Stay in the Room!

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In Mark chapter 5, we find the account of Jairus and his daughter.   It begins in verse 22 where Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, approaches Jesus, tells him that his daughter is on her death bed, and asks that Jesus, “come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live.” (Mark 5:23b AMPC)
 
Jesus, who was always about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49), immediately followed Jairus and the crowd did as well.  On the way to Jairus’ house, a marvelous miracle occurred with the woman who had an issue of blood.  It was a wonderful event and I’m sure even Jairus was rejoicing with the woman because he knew he was in the company of the very person who made the miracle happen.
 
The celebration was interrupted when a messenger from Jairus’ home, approached and told Jairus that his daughter had died and there was no need to have Jesus come any further.  Jairus was once again faced with his reality.  Imagine the thoughts that immediately went through his head the moment he received the tragic news. “Maybe if Jesus hadn’t stopped to heal this woman, my daughter would still be alive.”  Mark 5:36 AMPC says that Jesus overheard but ignored what the messenger said to Jairus.
 
In fact, Jesus told Jairus not to listen to them but to trust Him (Mark 5:36 MSG).  They arrived at Jairus’ home and Jesus only permitted Peter, James, and John to enter with Him and Jairus.  Imagine the loud wailing and crying that was taking place in that home.  The daughter of a man who was well known and respected had just died.   The words Jesus spoke next did not go over well with anyone in the house.  In verse 39 he asked, “Why do you make an uproar and weep?” and then he said, “The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.”  Obviously the room erupted even more!
 
Jesus had everyone leave the room except for Jairus, his wife, and his three disciples.  He then proceeded to speak life into the little cold body laying there.  Jairus and his wife saw life return to their daughter and received her completely healed and whole!
 
 Would Jesus ask you to leave the room or would you be in the room with Jesus?
 
Faith is what keeps you in the room!  We know that Jairus was walking in faith because when he first approached Jesus he spoke what he believed could happen, that Jesus would lay his hands on his daughter and she would be healed and live.  He also had the opportunity to doubt when he received the bad report along the way.  We know he stayed in faith by his actions; he continued walking with Jesus.   As a result, he was in the room to witness the miraculous.
 
No matter what you are facing, stay in faith!  How?  Believe and speak the Word of God over the situation even when everything in the natural looks hopeless. If you are a born again believer, you are in the company of THE miracle worker.  There is nothing that you are facing that is beyond His ability.  Trust Him and stay in the room!
 
– Pastor Maria Murphy


Spring Cleaning Starts With You!

 
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Believe it or not, spring is around the corner.   This is the time that many engage in “spring cleaning.”  We might move our winter wardrobe out of the closet and start replacing it with our spring wear.   We may do a thorough cleaning of our windows, switch out our drapery, clean the yard, dust off the Knick knacks, or just throw away the “junk”.You’ll notice that even the makers of cleaning products ramp up their advertising around this time. 
 
You’ll even see PSA’s on how to properly dispose of pharmaceutical drugs or batteries.  We may not call it spring cleaning and we may even do it unconsciously but nonetheless we do it.  Some researchers trace the origin of spring cleaning to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. Whatever the reason, if you’re like me, you just feel better after you’ve cleaned (tired but accomplished).
 
This year, as you engage in spring cleaning, be mindful of the season you are in personally. Don’t let another minute of 2016 pass without sitting down, taking inventory of your life, and doing a thorough “spring cleaning.”  Hebrews 12:1 says, 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Ask yourself, “What am I doing today, right now, that is not bringing me closer to God or closer to the goals I have set for 2016?” Then, make a decision to stop whatever that is.  Lay it aside, strip it off! Don’t let it slow you down or trip you up.   Ask the Holy Spirit to help you!
 
Once you stop doing things that hinder you from moving forward, the next obvious step is to start developing new habits that add value to your life.  God has great things for you in 2016 and in order to receive them, you’ve got to make room for them by getting rid of the unproductive, unfruitful, non-profitable “stuff” that takes up too much room in your life.  Engage the Holy Spirit in your spring cleaning activities and ask Him to show you the things you need to get rid of.
 
Stop the unproductive activities, live intentionally, and make every moment of 2016 count!
 
– Maria Murphy


The Year of the Great Breaking Lose

Word of the Lord for 2016
through Dr. Jerry Savelle

“Extraordinary things are taking place in the heavenlies and 2016 will come to be known as “The Year of the Great Breaking Loose.”

  • More and more notable miracles will break loose in the earth.
  • More and more signs and wonders.
  • More and more angelic visitations.
  • More and more instant healings.
  • More and more deliverances from demonic activity.
  • And more and more finances will break loose,
    so My people can do more for the kingdom of God,” saith the Lord.

“During this time of the great breaking loose, the enemy will no longer be able to hold back that which My faithful ones have stood in faith for—not even the things that looked as though they would never come to pass. For I will cause them to break loose and to suddenly manifest and to do so in such a way that no one will be able to deny the greatness of your God!”

“Yes, 2016 will be a year in which the faithful shall be rewarded beyond their highest expectations and they shall abound in My blessings as never before!”



What will 2015 bring?

By Maria Murphy

Each year in January many people choose to make resolutions or goals.  They may want to pay off some bills, save for a vacation, eat better, exercise consistently, or read the Bible daily.

Unfortunately even with the best intentions, most never attain the goals they set.  Why?

There are probably many reasons but in some cases the reason is simple: We fail to keep the goals in front of us.  Habakkuk 2:2 says, Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets that the one who reads it may run” (NASB).

