If We Are The Body

Posted on 03/29/2009 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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Public Prayer Requests:

Please pray for my special intentions. Thank you.
   –Ting Franco

Dear Lord and to those who read this, I need temperance and wisdom to withstand the pain I will feel sooner or later from a man my heart cant give up ever, I want to get over him even though he is the perfect one I love, I wish for someone to save me from that pain of losing him
   –Talos Amaterasu

i pray that I have the strength to deal with the people in my life that are against me. Dear lord help me
   –Brooklyne Miggins

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Please turn around and click one of the offering plates by the doors, and give as the Lord leads.

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JEHOVAH JIREH

Jehovah Jireh, my provider
    His grace is sufficient for me
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My God shall supply all my needs
    according to His riches in glory
He gives his angels charge over me
    Jehovah Jireh cares for me,
        Jehovah Jireh cares for me

SING A NEW SONG

Sing unto Lord a new song
    sing unto the Lord all the earth
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For God is great,
    and greatly to be praised!
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HOLY AND ANOINTED ONE

Jesus, Jesus
    Holy and Anointed One

Jesus, Jesus
    Risen and Exalted One

Your name is like honey
    on my lips
Your Spirit like water
    to my soul
Your Word is a lamp
    unto my feet
Jesus I love you
    I love you

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Today, I'd like to ask my wife, Mariposa, to come share a word the Lord has laid on her heart. She's already shared it with me, and I'm asking her to be today's mouthpiece of truth. This is a message to which we all need to incline our ears, as we seek to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church today.

Mariposa's computer still isn't fixed, so I'm going to log out and let her come and speak with you now. Let's stay in an attitude of worship and attentiveness to hear what God wants to say to us today.

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Lord Jesus, let my words be those that You would have me speak. Guide my path down the road of teaching and learning through You and by Your mighty hand. I can't  do anything without You. Thank You, Jesus. May the words I say be pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Today's sermon is called "If We Are The Body."

My husband Ben and I have realized that we are two totally different people. Not that we didn't know that sooner, but we have realized we are different even more so spiritually then thought before. Ben tends to want to heal everyone and I want to blast satan to the sun so it can burn him up.

Of course, Ben and I both want to heal at times. We both want to be Prayer Warriors, but our main giftings steer us to separate things.

In the Bible, we see these two gifts mentioned. Jesus for example did many healings in the New Testament. He healed the blind, mute, deaf, and cripple. He healed the woman with the issue of blood and all she did was touch the hem of his robe.

Jesus went after satan in the dessert and in the garden. He was full of power and knew how to use it. He understood that there was just as much power in his hands as there was when he knelt in prayer. Maybe even more so. See, you can't have a healing ministry without praying first and you can't be a prayer warrior without knowing The Word of God.

Let's look at a few of the healings that Jesus and his disciples did. First, we'll talk about the woman with the issue of blood, which is found in Mark 5. Jesus was on his way to heal a man's daughter and the woman touched him. Beginning at verse 24 and continuing to verse 34, we read

"24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”   "

Jesus knew someone had touched him. The woman was healed instantly. Wouldn't it be wonderful for those kinds of things to happen now? Right here, in your neighborhood?

If we are the Body, why aren't healings happening?

In Mark 16 it says "17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” "

Laying hands on the sick and they will recover is a sign of those who believe. And the others? Where are they in the Church with a big "C"?

The next and final healing story I want to look at is found in Acts 3. It says

"1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him."

Why does it not happen today?

The answer lies within the Church with a big "C". Why don't we have the power the 1st Century had? HAve we lost our first love? I believe we have. Are we becoming a Laodecian Church? A lukewarm Church? I believe we have.

With homosexual ministers being ordained, sexual fornication running ramped, other things and people (in other words idols) taking the place of God, when satan comes in like a wolf in sheep's clothes and NO ONE can recognize him.

We are so tolerant that satan is having a party on our land right in front of us and we don't have enough discernment to even see him or enough power to tell him to "get behind me!"

Yes, I know I stepped on some toes, but I don't really care. God is saying WAKE UP CHURCH!

Can't be lukewarm any longer!

Well, that was an awesome way to get into the Prayer Warrior part. :-)

I pray you all got your armor on. Reading from the verses in Ephesians 6: 10-18, which reads

"10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints"

We ARE in a fight and satan ISN'T in the fire of the abyss yet! He IS going around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

He has teeth and claws still. Where in the Word of God does it say satan has no teeth or claws? I haven't found it!

I DO know that satan was defeated and he comes to try to get my focus off God, but I tell him to "get behind me, satan in Jesus' name! I don't play your game anymore!"

No weapon formed against me shall prosper!I'm not defeated. I'm a conqueror for Jesus paid the price for my sins and his blood is against you satan!

If we are the body of Christ, we need to bring back the power! Get the lukewarmness out of our lives and call down fire from heaven to burn the chaft away.

Jesus! Bring Your fire. Send Your rain! Let the wind blow!

I'm tired of satan pulling the Body of Christ around on a leash! Break that chain off of us in Jesus' name! We are free!

Say it, I AM FREE!

Say, WHO THE SON SETS FREE IS FREE INDEED!

If we are the Body, pray and seek God's face daily. Read his Word daily. Wear your armor daily. Push back the darkness daily and bring the lost home daily.

Is your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life? If not ask Jesus to come into your heart.

If you need prayer, ask one of the ministry team members to pray with you. You are invited to join us at the altar now. After this time of prayer and worship, we'll meet together in the fellowship room to your left. All are welcome to join us there for fellowship.