He Sees Our Faith

The prayer meeting this morning was amazing. Loved that there were more of us there, plus many others praying in their own homes too. When the saints come together in faith, incredible things can happen.

Again, we prayed on behalf of those who may not have the strength, physically or emotionally, to pray for themselves. We stood in the gap, calling on God for miracles.

Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralysed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. WHEN HE SAW THEIR FAITH, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘ our sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” [Luke 5:18-24]

HE SAW THEIR FAITH.
HE SEES OUR FAITH.

That should act as a great encouragement to us. With so many people suffering in different ways, we are doing all that we can to bring each person to Jesus. He sees our efforts in believing that God can do what others say is impossible. He sees our determination to take hold of the Word and speak it over people’s lives. He sees our faith in Him for change, for miracles, for bodies to be made hold. He sees our hope in God when those who are ill may be losing theirs. We just need to keep praying, to keep believing and to not give up.

Why not join us 7-8AM every Thursday as we pray. It may not be possible for you to join us physically but wherever you are take a moment to remember those from the ‘household of faith’ who need a miracle. Let’s stand in agreement for change – for friends, family, colleagues, fellow Christians around the world.

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Do What Seems Impossible to See What Might Seem Impossible

One thing I am discovering as I read through the Gospels is that if you want a miracle then sometimes you have to do what seems impossible to see what might seem impossible

Don’t believe me then just take a look – from four guys lowering their friend through a roof [Luke 5:17-24], to blind men shouting at the top of their voice [Mark 10:46-52], to a woman crashing a party [John 12:1-8], to the unliked climbing a tree [Luke 19:1-9], to a woman who should not have even been outside [Matthew 9:20-22], their miracles came by taking a risk, doing the impossible to put themselves in the right place to receive what may have seemed impossible.

Sometimes the easier option feels more attractive. To not do anything and just keep coping. Many times it feels easier to stay at home. It’s easier sometimes to continue as we are and just keep praying for some change. Now, God can bring that change in an instant and often does, but other times I think He likes to see how much we desire change. Will we drag ourselves to the House of God even though we don’t feel like it, will we battle our emotions and not let them win, even if we might look terrible in the process?

The intelligent side of our brain is screaming at us, get to church, meet with God, get your miracle, go on do it. Meanwhile, the emotional side is screaming at us, don’t be stupid, what will people think, avoid humiliation at all costs.

Maybe the woman in Matthew 9 felt like that. She should not have even been out of the house, let alone reaching to touch the hem of the garment of a religious leader.

And there’s the dilemma.

Something inside her was telling her that she had to do it. Jesus heals others, he can heal me. If I can only reach out and touch him. All the time battling the shame of it all, her unwillingness to bear the brunt of any humiliation, those uncomfortable feelings, to endure the eyes of everyone watching as Jesus confronted her, the embarrassment of being found out. Who knows, maybe the miracle would not have come had her faith not won.

Now I don’t know how difficult things are for you and I certainly don’t want you reading this and feeling discouraged. My aim today is to encourage you…don’t allow the emotions and feelings to win, care less about what people might say, keep on coming to the House of God, drag your body in kicking & screaming if you must but position yourself in that place of faith and reach out to touch the hem of His garment and believe that in doing so your miracle will come.

Do what seems IMPOSSIBLE to see what might seem IMPOSSIBLE.

[Hope you catch my heart today. Do you agree or have a different viewpoint?]

Thank You For The Cross…[Day 13]

Great time of worship early this morning. Reminded about the power of the cross. There is no other religion that offers access to such a victory. The cross is the ultimate sign of Gods redemptive powers.

Victory over death.
Victory over sin.
Victory over sickness.

In all our doing of life we must not forget the benefits bought for us by the blood of Jesus. With this in mind I prayed for some people at Xcel Church, taking hold of the promises of God, taking hold of my mustard seed sized faith and exercising it, taking hold of the fact that Jesus said that we can ask the Father for things in His name and it will be done.

Thank you for the cross. Through the cross I have new life. Fresh beginnings. Access to God. It is the most precious thing…oh, how I take it forgranted sometimes. A gentle reminder is always useful.

What does the cross of Christ mean to you?

God Encounters Make a Difference

Reading through the bible in six months certainly makes for a challenge. But I really enjoy getting my teeth into reading the scriptures. They are a real good old fashioned God encounter for me, which makes them vital to my walk as a Christian.

When was the last time you had a God encounter?

Excited about Sunday as we just take a glimpse at the difference such encounters can make. God encounters have taken ordinary men and women and seen them do extraordinary things…Abraham, Noah, Jacob, Moses, Gideon, David, Paul, the Disciples and many modern day heroes of the faith too.

At some point there was an encounter which was the catalyst for a transformation. A transformation that enabled them to rise to the possibilities that God had laid out before them.

Are you ready to get to grips with God and not let go until He blesses you?
Until the breakthrough comes?
Until the healing is evident?
Until the life is won?
Until you are filled with the Holy Spirit?
Whatever it is for you…get with God and let Him have His way.

What are you believing God for today?