In August 2008 the Lord gave me a message for the body of Christ, which I distributed.  Today He told me to dig it out and teach on it again because nobody paid any attention to it.  The time of not paying attention is over, He said, for changes are coming, and for some they will be very hard changes.  But for those who listen, it will not be a problem for them.  I find in the Bible where Jesus said, verily, verily, or otherwise repeating himself, it meant PAY ATTENTION!!  So again, here’s what He said, and I’ll teach further from there.
   It’s time for the church to stand up and be counted and quit being goofy.  Christians need to be a living tract, instead of leaving a tract.  Ministry starts with YOU doing right.  Mark 16:15 says, These signs shall follow those who believe…..  You need to live so people will see the signs following.  The church will walk in correction.. This is the year to drop YOUR plan and pick up GOD’S plan.  It’s time for the church to walk in INTEGRITY.  Leaders, get your act together.  The church needs to be all that Jesus said it should be.  It’s time for the church not to be in denial.
   Now, having shared that, let’s think about what that means.  We all know God will back His Word without fail.  That means YOU aren’t responsible for backing up the Word of God, for YOU didn’t make the promises, HE did.  So….if Jesus was who He said He was, and He did what the Bible says He did, and He said These signs shall follow those who believe   then it means exactly what He said.  Why aren’t we seeing the signs and wonders then?  Simple!  We don’t believe!  Oh, it isn’t that we don’t WANT to see them, it’s just that we aren’t fulfilling the requirements the Lord Jesus set forth to see them.
   I find it amazing the church and individual believers read this and not see it.  Knowing God always backs up His Word, we should be quick to realize that if we are to be known as the present-day disciples of the Lord Jesus, that we as believers should be able to bring forth the same results the early disciples did.  Did I say that simply enough that you can understand?  Now I also know the “BELIEVE” part applies to both the person praying or ministering, AND the recipient of the ministry.  The Lord Jesus clearly records that fact for us, in Mark 6:1-6. Let’s read it together:
Mar 6:1  And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
Mar 6:2  And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Mar 6:3  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Mar 6:4  But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
Mar 6:5  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
Mar 6:6  And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
    Everywhere Jesus went, He was a living tract, the bodily manifestation of his heavenly Father, in mercy, in word, and in works.  Multitudes were taught about the Kingdom of heaven, and were healed of whatever afflicted them.  Were there any sinners among them?  Sure, but still the LORD healed them because He is great in mercy, and He drew them to Him by healing their sick.  Yet, and I say yet, there were those who refused to believe in his own country, who, because of their refusal to believe, absolutely missed out on what God wanted to bless them with, and Jesus marveled at their unbelief.  Notice nobody marveled at Jesus’ unbelief.  He didn’t have any….
    Was the Lord Jesus faulty in His faith, so that it could not overcome their unbelief?  No!  His faith is perfect.  And so was their unbelief.  You see, God will not force anyone to be saved or healed, but He offers both to anyone who will believe.  His neighbors only saw Jesus as the carpenter’s son, and they were both offended and jealous of the works He did.  Don’t think you can do any mighty works anywhere for the Lord in the presence of unbelief.  Jesus couldn’t, and neither can you.  BUT…if you are a living tract for God, if you are living a holy life before people every day, not just on church day for two hours, you will have a much better chance of dispelling unbelief.
   As I said before, ministry starts with YOU doing what is good and right.  For example, I don’t want to be driving the speed limit in my car and see you with a Jesus sticker on your bumper whizzing past me at twenty miles per hour over the speed limit on the way to church.  If you do, I’m not very likely to listen to you at church and be willing to receive any ministry from you, for I see you are not a living tract, you are behaving like an unbeliever. Hello?? Am I helping you?
    Instead of worrying whether GOD will back up His Word when you pray the promises of the Bible over someone, you need to make sure YOU are a clean vessel for the power of God to work through.  Don’t be goofy with a bunch of religious talk or doctrines. Making long or repetitious prayers do not bring the power of God down, but integrity and a clean heart and faith does.  Church Leaders, don’t expect your congregation to live holy before the Lord if you aren’t.  I say that because of the number of ministers that have been caught having extramarital affairs or other scandals in recent years.  This kind of nonsense by ministers of God will no longer be tolerated by the LORD, He has warned before, and He’s bringing judgment to those who refuse to repent, for He will not have His children led by unfaithful leaders. Is that clear enough? 
    For those who are walking by faith and obedience, take heart, changes are coming; good changes, for the LORD is not blind to your love for Him.  Both individually and corporately, believers need to be all that Jesus died to make us.  We should be lights and salt in a dark world, a beacon of hope for the lost and unsaved.  We should be healing the sick among us even as the early disciples did, in order to draw people to Jesus.  We should be a LIVING TRACT!  I’ll do my part, will you do yours?