A Matter of Death and Life 4

3/12/2020

            In Luke 8:49. Jairus has just been told that his daughter is dead.  In verse 50, Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”  Now Jairus has to decide WHAT he’s going to believe and WHO he’s going to believe.  Ultimately, all of us, as believers, have to decide that at some point in our lives also.

            Luke 8:51 – “When He (Jesus) arrived at the house of Jairus, He did not let anyone go in with Him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother.”  How serious ARE we about our relationship with Jesus?  How long are we willing to keep walking with Him?  How far are we willing to go with Him? 

            The only way for Jairus to go any further was to be obedient.  He had to be willing to keep believing, keep trusting Jesus’ word, without being afraid.  The only ones who were qualified to go the distance, the only ones who were allowed to go INSIDE the house with JESUS were, Jairus, his wife and three of the twelve disciples.  Everyone else had to stay outside.  Is OUR faith strong enough to get us inside the house?  Too often our faith only brings us to the doorway but we never quite make it all the way into the house.

            Luke 8:53 – “All the people were wailing and mourning for her.”  Jesus goes into the house, past all the people who are wailing and mourning and He says, “Stop wailing.”  That’s actually a command not a suggestion or a recommendation.  Don’t DO that anymore. 

            Jesus looks at the child’s lifeless body and says, “She’s is not dead.”  That’s not an opinion.  It’s the TRUTH. If Jesus says, “She is not dead,” then she is not dead.  Everything is whatever Jesus says it is.  Jesus IS the truth.  “She is not dead.”  It’s not final.  It’s not over.  It doesn’t end HERE. 

            “Not dead but asleep,” This is only temporary.  The best is yet to come.

            In John 11:21 –  Martha was angry at Jesus because He didn’t get there in time to heal her brother, Lazarus.  Have you ever gotten angry at Jesus because He wasn’t there for you when you needed Him?  “Lord…if you had been here my brother would not have died.”

            John  11:23 – “Your brother will rise again.”  (11:25)  “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?”  Do YOU believe this when, like Martha and Jairus, you’re staring at the lifeless body of someone you love?  Do you believe it when you need to believe it the most?

            If we’re willing to keep believing it, if we can keep trusting Jesus when things seem to be over, when it looks like it’s too late, when the outcome seems to be final, we’ll get to see what so many others have missed because their faith only took them to the doorway.  Let’s get back to Luke.

            Luke8:53 –  “They laughed at Him.”  They stopped wailing and mourning and started laughing at Jesus.  What’s so funny?  Why are you laughing?  “KNOWING that she was dead.”  Jesus has just said that she’s NOT dead but they’re all laughing at Him because they know she IS.

            I mean, look at her.  It’s obvious.  She’s cold.  She’s not breathing.  She has no pulse.  She’s dead.  They KNEW she had not been healed.  They KNEW she was dead in spite of what Jesus had said.

            Well, Is Jairus’ daughter dead or isn’t she?  (Don’t cheat by looking at the rest of the chapter.)  The world sees it one way and the Lord sees it another.  How do YOU see it when you’re at the grave site of someone you love?

            Is anyone laughing at you because of something you believe or are you someone who laughs because YOU think you know better also?  Are you listening to reason and common sense, laughing at the old fashioned ignorance of the Bible or are you standing with Jesus along side Jairus, determined to keep believing without being afraid regardless of how final or how irreversible the outcome seems to be?  It’s a very lonely place to stand.  No one wants to be laughed at.

            Luke 8:54-55 – “But He (Jesus) took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.”

            Jairus had seen his daughter suffering and dying when he went to find Jesus.  He came home and saw his daughter’s lifeless body lying on her bed.  Now he sees his daughter standing with Jesus.  She’s alive.  She’s hungry.  She’s happy and she’s not sick anymore.      That’s EXACTLY what it’s going to be like for us when we get to heaven.   That loved one we saw suffering with a sickness, the one who’s lifeless body caused our tears to flow, will be standing with Jesus alive, happy and THEY won’t be sick anymore either.

            If we’re trusting in Jesus as our Lord and Savior today, when we close our eyes in death, He’ll take us by the hand and say, “My child, get up!”  Our spirit will return and we’ll be standing with our Redeemer.

