Don’t Be Afraid – Just Believe
“Don’t be afraid; just believe” – Mark 5:21-43
Do you struggle with unbelief? We all, at some time or another, fall into patterns of unbelief that cause us to view our situations through the lens of the world rather than through the lens of God’s eternal kingdom.
When situations arise in your life that are difficult or painful, do you believe in the power of God to enter the situation and change it? Do you bring these situations in your life to Him or do you look at the impossibilities of the task and think God is either too busy or not powerful enough to change the situation.
In the 5th chapter of Mark we learn about a synagogue leader, named Jarius, whose daughter is dying. Jarius, in faith, comes to Jesus and pleads for His daughter’s life. Jesus goes with him but along the way word reaches Jarius that his daughter is already dead. Those reporting this news advise Jarius to quit bothering Jesus because it is a lost cause. Jesus, overhearing what was said, speaks up and utters a powerful and profound call of faith- “Don’t be afraid; Just Believe.”
Many times in our life we will bring our problems and anxieties to the Lord and we will walk with Him until we perceive that the problem is too big or too desperate to continue. We will then listen to others around us and become riddled with fear and anxiety. We fall victim to our unbelief.
We believe God will provide for us financially until we are hit with an unexpected expense.
We believe God will restore our broken relationships until someone says something too hurtful to forgive.
We believe God will work a miracle in our marriages but our wives are just too stubborn to change.
We believe God will protect and care for our children until they get into trouble at school or experience the hurts of life for themselves
Whatever challenge or struggle you are facing, you can rest assured it is not a lost cause. God is powerful enough to change your situation and in the process, change you.
I am willing to go out on a limb and say that there wasn’t a single person who witnessed Jesus raise that little girl from the dead, that wasn’t changed forever. When Jarius chose to believe Jesus and continue through his daughter’s death with Him, his faith changed the lives of all who witnessed the power of God that day.
Do you have life changing faith?
As you take up your cross today, don’t be afraid….just believe. – Jim Lang is a new blogger to our Freedom Fighter ministry. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is Director of Guest Services at America’s Keswick. You can email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is doing it, and right is right, even if nobody is doing it.” Augustine of Hippo
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. 1 Thessalonians 3:16