Article Display
Email  |  My Account  |  Donate
Remember what it was like when you were first saved? For a few hours, days, or weeks, nothing mattered. You didn't care what anyone thought, what your body felt like, or what was in your bank account.

All of a sudden you passed from death to life, and you were going to heaven. There was so much joy in your life, you didn't care what happened. Nothing made any difference. Your car could have stopped running, or you could have lost your job, but you had so much joy, nothing else mattered. It was just so good to be free!

Then people started giving you "reality pills," saying, "In a little while you will come down with the rest of us." All of a sudden, that joy was gone. But joy is a fruit of the human recreated spirit. Fruit shouldn't decrease; it should increase.

Yet the psalmist David asked God to restore the joy of his salvation. I believe that is what God is doing in the Church today.

"RESTORE UNTO ME THE JOY of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee" (Ps. 51:12-13).

The psalmist is saying, "If you can restore the joy I had when I started, I'll start getting sinners converted to you."

One of the reasons we haven't been reaching the lost is because we haven't had much with which to reach them.

For years, the lost have looked at the Church and said, "Dear God, I don't want what they have; it could be contagious."

The Church needs to get back to where the world looks at us and says, "They have something I don't have, and I want it!"

When we start getting back to that place of joy, we will see people restored and sinners converted. But joy has to be restored to the Church first.

Source: Blood, Fire, and Vapor of Smoke by Mark Brazee
Excerpt permission granted by MBM Publications

Author Biography

Mark Brazee
Web site: Mark Brazee Ministries - DOMATA School of Missions
For more than 30 years, Pastors Mark and Janet Brazee have traveled throughout the world sharing the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Together they've shared the powerful truths of faith and healing in more than 50 nations.

About Us

The online ministry of cfaith has been helping people discover faith, friends and freedom in the Word since 2000. Cfaith provides a unique and comprehensive collection of faith-building resources for the worldwide faith community.

At cfaith, you can strengthen your faith and deepen your understanding of the Word of God by digging into the vast collection of teaching articles, streaming audio and video messages, and daily devotionals. No other website offers such a unique and extensive collection of spiritual-growth resources aimed at helping you grow in your knowledge of the Word.




Support Us

Why support cfaith?

(All contributions are 100% tax deductible)


For every Internet search you make using
goodsearch, cfaith will receive one penny!

GS Logo 250x38

Contact Us

Business Hours:

Monday—Friday: 9 a.m.—5 p.m. CST
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


(763) 488-7800 or (800) 748-8107

Mailing Address:
9201 75th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


Login Form

Please ignore the “Secret Key” field; it is not needed to log in to cfaith.

Login Change Article

You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.