Fear Not, Believe Only

On a daily basis I see and speak to people who are physically ill. Because of my job I mostly see and speak to people with terminal illnesses. I’ve done this for 15 years. I’ve seen their fear. I’ve seen their faith.

I’d like to share a scripture with you that has not only helped me in my own walk of faith, but has also helped many of these precious people in their walk of faith.

First, the context. Jairus, a synagogue ruler comes to Jesus saying his daughter is at the point of death and will Jesus come heal her. Jesus turns to go with him. As they are walking to Jairus’ home a woman with an issue of blood comes up and in faith touches the hem of Jesus’ garment. She is instantly healed. Jesus stops to find out who touched him and she shares about her healing, thus prolonging his trip to Jairus’ home. In the meantime Jairus’ daughter dies (see Mark 5 and Luke 8).

It didn’t work out the way Jairus had hoped. He expected Jesus to arrive before she died. He expected Jesus to heal her, but did he ever expect Jesus to raise her from the dead?

While He was still speaking, there came some from the ruler’s house, who said [to Jairus], Your daughter has died. Why bother and distress the Teacher any further? Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing. (Mark 5:35-36, Amplified)

Jesus arrives to Jairus’ home and finds people weeping and wailing. When He tells them she is not dead they begin to laugh and jeer at Him. He throws them out. I like that part. Yea Jesus!

Gripping her  [firmly] by the hand, He said to her, Talitha cumi – which translated is, Little girl, I say to you, arise [from the sleep of death]! And instantly the girl got up… (Mark 5:41-42, Amplified).

My point for sharing all this is to ask you, At what point do we start fearing and stop believing? This father’s child was dead and Jesus said to him fear not, only believe. I have held on to this scripture and seen impossible situations completely turned around. I have seen people at the point of death hold on to this scripture and be healed of a terminal disease.

So I have another question for you. At what point do we start fearing and stop believing God concerning our nation?

That’s the USA for me. The same applies to whatever nation you are in. Let’s fear not. How? Remember His love for you. Perfected love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). And let’s keep on believing. Selah.

Awakening

And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12, KJV)

The Greek word translated as love in this passage is the Greek word agape. Agape is the God kind of love – true unconditional, unfailing love. It is a love that only those who are born again possess. Yet this scripture speaks of agape growing cold.

But I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. (Revelation 2:4, CJB)

…you have left your first love. (Revelation 2:4, NKJV)

Once again, the word translated as love in this passage is the Greek word agape. It is not the world that is letting their love grow cold and slip away. It is many in the church.

Awakening – rousing; quickening: an awakening interest in…; a revival of interest or attention; a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something…; a renewal of interest in religion, especially in a community; a revival. (dictionary.reference.com)

It is time for an awakening. It is time to awaken to love for the Bridegroom again. This great love will draw those who have never known it. As the church awakens, she will awaken others to His love.

How? Remember His love towards you. Remember His love and you will remember to love.

We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19, ASV)

They will know us by our love. (John 13:35)