Summary: When Jesus is in the house, the devil has to flee and the presence of the Lord will draw men and women into a place of repentance and victory.
When Jesus Comes into the House
by Pastor Jim May
Mark 2:1-12, "And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion."
When we come together in this house, we are coming together to meet with Jesus. At least I hope that why we come. If Jesus isn’t here, I wouldn’t want to come either. We come here to hear his word. We come here to feel his spirit. We come here to gain strength from his presence.
We can come together and have a meeting if we want to, but if Jesus doesn’t show up, that’s all it will be is a meeting. I want to come to the feel the power of God and sense his presence. I want to come to know the Holy Ghost is in the midst of the church. I want to see His glory fill the house. I want to see souls set free from sin and bondage. I want to see miracles happen. I want to feel the anointing and know that Jesus is here! I don’t want to just have church – I want to have what my African-American brothers and sisters call “Chuch”! I want more than just a good time with all of you. I want a mighty moving of the Holy Ghost and fire.
Wherever Jesus is, you are going to see people come from everywhere. How many of you have seen people flock to a church or to a place where they believe that there has been some great supernatural manifestation, whether it’s real or not?
Not long ago, there was the Brownsville Revival. Whether you want to accept all that went on there or not, you cannot deny the fact that people traveled from all over the country by the bus loads and flew in from around the world by the plane loads, just to see what was happening because there seemed to be a manifestation of the supernatural in that place. I have no doubt that much of it was not of God, but it was supernatural none the less, and it drew a crowd. I know that many were truly blessed, and some were truly saved, healed and set free. I don’t know how God chooses to do what He does all the time. I just don’t have all the answers. All I know is that God is a sovereign Lord and that He will always honor his Word and that He will always respond to true faith in God.
Even in the midst of activity in the church where the devil seems to be having his way, God can and will move for that man or woman who truly reaches out to Him in faith.
Aren’t you glad that Jesus blesses us not only as a corporate body of Christ, but as individuals too! He will bless that one who obeys Him. He will bless that one who serves him, loves him and worships him with all their heart. It doesn’t matter if the rest of the church is sitting around not paying attention, or have their mind off in “LA LA Land” somewhere. If your heart and mind is centered upon Jesus, He will bless you because of your personal commitment and faith.