As an example, when The Lord told Moses to tell the children of Israel that he was going to pass through the land of Egypt that night, and every home that did not have blood applied to the doorposts, the firstborn in that house would die. It was a most chilling announcement. More than likely, there were some Israelites who went to bed that night and slept soundly, totally trusting in what The Lord had said because they had applied the blood to the doorposts as The Lord commanded. Therefore, they rested calmly and serenely. On the other hand, there were, undoubtedly, some of the children of Israel who, even though the blood was applied to the doorposts, still spent the night in anxiety and fear. Irrespective, even though there was anxiety and fear in their hearts that robbed them of peace that particular night, still, they were just as safe as the person who slept soundly. As well, the person who slept soundly was just as safe as the one who walked the floor all night long with anxiety and fear. The one who slept soundly had sanctifying peace, while the other one who did not sleep at all but walked the floor all night long had no sanctifying peace whatsoever. However, he still was saved because of the blood because the blood had been applied to the doorposts.
How Can the Believer have Sanctifying Peace?
First of all, let us state that it is impossible for the unbeliever to have any type of sanctifying peace. That should be obvious. However, the believer can have sanctifying peace no matter the problem and no matter the difficulty if he or she will carry out the following. Going back to the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, the degree of peace on that fateful night pertained to the degree of faith in the blood applied to the doorpost. The Lord had said, “…when I see the blood, I will pass over you,…” (Exodus 12:13). It is the same presently. As a believer, you are to place your faith exclusively in Christ and The Cross, as we’ve already stated. You must trust totally and completely in what Christ has done for you and not allow your faith to be moved from Christ and The Cross to something else. If you do that, and you continue to do that, the Holy Spirit will guarantee your peace. As we stated, this sanctifying peace does not guarantee an absence of all problems, difficulties, and troubles. However, it does guarantee a peace in the midst of all those troubles.
The Garment of Praise
A short time back, The Lord gave me something that’s been a lifesaver, and it is so wonderful and good that I want everyone else to have it. Nearly 2,800 years ago, the great prophet Isaiah said, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3) I want to call to your attention to one phrase in the entirety of this scripture, a “garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”. Allow me to share some preliminary remarks. First of all, when The Bible mentions the heart, it is not speaking of the organ in a person’s chest that beats 72-80 times a minute. It is speaking of something else entirely. I think one can say that it is speaking of the soul and the spirit of man, in other words, the real you. And so, Jesus said that all sin begins in the heart (Matthew 15:19). So, if the heart is not the physical organ in our bodies, what exactly was Jesus talking about? He was actually saying that sin begins in the spirit and the soul of man. Some Bible scholars even say that the mind is a part of the heart of which Jesus spoke. At any rate, before sin can lodge in the spirit and the soul of man, it must first have its beginning in the mind. Once it is conceived in the mind, it then goes to the soul and the spirit and then is committed (that is, if it is committed by the physical body). That is what Paul was talking about when he said, “Neither yield ye your members (of your mortal body) as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin (the sin nature): but yield yourselves unto God (we are to yield ourselves to Christ and The Cross. That alone guarantees victory over the sin nature), as those that are alive from the dead (we have been raised with Christ in newness of life), and your members (the physical members of your physical body) as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:13) So, we have to find a way to counteract the need of sin fomenting in our minds. How do we do that?
The Mind of Man
It is impossible to think on two things at one time. We may think we can do that, but we really cannot. Whatever we are thinking, as fleeting as it might be, still, it is all that we are thinking about at that moment. The following is what The Holy Spirit meant when He gave to Isaiah the short phrase, “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”. As a believer, when thoughts of The Lord come to your mind in any manner, instantly begin to praise The Lord. You don’t have to do it out loud; actually, you can do it under your breath, but praise The Lord, which pertains to your soul, your spirit, your mind, i.e., the heart. Just tell The Lord under your breath how much you love Him and how you thank Him for all the wonderful things He does for you. You can even praise Him in the Spirit. In a few moments time, your mind will go to something else. If you do what I have said every time your mind goes to The Lord, you will find that the fear will be dispelled. Evil thoughts will be dispelled, and doubt and unbelief will be thrown aside while a feeling of well-being will flood your soul. Do it constantly, never stopping. I do believe that this will keep back much sickness. It is God’s preventative medicine, one might say. That’s the key.
The Spirit of Heaviness
The spirit of heaviness is a spiritual oppression and emanates from the spirits of darkness. It drags the physical body down, and again, causes much sickness and emotional disturbances. However, when you begin to praise The Lord and do it constantly, every time your mind goes to The Lord, you will find the spirit of heaviness, which takes many forms, leaving entirely with nothing left but praises for The Lord. As stated, this is God’s medicine. This is His security that He gives to us. The Holy Spirit knew exactly what He was saying when He gave the Word, “garment of praise” to Isaiah so long ago. We are to wear the praises of The Lord as a garment exactly as I have tried to tell you. That means that the barbs of satan cannot get through and cannot be given any place at all, and therefore, must remain silent. If you will do what I’ve said do and what I have tried my best to outline for you, I think you will find situations improving, fear being dispelled, and the feeling of joy and euphoria filling your heart. Just try it; it doesn’t cost anything. And remember this, every victory we have and every good thing that comes to us from The Lord, and every good thing does come from Him, all are made possible by The Cross of Christ. There, satan was totally and completely defeated along with every demon spirit and other fallen angels. It is The Cross of Christ that makes it all possible.
