"Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
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YOUR LIFE IN THE LATTER DAYS--PART THREE
Ministry and the Walk of Faith Mark 5:21-43
We’re continuing our study on Mark Chapters Four and Five as one adventure in the life of Jesus and His disciples. Jesus reveals the mysteries of the Kingdom of God in Chapter Four, and then demonstrates its unlimited power in Chapter Five.
This lesson is about that power and how it is released.
“Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.’ So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.”
Jairus was an administrator in the synagogue.
He knew about Jesus.
His daughter was near death.
Panic and desperation overwhelmed him.
When he came to Jesus he threw himself at His feet.
He worshipped Him and begged Him for help. Matthew 9:18
He knew Jesus would heal his daughter.
Jesus was his only hope.
“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’”
The woman had become frail and gravely ill.
She suffered through years of disappointments, seeking a cure.
She had spent all of her money on doctors.
Disease and poverty had consumed her life.
The Law restricted her from going out in public.
She had heard about Jesus.
She knew she would be healed.
Jesus was her only hope.
“Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My clothes?’ But His disciples said to Him, ‘You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, “Who touched Me?”’”
“And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.’”
Whose faith healed her? Her faith.
Whose daughter was she? A daughter of Abraham, the father of faith.
See Romans 4:9-12 and Luke 13:16.
FAITH IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD!
Perseverance is a requirement to fighting the good fight of faith.
Definition of Persevere: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement;
to persist, be steadfast, determined, resolute, obstinate, never giving up
The woman, against all opposition, was determined to get her healing, perhaps even hiding to touch His garment. Her faith went beyond all reason and all doubts. “I shall be made well.”
While Jesus was still speaking to her, the bad report came to Jairus. “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” In other words…it’s over!
What was Jesus’ immediate response to Jairus?
“Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Jairus had to hold onto that word while they continued their journey back to his house. Remember, fear tolerated contaminates faith.
Jesus needed Jairus to stay in faith because Jesus was working on what Jairus had proclaimed. And just because there’s opposition, doesn’t mean it’s not going to succeed.
Jairus remained steadfast in faith and Jesus raised his little daughter from the dead!
“The steps of a good man are ordered of the LORD.” Psalm 37:23
We can certainly see this in the ministry of Jesus as He yielded every step He took on earth to do His Father’s will. Jesus had faith that as He acted on what was revealed to Him in His Spirit, His Father would manifest. He walked by faith, not by sight, totally yielded and dependant on His Father. And His Father did not let Him down.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” See John 5:19.
How did He see what the Father was doing? The same way we can.
See Ephesians 1:17-20 and 1 Corinthians 2:10.
What unity! The Father and the Son are One. Yet, on earth, only One of them was visible. Colossians 1:15 Whether Jesus was teaching, preaching, or healing, we can see the Kingdom of God in demonstration.
Why? Because God is love and that’s what love does!
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The Earthly Realm—The Heavenly Realm
“… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
Jesus appointed seventy other disciples and sent them out ahead of Him and the twelve to prepare the way. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” See Luke 10:1-24.
We can see right here that the earthly assignment is given heavenly authority/ provision to accomplish the mission.
The Violent...The Forceful!
The Kingdom of God is at work within the Believer and the “violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12
One Bible scholar describes “the violent” as Believers who are eager, with impetuous zeal, who grasp the kingdom of heaven—i.e., its peace, and pardon, and blessedness (power) with as much eagerness as men would snatch and carry off as their own the spoil of a conquered city.
When Jesus took a whip and cleansed the temple of the money changers, His disciples remembered the scripture, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” See John 2:17.
The Apostle Paul wrote about this Kingdom:
“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” See 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.
THE CHURCH ON EARTH
2015: Times of Restoration of All Things. Acts 3:19-21
Born again Believers are such a unique and different group of people on this earth. As Ambassadors for Christ, our citizenship is of the Heavenly Kingdom. That Kingdom is within each of us and supplies diversities of gifts, differences of ministries, diversities of activities that manifest according to the will and power of the Holy Spirit.
See 1 Corinthians 12.
We are seated in heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 2:6
We have a mandate to fulfill.
Thy Kingdom Come…
Thy Will Be Done on Earth as it is Done in Heaven
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24
This passage goes on to exhort The Church to be obedient for a shaking of heaven and earth will come (like the sifting of the wheat and tares), that those things that cannot be shaken will remain. Read Hebrews 12:25-29.
That’s what is happening right now.
YOUR LIFE IN THE LATTER DAYS
Jesus Christ, Jairus, the Woman … what one thing did they all have in common?
Each of them tapped into the provision of the Kingdom of God by their faith to bring manifestations of the glory of God…His abundant desire to reveal His goodness.
What does this have to do with us….The Church in 2015?
Just think about this.
What if each member of the Body of Christ tapped into the provision of the Kingdom of God by their faith to bring manifestations of the glory of God…what would that look like?
It’s what manifested in the life of Jesus and His disciples…right in the middle of every day life, one step at a time! And there were so many glorious manifestations that all of them could not be recorded! John 21:25 Oh Saints, get ready!
END TIME GENERATION—James 5:7
The End Days Church is a unique and marvelous group of people. In a long distance relay race, the best runners are saved for the end because of their strength, endurance, tenacity, and an overwhelming desire to win. God has ordained you and me to partake of His end-time purpose: to reconcile all things to Himself.
Why? “All things were created through Him and for Him.” Read Colossians 1:15-20.
Christ loves The Church.
The Holy Spirit is at work setting us apart from the world and washing us with the Word in preparation for the glory. The goal: That we be holy and without blemishes, without dirty spots or wrinkles, so that the Glorious Church might take her place, center stage, and draw in the lost for a great End Time revival!
What you do in every day life is important.
Make yourself ready. Run the last part of your race to win! The power of the Spirit of God is within you and He does not sleep, faint, or grow weary! Isaiah 40:28-31
GOD IS WITH US TO TAKE THE LAND!
Prayer prepares the way. Say to your cities, "Behold Your God!" Isaiah 40:9
Suggested Assignment: Read John 17 and Hebrews 12.
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE:
Men ought always to pray and not lose heart. Luke 18:1
For the love of:
The Glorious Church The Lost Elected Leaders
“Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15
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