeling but it does triggers different reactions in each person depending upon their personality and temperament (towards a particular circumstance).

Instead of getting frustrated or allow depression, if we could only take time to discern why we are being bothered/discouraged – we will find out that our discouragement is not because of the waiting time but because “our plan” isn’t working as we wanted!

The more stronger the will of the person is towards that plan the more stronger he/she would react to it (impatience/frustration/give up/depressed).

We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer. Proverbs 16:1

As a child of God, when this happens to us we need to take time to review our plans seriously on “what we want to do once we receive it“, and start aligning it with who God called us to be and stay open to His plan with a humble patience, then we will be supernaturally strengthened with a renewed hope and start praising the Lord.

Bottom line – our hope always has to be in the Lord not in our plans, if we do then we too can speak to our soul and flesh, and command it to start praising the Lord!

“…he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” Isaiah 61:3

The sweetest fruit of all

As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay. Psalm 40:17

When we had done all we could and still couldn’t make it happen, we have a choice – either to become bitterly broken (impatience), or become sweetly broken to wait upon the Lord to help us.

The decision to wait upon the Lord comes only when we realize our inability and that our help could come only from God. This decision is the fruit called ‘patience’. Such patience is not our quality or character developed, but it is a fruit of the Spirit we are able to bear due to our brokenness and total surrender to God to help us.

The moment we start to bear this fruit we look beautiful for God and to other fellow believers irrespective of our poor situation. During such season it is important that we resist the self-pity and worship the Lord instead.

Waiting patiently for the Lord is a powerful worship in itself which pleases the Lord and wins His favor for years to come in our lives. Often times because we hate patience we feel unloved, unwanted, purposeless and lack motivation. Sadly this is our fleshly nature, psalmist David went thru these up’s and down’s between his emotion-faith and patient-faith.

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me…

Psalm 40:13 …Come quickly, LORD, and help me.

Psalms 40:17 …O my God, do not delay.

Remember next time when you have to wait on the Lord – you look beautiful with the fruit ‘patience’ as much as how you would look with the fruit ‘joy’!

Let your emotion-faith shall fade away while your patient-faith brightens up the hope He has for you!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

The compassion that triggers miracles

So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. Mark 6:40-41

The miracle in a ministry is not in how many people are gathered, but in how many people are been fed satisfactorily!

We see here in the Lord’s ministry such kind of miracle where people ate as much as they wanted, and afterwards the disciples picked each a basket full of left-overs.

Such “satisfactory” supernatural miracles will happen in our ministry when we are drawn to people with a compassion that they’re sheep without shepherds and start teaching them what we are been taught.

The very essence that brings the total satisfaction of God’s goodness in peoples’ lives are when they are taught in a small group – where they’re noticed, words are spoken into their lives, help them see that they’re important and loved by God personally.

Mark 6:39 “Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups”.

This was the ministry of our Lord, to go into all towns and teach them out of compassion.

Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34

Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. Mark 6:6

The Intentional Travel

And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.

So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil. Mark 6:7, 12-13

Lord Jesus Christ took all night to seek the Father’s will to select His Twelve (Luke 6:12-13), once the Father reveals, the Lord chose His Twelve and appointed them as the Apostles meaning ‘the sent ones’.

Christ’s delegation to His Twelve were purely based on the confidence on the Father’s will, and nothing He re-evaluated about those individuals since their appointment. He gave them authority, put them responsible to carry out the specific mission and sent them – and it did worked precisely!

Apostles mission was to –

  1. meet everyone on their way and lead them to the repentence of their sins and turn to God
  2. not to confront when opposed, but to keep moving to those who’re ready and wanting
  3. use the authority to cast out demons and to heal the sick
  4. not to carry money, food or traveler’s bag – to express their humility and total dependency on God to supply all their needs

And all the above done in a two by two team – not alone, but as a team.

Such intentional travel of the Apostles had won many souls to the Kingdom, and the people were released from their captivity and were healed.

How about being sent?

 

Never go unnoticed

But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him… Mark 5:32-33

No matter how sinful, unclean one could get – when it comes to facing the grace of God there is no need to hide.

Grace of God is completely expressed in our Lord Jesus Christ along with the restoring Truth. In Him every deep uncleanness are cleansed and every life begins.

No one could go unnoticed after being touched by the power of God in Christ Jesus. Their true restoration begins only the moment their knees bow down and their tongue confess before the Lord. So it is important that every miracle ends in the total restoration and total transformation, and not heading to another mess.

Our Lord is all about relationship (He called her daughter), restoration (not just healed, but made her well), peace (no more guilt or shame) and total protection (no more tears) – all summed up in one word ‘Salvation’!

And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Mark 5:34