This is it, folks! We’re now just three days away from the most significant event on our calendar, Kingdom Invasion 2017 and the excitement is palpable. From 14-17 March at the Singapore Expo Hall 1, we’re expecting amazing things to happen. The theme this year is “THY KINGDOM COME!” and already, we’ve been hearing of reports of people experiencing their miracles and getting healed, all “pre-Kingdom Invasion”. This is exciting because it builds faith for something greater. Personally, I’m going to the conference trusting and believing for my own healing and breakthroughs.
In a previous write-up, I had mentioned that each day during my devotions, I’d make it a point to quote Mark 11:22-24, “So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.’”
There are several powerful keys in this passage. Number one, the faith that’s mentioned here is not positive-thinking or positive confession, or that mind over matter stuff. You can’t conjure up faith as much as you can make a single hair on your head white. Faith is a substance from heaven and it’s given to you by God. God has to first drop faith in our hearts before anything can happen. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” This kind of faith is often released into our hearts as we read the Scriptures or as the Lord speaks a “RHEMA” to you. When Jesus said, “Have the faith of God”, I think the best rendition of this verse is – Have the “God-kind of faith”. That’s what I want God to drop into my heart during this Kingdom Invasion.
Then there’s something in the Bible called a “PRECEDENT” and it’s an importance concept in the Word. Understand that the Bible we read really is a law book with case laws. We read about what the people did and how God responded. We read about how He dealt with His people and how He blessed them when they were obedient. In the Bible, we’ve a compilation of stories that gives us something called precedence. This simply means if in future, there’s a situation similar to a story in the Bible, you can use it as a precedent and know how God will act in such a situation. If He acted this way in the past, then we’ve a case that He can act again, when a similar situation arises. He’s the same, yesterday, today and forevermore.
Here’s a great example of this. A wonderful illustration is the woman with the issue of blood. We find her story in Mark 5. We’re told that for 12 years; she had spent her livelihood going from one doctor to another and no one could help her. She had suffered a flow of blood and she had lost all her money and worse still; she had lost her hope, until she heard of Jesus.
As she approached the crowd that had gathered around Jesus, there was no way she could get close to Him. So, she begins to push her way in because she had this inkling that if she could only reach out and touch the hem of His garment, she’d be made well. And the moment her hand reached out and touched His garment, the power that was in Jesus was released, flowed into her and she was completely made well. Jesus felt the flow of virtue from Him and said, “Who touched Me?”
But this was not an ordinary touch. This was the touch of faith. And it’s the touch of faith that always gets the results. The woman finally owns up and Jesus commended her for her faith. The story was noised abroad and we come to Mark 6:56, one chapter later, where we’re told that wherever Jesus went from then onwards, the people would just beg to touch His garment and as many as touched Him were made well.
So, here’s the principle. One woman broke through the crowd, reached out and touched Jesus by faith and when that happened, everyone was now reaching out in faith to touch the hem of His garment. As they did, they were all healed. All it often takes is for someone to say, “I’ll believe for the impossible.” One breakthrough is all we need. May God grant you not just faith, but the breakthrough that you are waiting for.
Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong