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‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 334‘Get Out + Get Up’ By Pastor JoelIn Mark 6 v 5, Jesus in His own town “…could not do any miracles there” Why? Because of a lack of light, honour and faith! The atmosphere within which God is able to function was lacking, there was no atmosphere of faith and honour.Jesus the Son of God who can do anything, couldn’t do anything, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them! If you think God will do a work in your life solely because He is Almighty, you are wrong. God will work in your life because you make room for Him and foster an atmosphere of faith.In Mark 5 v 38, Jesus came to a home where a girl had died. The room was heavy with grief, filled with disheartened family members, wailing loudly. Notice the first thing Jesus did, He arrested the spirit of faith and told them “Don't be afraid; only believe” (Mark 5 v 36). He also questioned their actions “why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping” Mark 5 v 38.The people ridiculed Him, so He put them ALL outside! Jesus was very selective who He allowed in the room with Him. He allowed the father and mother of the child and only three of His twelve disciples; Peter, James and John (Mark 5 v 37 - 40). What was Jesus doing? He was turning the lights on which dispelled all the darkness (fear, sorrow, anxiety, commotion). Jesus was setting up His work station, He was ensuring the correct environment was set up in order to raise up the girl from the dead. Jesus ensured there was an atmosphere of faith, positivity, an atmosphere of victory conducive for miracles. And in the correct atmosphere He spoke to the girl and resurrection power prevailed! Mark 5 v 41: "He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” verse 42: “Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement”.In the New Living Translation it says,”Jesus holding her hand said “Little girl, get up”. Before she got up, there were some people that had to get out!Perhaps you have been telling some things to get up, but perhaps in this season of life you need to check your environment and start telling somethings to get out. The same people that saw you in your lame season will see you in your leaping season. The same ones that saw you depressed will see you full of joy! The same ones that saw your struggling to find your lane will see you fulfilled, fulfilling your calling. #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 333‘God Works In The Light’ By Pastor JoelJohn 8 v 12: “Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life”. There is no darkness in Him, God and darkness have nothing in common, there are no shadows in heaven! John 1 v 4: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men”. God is light, God lives in the light and God works in the light. When God made light in the very first day (Genesis 1 v 3), He is teaching us His priorities, He is showing us something about how He works. Anytime God wants to do something in your life He starts with preparing a ‘work station’ within which He operates. His work station is light. God doesn’t work in the dark. Any time you need God to get involved in your life, relationships, in your health, in your finances, career, etc, understand this about God: He is Light, He lives in the Light and He works in the Light. My plasterers couldn’t start work on our house, not because of their availability, but because of the temperature of the space. Before they could start, the correct heat level had to be created before commencement. They had to create a certain atmosphere conducive for plastering. It is the same with God.In Mark 8, Jesus came to a place call ‘Bethsaida’ which mean ‘unrepentant town’. The Bible says, they brought a blind man to Him, who begged Him to touch him. Interestingly Jesus felt the need to take him out of the unrepentant town, before healing him. Mark 8 v 23: “So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything”. Verse 24: “And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” verse 25: “Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly”.What was Jesus doing? He was taking him out of the wrong atmosphere. Jesus didn't try and change the atmosphere in the town, the people had already made a decision to be unresponsive to Him.Matthew 21 v 12: “Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves” Verse 13: “And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”.Jesus didn't like the culture and atmosphere in His Father’s house, so He overturned it and flipped it out. Now, notice what happened when the wrong atmosphere was removed:Matthew 21 v 14: “Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them”. There were healings and miracles, because atmosphere is vital to steward.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 332‘Freed From Top To Toe’ By Pastor JoelJohn 11 v 44: “And he who had died (Lazarus) came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth, Jesus said to them: ‘Loose him and let him go”. Lazarus was bound in his hands, feet and face when he died. It is easy to bind a dead person because there is no resistance. Dead people don’t create resistance, it is only the living that create resistance.If you are alive in Christ, you ought to resist any attempt of the devil to effect your mobility and speaking. Lazarus was raised from death to life, but he was bound and needed to be loosed from his grave clothes, a bit like some believers today. They have been born again, they have been raised from the dead, but they are bound hand, feet and mouth.Lazarus was first bound in his hands. What does hands speak of? Paul said: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” 1 Timothy 2 v 8. We lift up our hands in worship, we lift up our hands in prayer.Why do people find it hard to lift up their hands in worship, but have no problem lifting their middle finger to someone on the motorway? People have no problem lifting their hands at a football match or in a concert, but not in church.People have no problem reaching their hand into their wallet to purchase a film, but when it comes time to reach into their wallet to give into the local church or missions, their hand becomes like the withered man’s