Can a Christian Go To Hell?

A Christian’s salvation is eternally secure as long as he or she does the will of the Father and lives in holiness, and bears good fruit in their lives.

Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Some Christians have forfeited their eternal security in heaven by living a lifestyle of disobedience and lawlessness. Some examples include:

  1. Not walking in love; hatred; prejudice; murder; malice
  2. Abuse of any kind, and causing strife and discord
  3. Bitterness (which defiles many) and unforgiveness
  4. Any form of witchcraft, sorcery, horoscopes, etc.
  5. Any form of sexual immorality, including porn addiction
  6. Embezzlement, stealing, corruption, lying, deceit
  7. Pastors and leaders leading the flock astray through their teachings or being bad examples
  8. Demonstrating irreverence (through words and deeds) to the Holy Spirit and His Anointing and Anointed Ones
  9. Pride and rebellion
  10. Lifestyle of drunkenness, gambling, carousing, vices

The Lord said in His Word that those who practice such things cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God has a two-fold definition: 1. God’s system of doing things 2. Heaven.

Revelation 22:14-15 talks about those who will want to get into heaven, but the gates will be closed for them and they won’t be able to enter in.

Revelation 22:14-15 says, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Galatians 5:19-25 gives examples of the works of the flesh, and then says that they which live in such a way cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Then it lists the fruits of the Spirit, and encourages us as Believers to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:19-26

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The thing that the majority of Christians struggle with is offense. People hurt you and did you wrong. Then it leads to anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness.

In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus tells us the story of the man who had an enormous debt and could not pay it back. He was facing prison time if he didn’t pay back the debt, and his children taken as slaves. He begged for mercy and the creditor had pity for him and canceled the debt owed.

However, there was a person who owed this man (who was forgiven of much) a very small debt and had no way to pay it off. The man who was forgiven of much had no mercy on the man who owed him a small debt and had the person put in prison. When the creditor found out about this man’s hypocrisy (he was forgiven of much, but failed to forgive someone else for something of lesser debt), he was filled with wrath. He had the man put in prison and turned over to the torturers.

When we fail to forgive others, then God cannot forgive us. And we need forgiveness in order to enter into Heaven, because we as Believers miss the mark quite often and need God’s grace. There are many Christians in Outer Darkness (a section of hell) today that are there due to unforgiveness and hatred.

The torturers speak of demons tormenting people. Usually offense is the door in which demons enter people’s lives to torment them. Also, every time people view internet porn, it releases scores of hideous demons into their lives and home, and these demons wreak havoc.

Strife in the household, church or work environment is another way demons wreak havoc, and the sheep are scattered.

In the Apostle John’s writings, his three key words he uses the most often are: love, life and light. These words are interconnected. If you walk in one, you will walk in all three.

John says that if we claim to love God, yet hate our brother, then we lie and the truth is not in us. He also says that those who do not walk in love are in the darkness, and cannot inherit eternal life.

For years I struggled with offense, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness towards some family members who had abused me for around 21 years. God gave me warnings through dreams that I was in trouble and headed for Outer Darkness in hell if I died at that time.

I had to turn the pain over to the Lord, and ask Him to put love in my heart and help me to forgive. For me, it’s been a process of healing that has taken many years. When people hurt me, I tend to internalize it, and I’m learning how to let go and turn people over to the Lord.

If you have a root of bitterness in your heart, the Word says it defiles people. However, the Holy Spirit can remove all bitterness from your soul and fill you with His love and compassion. No one is worth going to hell over. Let go of the offense. If not for their sake, do it to make sure you go to Heaven someday.

Years ago I heard the true story of the pastor in Africa who had gotten in an argument with his wife one morning, and then later on that day was killed in a car crash.

He talked about how he went to hell for 2 or 3 days. He saw fellow pastors there, and was shocked because he thought they were in heaven. One was there for stealing the tithes and offerings, and embezzlement. Others were there for adultery, not walking in love, failing to teach people the whole counsel of God and for other reasons. This pastor was there for being abusive to his wife.

After he was in hell for 2 or 3 days, he was transferred to heaven, and shared how glorious it was.

Meanwhile, after he was killed his wife held on to the Scripture in Hebrews 11:35 that says that women received their dead raised to life again. She, along with others, prayed and believed that he would come back to life. His body was even partially embalmed.

Where they live, there was a Rinehard Bonnke meeting going on. They took his body to the meeting, believing that he would be raised to life. They took him in the casket to the basement while the meetings were in session. His wife and brothers in the Lord were interceding for his rising from the dead. He did come back to life. And now he shares his testimony and warns Christians, and especially pastors and leaders, of the reality of hell if you don’t walk in holiness. Pastors, teachers and leaders are held in stricter judgment than others in the Body of Christ.

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells us the parable of the children of the kingdom. (The children of the kingdom are referring to Believers in Christ.) Some were cast into outer darkness and everlasting fire, while others received their reward and were granted to enter into Heaven. Jesus said that if you did it (ministered to) the least of these His brethren, you’ve done it unto Him. So therefore, there is a correlation between our works to help others, and receiving eternal life. We are not saved by works, but created UNTO good works (Ephesians 2:10).

In the parables right before this one in Matthew 25:1-30, are the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins. A virgin speaks of the Body of Christ, chaste like a virgin awaiting her bridegroom. Five of them made it into heaven, and five were turned away because when the Bridegroom came, they were unprepared.

Then there is the parable of servants given talents. All of the servants, except for one, invested their talents and had more to present at the end of their lives. They heard the words from Jesus: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. You were made ruler over a few things, now you will be ruler over many things.”

A talent refers to something we are capable of doing, a natural gifting God gives to us. He wants us to develop and use our gifts, and to end up at the end of our lives with even more gifts.

This one servant was given one talent, but he was afraid and buried it in the ground. When the Master came, he gave the talent back to the Master, but he had done nothing with his talent, nor had he invested it. He could of at least put it into a savings account to earn interest. This servant was called an unprofitable servant, and his talent was taken from him and given to the one who had ten talents, plus he was cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

These are strong words Jesus spoke, but they are eternal realities.