To attain a goal we first have to make a quality decision that no matter what happens, we are going to stay the course until we see it become a reality.  Once we make this decision, we need to write down the goal and read it daily.  This step is very important as we see in Habakkuk 2:2.   Keep the goal in front of your eyes and talk about it often.  The more you talk about something the easier it becomes to see yourself doing it.  It becomes a part of your life.

Obviously we need to have a plan on how we are going to accomplish the goals we set but it is equally important to write them down, post them where we can see it daily, and talk about them A LOT!

The body of Christ received a word from the Lord about 2015 through Dr. Jerry Savelle in October of 2014.   The word confirms what God has been telling FHFC since our inception and we are laying hold of these things and will be declaring them at each of our services.  We expect to see God’s word come to pass in 2015 at FHFC both as a church and individually!

2015 – The Year of Visitations, Manifestations and Demonstrations of the Holy Spirit.

Experiencing the greater glory is still My plan, and you’ll see the Great I Am shall visit your land.

Manifestations of My Spirit as never before and demonstrations of My power from shore to shore.

Supernatural provision and greater breakthroughs too, yes, this is My plan and My will for you.

The powers of darkness will no longer stand for I will show them the strength of My right hand.

I’ll have My way and all shall see no power is greater or equal to Me.

My people will rise up and take their place, and no enemy will stop them from finishing their race.

Yes, 2015 you’ll surely see will be a year that will go down in history.

So, lift up your hands and boldly decree something great is about to happen to me!

2015 will be known as The Year of Visitations, Manifestations and Demonstrations of the Holy Spirit.

Happy New Year!



What Do You Want for Christmas?

By Maria Murphy
 
 Each year around this time I am asked by my husband or another family member, “What do you want for Christmas?”  Each year I usually shrug my shoulders, smile and say something intelligent like, “surprise me” or “I don’t know.”  If they persist I think of the most inexpensive item I would want.  (Last year it was a broom/dust pan set.  Hey I did need one and I got one!)

I remember when I was kid; I couldn’t wait for my parents to ask me what I wanted for Christmas.  In fact, I would start dropping hints in March! I could fill a book with things I wanted.  Now that I’m a “grown up” I seem to shy away from the question.  What happened?

I WANT to say that the reason is because as a wife, mother and grandmother (whoa), I tend to put my desire for things aside to accommodate and fulfill the desires of my family which is what most moms that I know do, including my own.  While this sounds noble, the reality is that I am anticipating what I want to be too expensive for the person asking.

When I was a kid I must have thought my parents had a money-making machine in the garage because I didn’t even look at the price before I announced what I wanted. Little did I know that my parents were the money-making machines!

In thinking about this over the past few weeks, I am reminded that my heavenly Father has an unlimited supply of resources and He tells me that I need to ask in order to receive (Matt. 7:7).  I am not shy when I ask God for anything because not only does He want to give me the desires of my heart and the things I need; He has the ability and the resources to provide it!  In fact, if you want to get really deep, he has ALREADY provided it for me.  This makes it easy for me to do what the Word says, ask in faith!  I do my part and God does His.

This year as you do your Christmas shopping, attend office parties, or mix and mingle with your family and friends, remember that your heavenly Father loves you and that He is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that you could ever ask, think, dream or imagine (Eph. 3:20).

Merry Christmas!
 
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Real Faith

By Pastor Henri Talbot

If you have made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life then you have been given what the scripture calls, “the measure of faith”. Romans 12:3.

Romans 1 :17 tells us, “The just shall live by faith”.  It is good news to know that God has given us this faith to live by but what does it really mean to live by faith?

Simply stated living by faith is living with a consciousness that God’s Word can be trusted, and that what He has promised to do for you; He is able to perform it, or you could say He has the power to make it come to pass in your life.  Real faith is not something that works now and then. It will work EVERY TIME  it is put to use!

Romans 3:27 calls faith a law, “the law of faith”. The better we understand this law of faith, the more we will benefit from it, Here are four steps to living by faith that when applied consistently, will guarantee you results in your faith walk with God.

 Faith that pleases God formula:

    1. Have God’s Word for what you desire to receive from Him.
    2. Believe God’s word.
    3. Consider not the contradictory circumstances.
    4. Give praise to God for the answer.


“I Do”

This will be the first installment of marital nuggets to glean from. Prayerfully this will encourage you in your marriage, impact other couples around you and go on to reproduce vibrant healthy marriages in your children as they witness marriage as God intended.

The scriptural reference we chose in James 4:14, 15 is a reminder as couples we really do not know what tomorrow brings. The scripture also points out the brevity of our lives. We hear constantly that “life is too short to….” (Fill in the blank.)

Well, I have news for you! Life is too short to dwell on minor disruptions i.e. (disagreements, arguments and my personal favorite “intense fellowshipping”) which can cause you to miss the beauty God has created within your union, “the marriage”.

As the head of the home I understand the need to be right. In an effort to prove that you are the king of your castle; or women, you are the queen of the home and the “neck of the head” which can turn the head whichever way it wants.

Rather than fight the good fight against the one another work harmoniously together to allow your marriage to flourish as God purposed it to be.

Questions:

Do you spend more time arguing than enjoying the mate the Lord has placed in your life?

What could be a healthy way to diffuse the argument or intense discussion to let peace have its way?

Do you always have to have the last word or is it ok to digress and revisit the discussion when both parties has had time to gather their thoughts and harness their emotions?

Scriptural ref:

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:14, 15 ESV).

A beautiful passage in Psalm 90 verse 12 sums up what James says in 4:14 and that is: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalms 90:12 KJV).

In HIS service,

Garvel & Tara Cassamajor