Mark 5:37-42  He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion andS wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. (Mark 5:37-42 NIV)

God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think.  God is able to do anything but fail. Spend time searching the scriptures for yourself to see that God is able to make what was wrong, right. He can restore what was broken. He can cleanse what was corrupt. God is able to change it. God is able to fix it. God is able do the impossible in every area of our life if we just give God some room.

We have been given the power and authority of God; it is always available to us.  We miss out on so much because we lack the capacity to allow God’s power to work in our lives.  The space that we create for God to be God in our lives is what our worship is all about.  Stop allowing worthless worship to take up the space that is meant for God. When you worry, when you whine, when you monopolize the conversation with complaining you are saying that you rather give room for your worries and not make room for God in your life.  As you pray maximize your capacity for the Lord to work in your life. You can start to make room for God by:

~Invite the necessary interruption.  How much energy and emotion do you put into things that you have no control over?  Can you give as much energy and emotion to God for what He is about to do in your life. We need an interruption from God to shake us out of our pitiful place and give us hope that He is not through with us yet.  Trust God enough to close a door that you have tried to pry open.  Trust God to stop anything in you that is not consistent with what God needs done in our lives. God interrupt me when my mouth does not speak words that are pleasing and acceptable to you. Make room for God; Make room for interruptions for God to show up in your life.

~Adjusting to the demands of divine authority.  In the text, the people laughed at Jesus because he tells them that, “The child is not dead but asleep.”  They didn’t understand what God was about to do, because they were used to accepting what was.  They needed to adjust their thinking to the demands of divine authority.  Jesus took the mother, father and disciples with Him to wake the child up. He did not allow unproductive distractions, or worthless worship to get in the way. We need to not tolerate things that are hindering and getting in the way of what God is trying to do. Claim The Authority and get rid of the distractions that are not contributing to the faith to get you through to do God’s business.  When divine authority is active, whatever it was doesn’t have to be what is!

~Prepare for practical participation. When Jesus speaks to the child she gets up and starts moving around. Jesus tells the parents to get the child something to eat. So simple, but their participation is needed.  How prepared are you for God’s blessing in your life. Many of the things that we pray for we are not equipped to receive. It’s time to prepare for practical participation. Start your clean up, stock up, whatever it may be that will make room for what you are believing God for.

Worship God with your life. It is not about the place, but it is about the space. God will fill the space that we give Him. Remove the worry, the doubt, the distractions that have no authority in your life. Let go and let God make the necessary interruptions in your life. Don’t give credit to the things that are trying to destroy you. Adjust to the demands of divine authority. Be prepared to participate so that God can count on you being active when He shows up and shows out in your life. Worship God by making room for Him in your life!

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Mark 5:21-35  When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.  He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”  (Mark 5:21-35 NIV)

At times we are faced with circumstances or put in situations where we feel helpless. Things go from bad to worse in an instance and there is nothing we can do about it.  In spite of the fact that God intends the very best for us on our journey we still run into obstacles that we have no control over.

We may be going through longer than necessary waiting periods because we continue to hold onto what we think things should be like.  Let go of the need to dictate the outcome of your situation. Let go of the need to know everything about every situation.  Let go of the expectation on yourself and others when we will never measuring up to what you think we ought to have.  It is in God’s hands and he is working things out.  There is still grace when we let it go.  You are not the key to solve the situation nor are you the responsible party.

In the text the woman had no control over her bleeding.  She was under the care of many doctors but continued to get worse. The woman had faith that if she could just touch Jesus’ cloak she would be healed.  Jesus says “your faith has healed you.  He didn’t say your touch, He says your faith has healed you.  It is not what you did but how you are connected that brought your healing.  Faith gets you well. Real faith is in your capacity and ability to Let It Go and trust God.

What do you do when there is nothing you can do?

~Always be open for another option.  You may be desperate and tried a lot of options but you are still not out of options. Our faith reminds us we always have another option; that option is Jesus.  The woman in the scripture bled for 12 years. Even when it seems like and may even be our worst it does not mean that it is our end.  Faith is continuing to believe no matter what in the name of Jesus. Your faith won’t let you stop here because God is able and this time may be The Time.

~Count the cost of coming through this one. Recognize that you have already been going through it; you have already been paying the cost. There is no need to stop now you are invested.  All the suffering, all of the pain, you have been paying to get through and you are going to get through it. Don’t limit yourself to the conditional statement “If I get through this.” Have faith that you will get through this. Press through. Even when you are denied or delayed, press through. You have a reason to keep going. You have to Let It Go.

~Look at where you have landed.  You may have gone through so much, but look where you have landed.  The answer may come near you just as Jesus came near the woman in the text.  She had to be in position for it to happen, just as we do. Faith put her in position.  The power of God can’t resist your condition.  Faith attracts favor.  Let It Go and let God do what he is going to do.  You made it through; no matter what the problem was, you made it. To God be the glory. Let It Go!

Let It Go! Now say it aloud. Say it again if you need to. Now Live it. Let It Go!

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