            Those who push through their fear, those who keep believing, those who endure to the end will get to see the fullness of the love, the power and the Glory of God.  They’ll discover first hand that Jesus is much more than a teacher.  He’s much more than a healer.  Jesus truly is the resurrection and the life and those who believe in Him will never die.

            Luke 8:56a – “Her parents were astonished.”  Because Jairus and his wife continued to believe and trust in Jesus even after the apparent death of their daughter, they ended up being astonished by what they saw.  I pray that someday we’ll all be just as astonished as they were.

            Luke 8:56b –“He (Jesus)ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.” Jesus told the man who had been possessed by demons to go home and tell EVERYONE what had been done for him.  He told the woman to tell everyone how she’d been healed.  But He’s ordering Jairus and his wife not to tell ANYONE what had happened.  They wouldn’t believe you even if you did.  They’re soon going to find our for themselves.

            Those who laughing because they thought they knew better will soon be ashamed and embarrassed by their unbelief.  Those who refuse to believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life because they think they know better, the ones who stubbornly resist believing that anyone who lives and believes in Him will never die, will someday be painfully ashamed as they stand in His presence being held accountable for their sin.  But then it will be too late to do anything about it.

            Lord, give us an enduring faith.  Give us a faith that takes us all the way to the end.   Help us to keep believing regardless of what we see, what we hear, or what we think we know so that we can be astonished by your glory.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

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A Matter of Death and Life – 3

3/9/2020

            When we left off the last time, Jairus had been stunned by the news that his twelve-year-old daughter had just died.  He was walking with Jesus.  He was sure his daughter was going to be healed.  His confusion and frustration has been made even worse because he’s just seen Jesus heal a woman and heard Him say that her faith was the reason for her healing.

            Over the course of my fifty-year ministry, I encountered many wonderful, strong, rock-solid believers who were facing what Jairus is facing right now.  They prayed, the fasted, they called the elders who came and anointed with oil.  They did everything the Bible says they should do and, but their loved one died.

            Their pastor and church family keep telling them all the right things.  “God is sovereign.”  “Things happen for a reason.”  They’re in a better place.”  They’re finally at peace.”  Those things are true and all need to be said, but they can’t begin to describe or even  imagine the anguish going on inside of someone who is experiencing what Jairus is experiencing right now.  We may not grieve as those who have no hope, but still we grieve, and that grief is deep.

            With your permission and indulgence, I’d like to spend some time on this blog today to share a personal experience that helps me relate to what Jairus is going through right now.  As many of you know, I wrote a book called, “Why Did He Bother?”  The book tells many stories of what my family and I went through as I sought to live out the calling the Lord had given me. 

            This story was not in the book.  I didn’t remember it until long after the book had been published.  I guess the Lord didn’t want this story in the book.  But I remember it now.  It is unquestionably the most awkward and perplexing moment of my life. I have never been able to fully resolve the many confusing questions that have lingered in my mind, until I began to take a closer look at Jairus.

            The incident occurred in Rhode Island while I was pastoring a small house church.  One day, Joe, a member of our congregation, broke the news that his wife Kay had just been diagnosed with lung cancer.  This occurred during the 70s and the treatment options for cancer were few and ineffective. For many long months, Kay valiantly battled the disease, enduring many brutally harsh treatments of chemotherapy with her husband lovingly by her side. But it became evident that the treatments were not working, and the battle was being lost.

            But we were a Pentecostal church, a “full Gospel Church.  We wouldn’t accept defeat.  We knew what to do.  We believed what the Bible said.  We believed in “Jehovah Rapha,” the God who heals.  We believed in the power of Jesus’ name.  We stood firmly on His promises.

            As Kay continued to struggle, we continued to pray and believe God for her healing.  We anointed her with oil.  We rebuked the devil. We fasted.  We did everything the Bible said we should do, believing that, in the end, Kay was going to be healed. 

            We NEVER believed she would die.  But, after about a year and a half, Kay went to be with the Lord.  The congregation and I, as the pastor, were stunned, bewildered, and feeling defeated.  What happened?   Why wasn’t Kay healed?

