Sun Am Worship
Text: Mark 5:25-34 (King James Version)
"Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."
The Fields are white and the laborers are
2. C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;
Mark 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
Mark 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
Mark 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
Mark 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Mark 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Mark 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
Mark 5:31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
Mark 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
Mark 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Blue Those two words may not mean anything to you, but if you happen to be in a
hospital and hear those words, the whole atmosphere changes very quickly. Nurses
and Doctors go on high alert, and their pace quickens, Because somebody has an
emergency, somebody's life or lives are hanging in the balance and what those
doctors and nurses do in the next few minutes will make the difference between
life and death.
Code Blue: Emergency: It means something has to be done quickly, (I pause here to say that procrastination is a killer). Procrastinate means: To put off, to let go, to be negligent
People die of heart attacks and strokes every day because they procrastinate.
Marriages die because husbands and wives procrastinate, ministries die because of procrastination.
At some point in your life everyone has a code blue situation.
In fact that's why I'm preaching this message right now: somebody is in a Code Blue Emergency situation.
But I've got to stop right here: Before we talk about our emergencies as individuals, we must address the WARNING that is being sounded in the Spirit today.
Our nation is in trouble: The Holy Spirit is sounding a spiritual Code Blue, and anyone who is in tune with the Holy Spirit is putting the trumpet to their lips, and I cannot be silent.
I love America and everything that she stands for, but I do not love what is happening. (They tell us that preachers aren't suppose to be political, but this is not about being political, it's about being biblical and I couldn't call myself a true preacher of the gospel if I didn't speak up and speak out against the sin and rebellion of this nation.
America as we have known her is almost completely a thing of the past. If we as a nation continue on our present course there will be no prayer in any public place, no bible reading, no pledge of the allegiance, No united states flag in a public place, And no (In God we trust on our money). and definitely no ten commandment on display anywhere.
Something is very wrong when we can't say Merry Christmas anymore. We have to say happy holidays, and we can't have Christmas parades anymore, and we can't call homosexuality a sin because that's an attack on someone's character and is seen as a hate crime.
I May be on my soap box again but: My spirit is stirred, this nation is in critical condition and so many of our pulpits today are like Nero (fiddling while Rome burns)
You can criticize me and call me old fashioned, but the fact is: A very large segment of the spiritual leaders of this country that are supposed to be giving us instructions and directions, have forsaken God, and we are on a downhill run, like a snowball going downhill, and the only thing that is going to turn it around is true REVIVAL.
That's the reason for the title of this message: America is in a Code Blue situation.
Some of you listening to this message right now, I know you love God, but you're experiencing your own personal Code Blue.
I'm not talking about just difficult, uncomfortable, or inconvenient, I'm talking about an emergency.
There's something about an emergency that creates urgency; people behave differently in an emergency than any other time.
There are all kinds of emergencies:
There are medical emergencies such as car wrecks when people's lives hang in the balance.
Then there are natural disasters; there are earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, they hit hard and fast with no warning and all of a sudden there's destruction everywhere and it's an emergency.
There are emergencies like those that happened in our country at the twin Towers in New York; where one minute everything was calm and quiet and the next minute it was a war zone, and thousands of lives were hanging by a thread.
There are emergencies in families, in marriages, where one wrong word or action can kill a father son relationship, a mother daughter relationship or a twenty year marriage.
Sometimes we have things in our lives that we think of as emergencies; that are really just inconveniences.
We think it's an emergency when the Internet goes down.
We think it's an emergency when it's hot and the A/C quits.
We think it's an emergency when we run out of Coke or Dr. Pepper.
We think it's an emergency when we have a bad hair day, or break a nail.
But those aren't really emergencies they're just inconveniences.
They are not a matter of life and death.
But this woman in our text had more than an inconvenience, she had more than a bad hair day, her problem was bigger than no internet service, or a busted water line under her house.
She had an emergency, a Code Blue situation: a crisis (a crisis is a situation when things are very difficult and painful).
A crisis is a critical moment when something very important for the future happens or is decided.
An emergency is a situation requiring immediate action that will have a direct relationship to whether something or someone lives or dies.
The woman in our text was in that condition.
