Ben Carson is the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He is also well known for being an incredible neurosurgeon. Things didn’t start easy for him. His mother was divorced and left alone with her two kids. She did domestic work for a wealthy family. She started to compare what the people in those houses did. They were always reading and learning. She asked the owner of the house if he had read all of the books in his library and he said yes. Then she looked at her kids and all they did was watch TV. As a young person, Ben was very violent towards his classmates and even towards his mom. His mother knew she needed to make a change in her boys. She started to establish some rules. They were to go to the library everyday after school and write a book report every week and she would check it. She did that for several years. The funny thing is that several years later, they found out their mother did not know how to read; she would just highlight anything. She believed she could change her kids’ future. Even Ben said how after a few weeks that became his favorite thing to do. He would get lost in the books and imagine how different his future could be. Where did the change happen? At home.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR HOUSE?
Maybe you go to church or are even a leader in church, but what happens when you go inside your house and close the doors?
How is your relationship with your spouse? Is there death in your romance?
Or if you’re single, how do you feel with your parents, siblings, roommates?
Is Jesus really the center of your home?
“If Jesus is not in the home, then the most important person is missing. If the most important person is missing then the house is empty.”
WHAT IS DYING?
Jairus was a very important person yet his little girl was dying. He knew the law, but it was the miracles that Jesus was doing that gave him hope.
“Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him” (Mark 5:22-24).
There was a terrible situation happening in Jairus’ house. That is why he turned to Jesus and invited him to his house.
What could be more terrible than seeing your own child dead? At first there was still hope because she was still alive, but after a few hours she died. This is something that would require a supernatural miracle.
“Your daughter has died; why bother the Teacher any longer? Overhearing what was being said, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; only keep on believing [in Me and my power]” (Mark 5:36 AMP).
As Jesus was walking towards the house He told them, “Keep on believing” in Jesus and in His power. I imagine Jesus’ attitude was super calm and not alarming at all.
The movie Breakthrough is about a 14 year old boy who falls under water for 15 minutes. He was pronounced dead 45 minutes later. The doctor in the hospital said he would not survive the night and if he did he would remain in a vegetative state. His mom, who was a Christian, started praying and asked the Holy Spirit to breathe life on her son. After that prayer, he started to get pulse again, not only that but he was completely healed.
PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER
Who are you bringing inside your house? What type of behavior are you having or are you allowing in your home? Jesus was straightforward. He told them, “I don’t want anyone inside the house, only Peter, James and John.” He knew they had the same faith He had.
“He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John, the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep” (Mark 5:37-39).
You can make the decision to take negativity out from your home.
You can have some principles and start living by them.
My daughter Ariana is an extrovert, so when she is happy she is extremely happy and when she is mad, she is very mad. We’ve started to discipline her. We always tell her, “We don’t yell in this house, if you do that again we will discipline you one more time.”
HAVE SOME PRINCIPLES
I will never yell.
I will always have a good attitude.
I will only bring people of faith into my house.
My house will become a house of peace.
Jesus did not allow other people inside. Who are you letting inside your house? When you bring faith and the Word of God, the atmosphere changes.
ALLOW JESUS TO SPEAK LIFE
“Taking the child’s hand, He said [tenderly] to her, “Talitha kum!”—which translated [from Aramaic] means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” The little girl immediately got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they [who witnessed the child’s resurrection] were overcome with great wonder and utter amazement” (Mark 5:41-42 AMP).
When disagreement comes and love is dying – speak life.
When finances are short and numbers reflect death – speak life.
When dreams are gone and hope is lost – speak life.
When doubt comes and you don’t even know if God is real – speak life.
When you don’t feel like living and depression comes – speak life.
When fear is near and wants to hunt you down – speak life.