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Only Believe
9/5/2014

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)

Have you ever told someone about a goal you may have had only to have him or her laugh, ridicule, or even mock you for your belief in being able to accomplish it?  It can be disheartening and downright hurtful.  Mocking or poking fun at someone may be done in a lighthearted way, but it can be done in a way that is 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 she was actually 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 he asked for His help.  Jairus had the proper heart, and we see that Jesus responded to his desperate cry and agreed to go to his house.  Just then a messenger came to announce the death of his daughter.  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 not to believe Jesus, and instead they ridiculed Him, 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 responded by having them put out of the home, and He 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 in His abundant power through those who believed.  He didn’t allow those people who were faithless to be a part of this miracle, but instead He moved them away, so only those with true faith remained.

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 want to come in agreement with God’s perfect will, and 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, our prayers, and who mock 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 ask for, and trust in His perfect will and timing.  Then simply believe!  Remember, the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (Jas. 5:16). 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 5:14-15 what sort of confidence can we find in our prayers to 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?

PRACTICAL 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.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your amazing power in my life.  Father, I acknowledge there are times when I have allowed others to mock my walk, or cast doubt on Your ability to transform my life, and I can see there have been times where it has caused me to stumble.  I choose to believe and to walk in Your truth today Lord.  Show me when I need to step away from the mockers, and give me the balance to know when to allow them to stay around so they may see the power of Your transformation of my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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