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Move The Mockers Out

Move The Mockers Out

Then they said to Him, What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." John 6:28-29 (NKJV)

Have you ever told someone about a goal you may have had only to have him or her laugh, ridicule, or mock you for your belief?  It can be disheartening and downright hurtful.  Mocking or poking fun at can be done in a lighthearted way, but it can be very hurtful as well.  Such was the case of a bunch of people at the house of Jairus - a ruler in the Jewish synagogue.  

Jairus' daughter had become ill and at the verge of death.   Jairus had heard of Jesus' ability to heal so when he found Jesus he threw himself down at His feet and asked for His help.  Jairus had the proper heart and Jesus responded to his desperate cry and agreed to go to his house.  Just then a messenger came to announce the death of the girl.  Jesus responded by saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe."

Now Jesus took a select group of people consisting of Jairus, Peter, James and John to Jairus' home where they met a group of people who were weeping and wailing loudly.  Jesus looked at them and then asked them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping."(Mk. 5:39)

The people chose to not believe Jesus and instead they ridiculed, or as the Greek word, "katagelao," (kat-ag-el-ah´-o) implies, they laughed at Him and put Him down.  In short they mocked Him in disbelief.  Jesus had them put out of the home and then proceeded to take those who believed with Him up to her room where she was lying.  We can see result of their faith coupled with God's will for this situation in the following verses.

Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."  Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. Mark 5:41-42 (NKJV)

God had clearly done a work but He chose to do it through those who believed in His power and will being done.  He didn't allow those people who were faithless - those religious workers from the synagogue to be present - He moved out the mockers.  

I think we can learn something here if we are to experience the power of God working within our own lives.  Perhaps we need to align ourselves with those who strongly believe in God's amazing power being manifested in prayer.  Maybe we need to move out the mockers within our life - those who would cast doubt about our walk, and ridicule what God wants to do within our lives.  

I want to encourage you today to continue to walk in faith.  Always trust God and believe in His will being accomplished in every situation.  Don't stop believing because you don't see "Your" will being done, but trust in His perfect will.  And remember, the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 6:28-29 how can we be successful in doing the works of God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you identify with anyone who may be continuously mocking you in your attempt to walk in truth and newness of life?

APPLICATION: Identify who you are in Christ Jesus and move out the mockers in your life.  Choose to believe in God's transforming power in your life.

Father, thank You for Your amazing power in my walk.  Father, I acknowledge there are times when I have allowed others to mock my walk or Your ability to transform my life and it has caused me to stumble.  I choose to walk in Your truth today Lord.  Show me when I should move the mockers out of my life; those who choose to ridicule You Lord and foster disbelief.  And Lord, give me the balance to know when to allow them to stay around and see the power of Your transformation of my life.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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