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Secret of the Glory

“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him, He turned around to the crowd and asked; “Who touched my clothes?”. “You see the people crowding around you – and yet You can ask ‘Who touched Me?’” His disciples asked. But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman came and fell at His feet trembling with fear and told Him the whole truth. He said to her; “Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”. (Mk 5:30-34)

This is an amazing story, because Jesus did not walk through the crowd looking for His next victim. There was no deep revelation in His mind that somewhere in the crowd was a woman with an issue of blood. Not at all! Yet that is often how people think of healing. “If only He would get a word for me?” We have seen so much showmanship and we have little understanding of the Glory of God.

Jesus healed all who came to Him, because He carried an anointing that released the perfect will of God (Lk 4:18-21).

Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father do. Notice: She had heard about Him! She heard that Jesus was healing everyone and that power was going out of Him at the very touch of His garment. Her thought… “If I can just touch the hem of His garment.” What was the secret she understood? It was the secret of the Glory of God. She knew in her heart that God was good and that doctors had failed to cure her.

  • He didn’t pray for this woman.
  • He didn’t give her a healing!
  • He didn’t lay His hands on her.
  • She touched His garment and her faith placed a demand on His anointing… the Glory of God!

You see, the real secret we must uncover in our day is the secret of the Glory of God! The Apostle Paul said, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). There are riches in the Glory that are yet untapped, because we have not pressed in to touch, or put a demand upon the anointing that rested on Jesus.

Worship:

When you and I enter His Presence, awaken our senses to the voice of the Holy Spirit and wade into His atmosphere in worship; we are touching spiritual substance. Let me repeat that… “we are touching spiritual substance!” Its unseen with human eyes, but through faith we can navigate through the realms of Glory and fellowship with God. That is the time to put a demand upon the resources made available by the heavenly Promises of God.

Our Inheritance:

Touch the hem of His garment… go ahead and pull upon the rich inheritance He has purchased for you. Don’t wait to get to heaven or hope for a preacher to get a word for you. Your inheritance is for you… even now (Eph 1:13-14) and you can access it by faith today. Tell Jesus the whole story, but then look for His goodness to show up in your need.

He is still asking “Who touched Me?”

Be Different

This short teaching was sent to me by one of our pastors in Nairobi, Kenya and I wanted to pass it along. Perhaps it will encourage you today as you ponder your position before others. God has made each of us unique in our ministries… based upon more than just skills. You are anointed for greatness as a Kingdom Agent in the Earth – so allow yourself to experience the peace of God as the “blessing” God has called you to be.

  • Joseph was a wonderful model of realizing destiny in a world of identity confusion! Although he had experienced some wounds from rejection and false accusation, he was able to find God’s destiny through his unique journey. Joseph said, “God sent me before you (speaking to his brothers) to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharoah and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Gen. 45:7-8)
  • Daniel was a powerful example of character when everyone else looks to conform to the world. The Bible says, “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Dan. 1:8)

Thank you, Apostle Patrick Makokha. I am proud to be your friend in ministry!

Remind Yourself: There is a Special Person Inside You!

A. Joseph & Daniel were different: If you read their stories, it is easy to see that they stood out from others in the crowd because of their commitment to God. Their character and in their communication were keys in opening the doors of destiny for the future. Although they were often misunderstood, or even hated at times; they discovered God’s heart!

B. Being different is socially unacceptable: The secret to popularity is conformity. The world tells us that to get along, you must go along. This is the siren cry of the world. Everyone wants to fit in, everyone wants to be accepted.

C. Being different is OK: While the world calls us to conform, the Bible gives us a far different message. The Bible warns us against conformity! “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:1-2). This passage literally means, “Do not let the world press you into its mold.”

D. Be different, because you are different: The main reason why you should be different is because you are special and uniquely formed in your mother’s womb. God made you an individual, with your own DNA; and you do not have to conform to the crowd. There are those who aim to please whatever crowd they get around. They worship with the saints and they grovel with the sinners. This ought not be so! Think of Daniel, at the age of 17, he took a stand that was the equivalent to social suicide. He chose to be different. As a result, God was able to bless his life and get great glory from Daniel.

E. Recognize your anointing in Christ: Its the anointing that will break you free from ruts, niches and molds. These are the traps the devil lays to contain your unique anointing (Isa. 10:27). The only person you have to please is the Lord! If you are living your life in a manner that brings pleasure to our Heavenly Father, you will become great in the Kingdom of God. Remind yourself of this truth often and stay loyal to who God has designed you to be. God has His eye upon the loyal heart and His goal is to show up strong on their behalf.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chron. 16:9)

Who Touched Me?

“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him, He turned around to the crowd and asked; “Who touched my clothes?”. “You see the people crowding around you – and yet You can ask ‘Who touched Me?’” His disciples asked. But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman came and fell at His feet trembling with fear and told Him the whole truth. He said to her; “Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”. (Mk 5:30-34)

This is an amazing story, because Jesus did not walk through the crowd looking for His next victim. There was no deep revelation in His mind that somewhere in the crowd was a woman with an issue of blood. Not at all! Yet that is often how people think of healing. “If only He would get a word for me?” We have seen so much showmanship and we have little understanding of the Glory of God. 