This woman had a code blue situation she had exhausted everything at her disposal, she had depleted her resources, her money was gone, her strength was gone, her friends were gone, her hope was gone.
She had been to many doctors, had spent everything she had and was worse than ever before.
Then: she heard about Jesus (faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God).
When she heard about Jesus faith was born in our heart, hope sprang up in her heart.
The next thing was: she went to where Jesus was, she pursued him. You hear people say
(I don't believe I have to go to where that preacher is to get healed).
You don't, but God uses men and women to bring his anointing within reach (but it's up to you to go after it).
2 Kings 6:5-7 tells the story of a young prophet who borrowed an axe, as he was working the axe head flew off into the water and sank.
He called to Elisha the man of God the Prophet and said: alas master for it was borrowed.
When the young prophet pointed to the place where it fell, Elisha the man of God cut down a stick and threw it in the water and the axe head swam to the surface, and the man of God said: Put forth your hand and take it unto you.
And he put forth his hand and took it.
The axe head did not jump out of the water onto the axe
handle, although God could have made it to do so, but he made it to swim to a
place within reach of the young prophet.
Then he had to go after it.
The point is; sometimes you got to go after it, if you're really desperate you won't complain about having to stretch a little bit, you'll do whatever it takes to get it.
She put herself in the press (she became a contender) the Bible says: the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.
You may get a blessing just by being in the right place at the right time, but when you need a miracle and you need a breakthrough it's going to cost you something.
There is an old saying: Anything worth having is worth fighting for, there's a lot of truth in that.
She was in a desperate condition; she had an issue that was killing her. Her issue was a blood problem; her life was draining out of her.
Her issue was a blood problem, but your issue may be rejection, bitterness, anger, resentment.
Your issue could be pornography or lust or greed or un-forgiveness, or drug addiction or your issue may be religion.
Religion is a killer; the Bible says the Spirit gives life but the letter killeth.
I don't care how religious you are, do you have a relationship with God?
The thing that makes this woman different from a lot of people is; she knew she had an issue and she knew it was killing her, and she wanted to be free, she wanted to be well.
She didn't have time to be cute, or proper, she knew it was a matter of life and death for her.
When all you want is a blessing or a spiritual boost or a pick me up, you can tiptoe through the tulips, and you can play hard to get.
But when it's a matter of life and death and every minute counts, you don't have time to mess around.
This woman said; if I can just touch his clothes I know I'll be healed.
If you could hear her talking; you would probably have heard her saying (get out of my way let me through, I've got to touch him, he's my last hope).
This thing is killing me, it's killing my joy, and my piece, and my dreams, it's killing my family.
She knew she was risking her life to be in contact with the public.
But she made up her mind: I didn't come this far to be denied.
The devil tried to kill me before I could get here but I made it.
I almost died on the way, but I made it.
I've been lied on, stepped on, kicked in the face, but I made it.
I may not be pretty but I'm here, my fingers are bleeding but I'm here, I'm divorced but I'm here, I'm broken but I'm here, I've been in prison but I'm here, I've got a drug problem but I'm here, I'm fighting the spirit of lust but I'm here.
The doctors couldn't fix me the lawyers couldn't fix me the drugs and the sex couldn't fix me.
Something is wrong with me, something is broke, I can't fix it, but I heard about a doctor who could heal anything.
They said he can open blind eyes, they said he can unstop deaf ears, they said he can make cripples walk, they said he can drive out demons with his word.
I don't have an appointment but this is an emergency I've got to touch him.
When she touched him she was immediately made whole. (One touch and everything changed one touch and the blood flow stopped, one touch and the issue was healed).
One touch can set you free.
One touch is all it takes to change your life; one touch can set you free from homosexuality.
One touch can fix your mind.
One touch can deliver you from drugs, from sexual addiction, from anger, from rejection.
Touch three people with your finger and tell them, that's all it takes.
Just one touch from the master.
One touch can turn a drunkard into an evangelist; one touch can turn a marriage nightmare into a dream.
One touch can break the spirit of poverty and lack.
One touch can turn your weeping into joy, and your mourning into gladness.
One touch, one touch, that's all it takes.
