THE TOUCH OF FAITH

During the Jesus Mega Party 2020, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh preached a sermon called ‘The Touch of Faith’. She said that our Lord told the people that faith in Him is able to move mountains, to remove hindrances and make space for miracles (Mark 11:12-24). This is faith in Jesus Christ. It is faith 100% and doubt 0%. It is not 99% faith plus 1% doubt. Doubt is spiritual poison and must go away. This faith is not in men, not in money, not in religion, but in the Person of Jesus Christ. Even if it is small as a mustard seed, it does not matter, but it must be a ‘complete seed’. In other words, faith must be free from the damage and pollution of the sin of doubt. Just before telling them about this mountain moving faith, He drove away those were doing business in the house of God. The church is not a business center, it is not a social gathering, and it is not a political party. It is the Body of Christ on earth. Jesus died to make us His Body. Blood was shed for oil to flow down from heaven to earth. Our Lord confronted those who live in sin and still come to church. He exposed the religious hypocrites who do not fear God. They come to church and feel comfortable in their sins. They live in sin so that ‘grace may abound’. They have made the church to be a ‘den of thieves’ (Jeremiah 7:8-11). A den is a place, a cave, where wicked people hide from police. But the Holy Spirit exposes and brings out these people. You cannot hide forever from God! Come to Jesus! Repent and believe the Gospel! Many people attend churches but are not truly born again. They are only religious. Come out from the den! Come out to the light of God! Come and be saved! If your Christianity does not have Jesus at its center, if all your prayers are only to be rich in this world, that is not true Christianity. Examine your heart and see if you are a child of God or not. Salvation is a miracle. We preach the true Gospel: Jesus died and rose again for me, for you! Believe the Gospel! Produce fruit of repentance! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that there was a woman with an issue of Blood (Mark 5:25-34). This is a woman who was sick for 12 years (4, 383 days or 105,192 hours). Her sickness made her: ceremonial unclean (Leviticus 15); financially broke; she was getting worse (weaker and in more pain); she was a social outcast (like a leper). This uncleanness was ‘spiritually’ infectious. Anybody who touched her will become unclean too.It was her faith in Jesus that healed her. She was as good as dead. She heard about Jesus. She believed that He is the resurrection and the life; that He can give her health in place of this incurable sickness and life in place of death. She believed the Gospel. Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). She heard about Jesus, about His healing power. She encouraged herself saying: “If only I may touch…”. She was afraid that Jesus will not be able to touch her so that He will not be made unclean. That is why she decided to go and touch Him herself. She touched the lowest part of His garment. She took the risk to be killed by men, for coming into the crowd and touching so many people (who will all become unclean because of her). She came from behind Jesus. The word ‘touch’ means that two surfaces make contact, with no space in-between. The touch of faith always produces effects. May you know how to touch Jesus! May you experience this healing touch!  

She came close and heard Jesus talking to Jairus. “when he (Jairus) saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him” (Mark 5:22-24). The woman believed what Jairus said. He confirmed her faith. She too needed miracle. With faith 100% she touched Jesus and ‘immediately’, she became whole. She felt the healing in her body. Power left Jesus and entered her. Jesus turned and asked: ‘Who touched Me?’ Shaking and afraid, bowing at His feet, she shared her story. All people heard her testimony. Everybody now knew that she was healed and cleansed. None should be afraid to touch her from now on. Jesus reinstated her into the community. Our Lord said to her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction”. Peace always follows the touch of faith. The crowd touched Jesus but not with faith. They were there for entertainment to see miracles and not for Jesus. But this woman did not waste her opportunity. She came, believed, touched Jesus and she was healed! She then worshipped the Lord! May your faith rise! May your faith touch Jesus! May you be made whole! Be healed! Peace be unto you! Happy New Year! Worship the Lord!

        

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