            Her funeral service was on a Wednesday morning and Wednesday night was our prayer meeting night.  About six of us showed up for prayer but none of us really felt like praying.  We just sat there, looking at each other, uncertain about what we were going to do next.

            Then we heard someone coming up the outside steps and we wondered who it was.  The door opened and in came two people we had never seen before.  My heart sank even lower.  OH NO – Visitors! Not tonight! Of all nights, not tonight! We’ve never had visitors at prayer meeting before. How did they find us?  We didn’t have a sign outside, especially on Wednesday night.  It was not a church building.  It was a house.

            Well, I guess we should get started.  We ought to at least try to go through the motions of trying to worship and pray.  Soon after we began, the man began to speak. 

            He said, “I’m not a church going man.  I’m not very religious.  I leave that up to my wife.  But something just happened to me and I’ve got to tell somebody about it.”

            Then he begins to tell us about his recent battle with lung cancer that began about the same time as Kay’s battle.

            As I’m listening to his story, I struck with the unmistakable, undeniable parallels and similarities with what Kay had just gone through.  The diagnosis, the treatment procedures, the prognosis, the physical symptoms of decline were all exactly the same as Kay’s right down to the final moments of hospice care where both he and Kay were sleeping most of the time.

              I sat there wondering, Why is he telling us this?  Why am I hearing this NOW, on the day we buried Kay?

            He told us that he remembers feeling very warm and the room becoming very bright. He said that, out of habit, he got up and headed for the bathroom.  After just a few steps, he realized that something strange was going on.  Suddenly, his wife came into the room and started screaming. 

All the tests now revealed that the cancer was completely and mysteriously GONE.   He told us that he owes it all to “the Man upstairs.” 

            “The man Upstairs?”  Is that who God is to you?  Don’t you even know His name?  What about Jesus?  What about salvation?  What’s going on here?  Lord, what are you doing?

            His wife finally got a chance to say something and she told us that she was from a Roman Catholic background but had not gone to mass or confession for a very long time.  She said that as her husband was lying there, nothing but skin and bones, and she started hearing the rattling in his throat, she cried out, “God, please don’t let my husband die!  Please don’t let him die!”  Shortly after she prayed that desperate prayer, she ran into the room and saw her husband out of bed and headed for the bathroom.

            I don’t remember their names and I never saw them again, but my confusion, my despair, and my grief were deeper than ever because of the story I had just heard that night.  You may have the answer.  But to this day, I honestly can’t make much sense out of that night.  But it does help me to understand Jairus a lot better.

THANK YOU.  Now let’s get back to Jairus.

            Mark 5:35 – “Why are you bothering the teacher…?”  Jairus didn’t see Jesus as his “teacher.”  He saw Jesus as a “healer.”  Our greatest need is to see Jesus as our “Savior.:

             Do you believe Jesus is “bothered “by our prayers?  Are we “bothering” Jesus when we ask Him to do something for us or for someone we love?   Do we just ask once or twice and then change the subject because we don’t believe it’s His will?  Is that what faith IS?

            Mark 5:36 – (Jesus) “ignoring what they said…”  Jesus didn’t try to contradict or argue with what had been said.  He simply ignored it and continued speaking as if those words had never been spoken.

            “Jesus told the synagogue ruler (Jairus) Don’t be afraid; just believe.”  That’s an awful lot to ask.  Can we really keep believing without being afraid when it seems like our prayers have not been answered, or when it seems that the answer was “No”?

            Like 8:50 – “Don’t be afraid; just believe and she will be HEALED.”  I don’t understand.  How can she be healed if she’s already dead? 

“Your daughter is dead.”

“Just believe and she will be healed.”

            What do I believe?  Who do I believe?  Do I abandon my faith and start listening to reason or do I ignore human reason and keep walking by faith?  Most of us tend to lose our faith when it’s time to start using our faith.

            Being a Christian doesn’t end all our problems.  But it does give all our problems a brand-new ending.  Can we all, like Jairus, ignore what we see, what we hear, or what we think we know and just keep walking with Jesus until we get to the end? 

            The longer we and Jairus keep walking with Jesus, the more we will see and know and understand.   Let’s all be praying for a faith that will take us all the way home, all the way to the end.  Lord willing, we’ll wrap this up on Thursday.

