Keys to Producing an atmosphere of faith by Steve Smith
There is a revival going on in Kingston New York. It started last week with Roy Fields and is continuing this weekend with Steve Smith, an Australian Evangelist. If you are anywhere near the Vineyard Church in Lake Katrine New York, I highly recommend coming. The Holy Spirit is moving in major ways, and the Kingston Fire Revival is continuing. Steve will be here Sat. 2/21/09 at 6:30 and Sunday 2/22 at 10:30 AM. I highly recommend attending for you will be blessed. As you know, the Hudson Valley and Catskill area needs a revival, and it is a blessing to see it happening.
Tonight Steve Smith shared a Bible teaching that might bless you. For me it is a continuation of what Pastor Don taught this afternoon – funny how the Holy Spirit works (she says smiling).
Steve told us he has been in the ministry for 28 years and has planted many churches in Australia. He went around planting churches and members would go out into the neighborhoods and bring in new people. One day he came back to his church and a new believer was at the door greeting people and asked him if he had ever been to the church before, they had a good laugh when the new believer found out Steve was the founding pastor. During an interview on the Australian TV he had told the interviewers they should speak to the congregation, for it was the congregation that was reaching the people in the neighborhood. Australia was thrilled to have these churches growing for it reduced crime in the areas where the churches ministered.
REVIVAL means falling in love with Jesus again. When you get saved, it can take time to grow in the Lord, and it requires a sacrifice of praise and keeping on seeking Jesus. When our hearts grow colder, we need revival. So often a revival comes to a church, and then when the revival moves to a different local, the local church goes back to the same members it had before the revival. Lives can be touched but it does not always mean that church membership will grow. The truth is, YOU CAN have a strong local church and a strong revival, and both can grow.
Keys to producing an atmosphere of faith.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
God wants to produce strong churches, strong faith, strong love.
Mark 5:21 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.
Steve told us it was typical of Jesus that He would attract a crowd. Some people say God is not in the numbers, but why did He then write a book called “Numbers.” Jesus always attracted a crowd, and often he had to go out to the wilderness to get away with God alone.
Mark 5:22-24 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 had a life situation, the daughter at death’s door, that triggered faith, and Jairus’ faith caused Jesus to be with him. God responds to faith.
The first Key is DESPERATION. Jairus was desperate for a healing for his daughter. God can heal you, and this is your night for healing. You may need to deal with something, to get to the point where your desperation leads to faith.
The second Key is RIGHT POSTURE to faith. Steve told us that in the army soldiers have right posture and right attitudes. Body builders have right postures to emphasize their muscles. And the posture of faith requires a right attitude.
The third Key is to deal with TRADITION. Notice that Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue, and he was respected. People took notice of him, and certain behaviors were expected. If he fell down at the rabbi’s feet, he could have lost face with the people.
The fourth Key is FEAR OF LOSS. Jairus was so desperate that he came to Jesus, and did not fear the loss of respectability and dignity. He was at the right window to hear from God, from Jesus.
So often we get bound by fear, wondering what people would think and instead of responding and receiving from God, the focus is on other’s opinions. God and the Holy Spirit are seeking to get rid of spiritual constipation. God is no respecter of persons. He will not bypass you if you have your heart in the right position, you can be healed and blessed and full of joy.
Jairus was in a high position in the community and he broke his traditional role of ruler to throw himself at Jesus’ feet. This could have cost him the respect of the people, but all Jairus cared about was his daughter, and Jairus wanted Jesus’s attention and healing.
Katherine Kuhlman told people you will get healed when you are desperate and angry at the devil.
Notice, in verse 24, a great multitude was following Jesus. Something happens when there is a crowd. Imagine if you had your child dying and Jesus was hindered by the crowd.
Jairus (5) DID NOT LET AN OBSTACLE TAKE AWAY THE FRUIT of the healing. He could have gotten upset, tried to hurry Jesus, but instead he just waited on Jesus.
Mark 5:25-31 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.” 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?’”
Jesus recognized when power went out of himself and asked “Who touched me.” People were incredulous for Jesus was in a crowd, and of course He would be touched. But Jesus knew healing virtue had gone out of him. He stopped and had a conversation with the woman. We do not know how long that conversation lasted, it could have taken time. And Jairus had to wait patiently while Jesus did the healing for the woman, knowing that his daughter was sick.
So Jairus had to deal with TRADITION – respectability could have been lost.
He had to deal with FEAR OF LOSS, he had to deal with the CROWD – in our case that could be the opinions of the people, and he had to (6) PUT SOMEBODY FIRST.
So often in the Body of Christ people get jealous when a backslider returns and is so on fire for God, and they are put back into a position of power, and the others wonder why, because they were “good” and did not backslide that they are not put into that position. But that is just the way that God is. The last shall be first and the first last.
One of the best ways to get your breakthrough is to rejoice when someone gets released, and that will help you.
The seventh thing is to OVERCOME DOUBT AND UNBELIEF
Mark 5:35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
He heard this heartbreaking news, and was told not to trouble Jesus any further.
Mark 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Jesus told Jairus to not be afraid and to believe, something very hard to do in the face of such sad news. Jairus had to make a decision to believe Jesus for the healing miracle.
The 8th thing is to BATTLE AGAINST THE EMOTIONS.
Mark 5:37-40 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
All the people around Jairus were weeping and crying for the Child. Notice that Jesus took all the mockers and threw them out of the room, keeping only the three disciples and the parents with him. Jesus did not pussyfoot around, He did not want an atmosphere of doubt and unbelief. He was quick to tell Peter, “Get thee behind me satan.” He cleansed the Temple when there were the moneychangers in the temple.
In this case he had to rid the room of the mocking spirit.
Steve then told us that so often many people pray for revival in their area. Then a revival comes, but it comes in a new way, in a way the people who prayed for revival did not expect. It comes not according to the prayer’s traditions, and then those who prayed for the revival start calling the revival a work of satan and not a true revival. Often not realizing God had answered their prayer for revival.
Jesus rises above those who mocked in doubt and unbelief and heals the girl.
Mark 5:41-42 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
The people were astonished. Yet we need to get the right picture of Jesus. We need to realize Jesus is eternity and He is healing. He does not just give a healing, Jesus is the healer.
Steve also told us we think that the Bible is only a book for those on earth, but when we get to Heaven we will still be learning about the Word of God. There is such depth in the Word of God that we will never come to an end of new revelations from the Word. God will open our eye for eternity about His Word.
Jesus spoke life into that dead situation. That was no problem for God.
Many people were touched mightily by the hand of God in this meeting. Blessings flowed. I sure hope you can make it to one of the meetings. Also hoping this teaching blessed you as it did me.
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