John 15 talks about abiding in the Vine. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If we abide in Him, and He abides in us, then we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. We can live fruitful lives if we will abide in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Also, abide in the Word of God, which renews the mind, transforms the soul, fills the hungry soul, and is like medicine.

Back to the subject of love, John said in 1 John 3:14-15:

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

It’s time to take an inventory of our soul. We need to ask God to highlight to us if there is any iniquity in our lives, so that we can have an opportunity to repent of it while we still have time on this earth.

Just pray this simple prayer, and begin to seek God with all of your heart.

“Dear Father God,

I come to Your Throne in the Name of Jesus. Show me if there is sin and iniquity in my life, and give me the grace to repent of it and forsake it. I am aware of this sin in my life _______ (and tell it to God what the sin is), and I need Your help to overcome it. I want to live for You. I want to spend eternity with You and my loved ones in Heaven. I want to get right with You. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive every sin. Wash me clean by Your Blood. I receive your forgiveness. Fill me with Your love and grace, and empower me to forgive others who have hurt me. I give You my whole heart. Sweet Holy Spirit, please fill me afresh with Your Presence. I need You in my life like never before.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

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Zerubbabel – Prophetic Promises That Apply To Us Today (Part 3)

I’ve been talking about Zerubbabel, and the exiles leaving their bondage in Babylon, and returning to Jerusalem. Babylon in our lives speaks of areas of captivity and chains. Jesus has come to set the prisoners free, and loose every fetter.

Jerusalem speaks of the place of God’s peace, rest, and His Presence. It’s the place of healing and restoration, beauty and worship. It’s the place of freedom.

Prophetic words were spoken to Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the high priest, through the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. These words from God are powerful and apply to our lives today.

Prophecies Spoken Through Haggai

  1. Blessings from God will come when you set your priorities in order.

Famine is broken when priorities are set in order.

Building God’s House is #1, before building your own house. Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

In Haggai, Chapter 1, verses 2-11, the people had encountered so much opposition and years of delay in finishing the temple foundation, that they had fallen into a spiritual slumber. They thought that the timing for rebuilding God’s temple was somewhere out in the distant future. But God said that the time is NOW.

The Lord was grieved that they spent 17 years adorning their own houses, yet His House (Temple) was lying in ruins. Most of their energies were spent on personal goals. It’s not that God didn’t want them having nice homes, just as long as He comes first.

Having priorities out of their proper place, resulted in God allowing a drought to come upon the land—a famine of food, wine, oil and fruit.

Famine of Food

A famine of food represents a spiritual famine of spiritual bread or manna, the Word of God. It also represents a natural famine resulting in financial lack.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: You will be fed the meat of the Word of God until you are full and want no more. The Lord will increase you financially as you obey His commands to tithe and give offerings, and to seek His kingdom first.

Famine of Wine

A famine of wine speaks of no joy or gladness. New Wine in the Bible is also symbolic of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: Your joy and gladness will be restored. Jesus wants to baptize you afresh, or for the first time, in His Holy Spirit. Rivers of living water will flow from your innermost being.

Famine of Oil

A famine of oil speaks of a lack for the anointing, God’s Presence being distant somewhat.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: The Shekinah glory shall visit you. His glory shall be upon you and in you.

Famine of Fruit

A famine of fruit speaks of a lack of flourishing; lack of productivity; barrenness.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: Barrenness is removed and fruitfulness comes in Jesus’ Name.

Haggai said that they had sown much, yet reaped little.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: Things are turning around. Great harvest is coming from seeds planted long ago. The harvester is overtaking the plowman.

It was as if they earned wages, only to put into pockets that had holes.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: No more financial loss, debts, things breaking down, continual expenditures draining your pocket; there shall be increase and prosperity. God said He would rebuke the devourer for your sake.

  1. The Lord is with you … be strong … do not fear (Haggai 1:13; 2:4-5).

When the Lord calls us to do something, we can be assured that He is by our side, with us. We don’t have to be afraid because His Presence is there.

  1. “I will fill this temple with Glory” … “The Glory of the latter temple shall be greater than that of the former, saith the Lord” (Haggai 2:7, 9).

God will fill our lives with His Glory, and His Glory seen in us will be a witness to others. Our latter end will be greater than the former years. This promise applies also to our life, ministry, church, and to many marriages. “The latter end shall be more glorious than the former.”

And of course, this prophetic word is speaking of the literal Temple in Jerusalem being the Desire of All Nations (Haggai 2:7). The Glory and Splendor of the latter Temple will be greater than that of the former.

  1. In this place, I will give peace, says the LORD of Hosts (Haggai 2:9).

God brings peace to our lives where there was once strife, confusion, sadness or anxiety. There is perfect peace in His Presence, and His paths are the paths of peace (Proverbs 3:17).

  1. “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the LORD of Hosts” (Haggai 2:8).

Abundant supply. No lack. God owns it all. He promised to provide for all our needs. Plus, He gives us the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him. He wants to bless us and cause us to prosper. He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others and to His kingdom (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

  1. Holiness – “Be ye holy, for I am Holy, says the LORD” (Haggai 2:10-19, Leviticus 11:44-45, 1 Peter 1:16).

A lack of holiness resulted in unfruitfulness and a blockage of blessings of God in their lives. A return to holiness brought the full blessings of God. A lack of holiness, and disobedience to God’s commands, results in barrenness in our souls.

Haggai asks the priests this question: “If one of you is carrying a holy sacrifice in his robes and happens to brush against some bread or wine or meat, will it too become holy?”

“No,” the priests replied. “Holiness does not pass to other things that way.”

Then Haggai asked, “But if someone touches a dead person, and so becomes ceremonially impure, and then brushes against something, does it become contaminated?”

And the priests answered, “Yes.”

Haggai then made his meaning clear and spoke the word of the Lord.