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A Matter of Death and Life – 2 3/05/2020

Unless otherwise specified, all the Scripture verses are taken from the NIV.

            Jairus is walking home with Jesus believing with all his heart that Jesus is going to heal his daughter.  THE QUESTION IS – how long will he be able to keep walking.  How long will he be able to believe what he believes now?  When is it time to give up our beliefs and listen to reason, to stop believing it and just accept reality? 

            BY THE WAY, exactly what  IS reality for a believer in Christ? What determines “reality” for a believer?  Is it what we see, what we think and what others are telling us?  Or is reality what God says in His Word?

            Because we’re covering these passages of Scripture in small pieces instead of one big chunk, as we’re walking along you might have a lot of “yeahbut” questions.  As you’re reading, you might be thinking, “Yeah, but what about this?  Yeah, but what about that?” 

            You might become confused.  You might even get upset and angry.   But please be patient.  Let’s keep walking with Jairus and Jesus until we get to the end of the chapter.  Hopefully, by then it will start to make sense.  The whole point of this study is to make it to the end of the chapter.  Not everybody can do that.  I’m hoping that you can and that you will endure to the end.

            Jairus still has a long way to go.  Let’s see if his faith will take him all the way home.

            Luke 8:42b – “As Jesus was on His way, the crowds almost crushed Him.”  Jesus couldn’t go anywhere without attracting a crowd.  Have you ever noticed that when you’re in a hurry, the traffic lights are all red and the traffic is bumper-to-bumper?  I can’t speak for Jairus, but if that had been me and MY daughter was dying, I would have panicked.

            “Pardon me.  Excuse me.  Please move over and get out of the way.  We’ve got to get through.  My daughter’s dying and I have to get home.”

            Mark 5:25-26 “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.”  I’m sure many of us can relate.

            Jairus had pleaded with Jesus to come save his daughter’s life but they can barely move because they’re being crushed by large crowds of people.  Now this woman is going to slow them down even more.

            Mark 5:27-28  “She came up behind Him (Jesus) in the crowd because she thought, ’If I just touch his clothes I will be healed.”

            Jairus and this woman have a lot in common.  I don’t believe either of them ever attended a Prayer Conference or a Bible Study that taught them how to pray and how NOT to pray.  They were never told what they should expect or what they should NOT expect when they prayed.

            They’re both way beyond the point where those things matter to them anymore.  There were no other options for them.  There was no other hope.  They had tried everything else and had come up empty.  Now there was nothing left but Jesus.

            Jairus knew that if Jesus came and placed His hands on his daughter, his daughter would be healed.  The woman knew that if she just touched the hem of Jesus’ clothes, she’d be healed.  They both had absolutely no doubts about that.  They were completely depending on Jesus and were fully convinced that He would do it for them.  They had no plan B.

            Mark 5:29-30  “Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in he body that she was freed from her suffering.  At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him.  He turned around… and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’” 

            Jesus knew who touched Him.  He knows everything.  Jesus asked the question so everyone else would know who touched Him and why HER touch was so different from everyone else in the crowd.  He also wanted this woman to know that her persistence had been rewarded.

            Luke 8:45 –  “Who touched me?… Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.’”

            “Who touched you?  Everybody touched you.  Look at the size of this crowd.”  “Peter, hundreds of people may have touched my flesh, but only one person touched my heart, only one person touched me with faith.” 

            Luke 8:46 – “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”  How long should we pray for something?  When is it time to give up?  We keep praying until our faith has touched His power.  Unfortunately, we may have to be as desperate as Jairus and this woman before we’re willing to let that happen.

            Luke 8:47a – “The woman, seeing she could not go unnoticed…”  First of all, Jesus always notices faith and secondly, everything Jesus does for us gets noticed by someone.

            She came “trembling and fell at His (Jesus’) feet.”  I’m pretty sure that when the believers get to heaven, we’re all going to fall down at His feet just like this woman did.  Someday, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.  (Philippians  2:10-11)

            Luke 8:47b – “In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed.”  See, you don’t need a Seminary degree to be a witness.  This woman simply told the people around her what Jesus had done for her.  Jesus can do what no one else can do and He wants us to share that with others.

