- Date: February 3, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)
- From Great Faith
Faith professes. Faith absolutely says about the circumstances what God says about them, beginning first of all with our relationship with Him, that we're the sons of God; we're heirs and joint heirs. Then from there we declare every promise of God that's yea and amen. We saw this in the story of Jairus's daughter in Mark 5.
We know the story. I'll condense it, it is about the environment that great faith can work in. The one thing that Jesus said was they could not enter because of their unbelief. The unbelief was the product of fear, of self reliance. And regarding Jairus's daughter, He says is, "Be not afraid, only believe" (Mark 5:36). Now, He's not saying that this wasn't real. He's just basically saying, "This isn't the end. You're not seeing the unseen. What you see here is temporal. But what you don't see is eternal." So He admonishes them in verse 36, "Be not afraid, only believe." The word "believe" is to be persuaded that what God has spoken is going to come to pass.
The unbelief we saw in Hebrews was an unpersuadableness. We just so easily gravitate to the natural, the carnal. What we're trying to look at is that we don't get caught up in this. Where are you? Are we going backwards, as a people, as a fellowship? Are we backsliding? Is our first response to pray? Is our first response to resist with all of our might everything that the world would do to handle these things, so that God can be glorified in us? I'm asking how easily do we give up the glory of God? "Be not afraid, only believe." Some of us don't like the message we've been preaching because you're afraid. It makes you afraid. Don't be afraid, only believe! But get prepared! The job of the watchman is to cry, not sing a lullaby. We want to hear a lullaby being sung by the watchman and the enemy is at the gate!
He only suffered the inner circle, and it says, "And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn…" Hmm. Sarah laughed. How many times have you laughed, in our heart? Is anything too hard for the Lord? And we'd all go, "No, nothing!" But in our heart we're laughing. How many times have you laughed? "Yeah, right! Yeah, like I'm going to pray again. I mean, I've prayed-last five things I prayed for, nothing happened. Okay. Guess we're supposed to."
"And they laughed him to scorn…" So He threw them all out! Some of us would be offended here if there was a need and we called him up to pray and he said, "Okay, you, you, you, you, get out." "We want faith in here." Some of us would be ticked. "…But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked…And they were astonished with a great astonishment."
It's about time we start seeing that again, and it'll happen in a spirit of worship. And it'll happen in a spirit of humility. And it'll happen when we won't be denied. And it'll happen when we hear the Word and say it. And it'll happen when we're no longer afraid, and when all we want is God to be glorified. And it will happen -- Matthew 9:28 -- when we respond to the question, "Believest thou that I am able?" And we say, "Yes, Lord!" and He says, "According to your faith be it unto you."