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Mark 5:35-36 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?” 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
What does it mean to “only believe”? Unfortunately many read this Scripture and think to “only believe” means that they are to look to themselves and to their own faith or ability to believe for the breakthrough they need. But was Jesus saying to Jairus “You must only have faith for me to heal your daughter?”
When you know what the words “only” and “believe” mean you will understand that this was NOT based on Jairus “ability to believe” but on Jesus “willingness to heal” and to show Himself strong in the situation.
The Word “only” in the Greek means “only” or “alone”. But this Word comes from a root word that means to remain, abide, to sojourn, tarry; not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, and kept, continually.
These definitions are consistent with Scripture. Look at what Jesus said elsewhere…
Jn 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
The word “abide” in the scripture above is the same root word that the word ‘only’ in Mark 5:36 comes from!
Jesus was saying to Jairus, “Only abide and continue to remain in me!”
The Word ‘believe’ in the Greek means to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in.
So ‘believe’ means to have trust and confident assurance. But think about this – What do you need to place your trust and confidence in? In your ability to believe, or in Jesus willingness to heal?
I believe the meaning of Faith has been misinterpreted and has therefore caused many to feel condemned when they doubt. This can consequently lead to feeling inadequate in faith because they feel they are lacking in this area. But faith has nothing to do with our ability – it is not about putting our trust and confidence in ourselves!
The Amplified Bible defines the word ‘faith’ as… the leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness…(refer to the following Scriptures in the Amplified Bible Col 1:4, Col 2:5, 2 Thes 1:11, 2 Tim 3:15, Heb 10:22, Heb 13:7).
Therefore Faith is about putting our trust in God’s power, wisdom and goodness and not in ourselves! Remember faith is ‘the way of Salvation’, and the Salvation Jesus purchased for us includes perfect health and wholeness in every area of our lives. Faith for Salvation (and for everything Salvation contains) literally means that we are believing, trusting and resting in Jesus ability and not our own! We rest in Jesus finished work on the Cross! Faith doesn’t earn Salvation but rather positions you to receive what Jesus has already done!
Therefore, when Jesus said “Only Believe” to Jairus, He was saying, “Jairus, don’t look to yourself, or to the deadness of your circumstances BUT only remain, abide and continue to look to me by trusting in my ability and on my willingness to heal”.
Can you see now how this had nothing to do with Jairus ability, BUT had everything to do with Jesus ability? Jairus wasn’t to look to himself and try to find the faith to believe BUT all he ‘had to do’ was to only look to Jesus! Jesus is the author of life and perfector of faith!
This is also consistent with Scripture…
John 3:14-15 in The Message Bible says… In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.
This scripture is referring to the account when the children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness. They were being bitten by poisonous fiery serpents, which resulted in death (see Numbers chapter 21). When the people cried out to God for deliverance, God said to Moses in Numbers 21:8 “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” And do you know what happened? Numbers 21:9 says So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
The Bronze serpent on the pole was a type of Jesus and His finished work on the Cross. Jesus bore all our sin, sickness, disease and death on his body. Therefore, everyone who looked to Jesus lived!
Now back to Mark chapter 5 and to Jairus…Jesus was saying to Jairus, look to me and your daughter will live! And do you know what happened next?
Mark 5:41-42 in the Amplified Bible says…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! 42 And instantly the girl got up and started walking around—for she was twelve years old. And they were utterly astonished and overcome with amazement.
Jairus’ daughter was healed and made whole!
My friend, be encouraged because Jesus is unchanging! He is always the SAME, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)! He cannot change His nature and He is still looking to show Himself strong to you! So let the Holy Spirit lead you into all truth by taking what belongs to Jesus and making it known to you personally.
And let me end by encouraging you to stop looking to yourself, trying to build your faith and trusting in your ability to believe, but rather remain, abide and continue to look to Jesus by trusting in His ability and resting in His finished work instead”.
And soon the rest will be History!
Copyright Nerida Walker 2013!
