JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR!!!
Luke 8:49-50 NIV
While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
As you go from day to day and as you encounter various types of people and experience a variety of life situations and circumstances, it is so important to keep you ears in tune with the voice of God. There is not a moment in our lives when we do not need to hear the word of the Lord concerning His promises to us and the life that is given and revived simply because of the word of the Lord spoken over our lives. My Friends, there will be many who will attempt to "advise" you and "inform" you and you must make sure that you are always listening to that voice inside, the Holy Spirit that will help you to hear what they are saying behind their words. And when you hear a "word" that does not agree with your expectations of the Lord as confirmed by the Word of the Lord in the Scripture, then you just might need to change channels to shift the conversation that is taking place in this/that moment.
When Jairus first went to Jesus, his daughter was dying but a few verses later, he gets a "word" saying that his daughter is now dead AND that he does not need to bother Jesus anymore. Now, on one hand, part of me is thinking, if there ever was a time that Jairus needed Jesus to be there for him, it would certainly would be NOW that his only daughter, a child only 12 years old, is dead. If anything, Jesus could have offered words of consolation to this grieving father but instead of encouraging Jairus to perhaps shift his prayer concern to heal his grieving heart, the messenger is basically dismissing the grief of this father and moving Jesus to the next "case" of someone who was at least still breathing.
BUT since Jesus knows what to say when we do not or when those around us have no clue what to say, Jesus speaks LIFE into this seemingly hopeless and unbearable situation. And hearing the news of the death of Jairus' daughter, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
DON'T BE AFRAID!BlogFam, what are you afraid of? What scares you about life or the various aspects of your life? What is the most dreaded event that could happen in your life? Be honest. Your fears are safe with God and actually, you do not have to be afraid when your life is hidden in God. You do not have to be afraid of losing or dying, subtraction or division, being left out or kicked out, looked over or pushed away. You do NOT have to be afraid of your worse fear because just as Jesus was walking with Jairus when his daughter was very ill, Jesus was still walking with Jairus when his daughter breathed her last breath.
So, regardless of your perspective, highly anticipated or dreadfully expected, you do NOT have to be afraid. You can walk fearlessly in every moment because Jesus is with you. And even when others question your sanity or your spirituality, LISTEN for the word of the Lord and today, your word is DO NOT BE AFRAID!
My sisters and brothers, what do you believe? This is a very important question for which we ALL need to have an answer. It is important for YOU to be clear about what you believe and IN whom you believe. We are usually quite lax as it relates to standing up for what we do believe when we are in a season of harvest, when there seems to be a continuous flow of blessings pouring out from the windows of heaven upon our lives. But in moments of crisis or confusion, loneliness or lack, what beliefs do you own that stabilize your core?
Jairus believed Jesus was a healer. So when his daughter was deathly ill - and the text does not tell us why he did not go to Jesus before things got so bad - he went to Jesus. He believed that Jesus could heal his daughter. I think that his faith in Jesus was for healing and not for raising...or dare I say, resurrection. And so Jesus had to give a quick lesson to Jairus about faith, challenging and stretching Jairus' core convictions of Jesus as healer to now include believing Jesus as the one who has the power to heal his daughter from her sick bed AND to raise his daughter from her deathbed.
Again, I ask, what do YOU believe? And in what ways have the situations and circumstances of your life stretched those beliefs to now include something new, different, exciting, miraculous?
Friends, JUST BELIEVE. Believe that Jesus IS who Jesus says He is. Believe that Jesus can do what He says He can do. And believe that Jesus power is NOT limited to what you believed were the parameters of His power prior to whatever you are going through right now! JUST BELIEVE!
YOU/HE/SHE/WE/THEY WILL BE HEALED!
And this is the final word recorded that Jesus speaks directly to Jairus in this passage of Scripture. And what an AWESOME word!!! "Jairus, your only daughter WILL LIVE again!" I can only imagine what was going through Jairus' mind. It could not have made sense in that moment. The messenger's word was death and Jesus word was life. But since we know that Jesus went on to Jairus house and he did not tell Jesus not to come to his house, I believe that he took a chance that Jesus would honor His own word. AND He did. [More on that in a later blog post]
My friends, the ONLY word that our God is obligated to honor is God's own word. So, this is why it is so important for you to submit to the final word that hear from the Lord. This messenger left Jairus with a word of death and the same will happen to you. People will deliver all kinds of words to you that will leave you stranded, despondent, speechless, hurt, empty. BUT the Word of the Lord will always give LIFE. And the Word of the Lord is the FINAL Word!!!
BlogFam, I do not know what you are going through but I do know this: The word of the Lord is that YOU do not have to be afraid. YOU only need to believe in the power of the Lord to operate beyond the confines of your last miracle. And YOU will LIVE!
BlogFam, YOU WILL LIVE!!!
God Loves You and I Do Too!
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