I stood in the corner as the ladies came into the room; I watched as each one of them took a plastic chair from the stack and carried it to the front of the room and sat down in it. Not one woman checked the chair to see if it would hold them. I brought this to their attention as I focused on them taking the chair, but now the chair takes them and is keeping them now. This is only a demonstration of when we take something; it becomes a part of us. Jesus said to take of my body for it is broken for you, drink my blood in remembrance of me. He said this is Spirit. We are born again by receiving the Holy Spirit into us. He becomes a part of us and we are one in the Spirit. We take Him by faith. We trust the promise God gave us and that is we join to Him and His salvation. Not by our works lest any man should boast.
We also talked about fear being faith in reverse; meaning if we are not trusting in God, fear will rise up in us. I read to them a verse in Job 3:25 where it says, “for what I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease nor am I quiet and I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.” Job was focused on the wrong thing. God did not give us the Spirit of fear, but of a sound mind. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” We are going to miss out on the blessings of trusting God if we don’t learn to put our faith in Him.
There are 4 examples I used to illustrate faith in the Bible, The Centurion who had “so great a faith,” by trusting Jesus to speak His word. (Matt. 8:5-10). The disciples had “little faith” when the storm came up on the sea and Jesus was asleep on the boat. (Matt. 8:23-26) The woman with the issue of blood, her “faith” made her whole when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. (Matt. 9:20-22) The last scripture I used was found in Luke 17:1-6 when it talks about having faith like a mustard seed. We use faith everyday, all the time, whether you are a believer or not because we are spirit beings who have a soul and live in a body. Faith is substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. If we could see it, it wouldn’t be faith.
There is a friend of mine who will tell me “it’s just another opportunity for faith, Tracey.” I have learned from that and it turned my thinking around to realize we can’t exercise faith if there is no opportunity to use it.
I really had fun teaching this in the jail, and I never know who God is touching and changing, but I trust Him that He is. The praise and worship that goes on in jail church is amazing. Twenty nine ladies left their cell to come to church seeking Jesus. A song came on the screen, I don’t know the name of it, but the music played and the words came up that said, “He knows my name, He knows my every thought.” I looked up to see many women with their hands raised and swaying back and forth. We were literally swept up in the Spirit of worship as He touched hearts and opened ears to hear. As I sat in the back of the room watching them ask for tissue and rubbing their eyes from the tears that were falling, I prayed and thanked God for not giving up on us; for always being here, in us, never leaving us as orphans.
The truth was told tonight as Joyce Zander, Carla Henderson and JoAnnna Mack shared the precious Word of the Lord, making it real and relevant for our everyday life. Because it’s true that what you take, takes you. If you were sick and took a pill, it would soon make you well. What was happening on the inside would show on the outside. That is how it is with the Lord; He is on the inside because He is the Spirit of God, working and changing us. Eventually, it will be obvious on the outside that something different is happening on the inside. I am reminded of what Col. 3:3 says, “for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Written by Tracey