“You people are contaminating your sacrifices by living with selfish attitudes and evil hearts—and not only your sacrifices, but everything else that you did as a ‘service’ to me. And so everything you did went wrong. But all is different now because you have begun to build the Temple.

Before, when you expected a twenty-bushel crop, there were only ten. When you came to draw fifty gallons from the olive press, there were only twenty. I rewarded all your labor with rust and mildew and hail. Yet, even so, you refused to return to me, says the Lord.”

Holiness in spirit, soul and body shall result in blessing blockers being removed.

  1. From this day I will bless you (Haggai 2:18-19).

But now note this: From today, this 24th day of the month, as the foundation of the Lord’s Temple is finished, and from this day onward, I will bless you. Notice, I am giving you this promise now before you have even begun to rebuild the Temple structure, and before you have harvested your grain, and before the grapes, the figs, the pomegranates, and olives have produced their next crops.

  1. God will raise up spiritual Zerubbabels, who will lead God’s people out of Babylon (captivity, bondage, confusion and sin) into healing and freedom.

The Lord will give His Zerubbabels authority in the Spirit, for they are His signet ring, whom He has chosen. (Haggai 2:23). The signet ring placed upon the finger speaks of authority to carry out God’s business.

Prophecies Spoken Through Zechariah

  1. Who has despised the day of small beginnings? (Zechariah 4:10)

As we are faithful in the little task or few people God has entrusted into our spiritual care, then God will bring expansion and increase.

  1. This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)

It’s not by human strength that we will receive our healing, deliverance, breakthrough, miracles, answers from God—but it’s going to happen by the Power of the Spirit of God!

Whatever situation you are going through in your life in which you need God to intervene … whatever mountain you are facing today, where it says “Zerubbabel”, replace your name there.

Say outloud:

This is the word of the LORD to ________________, saying, “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before ________________ thou shalt become a level plain.”

  1. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a level plain.

Matthew 21:21-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea’; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

What mountains are you facing? Jesus said to speak to our mountains of difficulties and command them to be removed out of our way, and it would obey us. Replace Zerubbabel’s name with your name, and declare outloud.

“Who do you think you are, O great mountain? (and name what your mountain is). I command you, according to Matthew 21:21, to get out of my way in Jesus’ Name! Before _________________ you shall become a flattened plain.”

  1. God will enable you by His Grace to finish the task He has called you to do (Zechariah 4:7, 9).

Vs 9: “Zerubbabel laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it.”

Vs 7: “Zerubbabel will finish building this Temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy, declaring that all was done by grace alone.”

Shout “Grace, Grace” as you lay the capstone of the foundation.

  1. When Satan accuses you before God, Jesus defends you because of His Great Mercy.

Zechariah 3:1-2 Then the Angel showed me (in my vision) Joshua the High Priest standing before the Angel of the Lord; and Satan was there too, at the Angel’s right hand, accusing Joshua of many things.

And the Lord said to Satan, “I reject your accusations, Satan; yes, I, the Lord, for I have decided to be merciful to Jerusalem—I rebuke you. I have decreed mercy to Joshua and his nation; they are like a burning stick pulled out of the fire.”

Revelation 12:10 For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

  1. Jesus removes our filthy garments and clothes us in robes of righteousness. HE is our righteousness. We are not righteous by things we do, but our righteousness is found in Jesus Christ.

Our filthy garments were removed (sin and junk of the past) and we are given clean, white robes of righteousness to wear. The Lord is preparing His Bride to be ready for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:8 And to her [Bride] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Zechariah 3:3-4 Joshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood before the Angel of the Lord. Then the Angel said to the others standing there, “Remove his filthy clothing.”

And turning to Joshua He said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”

Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

  1. We are given priestly garments to wear and a priestly turban to crown our head (representing anointing and authority), carrying out our priestly functions.

Zechariah 3:5 Then I said, “Please, could he also have a clean turban on his head?” So they gave him one.

The Lord gives us a crown of beauty where there was once ashes (Isaiah 61:3), and we are like a royal diadem in His Hands (Isaiah 62:3).

A crown is for beauty, honor, royalty, and signifies position. Our position is that of spiritual priests unto God, offering spiritual sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 1:6).

We are royal heirs of God.

There are various crowns that believers will receive as rewards.

Crown of Life (James 1:12) – “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Revelation 2:10b “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) – “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:2-4) – “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”

Crown of Splendor (Isaiah 62:3 NIV) – “Thou shalt also be a crown of splendor in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.”

Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19) – “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?”

Crown of Beauty (Isaiah 61:3 NIV) – “To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

  1. We have been given spiritual access to God’s Throne—we can boldly approach the Father through Jesus Christ, and our prayers and worship ascends to Him.

Zechariah 3:7 “The Lord Almighty declares: ‘If you will follow the paths I set for you and do all I tell you to, then I will put you in charge of my Temple, to keep it holy; and I will let you walk in and out of My Presence with these angels.’”

It’s also possible to be granted literal access to Heaven’s Throneroom, where you are there in person through Heavenly visitations (whether caught up in or out of the body) or through visions.

It seems as if Jeshua, the High Priest, was being given access to literally, whether caught up in person or through a vision, go in and out of God’s Throneroom. It seems as if holiness, complete obedience, and worship is the key.

You shall walk in and out of My Throneroom with the angels. You shall have Throneroom encounters, angelic visitations, visions and prophetic dreams.

Zerubbabel – Set Free From Bondage and Captivity (Part 2)

Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away (Isaiah 51:11, xref Isaiah 35:10).

The first siege of Jerusalem occurred under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. His successors after him also attacked Jerusalem, carrying away captives to Babylon, and finally destroying the temple.

Seventy years had passed since the first siege of Jerusalem. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years and then the Jews would return to their homeland.

God moved upon the heart of King Cyrus of Persia to grant favor to Zerubbabel, Prince of Judah, to lead the exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Approximately 50,000 people left Babylon on the first exodus out of captivity under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the high priest.

Zerubbabel’s task was the rebuild the foundations of the temple, restoring the Altar and the daily sacrifices and worship.