hand in the Bible, it doesn’t move, it is bound. The second place Lazarus was bound was his feet! The enemy will put pressure on you not to walk after the things of God, not to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5 v 7). The enemy isn’t as concerned about ‘leaps of faith’, as he is your daily walk of faith. We are not to live off the highs in life, we are not to live off a one off experience, but instead we are to be fuelled by our daily personal time with God. Conferences are great, but the devil wants you to live from one conference to the next. As long as you depend on an experience or somebody else’s walk with God, your own walk will be limited.The third place Lazarus was bound was his face. The devil not only will attempt to bind your walk, but also your talk. Before you use the blade of God’s Word to fight against this and that, let the blade of God’s double-edged sword go deep in you, until His Word spoken to you is flowing out of you. Let the Word of God do a work in you before it works through you. James 1 v 21 (NLT): “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls”.You are free from top of your head to the tips of your toes! Your hands are blessed, “…your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands” Deuteronomy 30 v 9. Your feet are blessed, "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you” Joshua 1 v 3. Your mouth is blessed, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things” Psalm 81 v 10. #Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 331‘Jesus Sighed’ By Pastor JoelMark 7 v 32: “they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him”. verse 33: “He took him aside from the multitude, put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue”.Notice what Jesus did before He prayed; verse 34: “Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened”. Mark records for us that Jesus sighed before He prayed.Have you ever sighed before? I sighed last month seeing Liverpool teach Manchester United a footballing lesson in the Premier League! I sighed last week in the sub zero conditions. I sighed this week when I was charged £4 for my pumpkin spice cafe latte! Perhaps things didn’t work out the way you thought and planned, so you sighed.The type of sigh that Jesus sighed in Mark 7 v 34, means: to groan, to express deep displeasure. Have you ever seen something and sighed because you knew that wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps the state of a country, a city, perhaps a physical condition of a sick child. Words couldn’t express how you felt so you sighed. I sighed recently seeing what is happening in Afghanistan and the suffering of the Afghan people under the Taliban rule. In Mark 7, Jesus approaches a deaf man who is unable to articulate words and Jesus sighs, He sighed because He knew this wasn’t what God intended for this man. Imagine never hearing the words “I love you”, never hearing your wife’s voice, your children laugh. Imagine wanting to say “I love you” but not being able to. When Jesus saw the man in his condition He sighed, He had compassion for him, because the condition the man was in was never the life that Jesus intended him to live. Mark 7 v 35: “Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly”. The people were astonished beyond measure saying “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak”.Declare it “My God does all things well!!”.When God sees things in your life that are hurting you and others around you, He is moved by that. Throughout Jesus’ ministry the Father would lead Him to the hardest of cases and Jesus was never fazed by the situations, He was moved with compassion.In John 5 v 6, at the pool of Bethesda, Jesus sees a man who had been lying there in his condition for a very long time. There would have been many sick individuals around the pool, but Jesus finds the man with the most difficult case and sets him free. If Jesus did it then, we must keep on doing it now. We have to keep on showing up at the places where the cripple lay in our communities and say: “give us your hardest case, we got a power inside of us in Christ Jesus that is greater than the problem”.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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‘Soaring Faith Devotional’ - DAY 330‘Forget Yourself Into Greatness’ By Pastor JoelEphesians 6 v 6 (Christian Standard Bible): “Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, do God’s will from your heart”.God knows exactly where you are and where you are needed, so stop trying to be noticed. God knows what deposits He has placed on the inside of you, and every demand He puts on you indicates the deposit within you. If God has put you in a place that puts a demand on you, it indicates you got what it takes on the inside.We should pray “Lord put us where You want us according to what You know You have put in us. Put us where You need us according to what You know You have put on the inside of us”. I never ask for places to preach, because if I am ever going to minister in some place, I want to know that I was put there. I want to be a sent one by God, not a went one.In Acts 20 v 19 Paul told the elders in Ephesus “I served the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me….” Verse 20: “How I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you…”. God doesn’t anoint you to look the part, but to live the part. God put a deposit in Paul to give and Paul did not kept it back when the people put a demand on the gift he carried.Deposits were being made in David in the field, which prepared him for the fight. David was hidden in the field, dead to his own agenda serving someone else sheep. If you are faithful in the field of service, faithful in the unseen, God will call you up and anoint you with fresh oil for the next season. Forget yourself in to greatness. It is not about you, seek God first. In Luke 9 v 59, Jesus tells someone “Follow Me”, his response was “…Lord, let me first go and bury my father”. Kingdom of God is not ‘me first’ it is ‘King first’. Don’t serve to be seen, but serve Christ, follow Him doing God’s will from your heart.#Fearless2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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