The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 30, 2013

Take authority, be a thermostat

Patsy Sorrels, columnist
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — (This column originally printed on Sept. 15, 2006)

Let’s talk “atmosphere” and the weight it carries in our lives.

Open your Bibles to the fifth chapter of Mark. In verse 22, we see the 12-year-old daughter of Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue, is sick to the point of death. Jesus agrees to go with Jairus: and a great crowd keeps following Him and pressing Him on all sides.

But, while they were en route, someone from Jairus’ house met them saying, “Don’t bother Jesus any further, your daughter is dead.”

Overhearing what was said, Jesus told Jairus to not be afraid, but only believe. At that point, Jesus allowed only his disciples, Peter, James and John, to accompany him.

I can only imagine what the conversation might have been between the three of them during the rest of their journey? And where did the crowd go? Think about it.

Verse 38: When Jesus and His brothers arrived at Jairus’ house, Jesus “looked carefully and with understanding” at the people clamoring around crazy with grief ... weeping and wailing loudly ... and Jesus spoke faith, “The girl is not dead, but asleep.”

Saints, Jesus spoke into existence what the Father-God wanted Him to do. He refused to acknowledge the circumstances, the unbelief, the laughter and the sarcasm going on around Him. He simply put them all out, taking only the girl’s parents and those who were with Him into the room, where the little girl was lying.

Gripping her firmly by the hand, Jesus said to her: “Talitha cumi – little girl, I say to you, arise from the sleep of death!” Instantly, the girl got up and started walking around.

Folks, when the atmosphere in that room was not conducive for the power of God to flow, Jesus changed the atmosphere. He put them all out! He knew that for this miracle to take place He had to get rid of the doubt and unbelief, surround Himself with believers and create an atmosphere of faith, where the power of God could flow through her little body, bringing life back into her.

Beloveds, certain environments will create an atmosphere of fear and unbelief, which in turn will cancel your faith. As long as you’re looking at your circumstances, fear will squash faith everytime. You cannot operate in faith and fear at the same time. Don’t allow your circumstances to dictate what you’re believing. Only believe!

I like how Pastor Brad Mendenhall compares atmosphere to a thermostat or thermometer. A thermometer tells us the temperature. It tells us what is going on in its environment. It responds to the environment. A thermostat sets the temperature in a room. If we wanted to change the temperature in a room we would go over to the thermostat and change the setting. The A/C or heater would then continue to run until it reaches the desired setting. A thermostat does not respond to the atmosphere, it sets the atmosphere.

Folks, too many of us are living our lives as a thermometer, responding to the circumstances and people around us. We need to be thermostats in our homes and workplace, setting an atmosphere conducive for faith to work in. Don’t allow the world to push your buttons and dictate how you will act. Take authority, be a thermostat. That’s what Jesus did, and Jairus’ daughter lived to see her 13th birthday.

Laus Deo (Praise be to God). Keep the faith and worship somewhere today.

Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at or at (580) 548-8140.