Based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered, there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives today.

SPIRITUAL AND PROPHETIC APPLICATION

Kingdoms of This World

Babylon is not only a literal geographical place, but it represents the kingdoms of this world. We live in a Babylonian society, with anti-Christ spirits and agendas that war against righteousness.

Jerusalem represents the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, the world was taken into captivity by Satan. Ever since that time, everyone has been born into captivity (sin). We live in a world filled with ungodliness and evil all around us.

Sin brought captivity—such as disease and sickness, poverty, oppression, etc.

The ultimate captivity, which sin leads to, is eternal captivity in hell.

The great news is that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to become the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the whole world. Animal sacrifices temporarily covered sins, but sacrifices had to be repeated over and over again. Jesus shed His blood in order to redeem us back from the devil and sin. He saved us from everlasting imprisonment and torment in hell, and He is the door to Heaven. He is everlasting life to all who will receive Him.

Even though we live in a Babylonian society, we have been redeemed out of darkness and into light. We live in a different kingdom than that of the world. The principles of God’s kingdom is based on the precepts in His Word. God’s kingdom is at constant war with the kingdom of Babylon.

Babylon Represents Areas of Captivity in the Life of the Believer

I wish that I could say that as soon as a person accepts Christ as their Savior, then everything in their life is perfect from that day forward. However, that is not how it is. For one thing, now we have a ruthless adversary (the devil), and we continually have to be on guard to resist his attacks.

Second, our spirits were saved at the point of salvation, but our bodies and souls are in the process of being sanctified and redeemed. Most attacks against Christians are in the areas of the soul (mind, will, emotions), the physical body and finances.

Opponents came against Zerubbabel and the Jews when they began to make progress in rebuilding the Temple. That’s a picture of how the enemy tries to make attempts to sabotage, hinder and stop our progress in what God has called us to do. However, the positive news is that we have the Greater One (the Holy Ghost) living on the inside of us, and He is greater than he that is of the world. We have been given power and authority over all the wiles of the enemy, and given armor to wear, faith as a shield, and the Word of God has an offensive sword.

Many Christians are in captivity, suffering with physical sickness and disease. God wants you completely well. By His stripes (scourging of 39 lashes), you WERE healed (according to 1 Peter 2:24). Our healing is already paid for in full. We just have to receive it by faith.

Many Christians are in chains of captivity in the area of unhealed memories and damaged emotions. Many suffer from oppression and depression. Many battle with a spirit of rejection and ongoing mourning. Many believers are bound to their past, or to guilt and shame. Jesus came to set us free from all these bondages.

Many believers are in bondage to various addictions and vice, ranging from alcohol to pornography to compulsive gambling. An addiction has control over a person. It drives a person to the point where the person cannot live without it.

A believer could be held in captivity to rage and anger, being abusive, filled with jealousy, envy, hatred, bitterness and strife.

Fear is a debilitating bondage that God wants to set us free from. He wants to fill us with His perfect love. Faith cannot operate properly when fear is present. Fear causes doubt and unbelief, and faith and unbelief are two opposites.

Many Christian men and women are bound in sexual immorality (lust, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography) and have a struggle getting free. Christ does not condemn, but He does convict because He wants people free and He is a holy God and is looking for holiness. The Bible says that no immoral person can enter into Heaven or inherit the Kingdom of God (Galations 5:19-21, Jude 7, Revelation 21:8), unless one repents with God’s help and grace.

Sometimes believers are not in bondage to sin issues necessarily, but their experience of captivity could be in the form of enduring very difficult situations, or remaining in unhappy, troubled relationships in which they feel entrapment.

In some situations (such as marriage when there are no Biblical grounds for divorce except for adultery and abuse), the Biblical thing is to stay and not leave. Other situations (such as unhealthy friendships) may call for the Lord leading you to cut off unhealthy soul ties. In situations where there is no way out, God can free you on the inside and give you grace to endure, filling you with His peace.

Being in the midst of confusion and chaos is a form of captivity. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. Sometimes there is chaos all around us—at home, at work, etc. But God can step in and bring peace and clarity to the situation. God has given us authority to speak to the winds of confusion and chaos, and say “Peace, Be still!”

Jesus Christ wants us free from every bondage in our life. The Blood Atonement of Jesus is not only for our salvation (which is the greatest gift), but the Atonement is also for the here and now on this earth. There is healing in the Blood Atonement (healing for the body, mind and emotions). There is provision in the area of finances, for Jesus’ blood redeemed us from the curse of poverty and lack. Christ’s blood paid for freedom from any kind of addiction, sin or bondage. His Blood breaks all generational curses. The Blood of Jesus contains power to heal, restore and deliver. Satan is afraid of the Name and Blood of Jesus, because of the power in that Name and Blood.

Jesus, our Mighty Deliverer, wants to set us free and lead us out of our exile. He wants to set people free from the tormentors (demons that harass, oppress and afflict). He wants to restore the foundations of our lives. He wants to give us freedom in areas of our lives where we have been bound in chains.

Psalms 146:7-8 says of the Lord, “Who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord looses the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises them that are bowed down. The Lord loves the righteous.”

The anointing of the Spirit of God lifts burdens and removes yokes. Isaiah 10:27 says, “In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because of the Anointing.”

Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

Zerubbabel – Out of Babylon (Part 1)

Zerubbabel – Out of Babylon (Part 1)

This message is about the subject of deliverance from any kind of captivity—whether it be physical sickness, addictions, sin, sorrow and grief, emotional issues, financial problems, depression, demonic oppression, or whatever it is that has been keeping you in captivity. God wants us to be free from bondages and loosed from every infirmity.

The Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) breaks every chain and sets the prisoners free!

He whom the Son sets free, is free indeed! (John 8:36). Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).

The true story of Zerubbabel and the return from exile, shows us God’s faithfulness and sovereignty in our lives.