Wholeness of Mind, Body, and Spirit
From the phrase, “go in peace, and be whole of thy plague”, one can make an excellent Scriptural case that healing for the body, as well as salvation of the soul, is part of the atonement, i.e., the price that Jesus paid at Calvary. Man cannot be made whole unless he is whole in every capacity. To argue that the atonement only included salvation from sin is a failure not only to understand the total fall of man but also a failure to understand the total redemption of man by Christ at Calvary. Man is either totally redeemed, made whole in every respect, or not redeemed at all. Of course, we know that Jesus redeemed the whole man. Let us say it another way, there is no such thing as partial justification by faith. One is either totally justified or not justified at all. To argue that because Christians still get sick, healing was not included in the atonement is to argue that salvation from sin is not in the atonement because Christians still sin at times. In truth, the total redemption of man in the atonement, including both spiritual and physical and financial as well, is not affected by the fact of either continued sin or sickness. However, the entirety of the salvation process as provided at Calvary is not yet completed as far as results are concerned, even though it is completed as far as the fact is concerned.
Concerning this very thing, Paul said, “…but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:23). As the apostle Paul said, we presently only have the firstfruits of the Spirit as it regards all that Jesus did in the atonement. The balance will be received at the resurrection when the physical body is redeemed, exchanged, one might say, in effect, for a glorified body. Then the totality of what Jesus paid for at The Cross will be completely realized. The believer has presently been sanctified and justified “…in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11) However, the believer has not yet been glorified, which will take place at the first resurrection of life. This will, then and for all time, complete the salvation process. Then, sin and sickness will no longer be possible (Romans 8:17-25; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54).
“While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” (Mark 5:35)
While He Yet Spake
The heading refers to someone coming from the home of Jairus and bringing a message even while the Lord was speaking to the woman who had just been healed. The message would not be good. But yet, if Jesus is speaking, good and wonderful things always happen. If not, it’s because of unbelief. We will find that, when He does speak to the ruler of the synagogue, it will be words of hope and words of life.
There Came From the Ruler of the Synagogue's House Certain Which Said, Thy Daughter is Dead
One might well imagine the terrible blow that Jairus suffered when he heard the words, “Thy daughter is dead”. He was, no doubt, very pleased with the healing of this dear woman, but at the same time, his heart was breaking for his little daughter. He must have been extremely concerned regarding the delay brought about by the healing of the woman. Jesus searching for her after her healing and the time it took for her to give her testimony must have caused terrible anxiety in the heart of this man. And now, he received the worst message of all confirming his fears, “Thy daughter is dead”.
Why Troublest Thou the Master Any Further?
The heading proclaims the end of their faith, at least those who had brought the discouraging message. I think the text verse proclaims that Jairus also felt that it was now too late. However, with God, it is never too late. Man quickly comes to the end of his resources, but God never comes to the end of His. My grandmother taught me when I was a child, “Jimmy, God is a big God, so ask big.” That simple statement has helped me to touch this world for Christ. She taught me to ask big. Thank God she did. All of this meant that nothing is impossible with God, and I mean nothing. What Jesus will now do proves the situation.
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)
In effect Jesus said, “Stop fearing and be believing.”
As Soon as Jesus Heard the Word that was Spoken
The heading means that Jesus overheard what was being said. We learn from all of this that God can do anything, and when we say anything, we mean anything. What did Jesus hear? He heard that the little girl, who incidentally was 12 years old, had died. In a sense, as well, he could hear the broken heart of Jairus.
He Saith unto the Ruler of the Synagogue
According to the statement given by Christ upon the news of the death of his daughter, Jairus had ceased to believe. However, before we criticize him, let us ask, would we have done any better? He had believed that Jesus could definitely heal his daughter, but now, she was dead. Man can only go so far with his faith, and now Jairus had traveled that distance. He could not really see, at the time, what Jesus could do, in as much as the child was dead. But then, he heard something that sounded strange to his ears.
Be Not Afraid, Only Believe
This phrase constituted some of the greatest words that Jairus would ever hear, but yet, completely beyond his comprehension. In effect, Jesus said, “stop fearing and be believing”, meaning to continue believing even in the presence of death. What a valuable lesson this should be to all. To believe is one thing, but to continue to believe, even in the face of extremely adverse circumstances, as here proclaimed, is the key to receiving what we want from The Lord. The question becomes, at what level does our faith weaken and die? Remember, The Lord is ever seeking to strengthen our faith, which is always done through the Word of God (Romans 10:17). This simply means that we are to believe the Word of God and to believe it despite the circumstances. I am convinced that the more mature one is in Christ, the more The Lord allows circumstances to build, which at times, makes the situation even more impossible. I believe He does this in order that our faith may be increased by trusting solely in God’s Word. The idea is that we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Consequently, the Lord will allow the sight to be increased by adverse circumstances, difficulties, and even impossibilities. Because of their loud clamor, it becomes very easy to look at these things. The secret is to keep one’s eye and heart on The Word, despite the circumstances or difficulties. I think the difficulties could not be any worse than recorded here with the child actually having died. And yet Jesus said to him, “Do not fear, keep believing.” He says the same to us as well.
***Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Pastor Michael has been conducting Bible Studies with the congregation since early 2020, which we have transcribed and placed on this site. We started with End Times Prophecy and then moved to a study on Divine Healing, originally given by Brother Jimmy Swaggart. We began with a Spirit-filled study on the Book of Revelation, moved on to the Book of Daniel, The Rapture of the Church, and returned to Ezekiel Chapters 40 to 48. Now we are sharing a study on Divine Healing.
As a faithful servant in Christ, we urge you to read and study these revelations, which were fully inspired by The Holy Spirit and will bless you abundantly.
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Give us souls lest we die;
Give us souls lest we die;
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