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lam 3:25 (KJV)
Many believe that waiting on the Lord means to wait on the Lord for the length of time that it would take for Him to move in our life. However, the Bible itself explains what it means to wait on the Lord.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
The original word wait in this Scripture is the Hebrew Word Qavah and it means: to wait or look eagerly for, to hope, to expect.
Translating the above Scripture into the original language should therefore correctly read:
Expect in Jehovah, the One True God, be secure in Him, and He will confirm the determination of your heart. Expect I say, in Jehovah, the One true God.
There are many other Scriptures where the word wait is this same word Qavah (to expect). The Dictionary also defines the word wait as meaning ‘to expect’. Therefore, to wait on the Lord does not mean that we sit back passively until something happens. It means that we need to be active and expect to see God’s Word outworking in our life.
But they that wait (expect) upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Those who expect shall have renewed strength. Not those who are hoping or wishing but for those who have a faith filled expectation to experience all that God has for them.
Expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles!
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1
Expectation fuels our faith (belief in Jesus finished work) and we are strengthened because faith (belief in Jesus finished work) is the substance of what we are expecting!
In the Old Testament Jer 1:12 (NIV) says that… God is watching His Word to perform it. The NKJV reads that ‘God is ready to perform His Word’. God was ready to perform everything He said and those that knew Him expected it to come to pass!
It is important to note that we have a better Covenant based on better promises than the Old Covenant. So when it comes to what Jesus has already purchased through His finished work we don’t have to wait or expect God to perform His Word. Why? Because He has already sent forth His Word and healed you, delivered you, forgiven you and set you free! Hallelujah! This is why all of the promises of God are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ (so be it) in Christ. But the exciting thing is that what Jesus has purchased are not promises ‘per say’ but rather PROVISIONS! And if you belong to Christ then this is already your inheritance! You can therefore expect to see what Jesus has already purchased for you outworking in your life!
Now that is Good News!
Have you heard of the saying “The light is always at the end of the tunnel”?
Well that is rubbish in my eyes! Why look for the light at the end of the tunnel?!
Jesus is LIGHT and LIFE and you can have that right NOW!
Jesus is with you NOW! In fact, He is ALWAYS with you and He wants to walk WITH YOU every day and every step of the way! That ALONE always encourages me! This means that we don’t have to suffer or struggle on our own, Jesus is there as our helper, comforter, strengthener and standby!
We have EVERYTHING we need in Jesus!
Therefore, connect with Him in the NOW, and know that the light is ALREADY with you so that you can walk in victory every day and every step along the way 🙂
…He God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down, relax My hold on you! Assuredly not! 6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm, I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me? Heb 13:5a-6 Amp
Faith doesn’t earn but simply positions us to receive what Jesus has already freely purchased for us!
Hebrews 11:1 KJV Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Substance means: that which has actual existence, confidence, firm trust, and assurance
Evidence means: proof, conviction, title deed, receipt
Faith based on God’s Word as our foundation will keep us firm and steady. So when the Word says that none shall be barren or none shall miscarry and that we are fruitful and that we ARE healed, then this is our evidence, proof or receipt of whatwe have ALREADY received through what Jesus has freely provided for us through His finished work!
Remember always that we are SAVED (healed, delivered, prospered and made whole) by GRACE (what Jesus has freely provided) through FAITH (believing Jesus finished work on the Cross was enough). It is a GIFT of God, not of works so that none of us can boast (see Ephesians 2:8-9).
Your faith in Jesus finished work is enough for you to experience the breakthrough you need in any area of life! But faith doesn’t “earn” but rather “positions” you to receive what God has ALREADY provided. So faith isn’t based on your performance or on your “ability to believe” but rather is based upon Jesus performance and on what He has already done! This is why it is important for you to know what God’s Word says about your situation and also about what Jesus has already freely provided. When your heart is established on what God’s Word says regarding your personal situation, this will anchor your soul by enabling you to continue to walk by the Word and not by what your feelings, emotions or circumstances dictate to you! This is what will help you to cross the line from barrenness into FRUITFULNESS in every area of life!