Somebody shout: touch me Lord
I don't know who I'm talking to but somebody's got an emergency, somebody is in a code blue kind of situation.
There is a difference between a need and an emergency. I can go a long time with a need.
But when it's an emergency every minute is a gift from God and what happens in those minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
There are all kinds of emergencies.
It could be your marriage, that's hanging by a thread.
It could be your health.
It could be your emotional state.
It could be your spiritual life.
It could be your finances.
I don't know what your emergency is, but I know this. The Dr. is in the house, Dr. Jesus is on call, and the great physician is here.
And the good news is; you don't have to have an appointment, all you have to have is faith.
The Dr. is making house calls right this moment.
And one of the greatest things about Dr. Jesus is he's not afraid of hard cases, he's not afraid of emergency situations.
It doesn't matter how bad it is, it doesn't matter how long you've had it. He can handle it.
This woman had suffered from this condition for 12 years.
In John Ch 5 we read of a man at the pool of Bethesda who Jesus healed, he had been sick for 38 years.
When this woman reached Jesus; she didn't have any more money, she didn't have any friends helping her, all she had was a living faith in the living Christ, that's all she needed, and she believed that if she could touch him she could be healed.
The Bible says; that there were many touches that day, the disciples said you are surrounded by people, there are all kinds of people touching you (and you ask who touched me?).
It is true; there were many touches that day, there was the touch of the curious. There was the touch of the critical. There was the accidental touch, just because of the crowd.
There was the religious touch, and of course there was the satisfied touch.
But there was another touch that day; that was different from all the rest, it was the touch of faith, and it was the touch of a desperate woman.
It was the touch of a woman who had already made up her mind, that she was either going to touch Jesus or die trying.
And when her faith touched Jesus, Jesus touched her and she was made completely whole.
I am here to tell someone, Jesus is still passing by.
Jesus is still the healer.
Like this little woman, you may not be the first one in line, you may not have any money, you may not have any help, but faith will touch him.
And faith will stop him, and he will touch you, and he will heal you, and he will deliver you.
And he will restore your marriage.
And he will restore your mind.
And he will restore your ministry.
And he will heal your broken heart.
I don't care how bad it looks, he can turn it around. I don't care how impossible it looks he can turn it around.
It may look like those kids will never serve God; it may look like nothing can reach them. But God (tell your neighbor; but God).
But God; God can turn it around; God knows what it takes to get their attention.
I'm trying to close now, but I feel a turnaround in the atmosphere, I feel a shift taking place.
I know the doctor said: It was a code blue situation, a critical condition And the banker said: I can't help you.
And the marriage counselor said: you might as well forget it.
And the judge said: that kid is going to spend the next 20 years in the penitentiary.
But I hear another report; it's the report of the Lord.
I hear Doctor Jesus saying: I've got your case now.
I hear Doctor Jesus saying: With men these things are impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible.
I hear the Lord saying: Whose report will you believe?
He's not just the great physician, he's the emergency doctor and he's here right now in your code blue situation, don't give up.
Don't quit, don't throw in the towel, don't turn the switch of faith off.
I don't know who I'm talking to, but somebody is coming off the critical list, somebody is taking a turn for the better right now.
Somebody is making a miraculous recovery.
Somebody's spiritual heart is starting to beat again.
Somebody's blood is starting to flow again.
Somebody is starting to dream again.
Somebody is coming out of depression and discouragement.
The spirit of suicide is leaving
That spirit of hopelessness and despair is leaving right now.
I feel Doctor Jesus in here; and he's hooking up the Holy Ghost defibrillator and he's turning up the fire power. (A defibrillator is that machine that has those two paddles that they use to shock a person to get their heart started again)
Somebody's about to get a shock, (I feel the anointing of the Holy Ghost in here right now)
Somebody needs to lift your hands right now, and plug into to the Holy Ghost defibrillator.
It's not by might nor by power but by my Spirit sayeth the Lord.
I have to quit: The anointing is here right now.
It's time to minister.
I want you to get to the front of this building right now, there's an anointing flowing in this place.
The power of God is here to touch you, to heal you, to deliver you, to set you free.
The power of God is here to lift you up, and turn you around.
To renew and refresh, to ignite a fresh fire in your spirit.