Zerubbabel was the first leader to lead the Jewish exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem. The date is approximately around 538-536 B.C. Seventy years had passed following the first siege of Jerusalem, where captives were taken to Babylon.

Zerubbabel was governor of Judah, and he is mentioned primarily in Haggai, Ezra and Zechariah. He is also referred to by the name Shezbazzar, and is the son of Shealtiel (or the son of Pedaiah). One school of thought is that Shealtiel died, leaving a widow, and his brother Pedaiah married her (Levirate marriage) to raise up a seed for Shealtiel. Zerubbabel is in the royal lineage of Jesus Christ.

Zerubbabel was born in captivity. He was born after the kingdom of Judah was taken into exile. Zerubbabel’s name means: “seed of Babylon” or “born in Babylon”. He was appointed as prince of Judah. Zerubbabel was probably in the king’s service, as he was given the name Shezbazzar, and granted favor by King Cyrus to lead the first group of exiles back to Jerusalem and begin to restore the temple.

God had moved upon the heart of Cyrus, king of Persia, to allow the Jews to return to their homeland. He gave them back the gold and silver articles that had been stolen from the temple, and furnished them with everything they needed to begin rebuilding the temple. This was prophesied by Isaiah. Isaiah was so precise in this prophecy that even Cyrus’ name was mentioned centuries before he was even born. Isaiah 44:28 says, Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.’”

Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years, and then the Jews would return to Jerusalem (Jeremiah 25:11-12 and Jeremiah 29:10-14).

Zerubbabel led out approximately 50,000 people (mostly of who were Levites, musicians, and singers). Jeshua, the high priest, assisted Zerubbabel in the mission of leading the exiles back to Jerusalem and rebuilding the temple. The first thing they set out to do was to rebuild the Altar to the Lord and restore the daily sacrifices. The feasts were re-instituted as well. Worship was restored.

Work on rebuilding the foundation of the temple began. They got only so far, and then were faced with opposition from enemies. Their enemies hired counselors against them, and even sent false accusatory letters to King Ahasuerus and King Artaxerxes, saying that the Jews had formed a rebellion and needed to be stopped. The king ordered that all work on the temple be halted.

Approximately 16-17 years elapsed with the work on the foundation of the temple unfinished and being delayed. In the meantime, the people were busy building costly homes for themselves. It wasn’t that God didn’t want His people having nice homes, it’s just that their priorities were out of order.

The people had gone through so much fierce opposition and intimidation from the enemy, and through such long years of delays and unfulfilled promises, that they had fallen into a spiritual slumber. They were convinced in their minds that the promise of them restoring the temple was “miles or years out there in the distant future”. So therefore, they focused their task on building their own homes.

In Haggai, the prophet Haggai confronted Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest, saying in Haggai 1:1-8: “This people says, ‘The time has not yet come, the time that the Lord’s House should be rebuilt.’ But is it time for you to dwell in your paneled houses while My House lies in ruins? Now therefore, thus says the LORD of Hosts: Consider your ways!

You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough. You drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Thus says the LORD of Hosts: Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified, says the LORD.”

Because the people’s priorities were out of proper order, and their focus had been on building their own homes while God’s House was in ruins, the Lord had allowed a drought to come on the land—a famine of food, wine, oil and fruit.

Zerubbabel and Jeshua’s spirits were refreshed and re-activated to action after hearing the prophetic word of the Lord. They immediately obeyed God’s Voice, and resumed rebuilding the temple.

Again, enemy opposition came. This time Zerubbabel and Jeshua did not shrink back. When their opponents questioned their authority to rebuild the temple, Zerubbabel told them that they had been given authority by King Cyrus, and would not stop rebuilding until the work was finished.

Their opponents wrote a letter to King Darius of Babylon to request that a search be made in the archives for the original scroll written and signed by King Cyrus, granting authority for Zerubbabel and the Jews to rebuild the temple. The scroll was found. Darius issued a decree that no one was to hinder the work of the temple. And if anyone did interfere, they should die. Furthermore, King Darius ordered that the Jews be furnished with whatever supplies they needed.

The temple foundation was finished in the 6th year of King Darius, and was rededicated unto the Lord. The rededication was accompanied by great celebration, and concluded with the Passover Feast.

About 80 years later, Ezra led the second group of exiles to Jerusalem, with Nehemiah leading out the third group shortly after that. Ezra and Nehemiah’s task focused on rebuilding the walls and gates, finishing the rebuilding of the temple, and re-establishing Moses’ law to the people.

Within the literal events that happened during this period of approximately 20 years (from the first exodus out of Babylon led by Zerubbabel to the finishing of the temple foundation), there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives.

Babylon is still a literal place. Babylon, in the figurative and spiritual sense, is a prophetic picture of places of confusion in our lives. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. And also figurative of areas of our lives where we have been held in captivity.

Babylon also speaks of idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery, immorality, perversion, and anti-Christ spirits and agendas seeking to slowly infiltrate our society and lives—slowly desensitizing us to the sin and corruption around us.

Spiritual Zerubbabel’s are those who have lived in captivity and confusion, but God has delivered them out, and anointed them to lead others out to freedom too.

The temple represents our life (we are the temple of the Holy Ghost according to 1 Corinthians 6:19). The temple also speaks of the House of the Lord (the church and kingdom of God).

The opponents represents the enemy of our souls—Satan and his demons—who are continually seeking to hinder, intimidate, destroy and stop God’s plans from coming to fruition. The enemy also uses people to oppose us.

Jerusalem signifies the work and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jerusalem is:

  • the place of God’s presence, glory and anointing
  • the place of worship and beauty
  • the place of holiness unto the Lord
  • the place of repentance from sin (offering up blood sacrifices)
  • the place of renewed fellowship and renewed passion for the Lord
  • the place of hearing God’s voice
  • the place of the Lord’s favor and commanded blessing
  • the place of peace and rest
  • the place of unity
  • the place of provision and prosperity
  • the place of joy unspeakable and full of glory
  • the place of freedom from captivity
  • the place of healing and restoration.