            Luke 8:48 –  “Then Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace.”  After twelve long years, she has finally been healed.  That’s wonderful.  I’m very happy for her, but WHAT ABOUT JAIRUS?

            Luke 8:49 – “While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler, ‘Your daughter is dead,’ he said.”    Do you realize what just happened here?  “While Jesus was still speaking….”  That means that, in one ear, Jairus is hearing Jesus tell this woman to go in peace because her faith has healed her and at the same time, in the other ear, someone is telling him that his daughter is dead.

            Jairus has just seen a woman desperately push her way through a crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.  He has just heard Jesus say that her faith has healed her.  Jairus believes with all his heart that Jesus has the power to heal. 

            In Mark 5:23, Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet and cried out, “My little daughter is dying.  Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 

            Jesus agreed to walk with Jairus.  Jairus believed with all his heart that his daughter was going to be healed.  But he’s just been told she’s DEAD.  It’s hard to keep believing something when you’ve just been told that your prayer has not been answered.

             For some people, it’s simply a matter of Biblical doctrine.  Why does God heal some but not others?  But for Jairus, and anyone else who has been personally affected by this, all they want to know is why didn’t God heal – (my daughter, my son, my husband or my wife, my friend?)

            “I prayed.  I fasted.  I believed.  This woman was healed because of her faith.  What’s wrong with my faith.  Didn’t I have enough faith?” 

             I’ve never gone through anything like this, but many of my dearest friends have.  It’s so easy for others to dispense theological advice and I know they’re just trying to help  

            But unless you’ve gone through something like this personally, you can’t even begin to imagine the depth of pain that someone is enduring.  It’s so easy to become one of “Job’s friends” at a time like this

            Think about this and let it soak in until next time.  Stay with us.  There’s so much more to come.

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            Lord willing, the next posting of “A Matter of Death and Life – 3” will be on Monday, (3/9/2020).

A Matter of Death and Life – 1

3/2/2020

HERE WE GO – typos and all – even though, believe it or not, I agonize over looking for them.  My goal is to publish something every Monday and Thursday.  I’ll try to keep them as short as possible, but I want to finish a complete thought.  Please be patient as I try to balance between too much and too little.  I’ve got a lot to learn. 

            We’re going to be looking through the eyes of Luke (Chapter 5) and Mark (Chapter 8) to get a clearer, more complete picture of what was happening in this situation.  But first,  I’d like to get a running start at what we’re going to be looking at today.

            In Luke 8, verses 26 through 35 tell us that Jesus and His disciples got into a boat and sailed across a lake.  On their way, they encountered a storm so violent that the disciples were convinced they were all going to die.  When they finally got to the other side of the lake, Jesus cast a legion of demons out of a man.  When those demons came out, they ran straight into a herd of pigs.  The pigs rushed down a steep bank, fell into the lake, and drowned.

            Luke 8:36 says, “Those who had seen it told the people how the demon- possessed man had been cured.”  Verse 37 says, “Then all the people of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear.”  Their fear took over and determined what they were going to do.  Mark 5: 17 tells us that the people were begging Jesus to leave the region.  Obviously, they had no idea who Jesus really was and what He was able to do.

            Sadly, as a pastor, I’ve seen churches do the same thing when the Holy Spirit begins to work in ways they never expected. I’ve been in churches where congregations have unknowingly asked Jesus to leave because they wanted their church to stay the same.  They didn’t want anything, including themselves, to change.

            Luke 8:39 says that the man who had been delivered from those demons begged Jesus to let him go with Him but Jesus told him to, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”  Everyone whose life has been changed by Jesus has been given a commission, a responsibility.  We’ve been sent out to tell every one around us about the things Jesus has done for us. 

            Verse 39 tells us that “the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.”  We don’t need Seminary training to be witnesses. We simply tell others about the amazing things Jesus has done in our lives.

            Luke 8:40 says, “Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed Him for they were all expecting Him.”  One one side of the lake the people were begging Him to leave and on the other side, they welcomed Him because they were expecting Him.  Jesus will do incredible and unimaginable work in the churches that welcome Him and give Him complete control.

            But if we’re expecting Jesus to work in our church, we’d better be prepared for Him to do the unexpected.  Jesus hardly ever does what I expect Him to do.  His ways are nothing like our ways.  We can’t allow our fears to stop Him from doing the work we’ve been praying for Him to do.

