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God's House of Deliverance

Holiness Church

"A Place Where the Holy Spirit Lives and Moves"

Welcome to "A Word in Season"

The Word for the month is "The Cry of a Worshipper"

John 11:35-44

Mary & Martha sent word to Jesus two days before Lazarus died and Jesus remained in the same place until he knew that Lazarus had died. Then it took him two more days just to make it into their city. The bible says that Mary (the worshipper) sat still in the house when Jesus came on the scene, while Martha (the hard worker & sometimes complainer) ran to meet him. When she came to him she said, “Lord if

you would have been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus gave her an encouraging word that Lazarus would live again for the glory of God, and then he sent her to get Mary. When Mary came to him she fell down at his feet (the posture of worship) and said, “Lord if you would have been here, my brother would not have died” (the same thing Martha said). When Jesus heard and felt the cry of the worshipper, he immediately received her sorrow and begin to groan in his spirit and then he wept!

The devil sometimes leads us to believe that Jesus isn’t really concerned about our feelings and emotions, but of course-the devil is a liar. He also torments believers by using the fact that Jesus knows about our situations while we’re going through them, but he doesn’t act upon it as we would like him to. But just as Jesus told Martha, the problems and situations that arise are all for the glory of God. Some situations (if we carry them and not give them to God) can cause pain, anguish, depression and even separation from some things or some people that we hold dear. But if we would learn to worship God in every situation, just as Mary did, we will touch the heart of God and cause him to move on our behalf.

A few verses later, the bible says that Jesus went to Lazarus’ tomb and he saw his friend lying there dead and again he groaned in the spirit. Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The spirit itself began to pray for Mary and not just for Mary, but for God to put an end to the pain and frustration that was caused by death and to raise Lazarus from the dead. After Jesus prayed, he commanded Lazarus to arise and when he had risen, his hands and feet were yet bound so Jesus told them to lose him and let him go!

In the midst of your struggle, know that Jesus still reigns on the throne. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” This means that he is just as concerned with your feelings and well being as anyone else, and he is there to make intercession for you and to deliver you out of everything that is holding you bound. Allow Jesus to see you as Mary, the worshipper who sat patiently in the house waiting for the answer to come. Remember that Jesus didn’t raise Lazarus until the worshipper came and met him…

2 Chronicles 20:12 says, “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” Remember that this battle isn’t yours, but it belongs to God!

Keep the FAITH & don’t lose heart.

Walking in the Light of Christ,

Evangelist Crystal Hallman

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