Jerusalem always speaks of God’s Throne headquarters and of worshipping the Lord. It’s the place of the Shekinah glory.

In Part 2 of this message, I will discuss the spiritual and prophetic application to our lives based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered in leaving Babylon and rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.

Also, the prophetic words spoken by Haggai and Zechariah, addressed to Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest, applies to our lives today. “He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says” through those prophecies.

May you be blessed and encouraged today.

Psalm 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, “The Lord hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.” Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. KJV

Part 20: Jairus’ Only Daughter – Resurrection Power

Mark 5:22-43

We’ve been talking about Jairus.  His 12 year old daughter was at the point of death and he came to Jesus, pleading with Him to come to his house.

Jairus had faith (and confessed with his mouth) that:

  1. Jesus would agree to go to his house
  2. Jesus would lay hands on his daughter
  3. His daughter would be healed
  4. His daughter would live

And that is exactly what happened.

However, Jairus encountered several things in the process of getting his miracle.

In this series, we are now at the highest point of the account where Jesus is about to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead.

To get to this point, Jairus went through:

  1. Risking being removed from his position as ruler of the synagogue because most of the Jewish leaders opposed Jesus.
  1. His reputation was on the line for approaching Jesus because:  1) of opposition from the Jews  and 2) social status – Jairus’ associates were of the elite class who looked down on Jesus and His disciples.
  1. Delays
  1. Frustration
  1. A dead situation
  1. Fear that gripped his heart
  1. Continuing to believe for his miracle in spite of a seemingly impossible situation
  1. Holding on to his hope by a thread
  1. Pressing forward in faith when all the odds were stacked against him.
  1. Leaving behind the doubters as he was transitioning closer to his miracle.
  1. Chaos, confusion, and tumult breaking out at his house.
  1. Emotional distress
  1. Distractions
  1. The gossipers looking for a story to tell.
  1. His situation deemed as hopeless by others.
  1. The mockers jeering his faith.  Unbelief laughs at God’s Word, but faith lays hold of it and experiences the power of God.
  1. The disrespect showed to him and his wife, and to Jesus.
  1. His “so-called” friends were kicked out of his house.

Jairus’ faith was tested to the max, and he came out like gold tried in the fire.

This is a prophetic picture to us today, that in the process of receiving our miracle, we may go through some challenging circumstances like Jairus did.

But be encouraged by the promise in Isaiah 43:2 which says that “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

Jesus only allowed the girl’s mother and father, and His inner circle—Peter, James and John—to remain in the house and enter into the room where the girl lay dead.  Everyone else had been dismissed from the house.

There was 100% faith in that room, and not one ounce of doubt and unbelief, or pessimism.  When everyone is in perfect agreement, ANYTHING can happen.

Jesus said that if just two on earth agree as touching anything, that it shall be done for them of our Father in Heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in His Name (in unity), He is there in the midst of them.  Matthew 18:19-20.

When you are very close to receiving your miracle, you have to be around likeminded individuals full of faith, and in total agreement.  You have to shut the door on the scoffers.  You have to have zero tolerance for any doubt and unbelief, negative talk or those who mock your faith.

At the beginning of this series, I talked a little bit about the prayer shawl.  Jairus’ daughter was lying in her sick (and death) bed wrapped in the Tallit (prayer shawl).

This showed faith on Jairus and his wife’s part.  They believed, in advance, their daughter would be healed and live.  They were putting a demand on the healing power of God.

The tassles on the prayer shawl represent the commandments and laws of God.  Thus, this signified that Jairus’ little girl was wrapped in the Word of God.  She was wrapped in faith.  She was wrapped in the Covenant, and every healing promise legally belonged to her.

Within the Covenant (both the Old Testament and New Covenant), there are numerous healing promises. We can put a demand on what legally belongs to us.

Through Christ’s Blood and by coming to the Cross of salvation, we have legal rights to receive all the promises in the New Testament.

If we are in Christ, then we are Abraham’s seed and heirs of the promise.  That means, that we also have legal rights to receive the promises for healing, blessing and prosperity in the Old Covenant.

Healing is the children’s bread (Matthew 15:22-28).  The children refer to anyone who is born again.  Those who are filled with God’s Spirit and led by the Holy Spirit are sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:14).  However, healing is also for anyone who will receive it—whether saved or not.

For a list of healing promises, please go to:

Healing Scriptures – Old Testament

Healing Scriptures – New Testament

If you are not saved and would like to be, or would like to re-dedicate your life to Christ, please pray this prayer with me right now:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I receive You as my personal Savior and Lord.  I invite You to come into my heart.  I believe that You rose from the dead, according to Romans 10:10.  Wash away all of my sins by Your Blood.  Write my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Fill me with the presence of Your Holy Spirit.  Give me the power and strength to live a victorious life for You, and to become the person You created me to be.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

If you prayed this prayer, where is Jesus right now?  Is His presence in your heart?  If so, then you are born again.

The girl being wrapped in the prayer shawl also signified that she was wrapped in prayer and intercession.

The little girl was healed by the faith of others, whereas the woman with the issue of blood (who took hold of the hem of Jesus’ prayer shawl or robe) was healed by her own faith.

The woman with the issue of blood put a demand on Jesus’ healing power, and on the healing promise in Malachi 4:2, and she received her miracle.

The healing promise in Malachi 4:2 states that the Sun of Righteousness (a name for the Messiah) would arise with healing in His wings (“wings”, in the Hebrew, defined as the corner, border, edge, hem of the prayer shawl or robe).

When Jesus laid His hands on Jairus’ girl’s hand, and gave the resurrection command, He was saying [figuratively]:  “Damsel wrapped in the Word, rise up!”

For more details and information about the prayer shawl, there is a book entitled Talit Ha Cumi – The Secrets of the Prayer Shawl by John Francis

http://www.amazon.com/Talitha-Cumi-John-Francis/dp/1599792656

Mark 5:41-43 in the Amplified Version says:

41 Gripping her [firmly] by the hand, He said to her, Talitha cumi—which translated is, Little girl, I say to you, arise [from the sleep of death]!

