Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36
Jairus was trying to get Jesus come to heal his daughter. While he was talking to Jesus, some people came and told him that his daughter had died. Jesus told him not to be afraid, but to just believe.
When a person has a loved one who is dying, he is often filled with fear. Fear brings on panic. He is filled with panic that the person will not be healed in time.
People often run to the emergency room wanting the sick person to be taken care of immediately. When the ER personnel do not move fast enough, the person panics and gets upset. They are afraid that the doctors are not moving quick enough to take care of their loved one.
In this life people cannot fully see the big picture or the future. They cannot see what is going to happen next. All they can see is the present.
The future can often look bleak and dark with no hope. The doctor gives a diagnosis that is negative with no hope. The answer seems to be that there will only be death in the end.
Having no hope is often seen in sickness, but can also show up in the finances, unemployment, marriages, and many other areas of life. The world tells people to give up and quit because there is no hope. As with Jairus’ daughter, he was told to quit because she was dead.
In Christ Jesus, people have a hope that the world cannot see. He is the God of life and healing. God may not always reveal what is going to happen next, but a believer can know that it is for the best.
You can know the promise of God that He will provide for your every need. You can also know the promise that God will never leave you or forsake you. Know all the promises of God for your life.
All of God’s promises are based on His perfect love for you. With His perfect love in your life, it will cast out all fear. You have no reason to be afraid, no matter what is thrown at you in this life. All you have to do is just believe the promises of God. Trust God and believe what He said and you will not be afraid.
I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that God’s peace will be in your life; that you will not be afraid of anything; and that you will believe all God’s promises to you.
Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19
Jesus and the disciples had got off the boat and a man came up to him that was demon-possessed. No one had been able to control the man because of the possession. Jesus cast the demons out of the man, so the man wanted to leave with Jesus. Jesus told him to just go back home and tell everyone what had happened to him.
One thing that people like to do is talk about themselves. They like to tell their story as to what has happened in their lives. Many times the stories that they like to tell are about things that were negative or the hard times in their lives. Only if it is really great do they begin to tell about the good times.
An area that a lot of people do not like to talk about is what God has done in their lives. Often in today’s society, people are afraid of offending someone with what they believe. Or they are afraid that if they talk about what God has done in their lives, people will think that they are crazy.
If people can talk about the bad things that are happening in their life, or about the latest football game, they can talk about the good things in their life. If they can talk about their favorite team winning a game, they should be able to talk about God working in their life.
What better news is there than to talk about what God is doing? This is especially true when God does a miracle in one’s life.
God has had mercy on your life. Jesus died on the cross for you to be able to remove all of your sins. There is no greater mercy than that!
Not only has He forgiven you and given you life, there are many other things that He has done for you.
Have you been healed of a sickness?
Have you ever had a great day?
Do you have a job?
These are things that God has provided for you.
You must be willing to go out and tell your story of what God has done in your life. People need to hear what God is doing.
I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will share with others what God is doing; that you will not be afraid to talk about Jesus; and that others will know Jesus because of your story.
“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more.” Mark 4:24
Jesus had just finished talking about not hiding something that needed to be broadcast to everyone. Now He states that they were to be careful about what they hear and how they use what they hear. Whatever they use, will also be used with them.
As Jesus spoke to them He was giving the disciples a lot of good information on how to live their lives. There would be times that they would hear something and they would need to determine how to use that information.
It is common for people to hear something negative about another person. They then use that little bit of information against the person. They refuse to show mercy, because they ‘heard’ something about them. At times the information heard may not be true at all, but made up or misunderstood.
People love to be shown mercy in situations that they are going through, however, many people do not want to show that same mercy. Many feel that they are worthy of being shown mercy because of something that they had done in the past. Yet, they do not feel others are worth giving that same mercy too.
Believers need to think about how God treated them with the information He knew about them. Each one has a bad past that was rebellious against God, yet, He still loved them and forgave them with an everlasting love and mercy. They need to be willing to show that same love and mercy. The more that they use love and mercy, the more God and other people will give them love and mercy.
You will have times that you will hear things about other people. Some of those things will be good, while others will be negative. How will you treat that person? What will you do with that information?
God wants you to consider how you were treated by Him. Then consider how you will treat others. Jesus stated that if you cannot forgive others, you will not be forgiven by God. If you do not show mercy, you will not be shown mercy.
The more you show God’s qualities, the more He will show you those qualities. As you hear things, you will be able to show love and mercy to people.
I pray today that you will show God’s love and mercy to others; that God will guide you in what to do with what you hear; and that you will treat others as God treated you.