            Let’s move on to Luke 8:41.  Jairus is the one I really want to take a look at today.  He was the “Ruler of the Synagogue.”  He was a member of the Board of Elders that governed the Synagogue in Capernaum.  He was responsible for the physical logistics of the Synagogue services.  This is no ignorant, crude, red-necked fisherman the Bible is talking about here.  Jairus was a religious and civic leader, a man of influence and authority.

            Luke 8:41 says Jairus “came and fell at Jesus feet.”   That’s what naturally happens, that’s what automatically happens whenever we find ourselves in the presence of Jesus.  In John 18:2-6, on the night they came to arrest Jesus, when Jesus told them who He was, “they drew back and fell to the ground.”

            In Psalm 24, David asks, “Who can stand in His holy presence?  The one who has clean hands and a pure heart.”  In other words, no one can stand in the holy presence of the Lord.  No one has clean hands of a pure heart.  Our hearts are sinful.  We have all sinned and fallen short of meeting God’s standards.  There is nothing we can do to make ourselves acceptable to Him.  It’s only when we’re dressed in His Righteousness alone that we’re faultless to stand before His throne.

            The only reason we can come to the Lord with boldness and full assurance of faith is because of His abundant mercy, love, and grace.  His presence is awesome.  His presence is overwhelming.  If we could actually see ourselves in the presence of Jesus right now, none of us would be standing either.

            Mark 5:23 say that Jairus “pleaded earnestly (fervently, passionately) with Jesus.  “Please come and put your hands on her so she will be healed and live.”  This was not an “if it be Thy will” kind of prayer.  Jairus is desperate.  His daughter is dying and he’s not thinking about his doctrine right now,

            This is not a “maybe He will or maybe He won’t” kind of prayer.  This is a “she’s my daughter.  She’s only twelve years old, she’s dying and you’re the only hope she has” kind of prayer.  Jairus is pleading with Jesus to save his daughter’s life.

            Jairus could have stayed home and let nature take it’s course.  He could have prepared himself for the inevitable.  He could have accepted the fact that if his daughter died, it was God’s will.  Everything happens for a reason, right?

            BUT HE DIDN’T DO THAT.  Jairus had the opportunity to go physically, to go literally where the rest of us can only go spiritually.  He fell at the feet of Jesus crying out, “Please come.  If you place your hand on her, she will be healed.  If you don’t, she’s going to die.”

            James 5:14 says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”   When a believer prays with faith and passion great things happen.  But maybe we have to be as desperate as Jairus before we’ll be able to pray like that. 

            Jairus is a man who doesn’t know any better.  He’s a reasonable man who just won’t listen to reason.  He’s a man who refuses to buy into the conventional wisdom of the world, or even the church.  He’s a man who doesn’t realize that some things are impossible and they’re just not meant to be.

            He’s a grown man with a simple, trusting, naïve, child-like faith.  He’s a man with a deep rooted conviction.  He believes that Jesus can heal his daughter and he believes it with all his heart. 

            Do you believe anything with all your heart, anything at all, concerning God?  It doesn’t have to be about physical healing.  It could be an unshakable conviction that the Lord will soften someone’s heart, change someone’s mind, or reshape someone’s attitude, a belief that they will be saved someday.

            Do you have a deep-rooted belief about something that flies in the face of human reason and common sense?  Jairus had a deep-rooted belief that Jesus could heal his daughter and he was about to be tested on it.  It’s easy to believe something when we have no reason to doubt it.  The question is will we still be able to believe it when it’s not so easy to believe it, to keep on believing it when we need to believe it the most?

            If you believe something with all your heart but, so far, you’ve never been tested on it, let me ask you this.  How long can you keep believing it?  How far are you willing to go with that belief?

            Mark 5:24 says that “Jesus went with him.”  Jesus went with Jairus because Jesus never walks away from faith.  Jesus will go wherever faith invites Him.  But He won’t go unless He’s invite..

            Lord willing, we’ll walk along with Jairus and Jesus on Thursday.  If you’ve made it this far, I hope it has been helpful.  Invite some one else to go In the Word with Pastor Buj. 

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