Jesus healed all who came to Him, because He carried an anointing that released the perfect will of God (Lk 4:18-21).

Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father do. Notice: She had heard about Him! She heard that Jesus was healing everyone and that power was going out of Him at the very touch of His garment. Her thought… “If I can just touch the hem of His garment.” What was the secret she understood? It was the secret of the Glory of God. She knew in her heart that God was good and that doctors had failed to cure her. 

  • He didn’t pray for this woman.
  • He didn’t give her a healing!
  • He didn’t lay His hands on her. 
  • She sneaked up behind Him and touched Him and her faith made a demand on the anointing.

You see, the real secret we must uncover in our day is the secret of the Glory of God! The Apostle Paul said, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). There are riches in the Glory that are yet untapped, because we have not pressed in to touch, or put a demand upon the anointing that rested on Jesus.

Worship:

When you and I enter His Presence, awaken our senses to the voice of the Holy Spirit and wade into His atmosphere in worship; we are touching spiritual substance. Its unseen with human eyes, but through faith we can navigate through the realms of Glory and fellowship with God. That is the time to put a demand upon the anointing.

Our Inheritance: 

Touch the hem of His garment… go ahead and pull upon the rich inheritance He has purchased for you. Don’t wait to get to heaven or hope for a preacher to get a word for you. Your inheritance is for now (Eph 1:13-14) and you can access it by faith today. Tell Jesus the whole story, but then look for His goodness to show up in your need.

He is still asking “Who touched Me?”

House Invasion

Blessing and Favor

Blessing & Enlargement

“Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house He was staying in, but He couldn’t keep it a secret.” (Mk 7:24)

If Jesus has come into your house you won’t be able to keep it a secret. It will get out. You won’t be able to conceal it, at least not for long. That’s because He will never come into a house and leave things the same.

Houses are His Specialty: 

Jesus was constantly going into houses, to eat, to talk, to connect and to rest. Yet those houses were never the same after His invasion of grace and glory. The lies were uncovered. The sin was forgiven. The battles were settled and the priorities were called back into order. Why? Because He is the ultimate life-changer, the Author of the Good Life… and its in the house where life happens.

Working Inside Out: 

He transforms stuff by Spirit invasion. Ideas like visitation, habitation, fullness or outpouring seem to communicate the difficulty in keeping our Christian faith secret. The neighbors seem to sense something is happening next door. I almost chuckle when I hear people tell me that their faith is “personal”, because its almost like having a new puppy in the house… it gets into everything.

But the good news about Jesus is that He is able to do what He does without making a mess. In fact, the house gets restored from the inside out… strong and beautiful. Some destiny may have to be re-negotiated and some dreams, re-evaluated from a heavenly perspective, but something glorious emerges. Once inside the house, His blessing and healing touch are released into every crevice of who we are and soon become visible on the outside. His Presence is the kind of change that cannot be hidden for long.

People will Notice:

Take some time today to ask Christ to invade your house, every nook and cranny of your being. Make sure He knows that your heart is His home and your family is His possession. His love can do what nothing else has ever been able to do in your house! Is there some area of your life; a personal disappointment, family relationship or life transition where you have felt overwhelmed or confused? Give Him an all access pass to your house and an invasion will begin.

Jesus is interested in your house, today! 

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” (Lk 19:2-5)

A Faithful Witness

“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered.” (Acts 7:51-52)

Mountains Worth Dying On:

Some mountains are worth dying on, because they represent a standard that is bigger than ourselves. Although Stephen’s speech is powerful and bold, it speaks to the heart of what really matters. He reviews the history of Israel for these hostile Jewish leaders. He shows them that they are just like their fathers, who had opposed God’s prophets and rejected God’s word. His passion is not to be misunderstood as the ravings of a mad man, but the desperate cry to a drowning nation… “Stop acting like your fathers!”

Speak to the Heart! 

I understand, this is not the way to get people to like you, confronting them with their sin. But Stephen spoke what needed to be said. He needed to bear witness against these stiff-necked people who were rejecting the Holy Spirit again and again. A faithful witness is not always pleasant, but it must always speak to the heart of our human condition. What was the message?

Stop Resisting the Holy Spirit! 

So, that is what Stephen said and that is why Stephen died. The outraged enemies of God pick up stones and put God’s witness to death. Stephen becomes the first Christian to die for the faith, because nobody wants to hear that they are resisting the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual Circumcision:

Go ahead and try to tell the “seeker-sensitive” crowd that they need to allow the Holy Spirit to move more in the Sunday services. The only thing that will change their attitude is when they get “circumcised in their hearts and ears”. Today is no different than the days of Stephen’s bold statement. Spiritual circumcision is a cutting away of unnecessary flesh that gets in the way of true worship. We as believers must desire that the Holy Spirit “cut away” any of our flesh that would hinder what God desires to reproduce in and through us.

“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” (Phil 3:3)

Three keys are evident in this verse that help us identify the spiritually circumcised believer:

  1. Worship God in the Spirit (Eph 5:18-19)
  2. Rejoice in Christ Jesus (1 Cor 14:15)
  3. Have no confidence in the flesh (1 Cor 14:1-2)

Today, if you will hear God’s voice and call out to Him, He will come and transform your heart. (Jn 4:24)(2 Cor 5:17)

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