“And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw him, he fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.’
So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed him and thronged him … While he was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid, only believe.’ And he permitted no one to follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. Then he came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.
When he came in, he said to them, ‘Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.’ And they ridiculed him. But when he had put them all outside, he took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with him, and entered where the child was lying.
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 12 years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.”
I don’t think there is one single verse that God has used to speak to me more than verse 36, which says, “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid, only believe.’
As soon as Jesus heard what was spoken to be true in the natural realm, he countered it with what was true in the spiritual Kingdom realm. Jesus knew that fear was going to rise up in this man to get him into doubt and unbelief, and he wanted to squash those fears immediately. Fear is not from God but is a tactic of the devil to get us into doubt and unbelief.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” — 2 Timothy 1:7.
When fear starts attacking us, we need to counter it right away with the word. It’s like we come to a fork in the road, and we have a choice. Which way will we choose? The natural road of fear and doubt, which comes from looking at the world’s view and our circumstances, or the spiritual road of believing in God’s word and what he has to say about the situation?
Jesus wanted to help Jairus make the right choice, so he immediately countered the words of what seemed true in the natural to speak truth and life into his life. I cannot tell you how many times I have clung to those words of Jesus — “Do not be afraid, only believe” — when fear starts rising up in me due to a situation that seems impossible in the natural. It is possible for us to not be afraid and only believe when we focus on God’s words to us and not what we perceive with only our senses.
Lastly we can see that Jesus was ridiculed when he came to the house and told them that the girl was only sleeping. But Jesus didn’t let it bother him, nor did he allow that unbelief to hang around either. It says in verse 40 that he “put them all outside” and only took Jairus and his wife, Peter, James, and John along with him into the room. We need to recognize that unbelief from others can be a hindrance and counterproductive to our faith and the manifestation of our miracle. Sometimes we need to temporarily separate ourselves from the unbelief that may be prevalent around us. I know if I am believing for something I rarely tell anyone because I don’t want to openly give someone a chance to counter what I am believing for with their unbelief.
Whatever you may be facing today, please know that Jesus has already made your provision. Instead of getting into fear and unbelief, picture him gently and lovingly whispering in your ear, “Do not be afraid, only believe.” Those same words that he spoke to Jairus he is still speaking to us today.
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Published: January 9, 2017