Stretch Out Your Hand

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Our faith is under attack.

This is not really a new thing.

But. . .HALLELUJAH. . .these attacks cannot stop the power of God.

But the work of God is done on earth through believing faith.

Attacks come to hinder our faith by breaking our focus. . .with the purpose of  trying to keep the plan of God from manifesting in our lives.

Mark 3:1 in the New King James Version says:

“And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.”

This is one of my favorite stories in scripture.

The man was positioned to receive alms. . .to put bread on his table for a day.  But on this particular day. . .he was positioned for a miracle.

Our God is a deliverer Who does not like to see His children hurting.


Many in the church are suffering from some crippling ailment.

Some face a broken marriage.  The pain of ill health or financial challenges may be arrayed against others.

But God. . .is the healer. . .in every area of their lives.

F.F. Bosworth, the author “Christ The Healer,” once said:

“When your eyes are upon your symptoms and your mind is occupied with them more than with God's Word, you have in the ground the wrong kind of seed for the harvest that you desire. You have in the ground seeds of doubt. You are trying to raise one kind of crop from another kind of seed. It is impossible to sow tares and reap wheat. Your symptoms may point you to death, but God's Word points you to life.”

This is a profound revelation …one worth reading again and again. You need to pray and meditate on Bosworth’s words.

If you’ve never read this book. . .get it.

Mark 3:3 in the New King James Version says:

“So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.”

I get weary of critics.

Especially those who are devoid of ideas.

By its very nature religion is a critical thing.

"Good enough" is never "God enough" for the religious.

The Pharisees did not question the ability of Jesus to work miracles.

They questioned whether it was right to "work" a miracle on The Sabbath.

They should have known the answer.  In Chapter Two we saw the opinion of Jesus established.

Mankind, according to Jesus, was not made for The Sabbath.   The Sabbath was made for mankind.

Please allow me to render a deep theological quagmire both shallow and dry:

People are always more important than religious posturing.

One more thing. . .never spend more time listening to a critic or a cynic than you do listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

It seems some people aren’t happy unless they have something or someone to be critical of.

A “critical spirit,” is an obsessive attitude of criticism and fault-finding, which seeks to tear down others.

Scripture warns us not to tear down others through criticism or judgment, as this can pose a serious stumbling-block and cause irreparable damage to our faith.

Romans 14:10;12-13 in the English Standard Version says:

“Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
“And so each of us shall give an account of himself - give an answer in reference to judgment - to God.
Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.”

Even men and women of God have to be careful they don’t attract a critical or negative spirit.

Mark 3:3 in the New King James Version says:

“And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.”

I believe the manifestation gifts of the Holy Spirit are always "calling out" to those who are in need.

Just like that day in The Temple, Jesus desires today that His people move in faith at His command and "Step forward."

When you begin to meditate and act upon the Word and you take a step of faith to receive it. . .you release the creative force of heaven to come into existence in your life.

This creative force allows us to think as we’ve never thought. . .see what we’ve never seen and do what we’ve never done before.

Hebrews 4:12 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

If you want the power of God manifested in your life. . .then you must step forward to claim all His precious promises.

Mark 3:4 in the New King James Version says:

“Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.”

Manifestation gifts of the Holy Spirit may appear in blended form.

For instance, the word of knowledge was manifest as Jesus described the thoughts within the minds of the Pharisees.

Jesus was dealing in the moment by the word of knowledge.  He was looking ahead, by the word of wisdom, into the prophetic future.

Jesus knew the religious leaders were upset by the prospect of a miracle being worked on the Sabbath day.

Jesus also knew they would have no qualms at all about discussing how to kill Him on the same Sabbath day.

So Jesus was not surprised by what the Pharisees were thinking.

Are you ready for this next truth?

Jesus is not surprised by what we’re thinking but he might be disappointed and saddened by what we’re thinking about.

Mark 3:5 in the New King James Version says:

“And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts.”

Some things should anger us.

Abortion clinics enrage my righteous spirit.

Preaching poverty as the will of God?  Ugh.

"Palm Readers" are an affront to the Holy Spirit.

Poverty and sickness stir me to attack them in faith.

I do not wish to be controversial for the sake of controversy.

But I do believe there is an important point worthy of pondering.

Anger will never leave either God or man as it is necessary to each.

Jesus was not demonstrating "the old nature" nor lacking sanctification.

I have no doubt Jesus loves all mankind.  But I also believe satanic torment angers Him.

The hardness of heart of the religious leaders angered Jesus and motivated Him to continue forward in His mission.

Without anger, people simply will lack the motivation to properly do spiritual warfare against Satan and demons.

Family of God, it is time we “got riled up” enough to attack the powers of hell attempting to dominate our city, county, state and nation.

Mark 3:5 in the New King James Version concludes by saying:

“. . .He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand. And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”

For those fighting with a difficult relationship, suffering physical illness or financial attacks, Jesus is saying: "Stretch out your hand."

The man didn’t hesitate. . .he didn’t look to see how the Pharisees were reacting.  He didn’t care what others thoughts. . .he knew this was a defining moment in his life so he stretched out his hand.

Child of God, I want you to know that this is your defining moment. . .it’s time to take your step of faith. . .it’s time to stretch our your hand. . .praising God for the soon coming miracle manifestation in your life.

Can somebody say. . .Hallelujah!!