42 And instantly the girl got up and started walking around—for she was twelve years old. And they were utterly astonished and overcome with amazement.

43 And He strictly commanded and warned them that no one should know this, and He [expressly] told them to give her [something] to eat.

Notice that this passage says that:

Jesus took the girl by the hand (He touched her, just as Jairus said He would.  From the very beginning, Jairus’ confession of faith was that when Jesus came to his house and laid His hands on his daughter, that she would be healed and live.  And he got exactly what he said and believed for.)

Jesus gave the resurrection command, telling her to “Rise up!”

And she rose up.

She was instantly healed, because Verse 42 says that she began to walk around and Verse 43 says that Jesus told them to give her something to eat.  That is an amazing miracle.  Even when people recover from an illness or from surgery, usually they can’t just instantly get up and begin walking around and immediately begin eating solid food.

When the girl was healed, she was totally healed 100%, and her healing was instant.

Those in the room were utterly astonished and overcome with amazement.

Just as Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead, the Lord has the power to bring resurrection life to your body, to a promise from God, to your situation, to your finances, to a relationship, or whatever it is where you need a miracle.

Romans 8:11 (Amplified) says, “And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.”

God is not only able to restore your physical body, but able to bring resurrection life to dead dreams.  He’s able to do it.

Some people may have given up hope on you, and written you off.  They think that you will always be down and never rise again.  They are already writing out your obituary and preparing the casseroles (in the USA the custom is to bring food over when there is a death in the family, and especially casseroles).

The mockers and haters may be laughing at your faith.

But it’s not what others say or think that matters, but what YOU say and believe that matters the most.  You have to learn to be the prophet over your own life, decreeing and declaring what you are expecting God to do in your life.

Your situation is not hopeless.  You shall rise again.  You shall rise up from your sickness, from that depression, from mourning, from that loss, from financial setbacks, from past mistakes, from whatever it is that has got you down.

Because Christ got up, and His resurrection power is dwelling in you, you can rise up too.

You shall live and not die, and declare the Word of the Lord and the works of the Lord.

In the account in Mark 5:22-43, two daughters were made whole:

  1. Jairus’ 12 year old daughter
  2. The woman who had an hemorrhaging of blood for 12 years

Both daughters got their lives back.  Their situations were different, but both of them received their miracle.  God is faithful.

Part 19: Jairus’ Only Daughter – Jeering, She’s Not Dead But Is Sleeping

Mark 5:39-40

In the last post we talked about emotional distress and distractions. When you are very close to receiving your breakthrough, you might be surrounded with those who cause emotional turmoil, as well as the gossipers.  Confusion and chaos may be all around you.  But continue to hold on to your hope.

Some people may have given up hope on you, and think that you will never rise again.  But it’s not what others say or think that matters, but what you say and believe that matters the most.

Your situation is not hopeless.  You shall rise again.  You shall rise up from your sickness, from that depression, from mourning, from that loss, from financial setbacks, from past mistakes.

In Mark 5:39-40, it says in the Amplified Version:

39 And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.

40 And they laughed and jeered at Him. But He put them all out, and, taking the child’s father and mother and those who were with Him, He went in where the little girl was lying.

The Message Bible says it like this:

39 Jesus was abrupt: “Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.”

40 Provoked to sarcasm, they told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. But when he had sent them all out, he took the child’s father and mother, along with his companions, and entered the child’s room.

The Thesaurus gives related words that have a similar meaning as to the word “jeer”:

Heckled

Mocked

Taunted

Laughed At

Scorned

Ridiculed

Hissed

Sarcastic

Disrespectful

Irreverent

Cynical

Derogatory Remarks

Expressed Disapproval

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says the following about this passage:

“When the party arrived at Jairus’ home, the flute players and the noisy crowd of mourners had already assembled to weep for the family.  They believed the child was dead, for when Jesus said the girl was merely asleep they laughed.

Jesus was not denying she was actually dead.  He was simply comparing her dead condition to sleep.  Like sleep, her death was temporary and she would rise from it.”

There are many who suffer with an illness of any kind, including depression and anxiety, but it’s temporary and not a lifetime sentence.  You shall rise up from your bed of affliction and be healed and whole.  You shall live, and not die, and declare the Word of the Lord.

Some who have gone through a divorce shall rise again.  Some who have gone through the loss of a loved one, or a financial loss—you shall rise again.

Remember … Jesus said in Mark 5:39, “She’s not dead, but is sleeping.” You shall rise again. Jesus has the power to bring resurrection life to your body, to your situation, to some relationships in your life where you are holding on by a thread.

Jesus arrived at the house to do something that would be a wonderful miracle.  The best gift in the world would be for a parent to receive their beloved daughter raised to life.  The father (Jairus) and the mother believed Jesus would raise their daughter from the dead.  Yet their so-called friends did not believe.  Instead, they mocked and laughed at Jesus when He compared the little girl’s death to temporary sleep.

Part of the problem is that they misunderstood what He meant.  Another part of the problem is that they never believed there was any hope in the situation to begin with.  They were supposed to be the friends of Jairus and his wife.  But in that instance, they demonstrated that they were not really their friends at all.  If these friends truly had Jairus and his wife’s best interest at heart, they would have stood in faith with them for the raising of their precious daughter.

When Jesus told the crowd to calm down from all the commotion, because the girl was not dead but just sleeping, the wise thing (even if they didn’t understand Jesus) would have been to remain quiet and just ponder what He said … and then observe what Jesus was going to do.  Instead, the Bible says they began to jeer Jesus and say sarcastic remarks.  Their professional weeping turned into ridicule.

They showed the Lord no reverence or respect.  And their jeering also gave a message to Jairus and his wife that said “we don’t respect you either”.  The crowd was totally insensitive to the feelings of the little girl’s parents.

The Bible Exposition Commentary says in regards to Mark 5:40:

“Unbelief laughs at God’s Word, but faith lays hold of it and experiences the power of God.  Jesus did not make a spectacle of this miracle. He was sensitive to the feelings of the parents and grieved by the scornful attitude of the mourners.”

Jesus kicked all of them out of the house.  They would have no part in being an eyewitness in seeing this miracle take place.  Jesus was only going to allow those people who had faith to remain in the house.

After the girl was raised to life and brought outside, then the crowd of mourners who jeered Jesus would see for themselves the power of God at work.  Perhaps some of them would be transformed by that experience and put their trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we are almost at the point of breakthrough, there may be those who begin to jeer us, mock us and say derogatory remarks.  When you are that close to receiving your miracle, you have to have zero tolerance for negativity and doubt.

When people laugh and mock at your belief in receiving the promises of God, your miracle or your healing, you have to shut the door on them.  You cannot tolerate it.  You can’t let others throw cold water on your faith.

When people mock you for your belief, it isn’t just you they are scorning.  Whether done knowingly or not realizing it, they are showing disrespect for the Lord too.  After all, He is the One who is doing the miracle.  The only part you have to play is to just have faith and believe, as well as to position yourself to receive.  It’s God who brings about the healing, the breakthrough, and brings the promise to pass.

Part 18: Jairus’ Only Daughter – Emotional Distress and Distractions

Mark 5:35-40

In the last post we talked about transition.  When you are transitioning into your promised land, and very close to receiving your miracle, you have to separate yourself from the multitude, from the naysayers, from those who are not in faith and agreement for what you are believing God for.

You can only take with you on your journey into your promised land those who are in agreement with you for your healing, promise or miracle, and those who have faith to see your miracle come to pass.

When you are that close to receiving your breakthrough, you have to have zero tolerance for any negative talk, or doubt and unbelief concerning receiving your answer to prayer.

Jesus told His disciples, and everyone else, to stay put where they were until He returned.  He only allowed Peter, James and John to accompany Him and Jairus to the house to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead.

Mark 5:38-39 (Message Bible)

38 They entered the leader’s house and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and neighbors bringing in casseroles.

39 Jesus was abrupt: “Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.”

The Amplified Version words Verses 38-39 like this:

38 When they arrived at the house of the ruler of the synagogue, He looked [carefully and with understanding] at [the] tumult and the people weeping and wailing loudly.

39 And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.

The Living Bible words it like this:

38 When they arrived, Jesus saw that all was in great confusion, with unrestrained weeping and wailing.

39 He went inside and spoke to the people. “Why all this weeping and commotion?” he asked. “The child isn’t dead; she is only asleep!”

In Mark 5:38, they arrived at the house.  It was a scene of tumult, confusion, commotion, weeping, professional mourners who wailed loudly, plus the gossips (neighbors and friends of the family who were looking for a story to tell).

When you are very close to receiving your promises, there will be those people you encounter who cause much emotional distress and chaos.  You might be going through a situation where you are being verbally and emotionally abused.  If so, the Lord sees your pain and hears your cries.  He will show you what to do.

You may be dealing with selfish manipulative people (who are abusive one moment, and the next minute are weeping as if you hurt them).

Then there are the gossipers you have to deal with who like to discuss everybody else’s business and stir up rumors, and cause confusion.

The devil uses these negative things as distractions to keep us from fulfilling our destiny in God and coming into our full inheritance in Christ.  The enemy wants us to become discouraged, depressed and to give up.

You have to “push through” that crowd and not let them tear down your faith.  You may be experiencing opposition or might feel like you are swimming upstream against the current.  But in the process, you are becoming stronger.

You cannot listen to their unbelief and sarcasm (which can produce fear in you).

Fear tolerated is faith contaminated.

The Message Bible says in Verse 38 that when they (Jesus, Jairus, Peter, James and John) arrived at the house, that the neighbors were already bringing in the casseroles.  As far as everyone else was concerned, the situation was hopeless.  The girl was dead.  Nobody (except for the girl’s parents, Jesus, Peter, James and John) believed that she would rise again.

In the figurative sense, does it seem like in your life that a lot of people have given up on you, feel that your situation is hopeless, do not believe that you will receive your miracle, if you are down they don’t believe you will ever rise again … and it’s as if they are already bringing over the casseroles?

(In the USA the custom is for people to bring over food—especially casseroles—when there is a death in the family.)

Are these same people who have given up on you ones who cause much emotional distress and try to distract you from receiving the promises of God?

Do you feel surrounded by the naysayers and the gossips (even at church)?  Is there confusion and tumult all around you?

In Mark 5:39 the Message Bible says, Jesus was abrupt: “Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.”

In the Amplified Version, it says in Verse 39:  And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.

Does it feel like others are causing an uproar in your life?

Even in the midst of turmoil, just remember that you are very close to receiving your miracle.  The heat seems to get turned up seven times hotter right before your breakthrough comes.

You may be surrounded by chaos and confusion.  Don’t let others get you stressed out.  Don’t let others steal your hope.

You may be tempted to let go of your hope and faith.  Hold on to your hope.  Hope and faith are two different things, but you have to have hope in order for your faith to be alive and active.

Hope is always focused on the future … “someday this will happen in my life.”  Faith is “right now” … “I believe I have my promise right now.”

Faith believes you already have your miracle even before it’s in your hands.  Faith is like placing the order and completing the transaction, and you know that what you ordered “is yours!”  It may take some time for it to arrive, but it’s already yours as far as you are concerned.

Others may have already given up on you, deeming your situation as hopeless.  Other people may think that you will always be down and never rise again.  They think you will never arise from your sickness, depression, financial setbacks, past grief or whatever has gotten you down.  But that’s what “they” say.

What really matters the most is what “YOU” say.  Are you going to be in agreement with those who are negative and full of unbelief, especially as it concerns your life?  Or are you going to believe what God says?

You have to take charge of your own soul.  You have to learn to be the prophet over your own life, speaking those things into existence that which you want to see happen.  It’s not what others say or think, but what YOU say and believe that matters the most.